Choose Local! Guest Blog written by Anna Currier of Selwyn Township
The Link Bus Stop
SAVE THE DATE!
The Link rural bus service launches May 3, 2021! The Link is a pilot project funded through the Province of Ontario’s Community Transportation Grant Program. The service will provide access to and from major hubs within Selwyn Township and Curve Lake First Nation with a connection to Peterborough Transit at Trent University. The Link will offer two different routes: Route 31: Curve Lake – Lakefield and Route 32: Bridgenorth – Ennismore. The service will operate Monday to Friday, with runs as early as 6:50 AM and as late as 11:00 PM.
One of the benefits of working for a local business or organization is the workplace culture and environment. Rather than just another number in a large corporate machine, each employee is acknowledged and treated with care. Often being part of a local business feels almost like an extension of your family and many business owners are proud to have curated a positive work environment that results in happy, loyal and hardworking employees. Although working from home has been a difficult adjustment for many during the COVID-19 pandemic, learning how to maintain this positive work environment virtually can be even more daunting. The Kawartha Chamber wants to help! We have identified 3 key elements that help translate your work environment into a virtual setting!
Hello, fellow Kawartha Chamber members,
I hope everyone had a great holiday season and was able to decompress and enjoy some time with family. Unfortunately, the world did not turn back to normal when the clock struck 12 on New Year’s Eve and we continue to deal with the impacts of a pandemic. It’s very disappointing that activities over Christmas caused COVID-19 numbers to increase and we are back in another state of emergency and stay-at-home order to bring them back down. The businesses in our area are continuing to suffer and finding it harder to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
So what can we do?
Uncertainty has defined the last nine months. As COVID-19 cases are once again surging across Canada, the economic optimism from the summer has been put on hold and businesses are now bracing for scaled-down operations and potential closures.
Once more as the pandemic wears on, it continues to exacerbate the digital divide present in the small and medium-sized business market, forcing companies to consider the technologies they have (or don’t have) in place. It’s clear digitalization is no longer a choice for businesses, it’s a necessity.
In a year where “unprecedented” has truly lost all meaning, how do organizations approach crisis planning moving forward? We have worked with countless organizations to plan, develop and test crisis communications plans leading up to 2020. Eight months ago, had you suggested a worst-case scenario that saw entire countries in lockdown, strained medical systems around the world and global-scale economic downturns and uncertainty, NATIONAL might have suggested that your test case crisis scenario was too extreme and far-fetched. However, here we are facing a real crisis that is so extreme it did not even make the list of possible planning scenarios.