In this unprecedented time, small businesses and communities show resiliency through community & innovation #YKAStrong. Leadership through this crisis will exponentially determine recovery, and in what strength businesses return. Here are some ideas adopted by local businesses here in Downtown Kamloops:

Develop an online presence

Though social distancing is key and most storefronts are closed, there is still room for small businesses that were not online. They can utilize this time to build an online brand reaching existing as well as new customers. Stores like Mainstreet have now started an online store

Share your resources

This is an essential time to reach the community that has supported you throughout the years. As a restaurant, you can give back by sharing your perishable resources to your employees and their families. The Noble Pig Brewhouse and Forno on 5th lead by example; like many food outlets, they had to close operations immediately. To help relieve economic stress, they support their employees (family) as well as families in need, by preparing ready to pick up meals.

Free knowledge sharing webinars 

We have to stick together during these difficult times. Though it may be harder to reach and support your business colleagues due to social distancing, you can do this virtually. Kelsey Grimm, from Healing Space, took this opportunity to start a free virtual connection webinar. Each Tuesday and Thursday she provides information on how to deal with stress, worry, and anxiety which is being caused by financial difficulties and inability to access counseling services. Please reach out to your neighbors through virtual means of communication to plan and stay connected. Ask us how and we can help you set it up! 

If you have any more ideas or stories of Community & Innovation #YKAStrong, please email events@downtownkamloops.com and admin@downtownkamloops.com

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