Let's continue supporting our small businesses this holiday season

Brampton's small and locally owned businesses continue to struggle during the COVID-19 pandemic.  As we approach the holiday and winter season, they need our support more than ever.

Local small businesses are essential to Brampton's economic health and contribute to our downtown and neighbourhoods' vibrancy. Despite demonstrating incredible resiliency in the face of unprecedented challenges, small business owners are worried about the future and their ability to survive the next several months. They have a long journey ahead to recover from the pandemic's devastating impacts and are counting on our continued support.
What are we asking you to do?
As a business owner, employer, leader and resident in the community, we are calling on you to rally your teams, customers and partners to generate even more support for small retail, restaurant and service businesses through the holiday and winter season to ensure they can continue serving our community. 
Where can I find information on small businesses in my neighbourhood?
·       For more information on small businesses in your neighbourhood, contact one of the many organizations that represent small businesses in Brampton, including the Downtown Brampton BIA and the Brampton Board of Trade.
·       Click here for a list of open food establishments operating in the City of Brampton during COVID-19.  Please contact the food establishment directly before placing an order.  To add a restaurant, please email tourism@brampton.ca
·       The Brampton Business Directory is an employer census of all brick and mortar businesses operating within the city and features over 9,700 records.
What are some safe ways to support local businesses?
There are several ways individuals can support local businesses, including:
·       Engage with local businesses through your social media accounts and show your support for Brampton businesses on social media by promoting your favourite businesses using a Support Local graphic and the hashtag #SupportLocalBrampton
·       Brampton Local Delivery – Let the Downtown Brampton BIA take care of the delivery! Offered 2 days a week,
·       Purchase My Downtown Brampton Downtown Dollars, a promotional item created by the Downtown Brampton BIA to bring shoppers into Downtown Brampton.
·       Many restaurants are offering delivery and pickup, but check for delivery options at places other than restaurants. Your local toy store, flower shop, bookstore or clothing boutique may not have their usual storefront, but many are providing delivery or curbside pickup.
·       Doing your holiday, birthday or other special occasion shopping at a local store or buying gift cards for local services, entertainment, etc.
·       Buy gift cards or credit for later from your favorite restaurants, stores, and service providers
·       Purchasing food and beverages locally for virtual holiday celebrations and other special occasions
·       Share local restaurant delivery menus on your social media pages
·       Leaving a review online if you have a wonderful meal or receive exceptional customer service at a restaurant, store, or personal service provider
·       Spreading the word and encouraging your family and friends to also support local businesses
·       Check to see which of your services/providers are now being provided online. Therapists, tutoring, yoga, personal trainers, coaches, financial planners, lawyers, music classes for kids - all of these can be continued through videos or online conferencing.
·       Tip service workers extra.
·       Keep paying your memberships and subscriptions, even if they have been suspended.
·       Are you a website designer, developer, or a social media expert? Offer your services to local businesses that don’t have an online presence to help them sell and promote online.
·       If you learn of a unique promotion or idea from a local business, share it online. Local businesses usually don’t have huge marketing efforts, you can help spread the word through social media.
·       Start an online contest / drawing for local business gift cards and services.
·       Just give a donation. Cash is always appreciated.
What are some creative ways my business can support local businesses?
Businesses in Brampton can help support local businesses by:
·       Download the Support Local Brampton logo variations to include in your advertising
·       Issuing a challenge to employees like “5 Days of Local Support” and celebrating their contributions online or in employee communications
·       Purchasing locally for employee holiday gift exchanges
·       Purchasing food and beverages locally for virtual holiday get togethers
·       Launching a voluntary giving initiative to support a neighbourhood food bank or charitable organization
Who can I contact if I have any questions related to supporting small businesses in Brampton?
If you have questions or require additional information, please contact the Brampton Entrepreneur Centre team at bec@brampton.ca