The City of Toronto is set to announce a new program, ShopHERE, aimed at helping Toronto’s independent businesses build and optimize online stores at no cost. Launched in conjunction with Digital Main Street, a program of the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas, the initiative will also receive support from Toronto’s technology community.
ShopHERE’s goal is to help local independent small businesses and artists that currently do not have the resources to build an online store. Web developers from several Toronto tech companies will build and launch 3,000 online stores through the program over the next three months. Click here for details.
Be #HospitalityStrong with us! Enercare Centre and many other hotels, attractions, and venues across Toronto were lit purple, on May 11th, in support of the many workers in tourism and hospitality who have been so dramatically affected by COVID-19. Three ways you can join the #HospitalityStrong campaign:
- Light your establishment purple on Monday and post it social media properties using the #HospitalityStrong hashtag.
- Add the #HospitalityStrong Twibbon to your social media profile pic. You can do so here.
- Download the new #HospitalityStrong graphics and video that you can use across social platforms. You can download the content here. - Tourism Toronto
The Great Realization
This video provides a really beautiful take on how we can all take this opportunity to redefine our perspective on life and living at this period in time. Please take the time to watch it and share it with your loved ones! Click on the image to watch the video.
ExPlace tenants and clients step up during COVID-19 crisis
We are pleased to report on a fabulous community initiative by one of our Exhibition Place tenants; three of the designers at Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI) have switched their focus from fashion design to PPE design and production during the COVID crisis.
Designer Spencer Badu (SP Badu) is making masks and for every mask sold, one is donated to Humber River Hospital. Designers Mana Mojaver and Rushmita Alam from E3 koncept are selling masks at cost for nonprofit. Designer Sid Neigum is developing medical-grade gowns, working with scientists who are testing his products to ensure that they meet medical standards.
We applaud them all for their inspired service to the community! If you have any questions or would like more information you can reach out to email@example.com.
HOTEL X - Buy One, Give One
With the BOGO #VacayLayaway program by Hotel X, you can help them thank healthcare workers for their heroic work during the COVID-19 crisis. For every dollar you spend now for gift vouchers for yourself and your loved ones, Library Hotel Collection has pledged to give 50% of the proceeds in gift vouchers as a thank you gift to local Toronto healthcare workers. You will still get to enjoy 100% of your value as a #VacayLayaway, anytime.
Show your love and support by buying a gift voucher today!
Provincial Economic Recovery Panel
Hon. Lisa McCloud, Minister of Heritage, Sport, and Tourism & Culture has initiated 15 Industry Sector subcommittees for consultation on economic recovery. Within the Tourism Industry Leadership Panel, Laura Purdy, GM, is participating in a Subcommittee for Business Events & Sports Events. Gilles Bouchard, Event Management Services Director, is also on the IAVM Task Force and participates in town hall discussions through UFI and CAEM. Tony Porter, Parking and Security Services Director, is part of the City’s EOC meetings/calls and responds directly to their EOC where required, and also participates in industry town halls. We’ll keep you posted on further developments!