Message from the Chair – May 2020
As we continue to navigate through the unprecedented crisis of the pandemic, I hope that all our members are well. Small businesses, who make up the majority of our members are particularly hard hit by the social isolation measures that are unfortunately so necessary. Please know that we, the BIA Board are doing what we can to help.
We have reduced the 2020 budget by $18,000 which will reduce the levies charged on your Town taxes. We did this by cutting down on planned activities and relying on our small surplus. This should be a one-time emergency measure for exceptional times. Be assured, however, that we will still have the gorgeous summer flowers (ready soon) and seasonal banners to keep the downtown looking its best.
The Digital Main Street program, assisting small businesses has been extended to May 31st and may be extended further. Making the most of the digital tools available is more important to business than ever with social isolation. We are grateful to the Ontario Business Improvement Area Association for negotiating with the Province on our behalf to get this extension. If you want to get in on the program, or would like more help or an upgrade, contact Loucas at firstname.lastname@example.org
For now, the Board cannot meet in person. If a meeting is required, it will be online and notice will be posted on the website, as usual. Meantime, for any questions or concerns contact Trudy at email@example.com
From all of us on the Board, stay safe and healthy
Jean Carberry, Chair Bolton BIA