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Downtown Victoria's Business Buzz: What you need know when doing business in downtown Victoria.

💥 BREAKING NEWS 💥

Hello,

Today the Premier announced BC’s plan for the gradual re-opening of the Province and our economy. This is welcome news. 

Of course, many questions remain, and the financial pressures that have mounted over the last few months have not disappeared, nor will recovery be rapid. However, our combined efforts to flatten the curve appear to have been successful. There is reason for optimism!

Over the coming few weeks, guidelines from the Provincial Health Officer and WorkSafe BC will be released specific to various sectors of the economy. The DVBA will monitor this constantly and send out any updates as they occur. 
 
In addition, we are pivoting our marketing efforts to promoting downtown as a key destination for Victorians to visit. We will stress the importance of supporting our local economy, and that our businesses are operating in a fully safe manner that protects both employees and the public.  
 
If you are open, or are planning to open in any fashion, please let us know at info@downtownvictioria.ca so we can include you in our updated business directory. As always, if there are any ideas you have, or issues you feel need addressing, please reach out to me. We continue to be laser focussed on ensuring you, our members, remain whole through this situation.

Jeff Bray
Executive Director
Downtown Victoria Business Association
jeff@downtownvictoria.ca
D: 250-386-2239
C: 250-217-9461

In this issue... 
  1. BC's COVID-19 Reopening Strategy
  2. Small Business BC Resources 
  3. Marketing Opportunities with Used.ca 
BC's COVID-19 Reopening Strategy
Today, Premier Horgan announced B.C.’s COVID-19 Go-Forward Strategy, which will guide the province as it begins a gradual reopening of services and works on economic recovery.

The gradual reopening of the B.C. economy will include certain health services, retail outlets, restaurants, salons, and museums resuming some operations in mid-May.

Read more about what Premier Horgan said on CHEK News.

and

Read WorkSafeBC's page about COVID-19 and returning to safe operation.
Small Business BC Resources
Small Business BC has excellent webinars throughout May for small businesses. Topics include website creation, social media management, and tax support.
Click here to find out more.
Marketing Opportunities from Used.ca
Used.ca is offering great rates on advertisements during these difficult times for business. 
Used.ca (locally known as UsedVictoria.com) is here to support the community through this difficult time. They know that many businesses have needed to rethink their services and they want to help get that message to the site's 1,000,000 monthly users! So, Used.ca is offering a local discount on display advertising campaigns of 120,000 ad views for only $200. That is more than a 50% discount and is available until the end of June. Take advantage of 5,500,000 pageviews per week and find customers right in your neighbourhood. Contact advertise@used.ca to start your campaign.
 
As a Victoria-based company, Used understands how important it is to support local businesses! They have free opportunities to promote your business through their extensive services category and a new directory called "Open for Business". This directory includes hundreds of local businesses that are continuing to operate.
Submit your business to Used.ca's directory.
The Downtown Victoria Business has been working with the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce and the City of Victoria to ensure there is an easily-available website specifically for businesses to get the most up-to-date information on federal, provincial, and municipal programs available to you. This website will be regularly updated and provides relevant business-related information pertaining to COVID-19. 
Check out the page now.
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20 Centennial Square
Victoria, BC, V8W 1P7
 


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