BusinessTO News is a weekly newsletter that focuses on available resources and supports to help mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on Toronto businesses. Learn about the current health situation, service changes and economic support at toronto.ca/covid19.
Resources for Toronto businesses reopening in Stage 3
On Friday, July 31, the City of Toronto entered Stage 3of the province’s reopening framework. Additional Toronto businesses and facilities can now reopen subject to compliance with reopening conditions. The City has created resources to help Toronto businesses reopen safely, including sector-specific guidelines created by Toronto Public Health. Find the resources you need on the City’s website at toronto.ca/reopening, or schedule a virtual appointment with a business advisor through the BusinessTO Support Centre.
Here are a few more resources to help with reopening:
Why You Need An Online Store For Your Business – ShopHERE Powered by Google (Free)
Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. – Register
Ask an Accountant – Applying for Government COVID-19 Support Programs (Free) Watch on Demand
Toronto Women’s Entrepreneurship Forum 2020
August 11 – 12, from 2 to 5 p.m. – Register
Scarborough Business Association Cyber Breakfast: Building a Sustainable Community – Your Business and Variety Village / Variety the Children’s Charity
August 12, 9:15 a.m. – Register
Business AdviceTO Event Series (Free)
Business AdviceTO with Partners SheEO World – Women Entrepreneurs | Wednesdays at 9 a.m. – Register
Business AdviceTO with Partners Retail Insider | Wednesday, August 5, 11 a.m. to noon – Register
Business AdviceTO with Partners TechTO | Wednesday, August 5, noon to 1 p.m. – Register
Business AdviceTO SisterTalk (BIWOC) Black Indigenous Women of Colour Biz Mentorship Circle | Thursdays at 10 a.m. – Register
Business Community News
Business supports Toronto’s COVID-19 relief and recovery efforts
To address the need for physical distancing within shelters during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Rapid Rehousing Project and Regent Park Project transitioned those experiencing homelessness from the shelter system into a mixture of permanent and temporary housing. To help furnish some of these housing units and make them ready for occupancy, Canadian mattress brand Polysleep worked with the Toronto Office of Partnerships to generously donate 100 mattresses and box springs valued at more than $76,000. Learn how you can make a difference.
Elevate to cancel annual tech fest and launch year-round social innovation hub
To prioritize the health and safety of the community, Elevate has decided to cancel its annual tech fest. Instead, Elevate will partner with the Design Exchange to launch the Elevate Social Innovation Exchange (Elevate SIX), a social innovation hub that will tackle the complex social, economic, and environmental challenges facing the country.