Newsletter April 7 – News and Resources for Small Business During COVID


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Online community and resources are more important than ever right now. So the Gerrard India Bazaar BIA is will continue to bring you relevant updates as things evolve. Part of that will mean keeping you up to date on how COVID-19 is impacting our members and our community. 

What’s Happening Now – News

Many people are looking for alternative ways to connect and do business online as we all practice #socialdistancing and #stayhome to #flattenthecurve

Now more than ever, we need to protect the long-term viability of all the small and medium-size businesses that keep our communities vibrant.

🛠Please read through our Small Business Toolkit 

Let’s Go!!! – Tools + Resources

🤓 Connect with our local DMS squad member Josh to find out how he can help you get online and embrace digital marketing practices.

Connect with Anna our to get featured on the GIBBIA Social Media accounts

This Toronto restaurant is offering to help other businesses create delivery and takeout websites. The website looks similar to delivery apps like Uber Eats, but it doesn’t use a delivery partner and therefore 100% of the profits go to the restaurant.

Join both the ‘Save Small Business‘ and ‘Don’t Turn OUT the lights‘ campaigns.

Join both the GIBBIA small business owners  and the Ontario small business support + resources Facebook groups

Championing Local Economic Growth and Resilience – Community Spotlights

Are you offering Take out or delivery?
Have you closed your shop or temporarily changed your hours?
Do you have a promotion you would like is to share with the community?

Please Let Tasneem know – We will be promoting your shops online.

Help us help you – Please share your stories of how you are embracing courage, creativity, and compassion in these unprecedented times. How are you adapting? We will actively share these stories with the public and press.

Don’t forget to tag GIBBIA social accounts on any outgoing story, promo, and giveaway post (and send photos), so that we can share widely.

Not on social? Send us photos and updates via email.

Apply To Be Featured


Salon G Rizza has announced a ‘Treat Your Tresses’ giveaway

The winner is to be announced Friday, April 10th, and will collect their prize once the salon officially reopens.

They are also currently looking into offering gift card options to help offset expenses.


Chandan Fashion has closed their doors, but continues to connect with clients through Facetime

An effort that truly reflects their dedication to building relationships with their customers through understanding their needs, undivided attention and solving their queries on custom order process to make it a seamless and unparalleled experience in their journey to find the perfect outfit for special occasions.


Bluecrow Gallery is offering 15% off their entire gallery and free local delivery with the purchase of any artwork

Of all the necessities we now feel so keenly aware of, the arts and their contribution to our wellbeing is evident and, in some ways, central to our daily lives for those of us isolated at home. For some, there are more pressing needs. But momentary joys, even in dire circumstances, often come through the arts and collective expression. 


Udupi Palace Offering Free Appetizers with All Orders

In appreciation of their patrons’ support in these difficult times @udupipalacetoronto is offering a complimentary appetizer to all orders If you are able please show your support for Hubert and his team. There are lots of amazing options to order including dosas, curries, tandoor, and more.

Go For It – Funding Opportunities

The Province of Ontario needs your help! Fill out this form (it will take about 45 minutes, and you have to do it in one sitting) if your business or organization can help communities withstand the pandemic and you have a solution for:

  • virtual mental health services for people who are vulnerable or living in remote communities
  • supply chain resiliency monitoring
  • financial planning and advising for small businesses that can be delivered online at low-cost including advice about relief programs and how to apply
  • remote learning for elementary and secondary students while schools are closed

Community Connect – Work in Gerrard IndiaBazaar

Are you looking to hire staff or work with a project-based freelancer?
Need help with a professional service?

Let us know and we will share with the local business community and post on the GIBBIA website.

Commitment to Growth – Upcoming (Virtual) Events


Customer Engagement during COVID-19
Did you miss out on the Digital Main Street session this Monday?
Find a recording of the session here – it may load very slowly, so downloading is recommended.
Presentations Slides
Customer Engagement 101 Workbook and Resource Guide


 Email Marketing Bootcamp
Thu May 7th Online
Learn how to stand out from the crowd by designing an effective email marketing strategy and providing engaging email content that gets delivered, opened, read and acted upon.
Register Now

We plan to coordinate more live events and other community programming in the near future – do you have an idea for our next feature? Get in touch!

Maintaining Perspective – Social Closeness In the Midst of Physical Distancing

The Horror Films Got it Wrong. This Virus Has Turned Us Into More Caring Neighbours
Across the world, Covid-19 has triggered community action on a vast scale
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Main Street Retailers Must Get Online to Survive Amid Pandemic: Experts
As many physical stores have been mandated to close, associations are stepping up to help retailers get online at a critical time.
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Taking Care of Your People in the Face of Uncertainty
There are a lot of useful resources out there that focus on how businesses should adapt to counter the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose of this article, however, is to turn your attention to the financial aspects of your business that should be reviewed.
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Thinking Through Your Financials During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Protecting and supporting your people (and ultimately your business) in the face of the evolving COVID-19 situation requires decisive action. While it’s clear that many familiar and habitual business practices have to change rapidly, the path forward is ambiguous
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Lessons From the Spanish Flu: Social Distancing Can Be Good For the Economy
Data from the 1918 pandemic in America suggest that places with the tightest restrictions fared best.
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Canadian Neighbours Collaborate With Bhangra And Bagpipes During The Pandemic
There are plenty of ways people are coming together during the global coronavirus pandemic, but this cross-cultural collaboration of two neighbours in Canada’s northern wilderness is lifting us all up
Read More 

CityShare Canada is a crowdsourced platform that aggregates examples of community-based resilience in action.

It’s up to us – We want to encourage you to follow all recommendations and orders of public health officials including, but not limited to, staying at home as much as possible. Together we will #FalttenTheCurve.

Gerrard India Bazaar BIA

1426 Gerrard St. East, Toronto, ON. M4L 1Z6
ph. 437 350 4333




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