By now, every business owner knows that managing the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic is a marathon – not a sprint. For over a year now, Canadian businesses have navigated through social distancing restrictions, changing customer behaviours and unprecedented economic circumstances. And while both business owners and employees have shown incredible resilience, these challenges may be taking a toll on their mental health.
Global News visits CBRN Small Business Relief Fund Grant Recipient ‘MoCo Downtown’
Global News New Brunswick visited MoCo Downtown, an Italian restaurant in Fredericton, New Brunswick. MoCo Downtown was a recipient of a $10,000 grant from the Canadian Chamber’s CBRN Small Business Relief Fund, powered by Salesforce (NYSE:CRM).
When the pandemic hit, MoCo Downtown’s owner Shawna Foster was forced to close the dining room, but quickly converted the office to a takeout window and installed a patio, in order to try to survive.
“Reviewing the applications was both heartbreaking and inspiring. We saw how seriously small businesses across Canada have been hurt by the pandemic, but we also saw how determined these entrepreneurs are to preserve their employees’ jobs and to serve their customers and their communities. Today is a happy waypoint, not an end point, and we won’t stop finding new ways to help Canada’s businesses reopen and recover. We’ll be with them every step of the way,” said Perrin Beatty, President and CEO, Canadian Chamber.
More than 1100 small businesses across Canada applied to the relief fund. The recipients best demonstrated their financial strain, how the business will use the grant to change or innovate, how the change or innovation will sustain the business’s recovery and allow it to prosper, and how the grant will support the role each business plays in their community. A complete list of the winners can be found here.