COQUITLAM, BC, Oct. 5, 2020 – Behind every small business is a real person – and often, a local one.
As Small Business Week approaches, Coquitlam is inviting its small businesses to introduce themselves to the community they serve. Businesses with up to 50 employees are encouraged to complete a brief questionnaire at www.coquitlam.ca/businessweek before Oct. 16 for a chance to be profiled during Small Business Week Oct. 18 to 24.
As part of the City’s economic recovery efforts, the initiative will help promote local businesses while highlighting that buying from a local business or restaurant benefits real people in the community.
Shopping Local Helps Locals
With the prevalence of big box and online shopping, it’s easy to forget that money spent at small businesses often stays in the community, providing local residents with a livelihood. Coquitlam has nearly 7,000 licensed businesses, many of them small enterprises run by local residents.
Businesses that complete the City questionnaire will be asked to provide a photo and answer a few questions about themselves, their services and products.
Selected businesses will then be profiled on the City’s website and social media channels during Small Business Week, allowing residents to meet the people behind the local stores and restaurants they frequent.
About Small Business Week
BDC Small Business Week is an annual celebration of entrepreneurship that the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) has organized for over 40 years. During the coronavirus pandemic, Canadian entrepreneurs have once again shown their courage and ability to adapt. This year, BDC Small Business Week is recognizing their resilience, trying to understand what has changed for Canadian businesses and looking to build for the future in these uncertain times. For information, visit www.bdc.ca/sbw.
Join Coquitlam’s Efforts to #SupportLocal
The City of Coquitlam has joined the Tri-Cities #SupportLocal campaign to assist local businesses, many of which are struggling at this time. Coquitlam strongly encourages residents to #SupportLocal for their shopping and meals; go to www.wegotthistricities.com to view business listings and www.visitcoquitlam.ca for a directory of 200+ Coquitlam restaurants offering takeout, dine-in and delivery. See also our video to learn more about how you can support local businesses.
Supporting Our Community During the Pandemic
The City of Coquitlam is here to help, with these resources:
- Visit www.coquitlam.ca/csrp to learn about the City’s Community Support and Recovery Plan, which is supporting the non-profit sector, businesses and residents through the pandemic;
- Visit www.coquitlam.ca/spirit for a free library of activities for all ages, including fitness, arts and culture, outdoor activities and ways to connect with your community; and
- Visit www.coquitlam.ca/covid19 for updates on City services and initiatives and COVID-19 health resources.
Coquitlam residents and businesses are also encouraged to follow the City of Coquitlam on social media (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) and download the CoquitlamConnect mobile app for up-to-date City information. Links are available at www.coquitlam.ca/connect.
A/Manager Economic Development