Dear Downtown Winnipeg BIZ Member,
Normally at this time of year, I would be sending out a holiday message full of joy, reflecting on the past year and looking forward with excitement for a new one. While I am looking forward to a more positive year ahead, this year has definitely been…different.
It seems like around every corner was another curveball. Let’s be honest, it’s been hard and we could all use a little break. You might have heard people refer to this year as a dumpster fire. Well, if 2020 is a dumpster fire, I look forward to dumping a bunch of water on it, learning from it, and then helping our downtown community get stronger and even more resilient in 2021. One of the ways we’re trying to help, is with the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ Connect Grant. By matching small businesses that need support with other downtown businesses that can provide it, the grant will build sustainability through and past the pandemic.
Even though you’ve faced challenges unlike anything we’ve seen this year, there has been tremendous community spirit. We’ve watched members come together to help one another. We’ve seen support from all levels of government and from each other. We’ve witnessed the spirit of the “Shop Local” message spread farther and wider than ever. But we know there’s still a long way to go. We know we can’t just flip a switch on December 31 and expect everything to be different January 1. We know recovery will take time but we remain motivated and inspired by you, our members.
With hope and a positive outlook for 2021, I wish you Happy Holidays from all of us here at the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ. I hope you find some time to rest, recharge and connect with loved ones… however, that looks for you this year. If you have questions about the supports the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ offers, please reach out to us. We’re here to help. (Although if it’s next week, please note you may have to track me down on the cross-country ski trails. I’m REALLY excited about the snow!)