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Tottenham Beeton Chamber continues services online after being deemed non-essential

April 3, 2020   ·   0 Comments

By Sam Odrowski
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

The Tottenham Beeton District Chamber of Commerce was deemed a non-essential service by the province last Friday (March 27) but volunteers are continuing in their roles.

The Chamber closed its doors to foot traffic a couple weeks ago to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, and now it’s administrator, who is the only staff on payroll, is on leave.

“We will continue to support and promote any businesses who of course are remaining open…and any business of course who have had to close,” said Robyn Caruana, Tottenham Beeton District Chamber of Commerce (TBDCC) acting president.

“We’re operating a virtual Chamber on a temporary basis in order to continue to pass down the information to our members and working partners.”

Anyone who is looking for support or resources is welcome to contact TBDCC, Caruana said she’s now responding to all communications that were previously directed to the administrator and is updating its social media to keep its members informed as well.

“I will manage the day to day with the help of some of our board,” she explained.

“We still have bills to pay, so our secretary and our treasurer are still involved – things like that right – but everything will be done virtually.”

Caruana said the Chamber is happy to help its members facilitate online learning or training at their business.

“I’ve seen a lot of businesses who are doing online type learning or webinars, so businesses have made the switch to doing things virtually,” she noted.

“We want them to let us know of anything they have going on so we can promote it for them,” Caruana added.

“Anything we can do to be supportive in that way, of course, we’re happy too.”

Meanwhile, most of the Chamber’s members haven’t been contacting them looking for direction during the pandemic.

“I think a lot of our members are businesses who are already well situated in the community,” said Caruana, who noted that they are more likely to go to the Town or Tottenham Beeton BIA for guidance.

Caruana told the Times she has been attending webinars with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, so she is passing down information to members as it becomes available.

“Keep checking our social media for any updates that we may get or from the Town, from the Ontario Chamber with regard to cancellation of events/activities,” she noted. “We’re doing our best to be supportive to the members of our community during this time – I think we’re all in the same boat.”

So far, the Tottenham Toot n Haller and Tottenham Artisan Market events have been postponed.



         


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