Local organizations are joining forces to ensure businesses in the High Country are getting the tools they need to survive the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Diamond Valley Business Ecosystem formed in late March to connect with businesses in the High Country area in an effort to share resources, funding options, mental health opportunities and other resources needed as they navigate through the pandemic.
The ecosystem was developed through the Foothills Business Recovery Task Force, established by Foothills MP John Barlow, and consists of representatives from nearby municipalities, the Diamond Valley Chamber of Commerce, Highwood Community Futures, Foothills Tourism Association, Bow Valley College and the Black Diamond and Turner Valley Intermunicipal Economic Development Committee (IEDC), among others.
Andrea Glowatsky, president of the Diamond Valley Chamber of Commerce, said the ecosystem stakeholders are already working with businesses to share resources, connect them with other merchants and finding out what their needs are. She’s among them.
“As a group we’re giving them the resources to talk to somebody about how they can stay open,” she said. “We’re sharing information and directing them to the right people to talk to. Things change every day so it’s hard to keep up with who is doing what and who is in business.”
The stakeholders arranged a weekly Monday Mingle at 4 p.m. where stakeholders and businesses participate in a Zoom chat to bounce ideas off of each other and determine who needs assistance and who can offer it, Glowatsky said.
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