In this issue:
- DTL Grants
- Social Media 101
- Business Sustainability Program
- Member News
- DTL in the Media
- Updates and Seminars
Did you know that we are offering three grants this year? Applications are currently open for the Property Damage Grant, the Safety & Security Grant, and the Facade Improvement & Beautification Grant. We are grateful to offer our members this extra support, as made possible through the $1.16 million of funding we received from the City of London.
We were able to secure this funding through our advocacy work during our participation at the Business Reference Table – a key part of the City’s Whole of Community Response. This group was tasked with identifying business needs and concerns regarding the health and homeless crisis, and providing tangible solutions to address these issues. We are proud to say that our participation and advocacy in these meetings resulted in us securing $1.16 million to support our members, which have made our three grants possible this year.
Learn more about our grants and how to apply here!
Social Media 101
Unlock the secrets to social media success and take your online presence to the next level! Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just starting out, this webinar is tailored for you.
📅 Date: February 12
🕒 Time: 2-3pm
📍 Location: Online! (Your couch, your desk, your favorite coffee spot – wherever you’re comfy!)
What to Expect:
✅ Social Media Basics
✅ Proven Strategies for Engagement
✅ Content Creation Tips
✅ Platform-specific Insights
✅ Q&A Session with Experts
Business Sustainability Program
Applications for My Main Street’s Business Sustainability Program launches on February 15. The program will provide non-repayable contributions up to $20,000 in direct-to-business funding to support productivity enhancements for brick-and-mortar businesses located on main streets across southern Ontario.
Funding will be made available to businesses that employ between 1 and 50 staff, have demonstrated revenue growth, and provide a business case on how the funding will strengthen their existing capacity and support their growth.
Celebrate your downtown neighbours!
Send a warm welcome to 8 Piece Pizza! The masterminds behind ANNDining opened this new pizza takeout spot on Wednesday, January 31 at 109-140 Ann St and celebrated with a classic Downtown London ribbon cutting. Congratulations!
Do you have exciting business news that you’d like us to share? Let us know!
DTL in the Media
- Mayor: London ready to subsidize empty office conversions to housing (London Free Press, January 25)
- The core of downtown London. A vacant building. A buyer’s ‘heartfelt’ plans (London Free Press, January 30)
- ‘Definitely seen a churn’: What’s behind the changes on Richmond Row? (London Free Press, February 1)
Updates and Seminars
City of London
- Multi-year Budget Public Participation Meeting #2 (February 27 at 4pm; City Hall)