I think we can all agree that this year has been a year like no other. We are all experiencing the effects of COVID-19 and the economic consequences of a global pandemic.
Despite the pandemic, I’m proud of what the Heart of Orléans BIA has accomplished in 2020. It has been a busy, but successful year. Among other achievements, some highlights included a new user-friendly website, redesigned BIA and sponsored banners, beautiful large planters, our flagship magazine, The Beat and my personal favorite, The BIA Faces of Business Campaign which allowed us to showcase the faces behind BIA businesses while simultaneously fundraising for our two food banks.
We carried out advocacy work on COVID-19 support for small business with all three levels of government and created business support opportunities through media connections and by building The BIA Mentorship Program allowing businesses to connect with an expert at no cost.
Over the past twelve months, I have learned from, engaged and worked with Members from small, medium and large enterprises across our district. Our membership is the backbone of the Orléans economy and I’m always in awe of their success and commitment to our community.
I look back with a sense of accomplishment, and ahead with hope and expectations in the year ahead. We still have a lot of work to do but I have every confidence that not only will The Heart of Orléans BIA survive this pandemic, but will continue to thrive and grow to become the vibrant destination where community happens.
Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday season, however you celebrate. Here’s to a prosperous and healthy 2021!