Richmond virtual hub created to boost economy

A website has been launched as a “hub” to help restart the Richmond economy and show the community how it can support local businesses.

WeAreRichmondBC.ca, created by Tourism Richmond, the city and the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, has links to businesses in Richmond that are still open, showing what services they can offer and how they’ve adapted during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The website lists their contact information and services available – whether via takeout, curbside pickup or online.

Businesses that want to be featured on the website can fill out an application form found on the website.

Furthermore, the site has links to city services, support for businesses affected by the pandemic as well as updates from the Richmond chamber.

Nancy Small, CEO of Tourism Richmond, said her organization felt this was a “missing piece in the community” and developing the website with the city and chamber “felt like the right way to create a comprehensive hub for Richmond residents and businesses to drive community spirit and support for local businesses during these difficult times.”

“But from a business perspective, we know how challenging the last two months have been, and how further disruptive the months ahead will be,” said chamber CEO Matt Pitcairn. “It is the chamber's hope that WeAreRichmondBC becomes a tool for employers and residents to get through these extraordinary times, and work collaboratively toward a safe and prosperous recovery." 

The #RichmondHasHeart social media campaign, launched by the City of Richmond, is also featured on WeAreRichmondBC.ca.

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