New Business Resource Coming Online For York Region’s Businesses

Newmarket, July 17, 2020 — As our communities slowly re-open from the pandemic lockdown, businesses face unprecedented challenges in navigating a path back to prosperity. There is no “playbook” on best practices, consumer patterns have changed, and each industry sector faces unique requirements. The solution?   YRBiz “Road Map to Recovery” Business Series — a free online series of workshops, resources and networks for local businesses to quickly access the most current information, insights and tips to get their businesses back to profitability.

The Newmarket and Vaughan Chambers of Commerce, in partnership with the Regional Municipality of York, and with support from the York Region Business Coalition, are launching the first phase of the Road Map to Recovery Business series which will run from July to October. The sessions will be delivered virtually via Zoom and will feature practical strategies that participants can apply to their own businesses.  The series is free of charge and offers speakers, workshops, worksheets and Q&As with experts from a variety of fields. It is designed to be responsive, with content being guided by suggestions directly from local businesses.

“As York Region continues to navigate the challenges of reopening in Stage 2, businesses are looking for support in terms of protocols, safety measures, and pivoting to an online platform. We are pleased to be able to offer this series in partnership with the Regional Municipality of York,” said Brian Shifman, President & CEO of the Vaughan Chamber of Commerce.  “The recovery requires strong collaboration and help navigating through a constantly changing landscape for business—that is the focus of this series,” added Tracy Walter, President & CEO of the Newmarket Chamber of Commerce.  

“The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our economy and local businesses,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson. “Through partnership and collaboration we are working together to ensure supports and resources are available for full economic recovery.”

The first session happens Thursday, July 23rd from 9–10 am on Zoom, and will showcase practical strategies on how small businesses can implement the mandatory mask in public spaces mandate. Local business and community leaders will address how to support and train staff, manage difficult situations, de-escalation strategies, public relations and social media messaging, smart policies and how businesses are helping to keep our families and communities safe. Speakers include: Mary D’Addario, from Nature’s Emporium, Dr. Leon Genesove, Public Health Physician for York Region, Michael Croxon from New Roads, Julia Suppa from Suppa Media, and Ted Krouzil, Community Engagement Practice Lead from the Downtown Yonge BIA. More are being confirmed.

York Region businesses are welcome to attend. Those not able to attend can register to receive a link to the recorded workshop following the event. Watch for information on how to register for the series on your local Chamber’s website, its social media channels and/or e-newsletters. Or contact YRBiz directly by sending an email to

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