The coronavirus pandemic hit many northern Michigan companies, and it’s not anticipated to get any simpler within the coming months.
Amanda Walton manages Toy Harbor in downtown Traverse Metropolis.
She says these previous couple of months amid the coronavirus pandemic, have been full of no scarcity of ups and downs.
That’s why the Traverse Metropolis Downtown Growth Authority created a reduction fund to assist companies with bills, like lease.
“I feel for all of the small companies in downtown, our lease expense is the most important expense we now have and the landlords have been nice, prepared to work with everyone all through the pandemic, however there’s solely a lot they will do,” mentioned Walton.
The DDA additionally created a number of occasions to assist fund the initiative and encourage downtown purchasing.
Entrance Avenue has already seen a number of companies shut or transfer out and enterprise house owners hope this effort by the DDA helps stop extra closures or strikes.
“There’s lots of people that need assistance, and this can be a fund that’s going to assist these small companies proceed and what is a superb downtown and Traverse Metropolis. We’ve our Store Your Group Days developing which is for lots of nonprofits and if these companies aren’t right here, these nonprofits undergo,” mentioned Invoice Golden, proprietor of Golden Footwear.
Enterprise house owners say whereas the subsequent few months could also be troublesome, any help from the group goes a good distance.
“Should you just like the downtown vibe, the combination of retail and eating places, then come out, store, donate, so that each one of our small companies can maintain our doorways open,” mentioned Walton.