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Mayor Steve Pellegrini shares King’s successes at Mayor’s Annual Luncheon
Township of King, Ont.— The Township of King continues to prosper and come together as a community despite the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Mayor Steve Pellegrini told attendees of the Mayor’s Annual Luncheon today.
More than 70 people attended the annual event hosted by the King Chamber of Commerce at Nobleton Lakes Golf Club on May 25. Mayor Pellegrini spoke about the events of the past two years and how King has stayed on track with delivering on the promises of the Township’s 2019-2022 Corporate Strategic Plan.
King continued to deliver essential services despite the lockdown, Mayor Pellegrini said. The Township offered services online when workers could not return to the office and continued to offer frontline services in a safe and healthy way.
Mayor Pellegrini said one of the greatest accomplishments during the pandemic was the vaccination clinic at the Trisan Centre in the summer of 2021, a collaboration between the Township, the medical community and local businesses, which resulted in 77,000 vaccine doses being administered.
King offered support during tough economic times through its economic development office to 20 local businesses through the Public and Private Lands Patio Program and the #ShopKING campaign that encourages people to support local businesses.
King also fostered the growth of local business through partnerships that include the Community Improvement Plan, Ontario’s Rural Economic Development (RED) program, Central Counties Tourism and the federal My Main Street program.
King opened a new King City Branch of the King Township Public Library King City Seniors’ Centre in 2021, broke ground on a Township-Wide Recreation Centre on the King campus of Seneca in the spring of 2022 and is making improvements to community treasures such as the Schomberg Community Hall and Tasca Park in Nobleton.
The Township is ahead of schedule on its 10-year road improvement plan, paving more roads in the past three years than in previous decades, Mayor Pellegrini said.
King also supported the installation of broadband and fibre across the township in partnership with the provincial and federal governments, private service providers and other community stakeholders. Through King Connects, thousands of residents now have access to reliable high-speed Internet.
All this was accomplished while keeping taxes as close as possible to a zero-per-cent increases in 2021 and 2022. The average increase for the Township portion of municipal tax has averaged only 1.11 per cent between 2018 and 2022, one of the lowest in the GTA.
See Mayor Pellegrini’s speaking notes for the full Mayor’s Annual Luncheon address.
Links and Resources
2019-2022 Corporate Strategic Plan
King City Library Branch, King City Seniors’ Centre
New Township-Wide Recreation Centre
My Main Street Schomberg
Economic Development Information: King
QuoteMayor Steve Pellegrini
Township of King
“During the pandemic, King continued to deliver essential services, meeting the goals of our Corporate Strategic Plan and partnering in projects such as new EV charging stations, a new Township-Wide Recreation Centre and pop-up patios, as well as making improvements to local treasures, such as the Schomberg Community Hall and Tasca Park.
We are grateful for the King Chamber of Commerce and are thankful for the partnerships that include the federal and provincial governments, Seneca, local businesses and our engaged community.”
Media Contact Donna L. Kell, APR, Manager of Communications and Public Engagement
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King Township is a thriving community that is home to many different types of businesses. There are restaurants of all cultures, retailers of every kind, and professionals of all disciplines. The diversity of its businesses is what makes King Township so special. That is why it is more important than ever to support your local economy and businesses in these difficult times.
No matter what you are looking for, there is something for you in this area. Whether you are a local resident who wants to support your community or you are just visiting, be sure to check out all the great businesses King Township has to offer.
One of the things that make our township so special is its diversity. Our businesses reflect the multicultural nature of our community, and we're proud to offer residents and visitors a wide variety of retail, restaurants, industry, professional services, and more.
These are some of the different types of businesses and industries located in King Township:
This township has a number of great retailers located in our township, including small independent stores as well as national chains. You will find everything you need here, from clothes and groceries to hardware and appliances. King has over 160 major retailers and 160 extra services. Residents of King contribute significantly to local retailers and services, as they strongly prefer to shop locally with their personal income being among the highest in York Region.
King is home to 50 businesses that can provide accommodation and culinary services. This township features several businesses that are popular with both tourists and residents. Some agricultural enterprises enhance their operations by offering touristic experiences. Because of its rolling hills and proximity to the Oak Ridges Moraine, King is a preferred destination for bikers and hikers who stop to enjoy restaurants.
King Township is home to a number of industrial businesses, from small, family-owned operations to larger companies. King's industrial base is broad, involving equipment, processed metals, and transport equipment. King is a strong location to support the future growth of the industrial sector, with 206 acres of dedicated employment areas and outstanding connectivity facilities.
This township is home to a number of professional services providers, including dentists, doctors, real estate agents, and more. These businesses are important to the local economy, and many of them have been in operation for many years. King Township has a number of professional service businesses that are important to the health and well-being of the community that meet the needs of the residents.
When times are tough, it is more important than ever to support your local businesses and economies. By doing so, you can help to ensure that these businesses stay afloat and continue to provide jobs and essential services. You have a flourishing local economy and a broad selection of businesses in King Township, and by supporting these businesses, you are not only helping your community but also strengthening the local economy as a whole.
Kingbridge and King Chamber Partner Up: Will Support Growth in Business Community
King City, ON [March 9, 2022] The King Chamber of Commerce and the Kingbridge Centre are partnering to strengthen the local business community with targeted programs, resources and events. The partnership will respond to business needs ranging from recovery after the pandemic, driving innovation adoption, integrating environmental benefits into business models, gathering thought leaders for sharing best practices and supporting the development of new businesses.
As the Kingbridge Centre re-opens to the community in April, the organizations are planning joint events to bring businesses owners and leaders back together, discussing their needs, priorities and opportunities. The collaboration will include the Chamber having a physical presence at the Kingbridge Centre for a trial period. This will enable Chamber members to have a regular meeting place, and directly connect King’s business community with the ventures that are participating in the new Innovation programs. The partnership will also focus on understanding the needs of the business community and for the development of high value programs for the member companies. Areas under discussion include a grant writing support program, talent attraction and retention initiatives, training and development and joint pursuit of funding opportunities.
“Throughout the pandemic, Kingbridge has been proud to serve the community through its partnership with York Region and the Salvation Army. Now looking forward to resuming regular business operations, we are excited to build an ecosystem of businesses that are focused on driving innovation, developing climate change solutions and setting the stage for future prosperity”, said Karen Dubeau, Executive Director of Innovation at Kingbridge.
“The King Chamber has worked tirelessly through the pandemic to support local businesses through a Shop Local campaign, advocacy efforts, and rallying business to support community. We are excited to start in-person events again, and to build strong programs that will benefit our businesses”, said Angelo Santorelli, President of the King Chamber of Commerce. “Our partnership with the Kingbridge Centre will accelerate the economic recovery of local businesses, celebrate successes, and create strategic project and partnering opportunities”,
The King Chamber of Commerce will be holding weekly drop in sessions for member businesses at the Kingbridge location, on Wednesdays beginning in April. Upcoming joint events will be published on the King Chamber website and all are invited to participate.
Organizations interested in learning more about the partnership should contact Karen Dubeau at Karen.email@example.com or Alison Mumford at firstname.lastname@example.org
When the pandemic hit the world, small businesses were one of the most affected sectors. This applies to King Township too. The good news is you can contribute to the community by shopping locally in King. Want to know its benefits, how you can do your part, and what stores and businesses you can explore in King? Keep reading!
Given the different restrictions and protocols from the pandemic, more people are encouraged to shop local. Proximity makes it quick and convenient to get the things you need. If you want to ensure safety and prefer not to go out, local online shops are available too.
Shopping local is also a way of helping businesses stay afloat while thanking them for the services they provide during these tough times. This form of investment makes a huge difference in your community as more businesses may open and grow.
By shopping locally in King, you can help create more job opportunities. Many people got laid off because of the pandemic, but supporting local businesses also opens doors for job opportunities and the local economy.
Thinking of ways to help King’s local economy? Similar to these small businesses, you can start small but make a huge impact on the community with these actions:
Instead of choosing major chains when purchasing your needs or wants, try exploring local businesses in King. One great advantage is that you can find the best deals at these shops. Whether you’re buying fresh produce, clothing, accessories, or home decor, you can find high-quality products that give the most bang for your buck.
Given that most people are on social media, take the opportunity to promote local businesses in King on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other platforms. Share your experience about the local shop’s services and products with your friends online. Then, leave high ratings and positive feedback on the shop’s social media channels.
You can also support King’s local businesses by ordering through their online shops. Take advantage of giveaways and special offers, and encourage your friends to check out these online stores too. If you want less interaction outside and still enjoy good food with your family at home, choose takeout or delivery.
Whether you’re inside or outside King Township, several impressive local spots and businesses activities are waiting for you, including the following:
● Restaurants: Paper Crane, Raffaele’s Cantina, Hogan’s Restaurant, and Pizza Nova,
● Shops: Vintage Peony, Black Forest, Cottage and Crown, and Kid’s Country
● Groceries: Coppa’s Fresh Market, Cousin’s Market, St. Phillips, Foodland, and Cappuccino Bakery
● Local Food: Pine Farms Orchard, Pioneer Brand Honey, Beretta, and Marque’s Family Farm
● Activities: Spray Lake, Olde Mill Art Gallery & Shoppe, Holland Marsh Wineries, and Redcrest Cardinal Golf Club
Patronizing local businesses in King not only gives you convenience but also allows you to support the local economy and help provide more job opportunities. Whether you’re looking for local food, top-notch restaurants, or recreational activities, you can all experience them at King. Shop local today, and help build a stronger community!
Canada’s gross domestic product gradually dropped when the pandemic began. According to Statistics Canada, between March and April 2020, its economy declined by 18.2%. Business operations only started to improve when the government eased its restrictions following the public health emergency.
Despite consecutive GDP growth for eight months, Canada’s overall economic activity was still lower than it was before the pandemic. COVID-19 even resurged, causing a partial shutdown in several provinces. Thus, businesses remained uncertain about their future.
Understanding the challenges that local businesses face in light of the global pandemic may offer insight into the importance of supporting them during these unprecedented times. Here is a closer look at how the COVID-19 situation affects businesses.
Canada’s economy after experiencing a full year of the global pandemic’s effects was 3% lower than its pre-pandemic level. As such, many businesses shifted to online sales. Businesses of all employment sizes saw an increase in their online sales between 2019 and 2020.
Overall, 17.6% of businesses made sales online in 2019, which increased to 21.6% in 2020. During the same period, the percentage of businesses that made 50% or more of their total online sales increased from 6.8% to 10.0%. In other words, these businesses have been relying more on their online operations to make at least half of their profits.
Following the shift to online operations, more than half of large businesses (those with at least 20 employees) incorporated online collaboration tools into their regular operations. Such technologies included Microsoft Teams, Zoom. They also adopted cloud technology like Dropbox and Google Cloud.
However, smaller businesses were less likely to adopt such technologies and shift to online operations. Not one-third of businesses with 1 to 4 employees and 5 to 19 employees adopted online collaboration tools and cloud technology. The statistics of businesses incorporating various technologies into their regular operations suggest that adapting to the demands of the pandemic is more difficult for smaller businesses.
Apart from shifting online, businesses have been laying off their staff, reducing hours, seeking rent relief, and applying for government funding to keep their operations alive somehow. By seeking external financing out of necessity, many businesses have reached a point where they can no longer take on debts.
Over two-fifths of small businesses reported that they cannot take on more debt. Some larger businesses also reported being in the same boat but were proportionally lower than businesses with fewer employees. Small businesses in financial distress risk getting shut down.
COVID-19 has affected the business landscape for everyone. Small businesses experienced a heavier blow than larger ones with more resources to spare. Regardless of the amount of damage that businesses of all sizes faced, the fact that people have lost their livelihood remains.
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted us all heavily, and every day we face restrictions on the way we used to live our lives in exchange for the health and safety of our loved ones and ourselves. Despite best efforts, the virus continues to ravage the population — in Ontario, lab-confirmed cases have recently reached 1,000,000.
Shopping centers, schools, hospitals, factories, resorts, and more have all been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Small businesses, in particular, are suffering greatly, forced by a decrease in customers and employees, lack of funds, and disruptions in the supply chain to close either temporarily or permanently.
As a consumer, the best way we can help small businesses is by choosing to shop and eat locally. The “Shop Local” initiative launched in King Township aims to encourage exactly that.
Local businesses are the backbone of the local economy, and when they suffer, the community does too. When you shop locally and eat locally, you are helping maintain and support local employment opportunities and keeping dollars in King’s local economy. What’s more, you are also ensuring that the local scene remains lively and your favorite restaurants and amenities don’t have to close down.
Even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses are still operating, working within restrictions to bring you great services.
Aside from shopping and dining locally, here are other ways you can support the local economy in King Township:
● Shop online — Even in the face of restrictions for in-person activities, your favorite local businesses still endeavor to deliver their products and services online. Check their sites often for special promotions and deals on your next purchase.
● Gift certificates — A great alternative to patronizing a business yourself, a gift card both supports local businesses and makes a wonderful gift. If your recipient enjoyed the service, it could mean more customers for that business.
● Order to-go — If you are unable or unwilling to leave your home because of health concerns, you can still get your favorite dishes by ordering take-out or delivery. Bored of sitting at home? Open up the directory and order a dish you have never tried before.
● Get social — Everyone is on social media nowadays, and brand visibility is a key component to drawing in more customers. You can help promote your favorite local businesses by leaving a positive review or by sharing your experience on social media.
Get In Touch!
King Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 381, Schomberg, ON L0G 1T0