Do you feel like you may be in an episode of “Twilight Zone 2020” or artwork by Salvador Dali or Pablo Picasso? Life today seems so surreal. We have been living this life now for the past five months. It has changed the way we live life in every way. It affects the way we do business, shop, congregate for any purpose — work, school and our day-to-day living. We have all been genuinely concerned about what this would mean for our College Park businesses. We may not have all the answers, but, as a community, we work through issue after issue to find helpful solutions to get us through this year while not only surviving but thriving.
We now find our community threatened by this pandemic even more. The positive cases in Orlando and our community continue to rise. Some businesses have permanently closed their doors in College Park.
Other businesses closed to protect their employees because patrons would not follow the guidelines put into place. Our business owners have a hard road right now trying to stay open and comply with guidelines from the city, county and state. We all need to do what is asked by these business owners to keep their doors open.
If you are still in need of face masks for your business, please reach out to us. As the reopening process continues, please remember to be kind, wear face masks for your protection as well as others’ and keep your social distance. These simple, kind actions will help to keep the numbers down and our businesses open.
As a Main Street, we are more than our events, art utility boxes you see around town and façade grants that improve the front view from the street. We are here to help businesses, provide much-needed information and resources, point them in the right direction when they need help and put on a variety of webinars to assist our businesses in good times and the rough times.
Over the past five months, we have had conversations with business owners centering around questions like, “What does this executive order mean for my business?” and, “How do I find the information for PPP (Paycheck Protection Program), EIDL (Economic Injury Disaster Loan) and the Orange County Small Business Grant?” all the way down to hours of operation and promotion. We have passed out masks, hand sanitizer and “Open” signs on sandwich boards. We’ve provided a resource page on our website and Facebook page. And we continue to offer educational Zoom presentations with Q&As.
Many businesses have reached out to me to let me know of their appreciation to College Park Main Street and what we have been doing to help our business community. I am proud of our College Park businesses and what they are doing during this trying time. Your Main Streets and their directors are working hard to help our businesses and communities through this unknown.
We have just launched our new website, collegeparkmainstreet.com. Check it out! Recently we sent out surveys to all College Park businesses. If you did not receive one, please share your business contact information with us so we can keep it up to date. The best way to do that is to become a member of College Park Main Street. Membership provides a variety of benefits, opportunities and resources. If you are interested in learning more about College Park Main Street or becoming a member, please contact us via the website or email at email@example.com, or call 407-392-1717.
We are proud of our members. We welcome back and thank Let Us Frame It, The College Map, Hillcrest Dental, Share the Care and Balance Orlando Massage and Body Work. Thank you to our renewing members Bishop Moore High School, HAUS Real Estate and Olsen Law Group. Welcome to our newest member, SIX The Agency.
Be safe as you continue to operate and support our businesses.