Messages From the Executive Director
COVID-19 has truly affected our community and our daily lives. When this pandemic is all over, our way of living will be different, but we hope that we can all adapt in a positive way. Throughout the last couple of weeks, the Bel Air Downtown Alliance has been actively monitoring trends and while continuing the facilitation of the day-to-day operations. Our members entrust us the responsibility to ensure the economy and quality of life are preserved to create a sustainable community.
We’ve been busy brainstorming ideas to support our small businesses in Downtown Bel Air, as well as those outside of the downtown district. I’m appreciative of all the board, staff, and committee members, who have diligently worked towards finding ideas to best meet our mission and vision.
Now that the conversation to re-open the Maryland economy is underway, we are excited to join the efforts of preparing our businesses. We are delighted to be offering the opportunity for 20+ businesses to participate in a 10-week recovery program, that will outline business strategies for success throughout the changing economic climate. The program will be an e-learning experience to ensure the safety of the participants.
It’s a challenging time, and we understand that, which is why the organization will be offering scholarship opportunities to offset 80-100% of the cost, for the participants. It’s important that our small businesses are prepared for what lies ahead.
Businesses interested in the program should apply by clicking the button below, and submitting their information.
For additional information on the 10-week course, please feel free to reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I wish everyone the best during these challenging times. A challenge that should bring us together, because we will get through this together
– Christopher Pineda, Executive Director
While the public health crisis involving the coronavirus continues to develop, our community is working hard to keep stability and hope. For those affected physically within Harford County, I wish them and their loved ones the best during their recovery period.
As a community, now is the time to have deep thought on how this might affect us all down the road. At the Alliance, we are working diligently to promote our downtown community businesses. We’ve been collecting and adding resources to best help our business community during this time of need. We don’t know how long the State of Emergency issued by Governor Hogan will last, but it’s the proactive measures we take now, that will keep our community sustainable.
Through your membership, you task us to carry out the mission, and that we take initiatives which support the Downtown Bel Air community, during the good and bad times. I assure you that my staff and I are working to find ways to do just that. Below you’ll find resources that can help both members of the community and businesses.
As more initiatives progress, we will keep you updated.
Christopher Pineda, Executive Director
Recently, there has been a rise of cases throughout the State of Maryland involving the public health crisis concerning the Coronavirus. To remain healthy and safe, we encourage visitors and patrons take precautions when shopping and dining within Downtown Bel Air and the surrounding community.
During these tough times, our business community suffers tremendously. Many of our small businesses operate on thin margins, overseeing their employees and covering the overhead operating expenses. We ask that you continue to support them as much as you can, and as much as you feel comfortable doing so.
How can you support the Downtown Bel Air community?
- If healthy and safe, please continue visiting our restaurant community and our small stores. Every dollar spent at a Downtown Bel Air business helps!
- Order carryout and/or curbside from our local restaurants.
- Purchase gift cards and certificates. Not only will you be helping them out now, but you can use them at a later date.
- Many of our retailers have an online store, which means you can continue shopping and supporting through e-commerce.
- Continue to share, comment, and like the pages and posts from the downtown community. This helps the business community with the best form of marketing – word of mouth!
Thank you for your continued support to Downtown Bel Air.
Christopher Pineda, Executive Director
Rebuild | BADA Business Recovery Program
The Alliance has partnered with Co.Starters to bring a 10-week course to the small business community. We understand that there are so many unanswered questions, which is why we believe this course will be beneficial to the participating members. This is open for our Downtown Bel Air community, as well as those in other communities in Harford County.