covid-19 business assistance
Winter Garden has a thriving business community comprised of mostly small to mid-sized businesses. Over 2,000 businesses call Winter Garden home with employment reaching over 25,000. During this difficult time, your City is here to support you. Remember to Stay Strong Winter Garden!
The City is offering the following programs during this time.
LOVE LOCAL CAMPAIGN
The City of Winter Garden has launched a Love Local campaign with activities and programs starting in September and continuing through December. Components include monthly sidewalk sales, a partnership with HOWND revenue-generation platform, the promotion o October as Outdoor Dining Month, Shop Small Business Saturday, Holiday Boutique Stroll, and 'Tis the Season month-long seasonal activities in December.
Now more than ever, we need to support our local businesses. The intent of the Love Local campaign is to build awareness of the importance of shopping local and provide opportunities to support the business community.
Loving local bolsters the local economy since for every $100 spent at locally owned businesses, $68 will stay in the community, whereas, only $43 remains in the community when shopping at a national chain, according to the Independent We Stand organization.
The City of Winter Garden is partnering with community organizations such as the Orange Observer Group, the West Orange Chamber of Commerce and the Winter Garden Village at Fowler Groves to assist the local business community.
LOVE LOCAL BUSINESS PROMOTION PARTNERSHIP
The City is teaming up with Hownd®, a customer foot traffic and revenue-generation platform for local brick and mortar businesses that has generated nearly $3 million in immediate revenue for merchants throughout the country during the pandemic. The collaboration includes the support of West Orange Chamber of Commerce, the Orange Observer Group, and Winter Garden Village at Fowler Groves.
The Hownd partnership is part of the city’s “Love Local” program designed to support its businesses during the pandemic by stimulating awareness and increasing customer foot traffic.
There are two ways to sign up. Residents sign up to find out what businesses are promoting. With one click, you can Love Local. It is that easy.
Businesses sign up and provide a promotion or offer that can be purchased or redeemed. It takes about 10 minutes to sign up and increase customer foot traffic. People within 10 miles of your business will see the offer on the app.
To learn more, please go to hownd.com/Winter-Garden-FL
OUTDOOR DINING AND CURBSIDE PROGRAM
The City of Winter Garden implemented a Curbside and Outdoor Dining Program for Downtown Winter Garden in May, 2020. This program has been very well received. Since implementing the Downtown Outdoor Dining Program, the City of Winter Garden has worked with restaurants outside of Downtown to establish outdoor dining areas.
The month of October will be declared by the City Commission as Outdoor Dining Month and will be promoted as a safe way for our community to support your favorite local restaurants.
Please contact Tanja Gerhartz at 407.947.1720 for assistance.
KEEPING YOU OPEN
Whatever the issue, we are here to assist you. If we can help, please call 407.947-1720.