Dublin, OH – The Dublin Business Recovery Task Force was created as a way to gather the top business minds within the Dublin community to develop initiatives and resources to help area businesses navigate their way through recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
A collaboration between the City of Dublin, the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau (DCVB), and the Dublin Chamber of Commerce, the Task Force was convened (virtually, of course) in late April, and included representatives from the City, DCVB, Chamber, Historic Dublin Business Association, MJ2 Marketing, Cardinal Health, OhioHealth, Crawford-Hoying, Ohio University, and the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, as well as two community representatives.
The Task Force offers a forum to allow for an exchange of ideas and the creation of specific initiatives and resources to assist small businesses in Dublin to navigate their way through the economic recovery process. The initial meeting provided an opportunity for participating members to share their organization’s efforts towards recovery, each a part of a holistic recovery plan that will benefit the business community as a whole and particularly small businesses.
Initiatives brought forth so far include a variety of tactics to strengthen the Dublin business community.
- Scott Dring of the DCVB introduced the Dublin Hospitality Industry Restart Plan, created by the DCVB along with partners in the local hospitality industry. The Plan will work along with the guidelines issued by Governor DeWine regarding the eventual re-opening of restaurants, shops, and tourist attractions to further enhance the economic recovery in Dublin.
- Megan James of MJ2 Marketing, whose office is located in Historic Dublin, and Sharon Adamek of the HDBA are working on the temporary installation of a mural in Historic Dublin that promotes the vibrancy of the area. Local artist Polly Sellers is designing the mural that will include each business located in Historic Dublin, and plans call for it to be installed by the fountain area on the corners of Bridge and High Streets.
- Bob Hoying reported that Crawford Hoying is working with their tenants in Bridge Park that may need support during this time. Until further notice, events such as the Farmers Market and ForeFest have been put on hold.
- Sue Burness detailed the City of Dublin’s “open for business” campaign that will draw awareness to small businesses in the area.
Jennifer Amorose reported that the Dublin Chamber of Commerce has created a small business tool kit and resource area on their website that will help small businesses with supplies to open. The Chamber also has planned a business impact survey coming soon and business feature spotlights on their website around the #weluvdublin campaign to drive awareness.