Demoralization, anxiety and resilience among traders
Some merchants have already taken steps to obtain support from Commerce Sherbrooke.
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Mélanie Noël La Tribune “People happy to be in the red zone, I don't know any. For the majority of traders, it is a little demoralizing and distressing, but currently, I still feel resilience among the majority of our traders, “said François Desmarais, deputy general manager at Commerce Sherbrooke.
“During the first wave, most had to turn to a dime to adapt their service offering and innovate. There, it is the reinstatement of everything they had camped during the spring containment, ”adds Mr. Desmarais, specifying that Commerce Sherbrooke's phone rang less than at the start of the first wave of the pandemic. .
Some areas are more affected than others. “For restaurants, bars, cinemas and theaters, the Earth stops spinning almost instantly. But we can see that our local entrepreneurs already have ideas and projects to put in place. Nobody crashes, but it's more difficult for everyone. “
Some merchants have already taken steps to obtain support from Commerce Sherbrooke. “Whether it is support at the management level or the financing of new projects, we have had requests. In a few days, two recent initiatives, those of the Pioneer Fund and the Digital Compass, have each attracted more than a dozen companies, ”notes the Deputy Director General.
The think tank for restaurateurs has been very successful and similar clinics for various types of traders should take place in the coming weeks.
“We had several registrations for a support clinic for online sales on Wednesday. And a new support measure for local entrepreneurs will be launched this week. This is a measure that involves Commerce Sherbrooke and citizens, ”added Mr. Desmarais, specifying that details will follow later this week.