5 small business headlines that made us smile this week. | InspireHUB


There's no shortage of innovation as small businesses pivot to meet both their own needs and those of their communities as the pandemic changes virtually every aspect of our daily lives.

Here are some of our favorite silver linings, sharing the stories of people who are turning challenges into opportunities and a feast of resources and ideas to help you create the same kind of uplift and resilience in your own small business.


Innovative small business pivots during COVID-19

10 tips for pivoting your business in the face of COVID-19 | CPAC Canada

From restaurants delivering groceries in addition to take-out meals to craft breweries creating hand-sanitizer and small car parts manufacturers retooling to make ventilators, this article is packed with feel-good stories of small businesses coming together to support their community through the pandemic. The bonus? It's also stocked with practical tips and do-somethings to help you reimagine your own small business reinvention.


Some local manufacturing companies 'pivot' production to help out during COVID-19 pandemic | CTV News Windsor

For some small businesses, what was meant to be a temporary pivot to help meet community needs during the pandemic has led to "Aha!" moments that resulted in a permanent reboot. In a recent survey, more than half of the companies who retooled their operations to supply local medical product needs and services said they're going to continue embracing that change after the pandemic.

The article notes an increased spirit of collaboration in the region and throughout the province leading to new capabilities and creative solutions to challenges.


Nextdoor CEO on America reopening: ‘Community has never mattered more’ | NBC News Now

Small business accounts for 98% of the U.S. economy, with a focus on doing business locally becoming key to economic survival during the lockdown. Barclays Business Banking recently partnered with Nextdoor, the neighbourhood hub, to help support small businesses during COVID-19. “The thing we’ve discovered in this global pandemic is just this huge power of proximity,” says Nextdoor CEO Sarah Friar. She spoke with Stephanie Ruhle on NBC News about the road to recovery and the importance of community as we start to rebuild.


How 1 Entrepreneur Crowdsourced Knowledge to Pivot During Covid-19 | Inc.

Searching for high-growth markets and ideas to reposition your business? This entrepreneur shares his extensive list. Brad Stevens is an author, speaker, career entrepreneur, and founder and CEO of Outsource Access, which provides highly vetted and trained virtual assistants to entrepreneurs, CEOs, and busy professionals worldwide. Inc. asked Brad what tools are available to help entrepreneurs as they pivot and reposition during the Covid-19 crisis. He shared a list of more than 125 product and service categories that are being newly created or experiencing significant growth because of Covid-19.


Pivoting During COVID-19: How One Entrepreneur Is Supporting Fellow Business Owners | Shopify Blog

Now is a time for resilience and ingenuity. Many of us must now adapt, pivot, and find new ways to grow. In this episode of Shopify Masters, Kelly Bergeron, a resident of Cornwall, Ontario, talks about the way she sprung into action to help small businesses in her area in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Kelly, with support from Cornwall Mayor Bernadette Clement, built an online store selling gift certificates to over 100 local businesses, enabling her community to find and patronize these businesses.


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