Last month we learned how the TBay Two Degree Rule works in the automotive sector. This month we looked at another of the Money-Back Guarantees attached to every TBay purchase: Thunder Bay’s arts scene.
Leaving aside opinions on music or art, let’s just talk jobs. According to the Two Degree Rule, you probably already know a talented young person with the potential to become a professional musician or a visual artist. Ever wonder how they’ll make a living if they stay in Thunder Bay? The short answer is that they’re going to depend on your support if they’re going to have a career in the arts here, because TBay’s arts depend in a lot of ways on TBay business.
The Thunder Bay Art Gallery and the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, cornerstones of the arts in our city, only receive a portion of their operating funds from the Provincial and Federal governments. They depend on funding from the City of Thunder Bay and community fundraising efforts for the rest.
The loss of much of our resource industry has already affected fundraising in Thunder Bay. TBay’s other businesses, many of which are small retail, restaurant and service operations, have been heroically stretching their resources to continue to support local organizations, but there are only so many of them, and they can’t donate what they don’t earn. Even though we as shoppers can’t really affect the resource industry, we CAN choose to support the local businesses that are supporting our arts organizations and all the jobs depending on them.
The Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra currently employs 30 full-time musicians, two conductors and four music-loving administrative staff, while the Thunder Bay Art Gallery , with three full-time administrative positions, exhibits art from over 300 different artists every year. By supporting the TBay businesses that make this possible we support the exceptional quality of life that a thriving arts community provides as well as the potential for a future in the local arts for that talented young person you know.
#ChooseTBayFirst! By supporting TBay business, you’re helping to support jobs for TBay artists.
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To support you through the uncertainty of Coronavirus, the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce has gathered and prepared several resources.
In keeping with the recommendations of the Thunder Bay District Health Unit to reduce social gatherings in order to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and in consultation with our hosts at CIBC, the March 18th After Business has been postponed until further notice. We look forward to rescheduling at the earliest opportunity. Learn more about the Health Unit’s recommendations: https://www.tbdhu.com/coronavirus
To help businesses prepare for and manage through a potential COVID-19 escalation in Canada, the Canadian Chamber has developed a brief guide source from a number of best practice documents and designed to assist business planning and continuity efforts. This tool includes links to the some of the most relevant and credible information, best practice tools and resources and can be found here.
Olives and Bananas joined the Chamber in January 2020. They’re more than a yarn shop, aiming to supply a wider range of fibre arts supplies from wool yarn to wool roving, felting tools, knitting, crochet, spinning, weaving, macrame, cross stitch and embroidery. Natural fibres are at the heart of the shop, for both ethical and environmental reasons; slow fashion is an important key to a sustainable future.
The fourth annual Ontario Economic Report (OER), released today by the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, reveals areas of opportunity where both business and government can focus to create an environment more conducive to small business success.