Merchants in Kingston-Galloway, Orton Park and Mornelle Court met this month to start what may one day be an area business association or joint marketing group.
Representatives of 22 businesses and other area stakeholders from the three neighbourhoods held their first “appreciation breakfast” for what the East Scarborough Storefront calls the Inclusive Local Economy Network (ILEN).
The event at the Pavitra Restaurant on Kingston Road was meant to get businesses in the neighbourhood into the habit of networking, Victoria Armit, Storefront’s local economic opportunities specialist said last week.
Though in its earliest stages, the network’s stated aims include ensuring stability and growth for small businesses in these neighbourhoods, and encouraging a workforce at those businesses “that is inclusive and reflects” their communities.
“ILEN is interested in helping businesses to form lucrative collaborative relationships with one another, and we intend for the business appreciation breakfast to be the beginning of more opportunities for local business owners to meet and interact,” Storefront said in a statement.
Millie Taverner, retired owner of Sisters Restaurant in West Hill, was scheduled as a guest speaker to share her expertise in attracting customers to a family business in the area which lasted more than 50 years.
A business summit on April 18 organized by Scarborough East Councillor Paul Ainslie will also address issues merchants along Kingston Road are facing.