It goes without saying that 2020 was a challenging year for local businesses, whether it be restaurant, retail store or – in the case of one local business – brewing craft beers.
It’s all thanks to what was, at one time, a mystery virus that began to spread in Wuhan, China as 2019 wound down. The result has been lockdowns, public health restrictions and in many cases, businesses shutting their doors for good.
So, when government assistance is offered, it is welcomed, said Jason Pizzicarola, owner of Brimstone Brewing Company in Ridgeway.
“The government has been pretty good that way,” Pizzicarola said of the various forms of assistance businesses have received since March, when the country went into its first lockdown. That assistance included such programs as the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, as well as a menu of grants available through the provincial government.
Most recently, Brimstone was approved for a grant of $5,000 from a joint program of the provincial and federal governments to help businesses in the agri-food sector with marketing efforts.