"At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, things were looking really uncertain for us. One by one, all of our catering events slowly started getting cancelled. We didn't know what was going to happen next. Planned meetings, conferences, parties, weddings, and office lunches were all called off. That's when the tragedy of COVID-19 and it's devastating impact on our business and the food industry really hit home for me.
In the last four years, we've grown our business from offering small Syrian pop-up dining events into a full-service catering company. We applied for the BC Recovery Grant because we needed it. We needed to create stability and income for our team of newcomer Syrian women chefs, many of whom have overcome tremendous adversities. They were our main concern so it was a relief to receive the grant.
We are dedicating some of the grant money to improving our online presence, including sharpening our website, taking beautiful photos of our food, and learning more about digital marketing. This grant gave us a way forward through the pandemic.
The level of kindness, compassion, and generosity we have seen from people across the province makes me hopeful. From the government to our neighbours, Tayybeh has been championed by so many people and communities. It’s extremely humbling, and the future is promising."
Nihal is the founder of tayybeh.syrian – a social enterprise that provides employment for Syrian women chefs who are new to BC. To learn more about the Small and Medium Sized Business Recovery Grant visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/economic-recovery/business-recovery-grant
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