BELFAST — Business owners in Belfast are optimistic about the upcoming summer season.
Many small businesses were able to stay afloat this year thanks to help from the local government.
Belfast Mayor Eric Sanders said, “Belfast without its small businesses is not Belfast.”
Zach Schmesser, the executive director of Our Town Belfast, said the mayor and city council played a major role in keeping these businesses alive and well.
“The key thing with our local government is that anytime there has been a request for something that will support businesses the answer has been ‘yes, and what else can we do’ there really hasn’t been any question if there is a benefit to businesses,” he said.
Schmesser said the pandemic has influenced the way these local businesses operate.
“A lot of our business owners adapted and innovated whether it be online ordering or curbside pick up and we will continue those practices even when the pandemic is over,” said Schmesser.
Belfast Mayor Eric Sanders said the future is bright for the city’s small businesses. “Belfast businesses to my knowledge have done really good surviving, and as we come out of the pandemic hopefully this year, it will be full sails ahead for small business,” said Schmesser.