- Access to valid, high-value information including but not limited to:
- Directives from government agencies
- Local, Provincial, Federal and corporate business support programs
- Business continuity planning, specifically: financial management, human resources, and supply chains, among many more
- Business industry-specific reports and insights
- Access to support finalizing program eligibility and required application processes.
- Access to workforce. This need has been expressed primarily by those businesses deemed an essential service, such as health care, agriculture, and grocery.
- Access to bridge/emergency cash flow.
- Support to transition to digital sales. This need relates primarily to retail and tourism businesses, now required to connect with their customers in new ways.
We will get through this – we can provide support to assist you.
A new opportunity for businesses if you are considering updating your business model to meet the new requirements when we move into recovery is available from the Federal Government. This may include building a new website, moving your business to on line marketing and sales campaigns. The Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) will provide interest-free loans of up to $40,000 to small businesses and not-for-profits, to help cover their operating costs during a period where their revenues have been temporarily reduced. More information on this program can be accessed here.
The Student Work Placement Program gives post-secondary students across Canada paid work experience related to their field of study. Consider hiring a student including Co-op, Interns or Post-secondary and access a wage subsidy program. This applies to business and non-profits. For more information on this program go to the Student Work Placement Program.
Tsuts’weye Women’s Entrepreneur & Innovation Network can provide services to your business, whether you are a new business, or have been in business many years. These services are provided free of charge, thanks to the financial support of Community Futures Shuswap and Western Economic Diversification.
To access these services please contact Caroline Grover, our Entrepreneur in Residence. Please email Caroline at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her directly at 250-300-4757.
For more information about this program go to the Tsuts’weye website.
Okanagan College Professional Development Courses
Please see the attached flyer for the upcoming free business webinars and courses starting this Wednesday April 22. All information and registration can be found at the follow link: Professional Development Resources.
An Introduction to COVID-19 Small Business Strategy
Date: April 22, 10 – 11 a.m.
Duration: 1 hour
Working and Managing a Workforce Remotely
Date: April 23, 10 – 11 a.m.
Duration: 1 hour
Small Business Strategy During Times of Crisis (Self-paced course)
Date: April 27 – May 8
Duration: 2 weeks (9 hours equivalent, at your own pace)
COVID-19 Supports for Women Entrepreneurs
- NEW!! Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy opens April 27th. This wage subsidy will enable you to re-hire workers previously laid off as a result of COVID-19, help prevent further job losses, and better position you to resume normal operations following the crisis.
- Government of Canada – CoVID-19 benefits program portal. Here’s how to apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefits and more resources.
- Province of BC – COVID-19 resources: Here is up to date information about resources for businesses and individuals.
- Small Business BC – CoVid-19 Resources for small business in BC.
- BDC – CoVid-19 – 7 tips to sustain your business through the disruption – You can follow these steps to rapidly forecoast your cash flow.
- Womens Enterprise Centre – CoVid-19 – Assisting women entrepreneurs through this crisis – Resources and Support.
- BC Economic Development Association – Resources for BC Businesses.
- Tourism Industry Association of BC – C-19 Bulletin – April 20, 2020