Where did the summer go? It definitely flew by much too quickly! We have enjoyed exploring our region, spending time with family and friends, and supporting our businesses and communities as they have gradually reopened. We are so lucky to live in a place where we can enjoy our backyard – it is pretty spectacular – and we are lucky to call this special place home.
Lets continue to support our local businesses throughout the Fall and Winter – we need them to keep us safe throughout the coming seasons!
Thanks to Brenda Dalzell, BJ Interiors, for hosting our small networking sessions at her new co-working space, The Bridge Co-Share Workspace, in Sicamous. Women who attended said it was wonderful to socialize with other businesses and be able to share their stories. We met in an outdoor space which allowed us to follow all COVID protocols. We look forward to hosting more outdoor, small group networking events in other areas in the Shuswap region in September and October.
And we just have to mention briefly – it was exciting week to watch women break through the glass ceiling, as Chrystia Freeland became Canada’s first female finance minister, and Kamala Harris became the first Indian American and Black woman — actually, the first woman of color – Democratic Vice Presidential nominee in the United States. Perhaps this is a sign that some of the systemic barriers to women in leadership are beginning to fall…
And we will again be delivering our workshops – we have our first Creative Skills workshop, “Caffeinated Content Creation – Working with Words” – presented by Ashley Doan, which has been so popular we are delivering it for two days now – Sunday, September 27 and Monday, September 28. If you are interested please email info@tsutsweye.ca. We have limited space in this workshop and it is filling up fast so please let us know as soon as possible. Thank you to Jenna Robins – Trilogy Solutions – for sponsoring lunch and to Ashley Doan for supplying coffee and snacks for these workshops!
We are booking workshops for the fall, but due to the increase of COVID positive cases, the dates and venues are not finalized yet. We are hoping to host a number of workshops in October – Laura Cooke – Dare To Lead, Brene Brown – Braving Trust, and Deb McClelland who will deliver an in-person Networking for Success. In November we are co-hosting a series of Indigenous Tourism business training workshops and a Girls in Business session. Details for all these programs to follow. Please email info@tsutsweye.ca if you would like to be put on a priority wait list for any of these sessions. We will get back to you with booking information as it becomes available.
Please everyone stay safe, support our families as children return to school, follow the COVID protocols, and most of all be kind and patient – our residents and business will benefit by everyone remembering that we can make it through this – but only by working together.

Starting a new venture as an entrepreneur and choosing to move toward the unknown is often the name of the game for entrepreneurs. There is a lot of uncertainty, a lot of risk, and a lot of fear. Often when first starting out, female entrepreneurs constantly ask themselves a line-up of “what if” scenarios. What if I fail? What if I have no business starting my own company? What if people laugh? What if nobody believes in me or my product/service? Worst of all, what if I don’t believe in myself? What if? What if? What if?
Learn more about the five most common fears that plague entrepreneurs, along with some tips for how to conquer them here.

We have our first Creative Skills workshop, “Caffeinated Content Creation – Working with Words” – presented by Ashley Doan, which has been so popular we are delivering it for two days now – Sunday, September 27 and Monday, September 28. If you are interested please email info@tsutsweye.ca. We have limited space in this workshop and it is filling up fast so please let us know as soon as possible! Thank you to Jenna Robins – Trilogy Solutions – for sponsoring lunch and to Ashley Doan for supplying coffee and snacks for these workshops!

We will also begin our Tsuts’weye Virtual Peer Mentoring sessions with Kathleen Seeley and Laura Cooke.  Please email info@tsutsweye.ca if you would like to be put on the list for any of these sessions. We will get back to you with booking information as it becomes available.

The Business Recovery and Expansion Program will offer 6 months of group and private coaching that is preceded by an in-depth, on-line assessment of each participant’s business. The assessment tool when complete indicates the issues, strengths and opportunity for growth and improvement in a report format that provides the basis for the business strategy changes.
This program will help you re-invent your business and help guide you through any crisis that you may experience – now and into the future.
If you are interested in this program book now! Our September program is full and we are now registering for our November program.
More information on how you can be part of this program and how to register!

Two ways that you can list your business online and create more sales!

SupportLocalBC
Support Local BC provides a place for communities and businesses throughout the province to support each other. It connects all regions and is a platform where you can show your love for your favorite local businesses by purchasing gift cards for future use. This is a great way to encourage family and friends to purchase gift cards to use when they can discover the Shuswap region…later! For more information or to add your business go here and then let your know your business is listed on this website! This initiative is sponsored by Salmon Arm Economic Development Society, Shuswap Economic Development, Shuswap Tourism, and Downtown Salmon Arm.
Business Profiles on the Tsut’weye website
Join the Tsuts’weye Network Business Directory and share your business on our website. Business Profile listings are free. We encourage our members to #ShopShuswap as much as possible. Let’s support each other. To get your business profile on this page, simply fill out our Business Profile Form and email it to us! Check out the listings on the Tsuts’weye website.

ONLINE WORKSHOP

BUILD TRUST – ELIMINATE FEAR – September 1st, 2020 – 11am – 12pm

Phillip’s presentation is designed to educate businesses on the necessity of putting the correct preventative programs in place. Building trust is more important than ever. These programs MUST convey, with confidence, that businesses have taken sanitation and emotional connection to a new level.

OTHER UPCOMING WEBINARS

BCHA, go2HR and ABLE BC Webinar
The BC Hotel Association (BCHA) will be hosting a webinar and open forum in collaboration with go2HR and BC’s Alliance of Beverage Licensees (ABLE BC) and will feature Phil Eastwood, a leading expert in workplace conflict related training. Wednesday August 26th @ 1:00PM (PT) – To register click the link below.
SMALL BUSINESS BC
Creating professional Video Content on your phone – How to Reach Customers with Simple Videos from your Phone – Wednesday, August 26, 2020 – register here
COVID Safety and Energy Efficiency for your Small Business – How to save money during COVID 19 – Wednesday, September 2, 2020 – register here
Business Mapping: Developing a Smart Business Model – Mastering the Business Model Canvas – Wednesday, Sept 9, 2020 – register here
Start Smart 1: Basics of Starting a Business – From Registration and Licenses to Business Structure – Wednesday, September 16, 2020 – register here
Starting a Business: Smart Start Package – Smart Start 1 and 2 Combined – Wednesday, September 16, 2020 – register here
Starting a Business: Smart Start 2 – Key Considerations of Starting a Business – From PST to Protecting Your Business – Wednesday, September 16, 2020 – register here
Back to Business Goal Setting Workshop – Succeeding in the New Normal for Business – Sep 24, Oct 1, Oct 8, and Oct 15, 2020 (attendees must be available for all 4 dates) – 10:00 am – 12:00 pm – register here
Finding and Bidding on Opportunities with the Government of Canada -Thursday, November 12, 2020 – register here
WOMENS ENTERPRISE CENTRE
How to Plan and Launch a New Website – in Partnership with Webnames – Thursday, August 27, 2020 – Build a professional online presence that expresses who you are and supports your business success. – register here
And more webinars! Click on each title to go to the registration page for each webinar.
There are lots more webinars from the Women’s Enterprise Centre! Make sure that you check them out!

Community Futures Development Corporation of Central Interior First Nations will be hosting the Kweseltken Farmer’s and Artisan Market from August 2 to September 27 at the Kamloopa Powwow Arbour in Kamloops, BC. If you are interesting in selling Indigenous grown, raised and crafted goods please find more information and the applications here.
You can also just visit the market and purchase Indigenous grown, raised, and crafted goods.

Tsuts’weye Entrepreneur In Residence Services

To assist you with the reopening and recovery of your business in the Shuswap region.

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 complete the Client Intake Form and then send to Caroline Grover, our Entrepreneur in Residence by email or call her directly at 250-300-4757.
For more information about this program go to the Tsuts’weye website.

COVID-19 Supports and resources for Entrepreneurs

NEW! Women’s Enterprise Centre – Regional Relief and Recovery Fund
The Government of Canada, through Western Economic Diversification Canada, is providing loans of up to $40,000 for eligible women-run businesses to help businesses cope with financial hardship and recovery from economic disruption resulting from COVID-19.
Women’s Enterprise Centre is pleased to provide access to this Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) to women entrepreneurs in BC. If you think your business requires additional financing to recover this could be a good option for you.
This option is available for sole proprietorships, partnerships and corporations. More information here.
GOVERNMENT OF CANADA updates:
NEW! Federal Government revises the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and announces three new support programs
The federal government announced a $37-billion income-support plan for workers whose earnings have declined during the pandemic. The details released outline supports for some four million workers receiving the $500-a-week Canada Emergency Response Benefit, which is set to wind down starting next month.
The CERB will be extended another four weeks, and a new benefit that pays $400 a week for up to 26 weeks will replace it for those ineligible for employment insurance, such as contract, self-employed and “gig” economy workers.
Anyone eligible for EI will get the same minimum for at least 26 weeks and will need to have worked 120 hours to qualify, below current EI requirements. The government also signaled changes were coming to allow individuals to earn more while receiving benefits.
There will also be $500-a-week sickness benefit and caregiving benefit for anyone who has to stay home because they’re ill, or because school or daycare is closed.
Also announced was that the EI premium rate for employers, which is 1.4 times the employee rate, would be frozen for two years at $2.21 per $100 of insurable earnings. Learn More
NEW! The state of emergency is extended through the end of the day on Sept. 20th to allow government to continue to take the necessary actions to keep British Columbians safe and manage immediate concerns, such as recent outbreaks in some areas of the province. Learn more.
Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Extended to December 2020 – Information here on the new updates to the CEWS. Updated July 17, 2020.
Payment Deadline Extension for income tax returns –
Canada Revenue Agency is extending the payment due date for current year individual, corporate, and trust income tax returns, including instalment payments, from September 1st, to September 30th, 2020. Penalties and interest will not be charged if payments are made by the extended deadline.
More information here.
PROVINCE OF BC updates:
NEW! Province Introduces New Measures to Enforce COVID-19 Public Safety
Police and other provincial enforcement officers are being given the ability to issue $2,000 violation tickets for owners or organizers contravening the provincial health officer’s (PHO) order on gatherings and events.
They will also be able to issue $200 violation tickets to individuals not following the direction of police or enforcement staff at events or who refuse to comply with requests to follow PHO orders or safe operating procedures, or respond with abusive behavior.  Learn more.
NEW! COVID-19 Temporary Layoffs – Navigating layoffs is always hard, especially in these uncertain times. Recent changes to temporary layoffs means employees and employers have more options for support. Learn more.
COVID-19 resources for BC Businesses and individuals – updates as of August 21, 2020.
  • Find PPE for your business to safely reopen – Small Business BC has created a Non-Medical PPE Marketplace to connect businesses with suppliers of non-medical safety equipment.
  • WorkSafe BC –  COVID-19 information and resources updated for safe operations for Phase 3.
  • BC Economic Development Association – COVID19 Resources for BC Businesses – updated August 5, 2020.
  • BDC – COVID-19 – Resources and support for BC businesses. Webinars for businesses resources recovery.
  • Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) -Shuswap-Revelstoke – for resources to assist you please click here
  • Community Futures BC – COVID-19 Business Resources.
  • Destination BC – COVID-19 Resources for the Tourism Industry – updated August 24, 2020.
  • Farm Credit Canada – COVID-19 Resources for the agriculture industry.
  • GO2HR – Restarting business operations after COVID-19 industry sector best practices guides here.
  • Greater Vancouver Board of Trade – COVID19 resources and Business Reinvention Series Webinars – more information here.
  • Salmon Arm Economic Development Society – Business Restart Toolkit – Resources for businesses to reopen and more.
  • Small Business BC – Back to Business Resources from Small Business BC.
  • Shuswap Economic Recovery – Providing resources and support for all Shuswap businesses. Learn more.
  • Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association – Tourism Resiliency Program – Resources for Tourism businesses in the Thompson Okanagan Tourism region.
  • Tourism Industry Association of BC – C-19 Bulletin – August 24, 2020
  • Women’s Enterprise Centre – Assisting women entrepreneurs through recovery – Resources and Support..