Message from Program Manager, Carmen Massey

Hi Tsuts’weye Network,

This week we are focusing on businesses reopening and providing you with the best resources to assist you with restarting your business. We hope you are all doing well as you open your doors to your customers. During this time of Covid, it has been inspiring to hear about women who are courageously opening new businesses, expanding existing businesses and creating new business ideas. If you have a few minutes, I encourage you to complete this anonymous online survey created by a local female entrepreneur gathering primary research to support her in the development of a new business idea.  Here’s a shout-out to all the businesses emerging, re-opening, and planning for the future ahead!

Tsuts’weye is committed to helping all women entrepreneurs whatever their background and whatever their industry.  As always, we encourage you to list your businesses on the Tsuts’weye Business Profile page and to join the Support Local BC site that has been set up for Shuswap businesses. Both of these tasks take minutes and will extend your online reach, which is critical at this time. Contact our Business support program for direct, free, one-on-one consulting support.  We also encourage you to investigate the Destination BC toolkit to assist with tourism messaging and marketing in accordance with the local health recommendations. Also please check out our business reopening resources below and at the bottom of the newsletter that will give you good information and resources on reopening your business.

Warm regards,
Carmen Massey
Project Manager, Tsuts’weye Enterprise and Innovation Network
Cell: 250-804-3466




BCEDA Economic Response & Restart Weekly Webinar – Rethinking Business Engagement and Practices in a Post-COVID Era – Thursday, June 4, 2020 – 2:00pm to 3:00pm PST – Register here

BC Economic Development Association – COVID19 Resources for BC Businesses – This is a lengthy document but everything that you need to know about restarting your business.

Canada Business Resiliency Network Small Business Relief Fund – Businesses can use the $10,000 grants to support their recovery efforts, including paying salaries, acquiring safety and personal protective equipment for staff, replenishing materials or paying for the measures required to adapt business models to the economic impacts of COVID-19. More information here.

Salmon Arm Economic Development Society – Business Restart Toolkit – Resources for business to reopen and more.

Small Business BC – Guidelines for reopening your business. Also for more resources from Small Business BC please go here.

Women’s Enterprise Centre – Assisting women entrepreneurs through recovery – Resources and Support.

WorkSafeBC announces additional support for employers impacted by COVID-19 for more information go here. Other resources with WorkSafeBC can also be accessed through this link.

WorkSafeBC posters and signs for businesses to use when reopening – more information here. Other signs for businesses to use here.




Can’t make it live? Register so that we can send you the webinar replay!!

Two Ways to List Your Business Online and Create More Sales!


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 SAEDS, Shuswap Economic Development/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.


Thursday, June 4, 2020  – 2:00PM – ExploreBC…. Virtually

Destination BC has launched a series of webinars to support BC’s tourism industry on the road to recovery from COVID-19. The six-part series, will guide tourism businesses through ‘checkpoints’ to collectively consider and work on as we move towards recovery and resilience in our industry. Topics include: planning for re-opening, digital marketing, strategies to elevate the visitor experience, and more.  Learn more and register – all of the past webinars are also available at this link.

Tsuts’weye Entrepreneur In Residence Services
for all entrepreneurs 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.

Business Profiles on Tsuts’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!

COVID-19 Supports for Women Entrepreneurs

  • Government of Canada Emergency extends the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy – more information here. Other COVID-19 benefits programs and more resources.
  • Greater Vancouver Board of Trade – Business Reinvention Series Webinars – more information here.
  • Province of BCCOVID-19 resources – updates as of May 20, 2020 – resources for businesses and individuals.
  • BC Economic Development AssociationResources for BC Businesses
  • May 29, 2020 – Weekly Bulletin
  • BDC – CoVid-19Resources and support for businesses.
  • Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) -Shuswap-Revelstoke – for resources to assist you please click here
  • Community Futures BC – COVID-19 Business Resources.
  • Shuswap Business Recovery Planning – For more information on this program please call 250-833-5928 or email
  • Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association – Tourism Resiliency Program – Resources for Tourism businesses in the Thompson Okanagan Tourism region.
  • Tourism Industry Association of BCC-19 Bulletin – June 1, 2020