Message from Program Manager, Carmen Massey
Hi Tsuts’weye Network,
We find ourselves in the middle of Tourism Week in BC, which feels vastly different than the celebratory mood of the tourism industry only one year ago. In 2019 we were on the trajectory of five record years of tourism growth in a row. Even as we prepared for floods and fires, no one could have predicted the impact of a microscopic organism on the global tourism industry.
A healthy, robust Shuswap economy depends on a thriving tourism industry. Many of our small businesses depend on the visitor economy in the summer to sustain them. Think: gas stations, retail stores, farmer’s markets and coffee shops. Lately I ponder that we often don’t value something until we risk losing it. Our visitor economy makes our community rich with a variety of businesses we love as locals but they actually exist largely with the support of the tourism economy. We understand that #tourismmatters to us in the Shuswap, economically and personally. So a shout-out to our hard-hit tourism industry this week!
As a community, we can do our part to bridge the gap for our tourism businesses, until the day that people return in sustainable numbers. Let us spend our dollars on our neighbour, consider hyper-local travel, and convert each dollar we spend into a dollar that supports local. And let’s be kind to our businesses taking the courageous step to open up and invite visitors back to our community. It is a tricky balance to maintain, between respecting the wishes of the community and protecting the interests of one’s own business. I applaud our businesses who are showing courage, fortitude, and wisdom to carefully and thoughtfully lead the way to “open”.
Tsuts’weye is committed to helping all women entrepreneurs whatever their background and whatever their industry. We particularly are concerned about our tourism businesses at this time and encourage you to reach out for the many supports our program can offer. 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 resource section at the bottom of the newsletter that will give you good information and resources on reopening your business.
A Tsuts’weye Network business, Canadian Barley Tea Company, mo’mugi was nominated for RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards, Ones to Watch category. Congratulations, Cilla and Janice! We launched our own Tsuts’weye Women to Watch project this week, featuring June Reeves, Up the Hill at Loakin. Thank you to Trilogy Solutions, sponsor of our Women to Watch project.
We have the privilege this Saturday to host (virtually) Michael Kerr in the Shuswap (May 30 at 10 am). Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register and get your zoom link. Michael will be talking about “Humour at Work” and strategies to motivate yourself and others during these challenging times. We have opened up the webinar to all businesses, so feel free to share with your male counterparts in the community.
Tomorrow (Thursday, May 28 at 10:00 am) you are invited to a Town Hall meeting for businesses in the Shuswap, facilitated through the Shuswap Economic Recovery program. Tsuts’weye is a partner in this initiative and we hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to connect with other business owners in the community, to learn more about the concerns and opportunities for re-opening.
I look forward to seeing many of you “on screen” this week. But, to be honest, I would rather visit you and your businesses face-to-physically-distant-face. Please let me know when you are open and welcoming visitors and when would be a good time to come see first-hand how you are implementing the changes required to do business now.
We are #tsutsweyestrong. We have collective hope, strength, and commitment.
Project Manager, Tsuts’weye Enterprise and Innovation Network
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The message at this time is to explore the communities around us and stay local for any travel plans. Please support our local businesses that rely on the busy summer months to sustain their businesses throughout the year. Shop local, stay local, and eat local this year. Our businesses and communities will appreciate your support!! Go here for more information on Tourism Week in BC.
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Business Profiles on Tsuts’weye Website
COVID-19 Supports for Women Entrepreneurs
NEW! Health & Safety Guidelines WebinarIn advance of WorkSafeBC’s development of health and safety guidelines specific to tourism (expected in June), Chris Back, Director of OHS Consultation & Education Services, will provide an overview of what employers and employees should consider as you develop your plans for re-opening and a return to work. This webinar also touches on what future visitors will expect and need from a health and safety perspective. WATCH HERE
NEW! Government of Canada – New CEBA requirements – latest updates.
- Government of Canada – Commercial Rent Relief – more information.
- BC Hydro – COVID-19 Relief Fund.
- Tourism Resiliency Program – Resources for Tourism businesses in the Thompson Okanagan Tourism region.
- Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy – Click the link for more information.
- Government of Canada – Here is the link to the COVID-19 benefits programs and more resources.
- Province of BC – COVID-19 resources: Here is up to date information about resources for businesses and individuals.
- Community Futures BC – COVID-19 Business Resources.
- Small Business BC – CoVid-19 Resources – webinars and resources for small business in BC.
- BDC – CoVid-19 – Resources and support for businesses affected by COVID-19.
- 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 24, 2020