Business Support Programs

  The following is a list of recently announced business support programs: The Accelerating Manufacturing Scale-Up grant program opens April 15 with a deadline of May 31. It is open to individual or groups of BC businesses that manufacture value-added products. Grants up to $250,000 for individual businesses and $500,000 for groups of businesses. There […]

B.C.’s Scale Up Survey

What challenges are you facing in adopting new technology and scaling your business? How can new technology help your business during the COVID pandemic? This 7-minute survey will inform potential future government programs focused on supporting businesses through recovery and beyond. To take the survey, click here.

B.C. Government Launches New Grant Program for Businesses

“The B.C. government is investing $12 million to help businesses launch or upgrade an online store that will provide the platform they need to increase their sales revenues, become more competitive and grow. Up to 25% of the program funds will be reserved for regional and Indigenous businesses”.   “The new Launch Online Grant program […]

Mini-guide to help employee’s mental health through winter

“With the challenges brought on by cold weather and the holiday season, winter can often be a difficult time. But with COVID-19, this year’s winter may be even more demanding on our mental health and well-being”. Mental Health Commission of Canada recently developed a mini-guide to “help employers provide workers with specific tools and resources […]

Expanded Support for Employers and Jobseekers

Submitted by WorkBC We recognize that many employers are struggling, and that this holiday season is not as joyful as the last. We have some good news! WorkBC has rolled out changes to the Wage Subsidy Program to help reduce ongoing labour market challenges and better serve employers and jobseekers. The enhanced program expands eligibility, […]

Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy Now Open

The Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy (CERS) portal is now accepting applications. Canadian businesses, non-profit organizations or charities that have seen a drop in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for a subsidy to cover part of their commercial rent or property expenses retroactive to September 27, 2020 until June 2021. This subsidy […]

Building Resilience to Thrive – UVIC Partnership Gives Cranbrook Businesses Access to COVID-19 Recovery Certificate

The “Building Resilience to Thrive” online training program will offer relief to businesses and help mitigate the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic by teaching them how to adapt their business models, re-engage their customers and adjust their workplace cultures. Developed in partnership with the University of Victoria, Gustavson School of Business, this program will […]

Dine Around Cranbrook During The #EatLocalYXC Festival

Get your taste buds ready for the #EatLocalYXC Festival happening in Cranbrook beginning Oct. 22 and running through Nov. 12, giving locals the chance to connect with their community and support local restaurateurs during a series of behind-the-scenes Facebook Live events and showcase menus. Every Thursday for four weeks, you’ll get a sneak peek behind […]

CRANBROOK CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HOSTS VIRTUAL ALL CANDIDATES FORUM FOR BUSINESS

Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a business-focused all-candidates forum featuring the three candidates running in Kootenay East is being held over Zoom from 3-4 p.m. MT on Wednesday October 14th. “The Cranbrook Chamber All Candidates Forum presents an opportunity for the business community to address political issues that directly impact businesses in our […]

What Does a Business Walk do for Your Business?

You’ve heard that Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce is hosting an online Business Walk, but what does that mean? What does providing this information really do for your business? This year the Business Walk is in the form of a short online survey (find it here) rather than in-person interviews. The survey takes only about 2 […]

Open Letter to Government Leaders on Working Together Regarding COVID-19 Challenges

A coalition of some of the largest national business associations in the world released an open letter to government leaders seeking partnership in removing obstacles to innovation, maintaining strong intellectual property protections, and encouraging global collaboration to aid the deployment of critical medical equipment – including COVID-19 diagnostics, treatments, and vaccines. The signatories on the […]