Small and Medium-Sized Business Recovery Grant

The Government of British Columbia has established a new Recovery Grant program for small and medium-sized businesses.  Through this program, “grants of $10,000 to $30,000 are available.  An additional $5,000 to $10,000 grant is available to eligible tourism-related businesses that have been hit especially hard by COVID-19”.   “Grants are fully-funded. A business would only […]

Optimizing Operations Using Technology

“As the pandemic continues, business must adapt to a new reality of the business landscape.” “The Basin Business Advisor Program (BBA) is now offering business advisement services around adopting technology such as e-commerce, digital marketing and implementing technology for your business processes.”   To learn more about the strategies BBA can offer you and your […]

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 […]

Celebrating Disability Employment Month

Submitted by: WorkBC This September marks the 6th annual Disability Employment Month in British Columbia. It is an opportunity to celebrate the diverse and unique abilities of many employees, as well as recognizing the inclusive employers and communities who support their success. Covid-19’s impact on the labor market has resulted in record-high unemployment rates in […]

BC Chamber of Commerce Releases Recommendations for Economic Recovery

The BC Chamber of Commerce recently submitted a report to the government on behalf of its 36,000 members.  “This submission will help the Province design a plan to support BC’s businesses and our economy as we move out of crisis and toward recovery”. This submission focuses on “building a competitive BC that will support all […]

Helping Small Businesses Save Energy During COVID-19

In order to assist small and medium-sized businesses in BC as they recover from challenges involved with COVID-19, Fortis BC is offering “free customized energy advice by phone, video conference or in-person”. Through this, “business owners can get tips, technical advice and information about programs that can help them save energy, greenhouse gas emissions and […]

Mentally Healthy Workplaces

Did you know that each week, an estimated 500,000 employees miss work due to a mental health problem? Did you know that this costs the Canadian economy more than $51 billion per year?   Promoting good mental health within your workplace is not only great for positive culture and reducing stigma, but it also makes good […]

Western Economic Diversification Canada supports women-owned businesses in Western Canada

Canadian women entrepreneurs are contributing to the economic success of our communities. At the same time, they have unique and systemic hurdles to overcome when starting and growing a business, and have been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, many of the sectors where women entrepreneurs tend to operate like retail, accommodation and […]

Government Introduces Draft Regulations Providing Relief for Registered Pension Plans

“The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant and decisive action through Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan to support Canadians and protect jobs during the global COVID-19 outbreak. Finance Minister Bill Morneau recently announced the release of draft regulations that would help employers who sponsor a Registered Pension Plan (RPP) or salary deferral leave plan for […]

Navigating The Crisis And Its Aftermath (Free Webinar)

This webinar, will cover various topics, including: The COVID-19-induced economic crisis: where we stand and our view of the economic outlook Reopening our economy with a delicate new dual mandate: saving lives and livelihoods Until the vaccine: Adapting to a completely reconfigured economic landscape Policy solutions for the previous cycle will not work: the next […]

Businesses Province-Wide Call on Labour Minister to Urgently Act to Avoid More Employee Terminations and Forced Small Business Bankruptcies

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JUNE 22, 2020, VANCOUVER: “In a letter to BC’s leading business organizations dated June 18, Minister Bains refuses to extend the temporary lay-off time limits. The letter was issued the day after Premier Horgan’s pledge to listen to and get input from British Columbians on rebuilding our province – together. The Minister’s […]