Economic Resiliency and Recovery Resources

 

The Stettler Regional Board of Trade & Community Development, in partnership with Stettler Regional Emergency Management Agency, will be collecting emergency information from businesses along with details on their current situation to help share resources and prepare for recovery.

 

We are asking all businesses to please fill out this vital form.

 

Business Resource Form

 

At this time we are asking our local businesses making any operational changes to please submit the following form:  https://www.stettlerlocal.com/covid-19-business-updates

 

Utilizing this form not only assists us but allows your customers to still access your goods and services.

 


Economic Resiliency & Recovery Resources

 

From the Stettler Regional Board of Trade

Facebook Group

Globally, people and businesses are faced with having to understand how to deal with the ever-changing issues surrounding the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. Managing the public health risk for infectious diseases is the responsibility of Alberta Health Services, but business owners need to be prepared for the potential impacts that COVID-19 could have on their operations.

 

The Stettler Board of Trade wants to assist our community with easy access to factual, up-to-date information so that your business can be prepared. We have created a private Facebook group that will share a collection of resources to help keep you up to date as well as develop your business continuity plans. We will continue to provide new resources as they become available.

 

In Business For Business 

 

10@10

Schedule

 

 

Tuesday April 7: Justin Tanner, Partner, Gitzel & Company Chartered Professional Accountants


 

From Community Futures East Parkland 

#Marketing Challenge

This year participants will be supplied with a content calendar and a how-to manual with the main focus on engaging your following on Facebook. The challenge will not be focused on overall likes or follows but rather engaging the following you do, giving everyone a fair chance.  In the face of adversity more now than ever we need to be connected to our customers, suppliers and communities  and be resilient so we can all get through this together.

 

Registration is open April 1- 30

 

Free to enter

 

Challenge runs for the month of May

Weekly Prizes

$250 Most influential

$250 Most improved

 

Grand prizes

$2500 for Most influential

$1500 for Most improved

$1000 for Most dynamic

$1000 Fan Favorite

 

Find out more.


From Alberta Municipal Health and Safety Association

Free Webinar Series
 
If most of you have been tuning in every Tuesday at 10 am, you will know that Howatt HR is presenting thoughtful and helpful tips for us to cope during this COVID-19 pandemic. These webinars are provided for free to anyone who is interested in maintaining and improving their mental fitness in this difficult time.
 
We are currently limited to 1,000 live participants per week, but the recording will also be posted to our new collaborative microsite maintainingmentalfitness.com/.
 
This Week’s Webinar:
April 7 - 10:00 AM MST
Micro-skill: Creating Social Connections


From the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
CCOHS has now unlocked previously paid online products and resources related to pandemics to be free of charge to assist workplaces during this time. Available to you are complimentary courses/e-learning, publications, posters, and podcasts.
 
These free resources are to help you and your workers reduce their chances of infection while you are allowing for normal operations to continue when you may be facing sick or absent workers.
 
To access this information, please visit the CCOHS website, or visit our COVID-19 resource page on our website where you will find many resources available to you.

From Rairdan Services Inc.

 


From Medicine Hat College

 
The outbreak of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) presents new challenges in the workplace as employers strive to keep businesses running and support the health and well-being of their workforce. A business’s response to the COVID-19 crisis needs to address business operations and employee concerns. In addition, it must include safety considerations and steps that will stem the severity of the outbreak.
 
COVID-19: Action Plan for the Workplace course is designed to help employers and managers prepare and respond to exposure and illness caused by COVID-19. Organizational plans that take into account policies and procedures, human resources matters, and supply and production issues can help companies and employees prepare for the health pandemic. Being prepared, yet flexible enough to adapt to an ever-changing situation, supports an entire organization.
 
To help our valued customers respond to the COVID-19 crisis, we’re offering this course at no cost for a limited time through April 30, 2020.
 

From Next Generation Manufacturing

Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGen) will invest $50 million in Supercluster funding to support companies as they rapidly respond to the COVID-19 pandemic by building a Canadian supply of essential equipment, products, and therapeutics. 
 
Projects will be selected for funding according to critical needs identified by the Government of Canada and the ability of manufacturers to produce products that are safe for both patients and health care workers. 
 
NGen will prioritize funding for projects that can have an immediate impact between April and the end of June 2020 and will fund eligible costs for projects within this timeframe up to 100% (depending on the level of knowledge and information sharing to help Canadians). 
 
Projects that will have an impact in the medium term – beyond the June 30 timeframe may also be considered for funding at 50%. 
 
Projects are not expected to exceed funding of more than $5m. 
 
We ask for your support to expand the reach of this program by leveraging your extensive networks. 
 
·      Companies looking for support in launching production of critical products to fight COVID-19 can indicate their interest at www.ngen.ca/covid-19-response.  
 
·      Experts who are able to assist are also encouraged to share their capabilities with us at www.ngen.ca/covid-19-response
 
Together, we can ensure that manufacturers can get their products to the front of the line in this crisis. 

 


From the Insurance Bureau of Canada

COVID-19 and business insurance: How coverage is triggered
 
These are uncertain and challenging times. With COVID-19 causing global concern, we understand many Canadians will have questions related to commercial insurance. IBC has produced a brief Q&A document outlining how coverage is triggered and how business interruption policies work.
 

From the Canadian Chamber of Commerce

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce Pandemic Preparedness Guide can be found here

 

 


From RSM Canada

Article: 5 things organizations can do to brace against coronavirus fallout
Use these emergency preparedness best practices to minimize the negative impacts to your business from the #coronavirus pandemic:
 
Article: How to handle supply chain bottlenecks in the face of coronavirus
As #COVID19 cases increase worldwide, companies have changed or in some cases halted parts of their operations to help slow the spread:
 
For more on RSM Canada's COVID-19 Resource Centre click here.

 


From the Canadian Payroll Association

For a summary of the questions and answers from the Payroll Infoline please click here.

 


From the Calgary Chamber of Commerce

Business Resource Webinar Series

Find more information and previous recordings here. 

 


From Facebook

Business Resource Hub

 

Managing through and building resilience during the COVID-19 outbreak.

 

At Facebook, we’re working to keep people safe and informed about the recent outbreak of COVID-19. We know that as members of the communities you serve, businesses like yours may also be experiencing unexpected challenges, and we’re committed to providing as much support as possible.

 

Find out more here.

 

Small Business Grants Program

 

We know that your business may be experiencing disruptions resulting from the global outbreak of COVID-19. We’ve heard that a little financial support can go a long way, so we are offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits to help during this challenging time. 

 

Find out more here.

  


From the BDC
Business Continuity Plans
 
Employers should consider their business continuity plans and how COVID-19 could impact their workplace. To prepare, make plans to:
  • protect employees
  • limit spread in workplaces
  • ensure continuity of critical services if staff are ill or self-isolating
  • explore alternate working arrangements, such as:
  • working from home or remotely
  • doing work that doesn't require contact with other people

 

Find a Business Continuity plan and template for entrepreneurs by the Business Development Bank of Canadhere.

 
 
How to cope with the impacts of COVID-19 on your business
 
Financing available as part of the Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP)
Two financing programs are available through the BCAP: The Canada Emergency Business Account and SME Loan and Guarantee program. Both initiatives will be administered by private-sector financial institutions.
Canada Emergency Business Account
  • Up to $40,000
  • Zero interest for first year
  • Available through your primary financial institution
SME Loan and Guarantee program
1. BDC co-lending (with financial institutions)
  • Up to $6.25 million
  • Commercial interest rate
  • 10-year repayment period
  • Available through your primary financial institution
2. EDC BCAP Guarantee
  • Up to $6.25 million
  • Additional details available on EDC website
  • Available through your primary financial institution
Contact your primary financial institution for more information.
Applications details will be made available in the weeks to come on financial institutions’ websites.

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