Small Business BC Supports
For the latest information on small business supports, resources and advisory services during COVID-19, please visit Small Business BC. Advisors are ready to help by phone at 1-800-667-2272, email and daily digital meetups.
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A list of resources for small businesses in BC
Women's Entrepreneur and Innovation Network
Tsuts'weye supports women entrepreneurs in the Shuswap.
A new project supporting female entrepreneurs has been launched in the Shuswap. Tsuts’weye is a three-year, federally funded initiative through Western Economic Diversification Canada and facilitated locally through Community Futures Shuswap. The project supports women-owned or women-led enterprises in the start-up, expansion, or ongoing operational phase of business in the Shuswap.
Tsuts’weye means butterfly in Secwepemc and is symbolic of the “butterfly effect”. When one woman is empowered in a community the effects can often be powerful and far-reaching.
TOTA is working in partnership with the nine Community Futures offices in the region to assist the tourism industry in overcoming the challenges presented by the current COVID-19 crisis through the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Resiliency Program. In July 2020, a formal agreement was signed in commitment to the development of an active and meaningful relationship on the path to rebuilding a resilient tourism industry in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Shuswap Economic Recovery Program
Shuswap Economic Development, Shuswap Tourism, Salmon Arm Economic Development Society, Community Futures Shuswap and the Tsuts’weye Women’s Entrepreneur & Innovation Network have come together to develop and implement a Phase I response to the economic impacts currently facing Shuswap businesses and organizations.
The plan is designed to respond directly to the needs expressed by the local business community and stakeholder organizations and invite partnerships and collaboration with other regional business and economic development groups wherever possible.
KEY STEPS TO SAFELY OPERATING YOUR BUSINESS OR ORGANIZATION AND REDUCING COVID-19 TRANSMISSION
The core measures set out below provide the basis for Government and sector partners to think through and plan for business and institutional resumption based on a sectoral analysis through its multiple ministries and sectoral partnership tables. It is intended to help the sectors think through and plan a cautious return towards the 60% social contact maximum of the pre-Covid-19 normal.
We have compiled a comprehensive list of business, sector, and economic development associations/agencies with links to their COVID-19 resource pages. Within each link, you'll find a vast array of supports, services, and resources for small businesses, communities, and industry sectors to assist you in navigating through the challenges COVID-19 brings with it.
Resources for BC Businesses
BC ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION
BC RESTAURANT & FOOD SERVICES ASSOCIATION
CANADIAN FEDERATION OF AGRICULTURE
CANADIAN FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESS
INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS & BUSINESSES ASSOCIATIONS OF BC
COVID-19 Business-Related Supports & Resources
Federal Government resources:
Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan
COVID-19 Measures to Help Canadians
COVID-19 Outreach Resource Links
General information on COVID-19
Supports for businesses and industries
BC Provincial Government resources:
COVID-19 & Returning to Safe Operations - Communicable Disease Prevention - WorkSafeBC
COVID-19: Financial Supports for Small Businesses in B.C.
General COVID-19 Provincial Support and Information
Canadian Mental Health Association
Small Business and COVID-19 Safety- WorkSafeBC
Resources For Nonprofits- TechSoup