DER3 provides advisory services and training, at no cost, to small businesses willing to enter or expand their footprint in the digital economy. These services will be available to “main street” businesses from any sector based outside of the Lower Mainland and will provide them with guidance to access the digital resources needed to respond to physical restrictions and closures. In addition to supporting small and medium sized business, the program is also a mechanism to match local business needs with local subject-matter experts and digital service providers in their own regions, which maximize business connections and economic benefits within their jurisdictions.
This program is offered via select regional BC Acceleration Network partners: Innovation Island in Nanaimo (pioneer), Viatec in Victoria, ICS/Hubspace in Prince George, Accelerate Okanagan in Kelowna, KIC in Kamloops and KAST in Trail/Nelson area. Expected total reach by March 2021: 990 small business in BC.
The Small and Medium-Sized Business Recovery Grant program will invest up to $300 million in targeted financial support for some of the hardest hit businesses in B.C. that employ between two and 149 B.C. residents and have experienced declines in revenue since March 10, 2020.
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.
The program runs until March 31, 2021 or until the funds are fully allocated, whichever comes first.
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.
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.
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.
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
BUSINESS COUNCIL OF BC:
CANADIAN FEDERATION OF AGRICULTURE:
CANADIAN FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESS:
GOVERNMENT OF BC:
GOVERNMENT OF CANADA:
INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS & BUSINESSES ASSOCIATIONS OF BC:
LEAGUE OF INNOVATORS:
RETAIL COUNCIL OF CANADA:
SMALL BUSINESS BC:
WOMEN'S ENTERPRISE CENTRE:
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.
A list of resources for small businesses in BC