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CWCC Pulse E-Newsletter April 30, 2020

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A Message from Dana Burdenuk, General Manager:


Good afternoon,
Our team here at CWCC is here to help and advocate for you. We’re working hard (and remotely of course!) to ensure that your concerns, feedback and voices are heard.
To date, we've held a Virtual Swap Talk Town Hall with our elected officials from all four levels of government and five free virtual webinars, all focused on helping our local business community navigate through the COVID-19 crisis. We’ll continue this dialogue through a variety of virtual events to ensure our members can continue to learn, adapt, and connect. 
There continues to be a lot of announcements from all levels of government in an effort to support businesses. On Friday, the  Ontario-Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (OCECRA)  program was announced to provide urgent relief for small businesses and landlords affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. As of Monday this week, the Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) opened for applications. To apply, login to your online CRA account. More information can be found  here .
Shop Local CW is LIVE! Buying gift cards supports our local businesses now and later! More info on how to register as a business and how to purchase gift cards can be found at  https://shoplocalcw.ca/ .
With this week’s announcement of the three stages to  reopen the Ontario economy , we want to hear from our members on how you are planning, adapting, and getting ready for recovery. I encourage you to reach out to us and follow our social media and  website  regularly to receive the most up-to-date information.
Keep healthy and please stay connected!


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OFA Summary of Government Financial Assistance for Ontario Farmers as of April 26, 2020
In their response to the COVID-19 pandemic, both the Canadian government and the Ontario government have announced financial assistance measures for individuals and businesses, including farm business. Below is a summary of some existing and new financial assistance measures that may be relevant to your Ontario farm business. Read more here .
The results are in: Canadian Survey on Business Conditions
The  Canadian Survey of Business Conditions   (CSBC), a joint effort between Statistics Canada and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, provides the most detailed insight yet into the impact of COVID-19 on Canadian businesses. Click here to read more.
COVID-19 Policy Brief Series
On April 27, the OCC released  Uncharted Territory: Assessing the Landscape for Ontario’s Economic Recovery Post COVID-19 . As governments urgently contemplate policies to reopen the economy, this report outlines the tools capable of providing critical economic relief at a time when businesses need it most, and the risks of failing to act appropriately.
Ontario is moving quickly to support the needs of frontline workers in responding to COVID-19. As the public health situation improves because of our collective efforts, Ontario will begin to reopen its doors in a three-staged approach, and will require us to operate differently than before.
Today, our government launched the  COVID-19: Tackling the Barriers  website to help identify the unique challenges created under these unexpected circumstances and consider ways to overcome them.

Virtual Events


We are excited to be developing a series of Speed Networking events, happening on May 14, 20, and 26.
Utilizing Zoom's Breakout Room feature, we will virtually replicate our popular speed networking event, providing you with 5 minutes one-on-one with each of the other participants.
With a participant cap in place of 10 people per session, these events will fill up quickly and you won't want to miss out!
Thanks to our sponsor, Motion Electrical Contracting Ltd , we are able to keep the cost for participants at $0.
Stay tuned for more details, or reach out to Sally at  events@cwchamber.ca




Thank You!

Thank you to our incredible volunteers within CWCC, and within the greater Centre Wellington community.
We couldn't do what we do without our dedicated Board and committees!





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aeaeae41-cb92-44c4-9...With the current COVID-19 outbreak causing so much uncertainty for many, an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is just one way you can support your team through this challenging time. An EAP provides your employees and their immediate family members with access to professional counselling and support services when they need it most. 
Did you know that the Chambers Group Insurance Plan includes access to an EAP? More info can be found  here
For more information contact  Bensol Consulting Inc. , 519-829-2860

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Baker Tilly offers a FREE one hour introductory consultation to discuss how Baker Tilly could be of service to you or your business. As part of this consultation, Baker Tilly would be pleased to review prior financial statements and/or tax returns at no charge. For more information call 519-846-5315.
The Member 2 Member program can be an amazing way to network. We are always looking for members to get a M2M Discount.  Email your offer NOW !  to be featured in an upcoming newsletter.

Member & Community Support

Beyond Rewards Series of Webinars
Beyond Rewards is a full service people management partner outsourcing to you Human Resource and Health & Safety on-call and on-site services. They are hosting and offering FREE to all members of the CWCC a series of webinars, click here for more info & dates.
New website promotes shopping local in CW during COVID-19
“Keep the businesses we love, in business” is a primary focus for the Township, and the theme for the new Shop Local CW website to be launched later this week to assist our local businesses during these unprecedented times. A partnership between the Township and the Centre Wellington Chamber of Commerce sparked the idea that will give consumers the ability to visit  www.shoplocalcw.ca  and purchase gift cards online, then redeem those gift cards at a later time, once businesses have re-opened their doors.
Connect CW offers virtual experiences
At a time when we are all practicing self-isolation and physical distancing due to COVID-19, it is important now more than ever to come together and celebrate the innovation and local talent that's happening in Centre Wellington. The Township has added a new virtual platform to Connect CW, a one-stop community hub linking residents to activities, workshops and virtual experiences related to recreation, leisure, fitness, well-being, education, culture, arts and more. Read more  here
Volunteers deliver lunches to essential workers in Elora
Kathy Mayo and John Scott were walking by The Elora Cafe when they came up with an idea; a way to feed essential workers and help a local business survive the COVID-19 pandemic. They raised money online to deliver lunches to essential workers for at least the next month. Read more here
Support for Food Banks
CWCC member Roger Hicks , of Dominion Lending Centres Home Capital Solutions is asking for your support to support the Food Banks who are facing a huge increase in demand. His challenge is to raise $1000 for food banks in this area, and if that goal is reached - he will shave his head.... and if $1500 is reached he will shave his beard also! Please text Roger at 519-546-3772, or email to rhicks@dominionlending.ca , so he can track the amount to reach his goal. Click here to donate to the CW food bank.
Optimum Health , is looking for innovative ways to stay connected and give back to the to the community during the pandemic. They plan to launch a community fundraiser soon, with proceeds going to the CW Food Bank and are looking for businesses interested in participating in this venture. Please read more here .
On-site health screens for your employees entering the workplace
Right Screens is an Occupational Health and Safety service for employers concerned about mitigating the risk of workplace virus transmission and wanting to take proactive steps in the health and well-being of their essential workforce. Read more here.
Helping Hungry Heroes
The #HelpingHungryHeroes campaign is a fantastic initiative, spearheaded by one of our amazing members, the Grand River Agricultural Society (GRAS)! Several of our other members are participating as well, including Dan Allen Financial who added $1,000 to the $25,000 put forward by GRAS; A&W Fergus who matched the $500 gift card purchase; and playing a key role as they deliver the goods is Nick's Quick Delivery. Over $30,000 in restaurant gift cards have been purchased for Centre Wellington’s frontline healthcare workers. If this has inspired you to make a donation, please reach out to kgiddy@grandriverraceway.com .
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