I hope this week’s newsletter finds you keeping well (and staying cool!). With some outdoor activities and retail stores beginning to re-open, we are proud to see our community sticking to the government guidelines set in place. Social distancing is still critical to stay on top of the COVID wave.
Many of our members who are now open or are preparing to re-open are looking for cost-effective ways to promote their business and communicate updates to their hours and operations. We can help spread the word through our member marketing package special , which includes 3 months of advertising on our electronic sign and 2 email bulletins for just $225 plus tax – this is a huge savings of over $350! Contact me at email@example.com
for more info or to sign up for this great deal.
We’re also offering a special promotion for businesses who don’t yet belong to the Chamber but who have been meaning to connect. Purchase an annual membership and receive one month of advertising on our electronic sign and one email bulletin for free – this is a value of over $200! Please help us spread the word…and don’t forget that you can get a $50 credit towards your next renewal for each new member that you refer (up to a maximum of $200 referral credit per year)! Check out our membership referral program here
These special marketing offers are available until August 31 st . We’re also able to provide flexible payment options, including payment deferral, to help offset costs during this difficult time.
Check out our poll question below. We’re looking for interested members to participate in Zoom video interviews to help us spotlight your business and all the great things that you do! I promise the interviews will be fun, informal and brief. Videos will be recorded virtually and shared on our social media and compiled together into a What's Happening in Centre Wellington show with Wightman! Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
if you’re interested in giving it a try!
We are excited to share details on two new programs that are designed to help our local businesses progress towards reopening and recovery:
1. CBRN Small Business Relief Fund
Small businesses are the heart of our community and the backbone of Canada’s economy. Our community has been supporting our local businesses throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, from ordering take-out to buying gift cards, and more. Small businesses are persevering and have had to make changes to survive this pandemic. The future may require new marketing tactics. It may require investments in new technology. Whatever the future brings, we’re betting that $10,000 could come in handy for you!
As part of its Canadian Business Resilience Network (CBRN) campaign, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, through the generosity of Salesforce, will provide 62 small Canadian businesses with one-time $10,000 grants
to help their recovery efforts during these unprecedented times. The program will open for online applications on June 1 st .
Click here for more information on the CBRN Small Business Relief Fund
2. Business Resilience Service
Announced by the Prime Minister earlier this week, the Business Resilience Service ( BRS
) is a hotline for SMEs, not-for-profits and charities to call for free accounting advice to help navigate COVID-19 uncertainty and plan for recovery.
The BRS is a government-funded program that is run through the Canadian Business Resilience Network in collaboration with EY and with support from Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada) and Imagine Canada. The program will be provided for four weeks from Monday, May 25th, and involves support from approximately 125 business advisors from across the accounting profession.
To access the BRS call 1-866-989-1080 to connect with a business advisor from the accounting profession. The service is available 7 days/week from 8am – 8pm ET.
Keep healthy and please stay connected!