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Wednesday October 7,  2020
The Bow Valley Chamber of Commerce
Elevating, Connecting, & Advocating
Quickbooks Online (QBO) Full Day Interactive Training Session
for Small Business Owners

Quickbooks Online (QBO) Full Day Interactive Training Session
for Small Business Owners

Every small business owner needs to keep track of their finances...but are you working the most efficient way possible? Are you curious about the buzz around cloud accounting and apps? In this one-day interactive training session you will get an inside look at how the world of managing small business finances has evolved and what you can do to ensure you're not wasting your precious time. 

Your trainer: 

Tanis Young is the founder of Maven Bookkeeping Inc. where she journeys alongside her clients to bring life to their finances. Her credentials include Certified Professional Bookkeeper (CBP), Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and Pro Advisor for both Quickbooks Desktop and Quickbooks Online. Tanis has a passion for education, proudly wearing the "trainer" hat for Quickbooks Online and coaches accountants, bookkeepers and small business owners across the country on the power of cloud accounting.

*Personal Laptop Required* 

8:00AM - 5:00PM 

The Coast Hotel Canmore

511 Bow Valley Trail 

Canmore, Alberta Canada

T1W 1N7

Lunch, snacks, & refreshments included! 

Tickets:
$149.00 + gst BVCC Members
$249.00 + gst  Non Members

 

Click HERE To Register for the QBO Interactive Training Session
The Bow Valley Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the Town of Canmore to initiate the Bow Valley Restart Fund. Given the unique nature of the economic environment we intend to help as many Bow Valley businesses with restart costs as possible. Based on contributions received we can help those who need it the most by awarding grants of up to $5,000.00.

Thank you to all bow valley businesses that applied! Second round of applications closed on Friday September 25,2020. All successful applicants will be notified as soon as possible. 
Support Local Campaign 
Join the conversation by using the hashtags #SupportLocalCanmore and  #BuyItInTheBow to help us celebrate local businesses' contribution to our economy and community. Or post a video or photo along with a short write-up about why is it important to support local.  
Pick up a free support local sticker from businesses around town! 

BVCC New Member Spotlight!
SUZIE Q Classic Rock & Roll Dance Band

The Suzie Q Dance Band has been providing professional musical entertainment in the Banff, Canmore, and Calgary areas since 1994. They perform a wide variety of pop, rock, and country music, and cater to various functions such as conferences, dances, weddings, special events, and more. The group is led by drummer/vocalist Jon Frolick and features lead vocalist and pianist Suzanne Morley, guitarist Brent Saklofske, Keith Day on keyboards, and bassist/vocalist Neil Bentley. 

Check out more info about the band on Suzie Q's website https://suzieq.com/ 

SMARTstart Entrepreneurial Program
Teachers Needed

In partnership with the Town of Canmore the Bow Valley Chamber of Commerce has initiated SMARTstart. An 8 month entrepreneurial program that focuses on online learning, seminars, and mentoring. Each entrepreneur comes away from the program with a plan they have created to set their business up for success. Applications closed on July 19, 2020 but we are still looking for teachers to teach local SMARtstart sessions in 2021. 

If you would like to teach a session in the SMARTstart program please contact us today! 

The Government of Alberta

Click HERE to view Alberta's Relaunch Strategy

The GOA Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant

Applications are still open for the Government of Alberta Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant. The Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant offers financial assistance to Alberta businesses, cooperatives, and non-profit organizations that were ordered to close or curtail operations, and that experienced a revenue reduction of at least 50%, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible organizations can apply for 15% of their pre-COVID-19 revenue, up to a maximum of $5,000 in funding.

Application intake will remain open until August 31 or for 4 weeks following the start of Phase 3 of Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy – whichever is later. An official date for intake closure will be posted HERE when Phase 3 of Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy is announced.

View all info on the Government of Alberta SME Relaunch Grant
View all guidance and restrictions to help Albertans limit the spread of COVID-19 when gathering in groups HERE 

GOA COVID-19 Update As At October 5, 2020

-There are currently 1,783 active cases in the province.
-Total recovered cases are 16,872.
-97 new cases were identified and 12,630 tests were completed on Oct. 2
-263 new cases were identified and 17,445 tests were completed on Oct. 3
-218 new cases were identified and 15,923 tests were completed on Oct. 4

Alberta labs have now performed 1,424,946 tests on1,067,184 Albertans.

There are currently 319 confirmed cases in 149 schools. Of those, 84 schools with 106 total cases are on alert. Outbreaks are declared in 65 schools with 213 total cases. Of those, 10 are on watch with more than five cases each. The online school status map identifies individual schools. A total of 43 schools have now been removed from the alert list since the school year began.

As of October 5, 2020  all zones across the province have cases:
-Calgary zone: 624 active cases and 8,392 recovered
-South zone: 47 active cases and 1,786 recovered
-Edmonton zone: 982 active cases and 4,663 recovered
-North zone: 105 active cases and 1,338 recovered
-Central zone: 22 active cases and 655 recovered
-Three active cases and 38 recovered cases in zones to be confirmed

There are 102 active cases and 1,124 recovered cases at continuing care facilities; 173 facility residents have died.

The Full GOA COVID-19 Update Can Be Found HERE
Keeping Albertans Safe During Thanksgiving & Halloween
Albertans are encouraged to keep their Thanksgiving gatherings as small as possible. Online guidance is available HERE to help Albertans enjoy a safe and healthy holiday while limiting the spread of COVID-19.  Check out this new website and tip sheet with guidance to help Albertans of all ages enjoy a safe and healthy Halloween!
 

The Federal Government of Canada

View All Federal Supports For Business
Responding to COVID-19 And What You Can Do To Reduce The Impacts

New Recovery Benefits

If you were receiving CERB, you may be eligible for one of the new recovery benefits retroactive to September 27, 2020 and available until September 25, 2021.

Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)

The Canada Recovery Benefit will provide eligible workers with $500 per week (taxable, tax deducted at source) for up to 26 weeks for those who have stopped working and who are not eligible for EI, or had their employment/self-employment income reduced by at least 50% due to COVID-19. This benefit will be paid in two-week periods.

Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB)

The Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB) will provide $500 per week (taxable, tax deducted at source) for up to 26 weeks per household for workers unable to work for at least 50% of the week because they must care for a child under the age of 12 or family member because schools, day-cares or care facilities are closed due to COVID-19, or because the child or family member is sick and/or required to quarantine or is at high risk of serious health implications because of COVID-19. This benefit will be paid in one-week periods.

Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB)

The Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) will provide $500 per week (taxable, tax deducted at source) for up to a maximum of two weeks, for workers who are unable to work for at least 50% of the week because they contracted COVID-19, self-isolated for reasons related to COVID-19, or have underlying conditions, are undergoing treatments or have contracted other sicknesses that, in the opinion of a medical practitioner, nurse practitioner, person in authority, government or public health authority, would make them more susceptible to COVID-19. This benefit will be paid in one-week periods.

 

Click HERE For More info on Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)
Click HERE For More info on Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB)
Click HERE For More info on Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB)

Greater flexibility and extension of 
Canada Emergency Business Account

The application deadline for the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) is extended from August 31 to October 31, 2020.

The government is working closely with financial institutions to make the CEBA program available to those with qualifying payroll or non-deferrable expenses that have so far been unable to apply due to not operating from a business banking account.
 If you have already applied for CEBA and have questions, please contact the CEBA Call Centre at 1-888-324-4201.

 

Click HERE For More info on the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA)

Chamber & Other Info 

In-Dey-Go Fundraising Inc. has committed to donate all proceeds and donated Food Bank Bundles from this community fundraiser to both the Bow Valley Food Bank and Iyahrhe Nakoda Foodbank Societies.

Simply ordering fresh Harvest Bundle veggies for your own enjoyment provides a cash donation to the food bank and the $10 Food Bank Bundle Add On puts fresh produce on the shelves of our local Food Banks.

No matter how you look at it, it's Win-Win-Win-Win for all involved:
  • Farm fresh veggies from local Alberta Farm Erdmann's Garden & Greenhouse

  • Fresh food to those in need

  • Stocked warehouses & cash to our two local Foodbanks

  • Gift a bundle of fresh produce for just $10

Order Your Local Harvest Bundle Today!

The Calgary Chamber of Commerce 
Virtual Small Business Week Summit & Workshops!


Calgary Chamber is hosting a virtual Small Business Week Summit on Oct. 24, 2020. This will be a full day summit, from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, full of inspiring keynotes, workshops, panels, networking sessions and a few surprises! 

Learn More About Calgary Chambers Small Business Week Events HERE
Cheers to You & Entrepreneurship
 
The BVCC’s mission is to sustain a successful business community in the Bow Valley by Elevating, Connecting and Advocating for our members. A BVCC membership connects you and your business with nearly 300 other businesses spanning from Kananaskis to Lake Louise.

#SupportLocalCanmore & #BuyItInTheBow
Click HERE ToCreate A BVCC Info Hub Account
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