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Monday May  25,  2020
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Please continue to watch for our weekly COVID-19 information update every Monday

You can still join us in the FREE #networkshop!

Next webinar in the series is:
Marketing / Sales - client engagement, impacts, changing needs & innovation
Wednesday May 27th, 7:30-9:00am

"Just a note to say thank you to Bow Valley Chamber of Commerce  for partnering with Exit Right to offer these excellent webinar sessions – the topics are aligned with the most pressing current issues for business owners, and I’ve gathered great value from the interactive portion where we discuss specific programs and challenges, as well as collaborate together. There are loads of webinars being offered, but these have been some of the most productive and useful sessions I’ve attended to date.  Thanks again for partnering in such a powerful way, helping equip business owners to thrive in the time of COVID."   Ellen Covey, Financial Advisor, Elevate Financial Services

REGISTER for Post COVID-19 Thriving in the New Normal Interactive Webinar Series
BVCC Gift Certificate Program

The Bow Valley Chamber of Commerce & FanSaves Helps Gift Certificate Program have partnered to provide a one stop shop for local businesses offering gift certificates at this time. This is a completely free service for your business that the Bow Valley Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to promoting for our members! If you are fully operational, offering limited services, or if your doors are closed, you are still able to participate at no cost. This is an excellent opportunity for your business to generate some some extra cash flow during the COVID-19 crisis. Contact us for more information!

OR.... Treat yourself to a BVCC member gift certificate!
View all available gift certificates HERE
COVID-19 Economic Response  Webinar Series
Wednesday May 27, 1:30 pm MST via Zoom
Join the TOC Economic Development team for a Q&A session. This webinar is part of an education series for small business owners developed by the Town of Canmore's Economic Development Office.
Register for the COVID-19 Economic Response Webinar HERE
Bow Valley Starts To Welcome Back Visitors
Thank you to all of the Bow Valley for these past weeks of commitment to flattening the curve and helping the community get through this critical time. As June approaches, some places in the National Park will open up to vehicular traffic, and we are ready to start slowly welcoming visitors back. More businesses are opening their doors daily across the Bow Valley, with a focus on welcoming customers back safely.

Top welcome back messages being shared today and through next week to Albertans are the following:
  1. Welcome back. Whether you’re looking for adventure, solitude, a new perspective, or a new view, the Bow Valley is where you’ll find it.
  2. It’s important to know before you go. Plan ahead.
  3. Health and safety of people is the number one priority.
  4. Explore responsibly.

The Government of Alberta

Workplace Guidance for Business Owners
To open your business to the public, you must complete a plan to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 among your staff and customers. The completed template must be posted in your place of business or online within 7 days of the public being able to attend your business. The following template includes considerations to help guide you as you plan to open your business. This should be completed using Alberta Health’s Workplace Guidance for Business Owners, sector-specific guidelines, and any additional requirements your business or industry association provides. Download the template HERE
Click Here View All Sector Specific Guidelines For Restart

Commercial Tennacny Support Feedback Survey

Tenants and landlords can fill out a survey via to help gauge any challenges they may be experiencing while working together to develop a payment schedule, paying their rent, or meeting other financial obligations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Survey results will give government further insight into the types of issues businesses and landlords are experiencing and whether they have been able to access available supports. These insights will aid in determining whether additional measures are needed to support businesses struggling to pay rent during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Click Here To Complete The Survey

The Federal Government of Canada

To help Canadians and Canadian businesses navigate the number of COVID-19 programs available, the government has developed two tools; one for individuals and one for businesses. They allow users to quickly find programs they may qualify for by answering a few simple questions.
Business Support
Individual Support
Proposed Paid Sick Days
In light of COVID-19, the federal government announced its intention to work with the provinces to give employees 10 sick days per year. RCC will work with our members and officials to ensure that retailers and other businesses will not be saddled with further costs, but rather that there will be reforms to Employment Insurance to help employees who need it. 

CECRA - Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance

Justin Trudeau, announced that applications are now being accepted for Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses.
Canadian families and small businesses across the country are feeling the impacts of COVID-19. That’s why the Government of Canada is working with provinces and territories to protect jobs and businesses, and give property owners support so they can help small business tenants make it through these difficult times. Read More HERE.


Staggered Approach To CECRA Applications  

Click Here To Apply For The CECRA
Have You Applied for Any Government Programs? 
View All Federal Supports for Business
Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety
Use these free tip sheets as guidance while operating during the pandemic. Each document offers health and safety tips and good practices, for both employers and workers, specific to each industry or sector. Organizations and businesses can adopt this guidance to protect their workers and prevent the spread of infections. The tip sheets cover a range of occupations and industries from construction and trucking to healthcare and daycares.
View and download the tip sheets HERE

Tourism Week

Travel Alberta Offering Five Virtual Events During Tourism Week
Each year, Travel Alberta uses Tourism Week as a way to connect with industry partners and promote tourism’s contribution to the economy. This year, Travel Alberta is offering five virtual events for partners, all from 10am:
  • May 25 - Connections Live Special Edition: The Alberta Rebound Strategy
  • May 26 - Connections Live Webinar: Team Alberta Messaging to Restart Tourism
  • May 27 - Connections Live Special Edition: Funding Programs for Tourism Businesses
  • May 28 - Connections Live Webinar: Alberta’s Economy in a COVID-19 World 
  • May 28 - Alberta Tourism Town Hall
Click Here To Check Out More Tourism Week Information
May 24, 2020
Blake Richards , M.P On Tourism Week
"Unfortunately, this year's Tourism Week is not a time of celebration for the industry - it is a time of survival. The Prime Minister announced that sector-oriented support would be coming for the nearly crippled industry. That was over a month ago, and there is still no support. As the weather warms up, many seasonal businesses who would have otherwise been opened are taking massive losses. This means support is vital."
Are you hosting an online event or promo? Let us know!
We can add it to the BVCC event calendar and help you advertise! 

Create Your Personalized BVCC Info Hub Account

From the BVCC Info Hub you can update the directory listing of your business.  You can also upload your logo, add a business description and explore further BVCC resources.
Read more on how to create a BVCC Info Hub account
Cheers To You & Entrepreneurship!
The Bow Valley Chamber of Commerce is where Bow Valley entrepreneurs and businesses grow, network and find the support needed to thrive and prosper. 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.
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