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Wednesday January 6,  2020
HAPPY NEW YEAR! 
From Your Bow Valley Chamber of Commerce

Elevating, Connecting, & Advocating

BVCC Business Book Club Kick Off!

Date: Wednesday January 20th, 2021 From
Time: 5:30-7:00pm
Location: ZOOM 
*Virtual event link will be provided upon registration via emal

 

Designed out of the simple desire to keep our business networking events alive (and well!) on an online platform. we are offering an interactive and educational twist to our much-loved Bevvies & Business networking event.

You are invited to a virtual gathering to talk about one business book per month that offers not only relevant business tools, inspirations, practices and teachings, but the opportunity to converse and connect with fellow local business owners.
 
January’s Pick:
How I Built This: The Unexpected Paths to Success from the World's Most Inspiring Entrepreneurs
Author: Guy Raz

Details: Guy Raz, a longtime podcast host and interviewer of entrepreneurs, this book dives into the stories behind some of the world's best-known companies. A narrative journey about innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists—and the movements they built.

This book touches on so many aspects of being an entrepreneur, that it would be hard not to find a nugget of insight, inspiration or relatability within these pages, no matter where you’re at in your entrepreneurial journey.

Haven’t read the book? Don’t let that stop you from coming to hear more about it, this is a perfect book to intro our new platform, as the conversation surrounding the book may be just as beneficial as reading the book.

Want to #buyitinthebow? Purchase your book locally at
Café Books for a 10% discount! The first 5 purchases get a free Le Chocolatier chocolate bar! Use "Bow Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Book Club" for discount in store.

Click HERE to register for BVCC Business Book Club

Bow Valley Food Systems Info Session

The BVCC is excited to partner with the Bow Valley Food Alliance (BVFA) for this event!
Date: February 3, 2021
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: ZOOM
*Event link will be provided upon registration via email

The Bow Valley Food Alliance (BVFA) is a regional organization of passionate citizens and professionals dedicated to addressing food security and food sovereignty in the Bow Valley. The BVFA supports small and growing local food producers, ranchers and processors, encouraging and advocating for equitable, sustainable practices at all points in the food system. By food system, the BVFA refers to all of the different steps it takes to get food from farm to plate to waste. 

This informative virtual session will provide an understanding of the multiple ways food is connected to our daily lives, to our communities, and to the people and places across the province, country and world. This session will include speakers from Farm Box, GOAT Generation, Town of Canmore and Communitea Café, and aims to provide a holistic vision on different opportunities local businesses could take to help shape a more resilient food system in the Bow Valley.

The BVFA & BVCC invites you to participate in a virtual information session followed by a Q&A, on February 3rd, 2021 from 2-3:30pm featuring the following speakers:

Avni Soma: (President of the BVFA and co-founder of Farm Box) will discuss sourcing food from local farmers using organic and regenerative agricultural practices.

Ivonne Gamboa: (President and CEO at GOAT Generation) will discuss the meal sharing app now available to businesses in the Bow Valley.

Amy Fournier: (Climate Change Coordinator at the Town of Canmore) will discuss the relatively-new commercial food waste collection program in town, as well as how it helps tackle climate change.

Dallas Suttie: (Manager at Communitea Café) will discuss his experience participating in the Town of Canmore’s commercial food waste collection program.
Click HERE to register for the Bow Valley Food Systems Info Session
Complete the 2021 Bow Valley Chamber of Commerce
Member Service and Growth Survey 

 
As we reflect on the changes 2020 has brought upon the world, our country and each other, the Bow Valley Chamber of Commerce (BVCC) would like to make sure we continue to support Bow Valley businesses in a meaningful way. We want to strengthen our relationship with you and the value we deliver.  

Our mission is to sustain a successful business community in the Bow Valley by elevating, connecting & advocating for our members. We have increasingly focused on serving Bow Valley businesses in additional ways. We want to maintain that momentum and accelerate it.
 
To do that, we have developed a quick 5 question 3 minute survey to capture your evolving business priorities as well as offerings that would make us more valuable to you as we look towards 2021 and beyond. In appreciation for completing this survey you will be entered into a draw to win access to all BVCC events in 2021. Thank you!
Click HERE to complete the survey
#SupportLocalCanmore - #SupportLocalBanff - #BuyItInTheBow 

BVCC Member Spotlight!

MOUNTAIN EVENT RENTALS

When it comes to creating a truly memorable event, the details matter. Our collection of premier rental products and decorations allows you to transform any space into the event you’ve spent so much time planning. From tents and flooring to tableware and linens, you can trust in us to elevate every aspect of your guests’ experience. Based in Banff, AB rentals are available for pickup or delivery.
 

MOUNTAINSCAPE WEDDINGS 

You’ve taken the first step and chosen the Canadian Rocky Mountains as your backdrop — now let us take care of the details. We will leave no detail overlooked in bringing your dream wedding to life. Allow our experienced team to work with you on planning, design and coordination, so that you can focus on the love and celebration. From elopement packages to custom planning, decor, design and installation, our expert local team will help you create an incredible experience for you and your guests. 
 

MOUNTAINSCAPE EVENTS

Planning and executing a memorable event can feel effortless, with the help of our expert team. We combine your vision with our creative flair to make your event run as smoothly and stress-free as possible. From conferences and corporate events to awards shows and gala dinners, our bespoke event planning services are tailored to your vision.
 

The Town of Canmore

Isolation Support Navigation

Individuals seeking support with self-isolation can contact the Town of Canmore's Housing Coordinator by phone at 403.996.0204 or by email . Individuals can also see a list of frequently asked questions and available community supports at the Community Hub page on the Town of Canmore website. 

Whether you are looking to shop, dine, pamper yourself, or service your car, you can do it in Canmore. Check out the Canmore Business Directory in the Town of Canmore's Business Hub! Want to add your business to the directory?  Click HERE to submit your information.  Need to update your listing? Email businessregistry@canmore.ca with "Open For Business" in the subject line.

The Government of Alberta

GOA COVID-19 Update as at January 5, 2021

  • Over the last 24 hours, 843 new cases were identified.
  • There are 919 people in hospital due to COVID-19, including 140 in intensive care.
  • There are 13,411 active cases in the province.
  • To date, 91,799 Albertans have recovered from COVID-19.
  • In the last 24 hours, there were 26 additional COVID-related deaths reported: three on Dec. 27, three on Dec. 28, two on Dec. 29, two on Dec. 30, one on Dec. 31, one on Jan. 1, two on Jan. 2, four on Jan. 3, and eight on Jan. 4.
  • The testing positivity rate was 8.2 per cent.
  • To date, there was an increase of 10,301 tests (2,857,374 total) for a total of 1,671,264 people tested.
  • All zones across the province have cases:
    • Calgary Zone: 4,545 active cases and 35,757 recovered
    • South Zone: 257 active cases and 4,799 recovered
    • Edmonton Zone: 5,794 active cases and 39,241 recovered
    • North Zone: 1,311 active cases and 6,201 recovered
    • Central Zone: 1,431 active cases and 5,663 recovered
    • 73 active cases and 138 recovered cases in zones to be confirmed
  • R values from Dec. 28 to Jan. 3 (confidence interval):
    • Alberta provincewide: 0.99 (0.97-1.01)
    • Edmonton Zone: 0.92 (0.89-0.95)
    • Calgary Zone: 1.02 (0.99-1.06)
    • Rest of Alberta: 1.06 (1.01-1.10)
  • There are currently 1,236 active and 6,075 recovered cases at long-term care facilities and supportive/home living sites.
  • To date, 784 of the 1,168 reported deaths (67 per cent) have been in long-term care facilities or supportive/home living sites.
The full January 5, 2021 GOA COVID-19 update can be found HERE

The Federal Government of Canada

Responding to COVID-19 and what you can do to reduce the impacts

January 6, 2021:
Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada 

"With the current momentum of the epidemic and continued high rates of infection in many areas of the country, rapid accumulation of cases will continue until we can make significant progress in interrupting spread. At this time, there are 78,849 active cases across the country. The latest national-level data indicate daily averages of 7,591 new cases (Dec 30 - Jan 5). COVID-19 is spreading among people of all ages, with high infection rates across all age groups. However, nationally, infection rates remain highest among those aged 80 years and older who are at highest risk for severe outcomes."
 

Click HERE to read the full statement

New pre-departure COVID-19 testing requirements
for all air travellers flying into Canada 

Today, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Marc Garneau, issued an Interim Order formalizing new COVID-19 testing requirements for all air travellers coming to Canada, and providing additional guidance to airline operators and the travelling public regarding the new pre-departure testing requirement that was announced on December 31. This Interim Order supports COVID-19 health requirements made by Canada’s Minister of Health under the Quarantine Act.

Effective midnight on January 7, 2021 (00:00 EST or 05:00 UCT), regardless of citizenship, all travellers five years of age or older must provide proof of a negative laboratory test result for COVID-19 to the airline prior to boarding a flight to Canada. The test must be performed using one of two types of COVID-19 tests–either a molecular polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or Loop-mediated Isothermal Amplification (LAMP)–and must be conducted within 72 hours of the traveller’s scheduled departure to Canada.

More info on pre-departure testing requirements for air travellers flying into Canada
View all federal COVID-19 supports for business

Chamber & Other Info 

Payworks & Chambers Plan Exclusive Bundled Pricing 

Payworks, one of Canada’s leading payroll platforms, is offering a discount on its workforce management bundle exclusively for Chambers Plan members!

Along with payroll, you’ll also receive:

  • Human Resources - Manage onboarding to off-boarding and everything in between.
  • Employee Self Service (ESS) - Secure, 24/7 access to pay statements, tax forms and more on any web-enabled device.
  • Absence Management - Request, review, repeat. Timeoff requests are just that simple for both employees and managers.
  • Benefits Integration - Save time and reduce errors by synchronizing your payroll with Chambers Plan.

For more information, contact your Chambers Plan advisor today!

Available Fund & Grants 

The Innovation and Employment Grant

When this program launches (soon in January 2021), companies can receive a grant of up to 20% toward qualifying research and development expenditures. This new grant will promote investment and diversification and support companies of all sizes and stages of their business cycle by rewarding all R&D spending in Alberta, regardless of the industry.
 

The program offers 2 payments to eligible applicants, with up to $20,000 in available funding per eligible application. Applications for the first and second payment are open. Application intake will remain open until March 31, 2021.

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 30%, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
This $962-million Government of Canada fund is to support small and medium size businesses that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. These businesses can now apply for loans of up to $40,000 through RRRF. As the financing terms of RRRF and Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) are similar, rural businesses can choose which program to apply for funding.
 
The Government of Alberta launched a $20 million Civil Society Fund. The intent of the fund is to help transform how civil society organizations function and build their capacity to work together to address social challenges. The fund will provide $20 million over three years, with $7 million budgeted for 2020-21 to support civil society’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
One-time reimbursement to relaunch facilities used for cultural, religious, spiritual and ceremonial gatherings during the COVID-19 crisis. The program is currently open and accepting applications until March 1, 2021. There next intake deadline is March 1, 2021. 
 
The Canada-Alberta Job Grant helps cover training expenses for existing employees and new hires. If you are hiring and training an unemployed Albertan, up to 100% of training costs could be covered, up to $15,000 per trainee.  For further information, please contact the Canada-Alberta Job Grant processing centre at: 1-855-638-9424 or email jobgrant@gov.ab.ca.
The Government of Canada’s $1.75 billion Universal Broadband Fund will support high-speed Internet projects across the country. The Universal Broadband Fund has been designed to fund broadband infrastructure projects that will bring high-speed Internet at 50/10 Megabits per second (Mbps) to rural and remote communities. In addition to funding a diversity of high-speed Internet projects to connect Canadians, there is:
  • up to $750 million available for large impact projects
  • up to $50 million available to support mobile projects that primarily benefit Indigenous peoples.
  • up to $150 million available as part of our Rapid Response Stream.
Provides a 75% wage subsidy to hire a smart student intern. Venture for Canada’s Internship Program supports work from home or in-person internships with solopreneurs, start-ups, SMEs, and non-profits. Applications for Summer 2021 participation will begin in late January 2021.  Please note that capacity for Winter 2021 funding has been reached.
 
Click HERE to view all BVCC Value Added Programs & Offers!
Click HERE to create a BVCC Info Hub account today!
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.
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