Community Support & Recovery Plan

Supporting our Business Community

On May 5, City Council approved a Community Support and Recovery Plan (CSRP), that includes immediate relief for taxpayers and a recovery fund to address the pandemic’s short- and long-term financial impact on all sectors of the community. It includes:

• Deferring 2020 utility and property tax deadlines for all property types to Sept. 30;

• Designating $5-million to implement a response plan with both short- and long-term support for businesses, residents and non-profits;

• Seeking federal and provincial stimulus funding for City capital projects to promote economic recovery; and

• Additional measures to be included

Supporting our Business Community

On May 5, City Council approved a Community Support and Recovery Plan (CSRP), that includes immediate relief for taxpayers and a recovery fund to address the pandemic’s short- and long-term financial impact on all sectors of the community. It includes:

• Deferring 2020 utility and property tax deadlines for all property types to Sept. 30;

• Designating $5-million to implement a response plan with both short- and long-term support for businesses, residents and non-profits;

• Seeking federal and provincial stimulus funding for City capital projects to promote economic recovery; and

• Additional measures to be included in the 2021 budget.

City staff are now moving forward with refining the CSRP and a host of ideas are being considered, including targeted grants, reduced or waived City fees, technology investments and marketing to support local businesses. Staff plan to present specific CSRP recommendations to Council in late May.

Business Supports

We have more than 7,000 businesses in Coquitlam, ranging from home-based operations to large enterprises with hundreds of employees. The City recognizes that this is a very challenging time for many of our local businesses as they face the impacts and the uncertainty of the current public health crisis.

From the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Coquitlam’s Economic Development team has been reaching out to local business stakeholders and researching how best to support our community’s business sector. Over the coming weeks and months, City staff will continue to work with other levels of government, as well as business support organizations and other industry stakeholders, to help identify and inform our next steps.

This page has been developed to provide ongoing updates and information resources to Coquitlam’s business community. This will include opportunities for input, links to government and industry assistance programs, and a Q&A forum to get answers to your questions.

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  • Accelerating Manufacturing Scale-Up Grant - Stronger BC

    by KAcres,

    About the Grant

    The COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated the importance of B.C.’s manufacturing sector, including its economic impacts, the critical goods it provides and the jobs it provides in all regions of the province.

    In response, the Province of British Columbia committed to a $16.25 million one-time investment in the manufacturing sector to support economic recovery through the “B.C. Supply Chain Resiliency and Value-Added Manufacturing Project” announced in StrongerBC.

    The “B.C. Supply Chain Resiliency and Value-Added Manufacturing Project” includes $10 million in funding for the Accelerating Manufacturing Scale-Up Grant Program (the ‘Program’).

    The program will provide individual grants to eligible small and medium-sized businesses that manufacture or process value-added products to:

    Support industry collaboration to advance innovations that can support enhanced productivity and sustainability, including the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from industry practices and processes;

    Adjust to the economic changes created by the COVID-19 pandemic by retooling manufacturing lines or scaling-up production;

    Advance the production of manufactured goods that are on the verge of commercialization; and

    Localize portions of supply chains where B.C. businesses can be competitive.

    Expected outcomes from the program include accelerated innovative capacity in the manufacturing sector, strengthened provincial critical supply chains, and new, sustainable economic opportunities for businesses to diversify and increase revenue streams and create jobs throughout the province.

    The Fund is administered by PwC Canada on behalf of the Province of British Columbia.


    How the Program Works

    Small and medium-sized manufacturers (between 2 and 149 employees) from all industry sectors are being invited to apply to support the commercialization or processing of value-added goods.

    Manufacturing under this program is defined as the process of converting raw materials into a finished product that can be traded or sold. This can be done by mechanical, physical or chemical means.

    Value-added goods under this program is defined as the production techniques and processes that add economic value to a raw product. This can include activities related to but not limited to; processing, product preparation, innovative storage packaging, and maximizing product distribution and transportation techniques.

    Applications from the shipbuilding, aerospace, forestry, and food processing sectors will be given priority due to their alignment with strategic B.C. government economic priorities.

    Grants are available between $50,000 up to a maximum of $250,000 to eligible businesses or up to a maximum of $500,000 to eligible groups in collaboration.

    Applications will be accepted from April 15 until 6:00pm PST on May 31, 2021.

    Learn More

  • Relief funding coming for hard-hit businesses - Government of B.C.

    by KAcres,

    April 8, 2021

    The B.C. government will provide more than $50 million to help the 14,000 restaurants, bars, breweries, wineries, gyms and fitness centres affected by the March 30, 2021, provincial health orders.

    “We understand how greatly this group of businesses have been, and continue to be, impacted by the pandemic,” said Premier John Horgan. “This grant will provide the funds these businesses need to help them through this extraordinary time. As a community, we have come so far together in this fight against COVID-19. Let’s stay the course and we will get through this together.”

    The new Circuit Breaker Business Relief Grant will provide affected businesses with up to $10,000 in one-time funding to help with expenses like rent, insurance, employee wages, maintenance and utilities. The grant can also help cover unexpected costs that resulted from the restrictions, such as the purchase of perishable goods.

    “Our commitment to support businesses is unwavering and our work to ensure that they have every opportunity to get past this pandemic will continue,” said Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation. “We have reason to be hopeful and things will soon get better for all of us in British Columbia. In the meantime, our local businesses need us, and we need them. I encourage communities to BuyBC and shop local wherever you can.”

    More than $50 million from the $345-million Small and Medium Sized Business Recovery Grant program has been set aside for businesses through the Circuit Breaker Business Relief Grant. The individual amount a business receives will be based on the number of employees.

    The Circuit Breaker Business Relief Grant is open to eligible businesses of any size that have been in operation since Feb. 1, 2021. To ensure affected businesses can access the funds quickly, the Circuit Breaker Business Relief Grant has a streamlined application.

    “COVID-19 has presented significant challenges for everyone in the restaurant industry,” said Mark von Schellwitz, Restaurants Canada vice-president, Western Canada. “We appreciate that the B.C. government continues to find ways to help the hospitality sector. This new grant will be of great benefit to many restaurants as they continue to adapt and change in response to the pandemic.”

    Applications for the Circuit Breaker Business Relief Grant are expected to open the week of April 12, 2021.

    Quotes:

    Melanie Mark, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport

    “We appreciate the tourism sector’s responsiveness and collaborative efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The sector has been hit hard by this pandemic and we recognize the strain that this public health crisis has put on businesses in every corner of the province. Our government is taking action to support businesses as they make it through these uncertain times. I know that by working together and doing our part, we will once again be able to enjoy their full services with our immediate households and COVID-19 safe bubble.”

    Miles Prodan, president and CEO, Wine Growers British Columbia

    “The new Circuit Breaker Business Relief Grant is welcomed support at a time when B.C. wine growers and producers are working to weather the latest storm caused by the pandemic. This funding combined with the other supports put in place by the B.C. government will help the sector prepare for when we can again be fully open to welcome visitors.”

    Ken Beattie, executive director, British Columbia Craft Brewers Guild

    “B.C. craft brewers appreciate the quick action by government last week to address our concerns and ensure tasting rooms can continue offering safe patio service. We welcome this additional support as our 200-plus members across B.C. navigate the difficult weeks ahead. From patios to growler sales to direct support for small business, every bit helps.”

    Learn More:

    For more information on the Circuit Breaker Business Relief Grant, including the application process and eligibility, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/business-relief

    For more information on the Small and Medium Sized Business Recovery Grant program, including the application process and eligibility, visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/economic-recovery/business-recovery-grant

    For more information on StrongerBC, visit: https://strongerbc.gov.bc.ca/

    A backgrounder follows.

  • Coquitlam Businesses Encouraged to Use Outdoor Space in 2021 - City of Coquitlam

    by KAcres,

    March 29, 2021

    As spring begins to lure more people outdoors, Coquitlam is encouraging businesses to take advantage of the opportunity to expand their services outside.

    The City’s Temporary Outdoor Business Space program, launched in 2020 to provide more space for physical distancing, remains in place in 2021 to support businesses and help them continue to keep their staff and customers safe.

    The program provides a simple expedited process for businesses to expand outdoors into their own property or adjacent public rights-of-way – including sidewalks or curbside parking stalls – for such uses as restaurant seating, merchandise racks and tables, pick-up and drop-off kiosks, and checkout desks.

    Requirements Eased to Support Business

    The program’s simplified application process fast-tracks the approval process and suspends a number of typical requirements, such as building permits, site review and business licence amendments. Applications are submitted and tracked online, with approval typically taking two business days for completed application packages with simple activation.

    Opportunities for outdoor uses include simple patios with a few chairs and tables, check out kiosks, awnings to shelter products and customers, and more elaborate spaces with platforms, planter boxes, lights and other features.

    The program helped approximately 20 businesses weather the challenges of the pandemic last year; those who received permits in 2020 will not need to reapply in 2021. A future phase being considered for 2022 could include special events and activations on City-controlled property such as parklets, street closures and temporary markets.

    The program’s administration costs and reduced fees are subsidized by Coquitlam’s COVID-19 Community Support & Recovery Plan (CSRP), established in 2020 to foster community resilience and recovery by providing relief and support to all sectors. Learn more at www.coquitlam.ca/csrp.

    Guidelines, information and application links are available at www.coquitlam.ca/patios. Inquiries can be emailed to patio@coquitlam.ca. For a map of Coquitlam restaurants with patios, visit www.visitcoquitlam.ca/eat-drink.

    Other Business Resources and Information

  • Government announces extension of Canada Emergency Business Account to help small businesses - Government of Canada

    by KAcres,

    March 22, 2021

    Today, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, and the Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, the Honourable Mary Ng, announced that the deadline for new Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) applications is being extended from March 31 to June 30, 2021.

    This deadline extension applies to any new applications for CEBA loans of $60,000 or to new applications from businesses that have already received the $40,000 loan and intend to apply for the additional $20,000.

    The extension will allow more businesses to access the support they need as Canada’s economy continues to deal with localized public health restrictions and, for a number of businesses, reduced opening hours or reduced demand for services. Extending the application deadline to June 2021 also aligns CEBA with the timelines of other federal government support programs for business.

    The extension of the application deadline and other adjustments that the government has made to CEBA, such as introducing the non-deferrable expense stream and increasing the loan amount from $40,000 to $60,000, demonstrate the government’s commitment to stand by small businesses.

    Quotes

    “By supporting Canadian businesses, Canadian jobs and Canadian families, we are not only helping our communities through difficult times; we are preventing economic scarring. This support will allow us to have a full and robust economic recovery, when the virus is fully defeated. Extending the CEBA application deadline will allow more businesses to access this support and help them manage their operating costs during these hugely difficult times. ”

    The Honourable Chrystia Freeland

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance


    “Our government is committed to bridging businesses through the pandemic until we are ready for recovery. CEBA, along with our other emergency support programs, has been crucial to businesses paying their bills, keeping their doors open and their workers on the payroll. Recognizing that businesses are facing challenges as we continue to fight the pandemic, we are extending the CEBA deadline to ensure they have the essential support they need. We are listening to business owners and will continue to be there to support them.”

    The Honourable Mary Ng

    Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade


    Quick facts

    Launched on April 9, 2020, CEBA provides interest-free loans of up to $60,000 to small businesses, to help cover their operating costs—such as rent, utilities and insurance—during a period where their revenues have been temporarily reduced. These loans are partially forgivable as repaying the balance of the loan on or before December 31, 2022 will result in loan forgiveness of up to 33 percent (up to $20,000).

    As of March 18, 2021, more than 850,000 CEBA loans have been approved, representing nearly $45 billion in credit disbursed.

    To qualify for CEBA, applicants must meet either the payroll eligibility criteria or they must demonstrate a minimum of $40,000 in eligible non-deferrable expenses. In addition to requiring an active business number with an effective date of registration on or prior to March 1, 2020, applicants with payroll lower than $20,000 will still need to show that they meet the following CEBA eligibility requirements: an income tax return with the Canada Revenue Agency with a tax year ending in 2019 or, if its tax return for 2019 has not yet been submitted, 2018; and eligible non-deferrable expenses of between $40,000 and $1.5 million, after taking into consideration other federal COVID-related supports.

    To apply for CEBA or to learn more about the program, businesses can contact their primary financial institution. Information can also be found on the program’s website.

    The Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) provides a direct and easy-to-access rent and mortgage subsidy of up to 65 per cent of eligible expenses to qualifying businesses, charities and non-profits. This support is available directly to tenants.

    Qualifying organizations that have been significantly restricted by a mandatory public health order issued by a qualifying public health authority can receive an additional 25 per cent of rent support through the Lockdown Support. The combined effect of the rent subsidy and the Lockdown Support is that hard-hit businesses, non-profits and charities subject to a lockdown can receive rent support of up to 90 per cent.

    The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) covers up to 75 per cent of an employee's wages for qualifying eligible employers to keep and re-hire employees and avoid layoffs.

  • Online grant program expands to support more businesses - Government of B.C.

    by KAcres,

    March 17, 2021

    In response to a high number of applications, the B.C. government is investing an additional $30 million in the Launch Online Grant program.

    The Launch Online Grant program provides up to $7,500 to businesses to help build or expand an e-commerce site to reach more customers and to sustain and grow their business.

    An online presence is integral for businesses that want to adapt their operations to better reach customers in their community, throughout B.C. and beyond. These changes will help approximately 4,000 more businesses market their products and services online.

    “Many small businesses have had to change the way they operate as more and more people shifted to online purchasing during the pandemic. Our government has been there to help these businesses adapt,” said Premier John Horgan. “By expanding eligibility to our successful launch online program, more B.C. small businesses from the hardest hit sectors will have access to the tools they need to boost their online presence, grow their e-commerce capacity and become more resilient as we build toward a brighter future.”

    The new funding is in addition to the February 2021 announcement of $12 million to support 1,500 businesses to enhance or establish their online presence. Currently, over 3,500 businesses from around the province have applied, demonstrating the need for these supports.

    Businesses in the hard-hit tourism sector, like tour operators or hotels, and businesses in the service industry, such as massage therapists, personal trainers or hair stylists, can now access the grants to build or improve their online booking systems.

    As part of the eligibility enhancements, 30% of the grant funds will now be reserved for Black, Indigenous and people of colour-owned (BIPOC) businesses. This is expanded from the original 25% of grant funds that were reserved for Indigenous and rural businesses.

    “The Launch Online Grant program responds to the way the pandemic has changed the business world, and the strong demand shows we are filling an untapped need,” said Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation. “In addition to expanding the program, we are reserving a portion of the funds for BIPOC businesses because our recovery must be inclusive, taking care to not leave people behind.”

    As part of the program, successful applicants will work with local B.C. service providers to complete their online store. Through this model, the grant funding can be reinvested in B.C.-based marketing and technology companies to generate revenues for local companies and help secure and grow jobs.

    “The pandemic has impacted so many people throughout B.C., it has also disproportionately impacted people and communities of colour,” said Nerissa Allen, president, Black Business Association of BC. “I am pleased to see funding set aside for the Black, Indigenous and people of colour business community. This change, combined with opening the grant program to service-based businesses, will give business owners and entrepreneurs the opportunity to access funds that will help revive their business.”

    The Launch Online Grant program is part of StrongerBC: BC’s Economic Recovery Plan. The plan focuses on a recovery that is innovative, sustainable and inclusive. It outlines the latest steps the Government of British Columbia is taking to help people, businesses and communities come out of COVID-19 stronger, without leaving people behind.

    The program is administered by Alacrity Canada. Small and medium-sized businesses can apply online: www.launchonline.ca

    Learn More:

    For more information on the Launch Online Grant program, including the application process and eligibility, visit: www.launchonline.ca

    For more information on StrongerBC, visit: https://strongerbc.gov.bc.ca/

    For more information on Alacrity Canada, visit: https://www.alacritycanada.com/

    A backgrounder follows.

  • Business recovery grant program extended - Government of B.C.

    by KAcres,

    March 5, 2021

    The B.C. government has extended the deadline for the Small and Medium Sized Business Recovery Grant program to ensure businesses have the time they need to apply.

    One of the main requirements has also been lowered to ensure more businesses are eligible.

    “We continue to listen to B.C. businesses about what they need to navigate through the second wave of this pandemic and position themselves for a strong recovery,” said Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation. “This funding has been set aside for businesses to help them rebuild, keep people employed and support B.C.’s economic recovery. We are committed to making sure hard-hit businesses can access these critical funds.”

    The time to apply for the Small and Medium Sized Business Recovery Grant program has been extended from March 31, 2021, to Aug. 31, 2021.

    The previous requirement for a business to have experienced at least a 70% revenue loss at some point in March or April 2020 has been adjusted. Now, a business is required to demonstrate only a 30% revenue loss in any one month between March 2020 to the point of application.

    “I sincerely appreciate the B.C. government's willingness to continue to adjust this program to meet the needs of businesses, particularly those in tourism and hospitality,” said Walt Judas, CEO, Tourism Industry Association of BC. “This is the type of response that will help businesses get through these difficult times.”

    The $345-million Small and Medium Sized Business Recovery Grant program provides fully funded grants to businesses that employ up to 149 B.C. residents. Grants of $10,000 to a maximum of $30,000 are available, with up to an additional $5,000 to $15,000 available to tourism-related businesses.

    Interpretation services are in place in multiple languages to support business owners through the application process, including the application portal and the recovery plan. To access these services, contact Small Business BC, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Pacific time), at 1 833 254-4357 or email: BusinessRecoveryGrantProgram@gov.bc.ca

    The program is part of StrongerBC: BC’s Economic Recovery Plan. The plan outlines the latest steps the Government of British Columbia is taking to help people, businesses and communities come out of the COVID-19 pandemic stronger and better prepared.

    Quick Facts:

    • As part of the application process, an applicant is required to develop a business recovery plan.
    • Approved professional service providers are available to help with the application process, including recovery plan support, up to $2,000 per small- or medium-sized business. This amount is paid directly to the provider.

    Learn More:

    For more information on the Small and Medium Sized Business Recovery Grant program, including the application process and eligibility, visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/economic-recovery/business-recovery-grant

    For more information on StrongerBC, visit: https://strongerbc.gov.bc.ca/

  • Funding supports businesses to launch online - Government of British Columbia

    by KAcres,

    Feb. 3, 2021

    The new Launch Online Grant program is designed to help over 1,500 eligible small- and medium-sized B.C. businesses adapt to changes in consumer behaviour and pivot to market their products online.

    The B.C. government is investing $12 million to help businesses launch or upgrade an online store that will provide the platform they need to increase their sales revenues, become more competitive and grow. Up to 25% of the program funds will be reserved for regional and Indigenous businesses.

    Businesses need access to the tools and supports that will help them adapt and pivot during this uniquely challenging time,” said Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation. “This program will provide business owners with the ability to expand their online presence and create a customized e-commerce site that will give them the boost they need to keep moving forward.”

    People have increased their reliance on online shopping with over $305 billion in e-commerce sales in Canada in 2019. E-commerce sales are projected to have doubled through 2020 and are expected to increase further in 2021.

    These grants will provide business owners, including those in hard-hit sectors such as retail, tourism and restaurants, with up to $7,500 to build or improve their online store and promote BuyBC at a local, national and international level.

    “We launched an online shop within 48 hours after the lockdown,” said David Nicholls, general manager, Vancouver Island Brewing. “While we were happy to get it off the ground, we soon realized that the online store could not meet all of our needs and the uniqueness of shipping beer. We are excited by the possibility of receiving a grant from this program so we can enhance our website and share our locally crafted beers with customers across B.C.”

    Grant recipients can use the funding for a variety of online-related expenses, including pictures, creating an online inventory system, advertising costs, subscription costs of an e-commerce platform and training staff to manage the website.

    “Expanding our business online has been key to helping grow our sales in B.C. and beyond,” said Amy Hall, founder, Goldilocks Wraps. “Goldilocks is built on the premise of zero waste. Through the online shop, I am able to connect with people, worldwide, who are looking for environmentally friendly products. Having an online store is now core to our business model and serves as a place where I can share my personal journey and experiences and connect with my customers.”

    As part of the program, successful applicants must use one or more local B.C. service providers to complete their online store. Through this model, the grant funding can be reinvested in B.C.-based marketing and technology companies to generate revenues for local companies and help secure and grow jobs.

    The Launch Online Grant program is part of B.C.’s $10-billion COVID-19 response, which includes StrongerBC: BC’s Economic Recovery Plan — a strategy that protects people’s health and livelihoods while supporting businesses and communities.

    The program is administered by Alacrity Canada. Small- and medium-sized businesses are encouraged to apply online: www.launchonline.ca

    Quick Facts:

    • The Launch Online Grant program is based on a first come, first-served basis. The program will run until March 31, 2021, or until all funds are distributed.
    • Eligibility criteria for businesses include having:
      • a goods and services tax number and paying taxes in B.C.;
      • generated sales of more than $30,000 in either 2019 or 2020;
      • one to 149 employees (applications can be submitted by sole proprietors); and
      • repeatable products, or in the case of artists and jewellers, individual items that have slight differences (e.g., paintings and rings).
    • As part of the application, businesses are required to develop a grant proposal that indicates how they plan to use the funds.
    • Based in Victoria, Alacrity is a non-profit organization that promotes technology entrepreneurship and facilitates regional investment.

    Learn More:

    For more information on the Launch Online Grant program, including the application process and eligibility, visit: www.launchonline.ca

    For more information on StrongerBC, visit: https://strongerbc.gov.bc.ca/

    For more information on Alacrity Canada, visit: https://www.alacritycanada.com/

    For French, Chinese and Punjabi translations, visit: http://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2021JERI0009-000194#translations

  • Digital marketing helps businesses pivot during pandemic - Government of British Columbia

    by KAcres,

    Feb. 1, 2021

    In 2017, Alex Campbell opened the Flying Squirrel Trampoline Park with the goal of providing entertainment and gymnastics education to children in Greater Victoria.

    “Growing up, my parents never had the money to put me in gymnastics or other organized activities like hockey,” said Campbell, owner/operator of Flying Squirrel. “I opened my business because I really wanted to give kids the opportunity to be exposed to the concept of gymnastics and to experience the other benefits that trampolining brings, such as improved motor skills and a fun way to exercise.”

    Like so many business owners, Campbell had to temporarily close his facility when COVID-19 hit last year. While this was an unwelcome change, he decided to make the most of his time by taking the Digital Marketing Bootcamp to develop his marketing abilities and help his business adapt to the adversity caused by the pandemic.

    Campbell said, “With my business closed due to COVID-19, it felt like the perfect opportunity for me to grow my skills, increase my knowledge of the online marketplace and network with other local entrepreneurs.”

    The Digital Marketing Bootcamp is a free program for small and medium-sized businesses and is part of the B.C. government’s $1.5-billion StrongerBC: BC’s Economic Recovery Plan, a plan that protects people’s health and livelihoods, while supporting businesses and communities.

    At the guidance of leading industry instructors, Campbell enjoyed an eight-week program that involved daily online learning. He came out well-equipped to use his new digital marketing tools, such as search engine optimization and analytics.

    Campbell was able to reopen Flying Squirrel in June 2020. He used his new skills to make sure his customers knew that his business was ready to welcome them back. Business picked back up upon opening, but Campbell had to temporarily close his business again in late November. While he remains excited to see his business buzzing again, the safety of his customers remains his priority and he understands the need to follow the orders that have been put in place by the provincial health officer.

    While he waits to reopen, Campbell continues to market his business online and has sold more than $10,000 in gift certificates, which have been instrumental in getting him through these tough times. He also took his digital marketing skills one step further and set up an online contest to win Flying Squirrel gift cards. He also arranged a fundraiser for the Mustard Seed, a non-profit fighting hunger, so he could give back to a community that has given him so much.

    “The program exceeded my expectations in all possible ways, and I recommend it to anyone that wants to learn more about online marketing,” Campbell said. “The Flying Squirrel Trampoline Park will be forever indebted to the B.C. government for its investment in our ongoing success and we are looking forward to a brighter future.”

    Campbell wants people to know that his business is much more than a theme park. It’s a place where family and friends enjoy birthday celebrations and mark other important milestones. He sees the Flying Squirrel as a place where memories are made, and he looks forward to being a part of the community for a long time to come.

    Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation, was elated to hear the benefits the course has brought Campbell.

    “The bootcamp is meant to help owners and their teams find different ways to showcase their businesses,” Kahlon said. “Our StrongerBC plan is about finding innovative ways to help businesses bounce back from the pandemic with new strategies and tools. The skills obtained through the bootcamp will help businesses improve their visibility and safely reach new markets and consumers.”

    Since November 2020, over 900 people have enrolled in the program to learn how to thrive as a marketer.

    To register and for more information, visit Alacrity Canada: https://www.alacritycanada.com/online-digital-marketing-bootcamp/

    Quick Facts:

    • As part of StrongerBC: BC’s Economic Recovery Plan, government has invested $2 million to fund up to 2,500 seats in the Digital Marketing Bootcamp.
    • The bootcamp is free for small and medium-sized businesses with one to 149 employees, and sole proprietors.
    • To be eligible, a business must be B.C.-based and registered to do business in B.C.
    • Enrolment is open until end of March 2021.
    • Each seat has an educational value of $6,000.
    • The bootcamp runs for eight weeks, covering 40 key topics offered by 10 expert mentors.

    Learn More:

    For more information on StrongerBC, visit: https://strongerbc.gov.bc.ca/

  • Protect Your Business Against Cyber Attacks - CyberSecure Canada

    by KAcres,

    Jan. 27, 2021

    Cyber attacks can have a direct impact on your organization and customers, which can result in financial losses and reputational damage. CyberSecure Canada is Canada’s voluntary cybersecurity certification program that helps small and medium-sized organizations protect themselves against cyber attacks.

    To be eligible for certification, your organization must implement the 13 cyber security controls established by the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security. Once your organization has implemented the 13 security controls, you can apply for certification at canada.ca/CyberSecure.

    Learn more by contacting us, downloading our information sheet or reading our Frequently Asked Questions.

  • Nominations for the SBBC Awards are Open! - Small Business B.C.

    by KAcres,

    Jan. 19, 2021

    We are excited to share the news that nominations and voting are now underway for the 2021 Small Business BC Awards.

    With 2020 receding into memory, it’s time to recognize the hard work and achievements of small business owners across our province. For this year’s awards, we’re offering six categories in total:

    Getting involved couldn’t be easier. If you’re a business owner, you can nominate your own business. Or, if there’s a small business you love, show your appreciation and nominate on their behalf.

    Nominations and voting are open until 11:59pm on March 7th