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Applications For Expanded Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) Available Starting Friday
Beginning tomorrow, businesses will be able to apply for the CEBA under the expanded criteria that had been previously announced to allow more businesses to qualify.

The CEBA is available through your primary financial institution.
Webinars Of Interest
Take Control Of Your Business: 3 Simple Tools To Help Your Business Survive And Thrive
June 22 | 1:30 PM ET
Learn about three simple and essential tools to help your business survive and thrive in a period of extreme uncertainty. Sysential works with entrepreneurial organizations, specifically their owners and leaders, to get more of what they want from their business by helping implement proven tools and a complete business system called EOS - the Entrepreneurial Operating System.

Building A Resilient Workforce That Can Thrive In The Next Normal
June 23 | 1:00 PM ET
An estimated 2.7 billion workers worldwide have been affected by full or partial lockdowns, according to the United Nations' labour body, the International Labour Organization. Deloitte's 2020 Global Human Capital Trends report, The social enterprise at work: Paradox as a path forward, comes at a time when the pandemic has forced a rethink of workforce strategies.
This discussion will focus on the big workforce issues affecting work, workers, workplace, culture and leadership that organizations must consider to create a resilient workforce prepared to thrive in our next normal.

How To Build An Effective Advertising Strategy
June 24 | 1:00 PM ET
You're ready to advertise but need a strategy and a plan. We'll walk through how to define your advertising goals and objectives, reach your target audience at the right time and place, and learn to measure a successful advertising campaign.

What Just Happened & Where Do We Go From Here
June 23 | 10:00 AM - noon [ REGISTER HERE]
June 25 | 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM [ REGISTER HERE]
Our Health Network has created a space to help to make sense of the times we are in and to share ideas about how we could support each other better during the next phase of the pandemic. As part of that process, we want to take time to imagine a path forward that includes greater environmental and social justice, health, vibrancy, and resilience for the Comox Valley.
Habitat For Humanity Online Auction - Bid to Build
According to a recent report from the Victoria and Vancouver Foundations, 1 in 5 nonprofits in BC are at risk of permanently closing due to the pandemic. You can help ensure Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North, a Comox Valley Chamber member, will not be one of them.

The Habitat team is looking for items for their online auction - Bid to Build. They recognize the challenges facing the local business community and will:
• Use their strong social media platform to highlight donating businesses and the Chamber of Commerce
• Help you come up with a way you can donate, such as putting together a basket of stock, that will soon be out of season, creating a donation that can be used during non-peak hours OR creating an experience that will not cost you anything!

There is more information in the attachment (below) about Bid to Build and Habitat’s impact in our community OR you can skip right to emailing Karen McKinnon at karenm@habitatnorthisland.com and let her know you are in! She can guide you from there. Thank you on behalf on the Habitat team!
VIRL Offers "Takeout" and More New Services
Last week, Vancouver Island Regional Library introduced “Takeout” service which brings modified library services and hours to our branches. A FAQ sheet can be found on their website here: https://virl.bc.ca/takeout/ and a direct link to the status of this service at your local branch can be found here: https://virl.bc.ca/take-out-status/

VIRL has also started a massive online book club called One Book. The first book is Greenwood by Galiano Island author Michael Christie. More details can be found here: https://virl.bc.ca/all-news/news/one-book-one-community/ and as a way to wrap-up this first book for One Book, they were able to book the author for a live talk on June 30 at 2:00 PM. There will also be a 10 book prize package (chosen by Michael Christie) to be drawn on that day as well. One of the subsequent books chosen for One Book will be on business.

VIRL's Professional Series webinars launched June 12, beginning with the first two of four photography workshops presented by Dirk Heydemann of HA Photography. You can access the Professional Series page here: https://virl.bc.ca/learn/skills/professional-series/. On June 24, from 12:00 - 1:00 PM, the Professional Series will host a live cast on anti-fraud with the BC Security Commissions’ Director of Enforcement Doug Muir. Watch the Professional Series page for more details.
Over 120 Business Leaders Call For A National Plan To Restart The Travel And Tourism Sector
Through our Chamber network, we are proud to be a part of the Canadian Travel and Tourism Round-table. We are calling on governments across the country to put in place logical, streamlined measures to keep the public safe while simultaneously allowing the tourism and travel sector to open. It’s time to get the travel and tourism sector back to work.
Downtown Courtenay Mystery Shopper Contest
You could be one of downtown Courtenay's lucky winners during the Mystery Shopper event from July 2nd to July 19th! All you have to do is shop downtown Courtenay.

Select businesses will be giving out a variety of prizes and gift certificates to random customers visiting their stores. You might be one of them!

To find out which businesses are involved visit www.downtowncourtenay.com or www.973theeagle.com
AGM on June 25
Chamber members in good standing are invited to attend our 2020 Annual General Meeting.

2019 Year-End Financial Statements and Reports will be presented at the event by the Incoming Chair, Past Chair, Treasurer and CEO.

Registrants will receive an agenda and voting package through email prior to the AGM.

An Event Not to Miss!
Keep your eyes on our social media channels for the next couple weeks, as we begin to unveil an exciting, new, month long event that we've been busy planning!

It's an event that you are not going to want to miss out on.

More details coming soon.
Get a Comox Valley Map
The Comox Valley Chamber and Comox Valley Ground Search & Rescue are excited to announce the new detailed Comox Valley Map!

This map has all the detailed streets for Comox, Courtenay, Cumberland and outlaying areas.

The map available to purchased online.

There is wholesale and retail pricing.
The wholesale price (over 25 maps) is $3.00 plus GST & PST = $3.36 per map
The retail price is $4.47 plus GST & PST = $5.00 per map
Congratulations to the Grad Class of 2020!
While classes and school haven't been quite as usual, the Comox Valley School District grads are celebrating their graduation this Saturday with a drive-through ceremony and parade.

We'd like to extend a congratulations to all the graduates.
Were you unable to attend the COVID-19: WorkSafeBC Claims webinar due to limited seats?

A recording of this popular webinar is now available! [ CLICK HERE TO VIEW WEBINAR ]
You can also access the FAQs and resource document .

This one hour panel-format recorded webinar addresses frequently asked questions about the impact of COVID-19 on WorkSafeBC claims.
The Comox Valley Recreation Guide will have a different look this summer. Residents are encouraged to visit each local government website to view individual recreation program offerings available this summer.

  • City of Courtenay : www.courtenay.ca/rec
  • Comox Valley Regional District: www.comoxvalleyrd.ca/recguide
  • Town of Comox: https://comox.ca/rec
  • Village of Cumberland: https://cumberland.ca/rec
Pathways Community Service Directory

The Comox Valley Division of Family Practice and the Comox Valley Community Health Network are pleased to announce the launch of the online Community Service Directory, providing services, programs and useful information to Comox Valley residents.

If you would like to partner with Division, to support the directory or want more information, please contact Lyndsey Jennings.
BDC Advisory Services is offering free round-table sessions for businesses. They are max 12-15 entrepreneurs and led by a BDC consultant.

Contact Ramon Ramirez to get started.
Senior Account Manager, Comox Valley
T: 250-703-2522
Sussex Insurance (inside Superstore) is still open 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, 7 days a week by appointment only until June 30. They are extending their hours to 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM beginning July 1 and will be open for walk in business. They won't be making appointments after June 30, 2020.
[ WEBSITE] + t: 250-897-3288
The Business Resilience Service (BRS) allows you to connect for free with experienced business advisors for guidance on which government relief programs will be most appropriate to support your small- to medium-sized business, not-for-profit or charity amid the pandemic.
The service is available seven days/week: Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET, Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET and Sundays: 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET.
Heath Canada has expanded its recall of hand sanitizers containing industrial-grade ethanol that has not been authorized for use in hand sanitizers in Canada. [ DETAILS HERE]
The WHO’s Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan and COVID-19 Strategy outline public health measures needed to support countries in preparing for and responding to COVID-19. In this effort, the private sector has a critical role to play locally, nationally and globally. The following “Asks” have been prepared by the WHO for businesses to take concrete actions.
We could not provide our advocacy, business resources, and services for business in the Comox Valley without the support of our members. Thank you to the members who have renewed their memberships this month:
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