Columbia Valley Community Economic Support Team
COVID-19 Update - March 30th 2020
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The BC Chamber of Commerce will be conducting ‘pulse checks’ surveys every two weeks on, to find out how businesses are faring in the age of COVID-19, and how your needs are evolving.
This information will inform ongoing recommendations to government.  and, perhaps more importantly, help track the efficacy of government programs and initiatives as they roll out. 
This is your best opportunity to be heard on an ongoing basis and get the support you need—in the days, weeks, and months ahead.
We’ve already seen success. Our first  COVID-19 Business Impact survey saw close to 8000 responses   and informed many of the existing supports for business already put forth by the BC government. 
What support is available to you?
  • Support for individuals and families
  • Support for people facing unemployment
  • Support for people who are sick, quarantined, or in directed self-isolation
  • Support to businesses
  • Avoiding layoffs
  • Supporting financial stability
  • Support for farmers
  • Access to credit
  • Its all here!
Tomorrow's the big day! Have you registered for the Iso-Learning Summit yet?
Sponsored by the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce , The Iso-Learning Summit is a FREE virtual summit for business owners and entrepreneurs. The summit starts tomorrow and takes place over the next 4 days with 25+ speakers from around the world. The topics are surrounded around ensuring your business sustains/thrives during this global crisis.

Three websites that your business should explore!
The Columbia Valley Community Economic Support Team have discovered three great websites that have been designed to help promote your business and attract customers during COVID19.

Enter your details in one that suites your business or get involved in all three! Click on their logos to discover more information!

Update from Invermere & District Hospital Chief of Staff
Gareth Mannheimer, Chief of Staff Invermere & District Hospital & Family Physician updates how community medical services are responding to the rapidly changing environment for COVID19 and how the community can help. 

Check out the most up to date resource on how your local Chambers are supporting their members.
To support businesses and help prevent layoffs, the government is proposing to provide eligible small employers a temporary wage subsidy for a period of three months. More
Online Learning Opportunities
Many businesses have had to shift very quickly to doing business differently or online! This can be a steep learning curve but many resources are available for Columbia Valley bushiness.
Free Business Strategy Sessions
Join The Mountain Hub online for 30-minute Business Strategy Sessions. They will run Monday through Wednesday for the next 2 weeks.
We will cover the different ways your business can cope with COVID-19, and how to create alternative revenue streams. Register Today!

Virtual co-working is also available here
Social Distancing Training Opportunities
Community Futures Central Kootenay is happy to report that their Small Business Training Centre has a full schedule for spring  that will be deliver via webinar. 

Great opportunity to practice social distancing and improve your business knowledge from home.
Build Your Skills
Small Business BC provides practical business seminars and online education to develop your business skills and strategy to run a successful business.

Support Local!
Sydicate has a new
And they are offering 50% off winter stuff! Use code: WINTER50. For curb-side pick up or local delivery, you can email them with questions

Valley Strong Box
Each box includes an assortment of amazingly local products. 
All boxes will be delivered locally on April 10, just in time for Easter. Orders must be received by April 1. $99 includes taxes and delivery within the Columbia Valley. Order yours today
Bunker Boxes
Konig Meat & Sausage
These beauties are being packed as we speak! Please email us at to place your order. Each box will be $100 and at this time no changes to box contents are allowed. I know a lot of you have your favourites but we think these boxes offer a lot of what we do best! Items in the box will change weekly as we continually adapt to supply chain logistics (except bacon, that’s an essential!) More
Inform your customers with these stickers!
Sticker Nut in Invermere have developed some social distancing decals to help out businesses. They are made on high grade vinyl and would be removable without leaving a residue. The floor graphics have a laminate to protect the ink.

If you live locally and can pick up from the store (with no contact), use the code LOCAL at check out to remove the shipping. Order yours here  
Whats your business up to? Engage with us and become a HEADLINE
Your Local Network to  Help  and  Be Helped  is here...
Are you in need of assistance or do you have time to assist others? If so, please visit  Volunteer Columbia Valley  website to register. Should you have any questions on this, please email , or
call 250-688-0529. 
It is imperative that our community rallies together during this time and we strongly encourage everyone to support local business as much as possible.
Many local businesses have created an official statement on their website and social media (like the one above). In an effort to centralize communication from your business to our visitors, municipalities and local community members, Please quickly submit your information below.
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