COVID-19 Business Resources Weekly Update June 1, 2020
Reminder- we are maintaining a list of provincial and federal COVID-19 resources on our Chamber website .
Updates on Business Support Programs
Small Business Relief Fund Opens TODAY

As part of its Canadian Business Resilience Network campaign, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, through the generosity of  Salesforce  (NYSE:CRM), will provide 62 small Canadian businesses from coast to coast to coast with $10,000 grants to help their recovery efforts during these unprecedented times.

New PPE Matchmaking Portal Connects Producers With Businesses In Need
The  Rapid Response Platform (RRP Canada)  is free to use and provides a matchmaking service to ‘connect the dots’ between manufacturers and businesses in need of PPE. PPE products on the Rapid Response Platform include hand sanitizer, surgical masks, N95 masks, surface sanitizer, face shields and gowns.
Any Canadian businesses involved in the COVID-related PPE supply chain, and businesses that need to source PPE, are encouraged to register now at  RRPCanada.org.

Small Business Help From Canada Post
Through Canada Post’s  Think Small  support program, SMEs can now benefit from a quick, easy and cost-effective way to promote their business to the local community through two offers in direct mailing.
  • Shared Mailing is an option that allows businesses to group together and promote their business in a booklet that includes advertisements from other small businesses. This offer can reach up to 30,000 addresses in the business area, 
  • The second option is Solo Mailing. This program makes the business stand out with a standalone postcard through Canada Post Neighbourhood Mail™. This offer can reach up to 6,000 addresses in a targeted area with the full cost of postage covered by Canada Post – valued at up to $1,000. 


PREVIOUSLY SHARED:

Community Futures Regional Relief & Recovery Fund
Applications will be processed through a secure online portal that is accessed through the website. The local CF office is still closed to walk-in visitors, but staff are available by phone (403-823-7703) or email. View press release

Applications Open for Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance
Property owners have specific days of the week to register based on location. Once registered, the portal will be available 24/7 for applicants to input data and upload documents. Find out more

Navigation Tool To Find COVID-19 Programs You Are Eligible For
Answer a few questions to see what you can apply for.
Provincial News
Government’s relaunch strategy includes providing free non-medical masks to Albertans who need them.

A&W, McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Ltd. and Tim Hortons are  partnering with the Alberta government to distribute non-medical masks at no cost through their drive-thru locations across the province, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Distribution will start in early June.

Improving Access to Local Food
Changes to Alberta’s Food Regulation enable Albertans to sell low-risk home-prepared foods from home and at special events, increasing access to locally prepared food.

Alberta expands asymptomatic testing to everyone ahead of phase two of relaunch
Effective immediately, Albertans do not need to be symptomatic or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive in order to be tested. Read more
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Webinars & Resources

Calgary Chamber of Commerce recorded webinars

The Worker's Compensation Board is going paperless. Employers can access the EFT Payments Report in  myWCB . Workers can access payment information through the  myWCBapp   or  myWCB.
Where Can You Find Sanitizer, Shields, and Masks in Drumheller?


The Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce is helping the Town of Drumheller to distribute Plexiglas shields, social distancing stickers, signage and mask starter packs (4 disposable masks) to businesses that are either already open or opening soon.
Please email or call us at 403-823-8100 to make an appointment if you wish to pick up items.
Town of Drumheller Updates
 
Please visit https://floodreadiness.drumheller.ca/covid-19/ for all COVID-19 updates from the Town of Drumheller.

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Need help navigating financial aid programs and options?

The Town of Drumheller and Drumheller & District Chamber of Commerce have established an Economic Recovery Task Force to help local businesses, residents, non-profits and charitable organizations navigate the various financial aid, grants, and deferral programs currently offered by government agencies . Access free guidance from a number of local advisors.
Check out www.drumhellerchamber.com for more details.
How can we help you?

The Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce understands that COVID-19 is going to impact our local business community and beyond. We want to ensure that you have information available to you and to ensure that we are all doing our part to help minimize the impact this pandemic has locally on our community.

Please reach out to us via email ( chamberinfo@drumhellerchamber.com ) or telephone (403-823-8100) to share with us how your business is being impacted and what support you require going forward.

Thank you. Please stay safe and healthy.

Your Drumheller & District Chamber of Commerce Team
Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce | 403-823-8100
drumhellerchamber.com chamberinfo@drumhellerchamber.com