Newsletter
May 14, 2020
IN THIS ISSUE:
  • ED's Message: Updates, Webinars and Training Opportunities
  • Crisis Marketing Through COVID-19 - Free Webinar
  • Member Ads
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR'S MESSAGE
Hello all,

I hope this email finds you well as we continue to weather this situation together. I have several updates to share with you below.


MORE FUNDING ALLOCATED TO HELP SMEs "FALLING THROUGH THE CRACKS":

Yesterday, the government announced the details of the nearly $1 billion in funding being provided to the Regional Development Agencies ($675 million) and the national network of Community Futures Development Corporations ($287 million). Regional economic development agencies know their business communities well. We believe putting funds and the control over them into their hands to ensure solutions for businesses by businesses and for comm unities by communities will provide a much-needed boost to SME business resiliency.

COLLABORATION IN CRISIS REPORT RELEASED BY THE OCC:
 
Yesterday, the OCC released their latest report,  Collaboration in a Crisis: A Memo from COVID-19 . As communities around the world take steps to reopen their economies, the Ontario Chamber Network’s new policy brief, Collaboration in a Crisis, explores the need for continued cooperation, both within and across countries.

LOCAL UPDATES:

HKPR has released its latest Community Update - see it here .


Need funding? The Haliburton County Development Corporation is accepting applications for its LIP program! Closes on June 15, 2020. See more information here.

UPCOMING VIRTUAL MEETINGS, WEBINARS and TRAINING:

These interactive webinars give you the chance to ask personalized questions to marketing professionals and fellow business owners. Any businesses in Ontario's Highlands are welcome.

This very practical, very applicable workshop will look at the essentials of your presence on Google. Google search and Google Maps have become the default for tourists, whether they are planning a trip from home, or wandering in search of that next great experience. We will pay particular attention to how important a Google My Business listing is, both for helping you "get found" by potential customers and in controlling the "first page" of an organic search. We will also look at the benefits of examining search results and what they tell you about your online presence.

Small businesses are the lifeblood of communities across the province. They are currently experiencing unprecedented hardships and challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The discussion with Minister Ng will address key questions on relief programs available to small businesses during a time when they need it most, as well as provide insights on what the path to recovery may look like.
COVID-19 has changed almost everything in our lives, and social media is no exception. Despite more and more audiences spending time online, businesses are noticing their tried and true social media tactics aren’t working anymore. Or, they are seeing more and more engagement but don’t know how to leverage that into paying customers. Now is the time to up your social media game and make sure your business doesn’t get lost in a sea of social media content.
Lastly, we have posted the recording of our Crisis Marketing Webinar in partnership with HCDC and Sticky Branding . Check it out by clicking the link above.

Please enjoy the rest of the member advertisements below, I am wishing you all the best.

Jennifer M. Locke
Executive Director
Haliburton Highlands Chamber of Commerce
**We are working remotely - you can reach me on the Chamber cell 705-854-0593**
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