The Listowel BIA
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COVID-19 Updates and the Listowel BIA
Please see an update on the next Business Community Teleconference, information on resources available to our businesses, a new sign opportunity thanks to PennySaver Signs, updates and requests and information on free training options available for our businesses. We continue to be available to you at lschaefer@northperth.ca or 519-444-8233.
Business Community Teleconference
Mayor Todd Kasenberg, CAO Kriss Snell and Community Development Coordinator Kim Kowch will be holding another Business Community Teleconference on Thursday, April 2 at 1:30 pm.

To participate, call 519-418-6338 OR (toll-free)
1-855-727-6338, and when asked for a meeting code, enter 4593285.
Business Resources and Programs to Assist during COVID-2020
Here are a few highlights of a few resources and programs that the provincial and federal government have put in place to assist businesses during this time:
1 ) Stop the Spread Business Information Line
The province has launched a toll-free line 1-888-444-3659 to provide support to Ontario businesses who have questions about the province's emergency order to close at-risk workplaces.
2) Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)
This taxable benefit would provide $2,000 a month for up to four months for workers who lose their income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.The CERB applies to many Canadians including contract workers and self-employed individuals who would not otherwise be eligible for Employment Insurance (EI). Additionally, workers who are still employed, but are not receiving income because of disruptions to their work situation due to COVID-19, would also qualify for the CERB. This would help businesses keep their employees as they navigate these difficult times, while ensuring they preserve the ability to quickly resume operations as soon as it becomes possible. The portal for accessing the CERB will be available in early April.
3) Wage Subsidy
Payroll support has been increased to 75% of wages for qualifying businesses, for up to three months. This will help businesses to keep and return workers to the payroll. The subsidy will be retroactive to March 15, 2020.
4) Canada Emergency Business Account
This program will provide up to $25 billion to eligible financial institutions so they will be able to offer loans of up to $40,000 to qualifying businesses. Guaranteed and funded by the Government of Canada, these loans will be interest free for the first year. If businesses meet certain conditions, up to $10,000 will be forgivable. 
5) Small and Medium-sized Enterprise Loan and Guarantee Program
This program will enable up to $40 billion in lending through Export Development Canada (EDC) and the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC). Businesses will be able to apply for guaranteed loans through their financial institutions to assist with their operational cash flow requirements.
6) Deferred Payments
HST payments as well as customs duties and taxes owed on imports have been deferred until June.

For a list of all resources available to business, go to the Municipality of North Perth Business Support Page found HERE .
North Perth COVID-19 Business Questionnaire and Directory
In an effort to track the impact of COVID-19 on North Perth businesses, the Municipality of North Perth is seeking your assistance in providing details on your business operations, as well as the supports you require, through the completion of their COVID-19 North Perth Business Questionnaire . They will use this information to plan for current and future local business supports, as well as to advocate on your behalf in any discussion with other levels of government to support an understanding of local business needs. If you have already completed this questionnaire you are welcome to complete it again if your circumstances have changed and/or you have additional input. The questionnaire can be found HERE .

The Business Directory is also now up. Please make sure you have provided your current business operations so we can share with the community. The directory can be found HERE .

Open For Business Signs
Roger from PennySaver Signs has developed these amazing signs for our businesses. He has donated them to any business in North Perth who would like to display them. If you would like a sign, please contact me at lschaefer@northperth.ca
Digital Main Street Free eCommerce 101 Workshop
Thursday, April 2, 10am to 12pm
Join Digital Main St. online for an E-commerce webinar, to help you learn the basic concepts of setting up an online shop. They will go over the steps required before launching a store to assist with the basic foundations and necessary steps you need to start selling online. Go HERE to register today!
Stratford Perth Centre for Business Entrepreneurial Academy is Free

The SPCB has made available all of their
Entrepreneur Academy courses free to our businesses during this time. They have built a vast resource centre full with content to help you take your business digital, manage your employees and cash flow and creatively pivot towards revenue.
Courses and content include:
  • Social Media tutorials including Facebook Ads Manager
  • Cash flow and budgeting
  • HR During COVID-19
  • Our Top 10 Lists
  • Canva.com
  • Shopify and Squarespace
  • Zoom
  • Digital Sales Funnels
  • Creative Business Planning
  • Operations
  • Email Marketing
Click HERE to go to the Academy and review all the courses and resources available to you today.
Perth County Free Webinar Series
Perth County invites you to join them for a FREE webinar series, taking participants through a step-by-step process of how to transition businesses from in-store to online. Register HERE .

Win This Space 2020 Postponed
Win This Space 2020 is postponed in order to focus on supporting our current businesses during the ever changing landscape of COVID-19. We want to thank everyone who has supported this initiative including Libro through the Libro Prosperity Grant, our sponsors, trainers and partners. A program like this takes many people to be successful. We look forward to bringing it back when the time is right.
State of Emergency for North Perth
At 1:30 pm on March 26, 2020, Municipality of North Perth Mayor Todd Kasenberg has officially declared a State of Emergency to exist in the Municipality in response to COVID-19. The press release can be found HERE .
You can reach Lisa Schaefer, Coordinator, by email at lschaefer@northperth.ca or by phone at 519-444-8233.
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