Economic Development Newsletter - May 7, 2020
During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Economic Development will be sending more frequent updates by newsletter. We aim to bring you the latest information on programming and policy to help guide your business through this difficult time.
Business Programming Available to You
The Prime Minister unveiled programming that will focus specifically on small-and-medium sized businesses. Of interest to businesses in Stony Plain will be the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) of 75%, which will be backdated to March 15th, and Canada Emergency Business Accounts, which will allow for loans of up to $40,000 that will be interest free for 1 year, and of which $10,000 may be forgiven. More detailed information can be found through the Government of Canada, and the Canadian Business Resilience Network.

We have been working diligently to compile a list of surveys and program announcements which may available to your business and employees. Please visit our website for further details. Applications for most programs are already available. Applications for CEWS and the 2020 Business License Fee Rebate are now open.
Business License Fee Rebate
At the April 27 Council Meeting, Council approved a 50% rebate on business license fees for resident businesses for 2020. The rebate proposal was presented by the Mayor’s Task Force on COVID-19 – Economic Stream. The Economic Stream was established to examine ways to support local businesses and entrepreneurs facing challenges brought on by COVID-19.

The business license rebate will not be automatic and will have to be applied for. As with other financial support programs in response to COVID-19, it is expected that only businesses in need will apply for this support. If you think you're an eligible resident business, please apply as soon as possible.
Thinking of Reopening?
The Government of Alberta has provided an outline for workplaces planning on reopening in the coming weeks and months to help reduce the transmission of COVID-19. A copy of these guidelines is available here.

If you have questions about how these guidelines apply, feel free to reach out to the Government b y email a t BizConnect@gov.ab.ca.
Digital Transformation with the Stony Plain Public Library
The Stony Plain Public Library is here to help any local businesses with the challenges of going digital while we all pivot to working remotely. Their expert team can work hand in hand (virtually or by phone, of course!) with you to help you find the solutions you need.

Find out more on their website , or by phone at 780-963-5440.
A Message From the Chamber
The Greater Parkland Regional Chamber of Commerce understands these are extremely challenging times and that our business community is vital to our economic stability. They are extending their support to all businesses, both chamber members and nonmembers. For more information please check out their website .
Bids, Proposals, and Tenders
We are continuously focused on supporting our business community and identifying opportunities available to them.

Follow the link below for the Town's TWO current competitions.

YETI Applications Close Friday!
The Youth Entrepreneurs Training Initiative (YETI) is accepting applications for a few more days! This Community Futures program brings together the best and brightest entrepreneurs from Stony Plain and area. Open to high school students, entrepreneurs will receive seed capital to launch their dream summer job as their own boss. Find out more about this initiative and how to apply on their website.
Looking for Land or a Building?
In an effort to help further connect entrepreneurs with property options in Stony Plain, the Town has created an online profile for available commercial and industrial properties.

Please share the link below with anyone looking for a new location. If you have a commercial or industrial property in Stony Plain that is for lease or for sale and you would like it added to this page, please forward the details by email.


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