February 24, 2021 | Issue 8
From the Desk of the CEO...
Welcome to this week's E-News!
The Board approved a number of items at its meeting last week, including the budget and the 2021-2024 Strategic Plan. We look forward to sharing a creatively designed version of the Plan with the membership this spring.
Events are building in quantity and creativity in response to a real need to inspire change from "Zoom Fatigue" and increasing engagement.
Our Membership Directory is almost ready for print, we had an overwhelming response to requests for updates and changes. Thank you!
As we continue this week in Orange, we hope you are staying creative, safe, and ready to respond to the ongoing challenges of this winter.
Let us know how you are responding, and what your main challenges are.
Please visit https://covid-19.ontario.ca/zones-and-restrictions for the full list of public health region classifications and what you need to know.
What's Up at the Chamber?
Join us on April 22, 2021, to learn expert tips on co-op recruiting best practices, how to navigate the hiring process like a pro, and how you can access up to 70% funding to support your hire! Learn more & register...
This year's Double Platinum Sponsors
Member Products & Services!
COVID-19 Grants & Loans
COVID-19 Grants & Loans
Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability (HASCAP)
Is this the right financing for your business?
Businesses heavily impacted by COVID-19 can access guaranteed, low-interest loans of $25,000 to $1 million to cover operational cash flow needs. These loans are for small & medium-sized businesses that have seen their revenues decrease by 50% or more as a result of COVID-19. Read more...

Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie
Additional COVID-19 Resources
*LOCAL ALERT* Regional Relief Recovery Fund, administered by Enterprise Brant: https://www.enterprisebrant.com/regional-relief-recovery-fund/
*LOCAL ALERT* Community Stakeholder Survey: BCHU Covid-19 pandemic response. Click here to take the survey
Recovery Activation Program helping local businesses go digital. Click here to learn more and apply
PD27 10% Temporary Wage Subsidy Self-identification Form for Employers. Click here
Government of Canada Covid-19 Alert App: click here to download
Support for your business from the Government of Canada. Click here to find out which supports best fit your business
Support for Individuals from the Government of Canada. Click here to find out which supports best fit your business
Business Resilience Service phoneline: call 1-866-989-1080 to connect with a business advisor from the accounting profession. The service is available 7 days/week from 8 am – 8 pm ET
Canadian Emergency Business Account (CEBA); This $55 billion program provides interest-free loans of up to $40,000 to small businesses and not-for-profits. Click here to apply
Develop your Workplace Safety Plan with tools from the Government of Ontario here.