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Let's get OCEANSIDE Lit UP for the
holiday season!
From Nanoose to Bowser - let's LIGHT UP

Time to get in the holiday spirit.
We invite you to light up your business or decorate your
storefront window or both! And enter to win.
In each region, up for grabs are 2 prizes - 1 for a festive window display ($200.00) and 1 for a business festive display ($200.00)

We're judging by area this year:

Nanoose Bay
Sponsored by: Susan Forrest, Royal LePAGE, Parksville-Qualicum Beach Realty

Sponsored by: Kevin Clayton, Royal LePAGE, Parksville-Qualicum Beach Realty

Qualicum Beach              
Sponsored by: Vivien Sears, RE/MAX First Realty

Sponsored by: Matt Breedlove, Royal LePAGE, Parksville-Qualicum Beach Realty
Bowser/Qualicum Bay  
Sponsored by: Meghan Walker, Royal LePAGE, Parksville-Qualicum Beach Realty 
Register your business to enter the Light UP: Registration form
email registration form to: lisa@parksvillechamber.com

Judging will take place December 6 and 7and the contest winners
announced December 9
Please share the word!
As per Dr. Bonnie Henry’s latest Public Health order stating all events are on pause for the next 2 weeks, therefore we will be cancelling the drive through Toy Drive scheduled for tomorrow Wednesday November 25th.
While the Health Order does not discriminate between indoor and outdoor events we feel that it would be in the best interest of our community’s safety to play our part and do what we can to eliminate any form of gatherings.
A special thanks to those that have already donated the past month; we are excited to say we have received tremendous support from the community!
And while the event is officially cancelled, we are happy to continue to accept any donations on behalf of the SOS.
'The Tigh-na-Mara Team'
Kim Burden, Executive Director Parksville & District and Qualicum Beach Chambers of Commerce monthly interview with 88.5 The Beach

Want to reinvigorate workplace culture and boost your productivity?
The BC Chamber has partnered with UVIC’s Gustavson School of Business to offer an online training program that will help businesses mitigate the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic by teaching them how to adapt their business models, re-engage customers, and adjust workplace cultures. 
The Building Resilience to Thrive program will feature weekly seminars delivered by award-winning professors Dr. Mark Colgate and Prof. Brian Leacock offered on the following dates: 
  • COHORT TWO: January 12th to February 16th (11am PST/12pm MST) 
  • COHORT THREE: February 24th to March 31st (11am PST/12pm MST)

PS. Read about how our program is helping businesses reinvigorate workplace culture and boost their productivity in the Pique.
Come to the Small Business Information Expo for support and opportunities for your small business!
About this Event: November 25 & 26

Do you own or lead a small business?
Did you know the government of Canada has a multitude of programs designed to help you with financing, innovation, hiring and training and much more?
The Small Business Information Expo (SBIE) is there to help you get the information you need on a range of key business support programs and services. You can connect directly with these programs and services for information and advice in plain language, all in one virtual place! And best of all – it’s free of charge!

When: Wednesday, November 25th and Thursday, November 26th
Time: 10AM to noon on both days
What: Tradeshow with a B2B setup plus interactive panel discussions
Where: Online
Cost: FREE!
A message from the BC Provincial Government
Watch the video
You can learn more about the BC Provincial Government's Small and Medium-Sized Business Recovery Grant Program in this video.
Program overview
The Small and Medium-Sized Business Recovery Grant Program will invest up to $300 million in targeted financial support for some of the hardest hit businesses in B.C. that employ between two and 149 B.C. residents and have experienced declines in revenue since March 10, 2020.
  • Grants of $10,000 to $30,000 are available. An additional $5,000 to $10,000 grant is available to eligible tourism-related businesses that have been hit especially hard by COVID-19.
  • The program runs until March 31, 2021 or until the funds are fully allocated, whichever comes first.
  • If you have questions or would like further information please reach out by email to BusinessRecoveryGrantProgram@gov.bc.ca or call 1-833-254-4357. Ministry of Jobs, Economic Development and Competitiveness program staff are available to attend conference calls, webinars or simple information sessions with you, your staff and networks.
Experiencing cold, flu or COVID-19-like symptoms? Remember to visit http://bc.thrive.health to complete a self-assessment to see if you need a test before calling the Island Health Testing Call Centre.
Applications for the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS)are now open!

The CERS provides easy-to-access rent and mortgage interest support directly to tenants and property owners until June 2021 for eligible businesses affected by the pandemic.

Eligible businesses can now apply directly for the first subsidy period, September 27 to October 24, 2020. Applications for the second CERS period (October 25 to November 21, 2020) will open on November 30.

Applications for the first period will start being processed on November 30, 2020. Successful applicants registered for direct deposit should expect to begin receiving payments beginning on December 4, 2020.
Helpful Resources
To calculate your subsidy using the CERS online calculator: https://www.canada.ca/.../cers-calculate-subsidy-amount.html.

 For information about applying through the CRA's My Business Account or Represent a Client portals: https://www.canada.ca/.../emergency.../cers-how-apply.html

 For general information about the CERS: https://www.canada.ca/.../sub.../emergency-rent-subsidy.html 
Canada Emergency Business Account for businesses that operate out of a non-business account. 
CEBA is now open to businesses using personal banking accounts, have an operating as a business as of March 1, 2020, meet the existing CEBA eligibility criteria and open and successfully open a business account at a Canadian financial institution participating in CEBA. For more details about this announcement you can open the following link. https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/news/2020/10/canada-emergency-business-account-now-open-to-businesses-using-personal-banking-accounts.html

More businesses are now eligible for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy. Learn how the redesigned program can support your business.

Interesting article in BC Business: Arlene Dickinson wants your business to pull through COVID-19. Here’s how: Read the article
Parksville Downtown Business Association
It's time for North Pole-apalooza!
RDN Recreation and Parks Window Painting Contest.
The best way to spread festive cheer is adding colour and creating atmosphere”.
The community is invited to decorate the windows at Oceanside Place Arena. Submit your window painting design by Sunday December 6, 2020. One window per design. Designs should be in portrait layout. If your design is chosen, RDN Recreation will contact you to arrange a time and date to paint a window. All painting supplies are included, you just need to dress for mess. Covid-19 safety protocols will be in place. 
All submissions will be entered into a draw to win an RDN swag bag.
This is a family friendly safe event celebrating our community's creative talents.
The Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign starts this Friday, and they need your support! Here’s how you can help the most important fundraiser of the year:
  1. Sign up to ring the bells – each volunteer shift is just two hours long, and bell ringing is a fun way to give back to your community. volunteers@parksvillesalvationarmy.ca or 250-905-0320 for more info.
  2. Please give generously when you see Covid-friendly Salvation Army Kettle volunteers throughout Parksville, Qualicum and Nanoose.
The Salvation Army Thrift Stores, which help support their programs and services, remain open and are excited about a few changes:
  1. Furniture Store (464 Island Hwy E) has 25% off regularly priced, used furniture until the end of the month.
  2. Parksville Thrift Store (192 Island Hwy W) is open ‘til 6:00 on Thursdays and November and December.
  3. Gift certificates are available for sale at all 3 stores (incl. Qualicum Beach on 671 Beach Rd).
Thank you for your support!
SOS is here for residents in need this Christmas. For more than 50 years, SOS has been creating the magic of Christmas for local children and youth, and ensuring families and individuals have food over the holidays. This year, SOS is particularly short on gifts for youth.

To support the program, donate online at www.sosd69.com, call, mail a cheque, or bring your donation to the SOS Community Services Centre in Parksville (245 West Hirst Ave.). To help fill the SOS Toy Shop, locate an SOS Angel Tree at a local business, or drop off new, unused gifts at our Christmas Tent in Parksville on select days. Please visit our website for more information.

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Saturday, December 5th, from 11am-2pm
It's a Drive thru magical wonderland!
The elves are busy planning a safe, socially distanced outdoor Christmas scene for our community to enjoy. 
On Saturday, December 5th, from 11am-2pm, hop in the car and cruise on through the Community Centre's parking lot, which will be transformed into a magical outdoor wonderland.
Stay tuned via social media for what to expect and ways you can get involved this holiday season. 
Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance plan:

Getting married or having a baby are life changing events. Protect your newest family member by updating your group benefit plan as soon as you can. The Chambers Plan has a 60 day window for employees to add spouses or new dependents, after that they’re considered “Late Applicants”. Watch the video:

For more information please contact: mike.hrabowych@intregralwealth.com
Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce | Website