Columbia Valley Community Economic Support Team
COVID-19 Update - March 26th 2020
Introducing the Columbia Valley Community
Economic Support Team
Over the past weeks the organizations listed above have been working together closely. We understand that there is a lot of news out there and communications are frequent and many. To streamline this, we have joined forces to provide a single, focused and local information source that you can count on daily - Monday to Friday before 5 pm . This mail-out is available to anyone so please encourage others to subscribe
Please scroll through, to the bottom and don't miss any important and valuable information for you, your family and your business. United, our special Valley will get through this together.
This is how our Valley rolls, and its Awesome!
Valley Strong Box
Each box includes an assortment of amazingly local products. 
All boxes will be delivered locally on April 10, just in time for Easter. Orders must be received by April 1. $99 includes taxes and delivery within the Columbia Valley. Order yours today
Konig Meat & Sausage - Bunker Boxes
These beauties are being packed as we speak! Please email us at to place your order. Each box will be $100 and at this time no changes to box contents are allowed. I know a lot of you have your favourites but we think these boxes offer a lot of what we do best! Items in the box will change weekly as we continually adapt to supply chain logistics (except bacon, that’s an essential!) More
Inform your customers with these stickers!
Sticker Nut in Invermere have developed some social distancing decals to help out businesses. They are made on high grade vinyl and would be removable without leaving a residue. The floor graphics have a laminate to protect the ink.

If you live locally and can pick up from the store (with no contact), use the code LOCAL at check out to remove the shipping. Order yours here  
Free Business Strategy Sessions
Join The Mountain Hub online for 30-minute Business Strategy Sessions. They will run Monday through Wednesday for the next 2 weeks.
We will cover the different ways your business can cope with COVID-19, and how to create alternative revenue streams. Register Today!

Virtual co-working is also available here
Whats your business up to? Engage with us and become a HEADLINE
Check out the most up to date resource on how your local Chambers are supporting their members.
To support businesses and help prevent layoffs, the government is proposing to provide eligible small employers a temporary wage subsidy for a period of three months. More
Support for individuals has arrived
The new Canada Emergency Response Benefit will provide a taxable benefit of $2,000 a month for up to 4 months to support people facing unemployment. Additional financial support for tax filing, mortgage deferrals, Indigenous communities, seniors, students & recent graduates, and women's shelters. Read All About it!
Today's Snapshot from the Regional District of East Kootenay
Inside are 6 strategies to help us cope if we are feeling overwhelmed, anxious or stressed as we all cope in different ways to the ever-evolving COVID-19 situation. More
Iso-Learning Summit arrives in four days!
P resent by Brand Scrubbers and proudly sponsored by the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce. The Iso-Learning Summit is a series of FREE learning sessions on various business topics designed to help you sustain, survive, and/or thrive as a business owner/entrepreneur during the COVID-19 Global Pandemic. With hundreds already registered, sign up today!
The Basin Business Advisors Program wants to talk about YOUR business

specifically, over the short, medium & long term. Your Eastern Region Advisor is Corey Kanzig -
250-489-4356 Ext.108
Out of a job? why not use the time to train for your next one.
If you need short-term training or certification to increase your chances of getting a job, this program could help you pay for it.
Do you think your business can supply goods and services to the government of Canada?
Tomorrow - Friday, March 27 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm. This seminar will cover what products may be suitable, and how you can register to supply the federal government in a national effort against COVID-19. Register here

There is Local supply for the demand of Hand Sanitizer and Surface Cleaner
Businesses & Large Quantities
Winderberry Nursery
Personal & Small Quantities
La Galleria Fairmont
Oliver Egan at Winderberry Nursery is now taking orders for bulk quantities of Hand Sanitizer and surface cleaner. You can get a 5 Gallon bucket for $250. Details on the product here

Please contact Oliver via email at or
phone: 250-342-7606

Get your order in by Friday, March 27th
Carolyn Barzilay from La Galaria in Fairmont has lots of personal hand sanitizer. This is made by one of her regular suppliers who specializes in natural products.

"The 70% alcohol is exactly what we need to kill this terrible bug." 
Carolyn lives a block from the store in Fairmont and can open up to anyone that contacts her. 

Text or call Carolyn: 250-342-1475

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Your Local Network to  Help  and  Be Helped  is here...
Are you in need of assistance or do you have time to assist others? If so, please visit  Volunteer Columbia Valley  website to register. Should you have any questions on this, please email , or
call 250-688-0529. 
While it won’t be business as usual at Kootenay Savings during these trying times, you can still count on us. COVID-19 has affected us all in many various ways. If you are facing financial challenges, we’re here for you. Our goal is to provide some peace of mind knowing you can continue to support yourself, your family, and your business through these difficult times. 
Our team is dedicated to working with you to provide flexible solutions through hardships caused by these unusual circumstances - including payment alterations, loans and lines of credit . Virtually, most of your banking needs can be done from the comfort of your home through online, mobile, phone banking or by calling our Member Service Centre at 1-800-665-5728. We urge you to take advantage of these banking options and ask that you only visit a branch if absolutely necessary.  Regular updates and information here
It is imperative that our community rallies together during this time and we strongly encourage everyone to support local business as much as possible.
Many local businesses have created an official statement on their website and social media (like the one above). In an effort to centralize communication from your business to our visitors, municipalities and local community members, Please quickly submit your information below.
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