ENHANCED
COVID-19 BUSINESS BENEFIT PROGRAM
New! Program Coming in April

Starting in mid-April, the Enhanced COVID-19 Business Benefit will provide funding to eligible small and medium businesses most affected by the pandemic and ongoing public health restrictions. Payments will be calculated based on 15% of the eligible business’s monthly revenue, up to a maximum of $10,000. Businesses can use these funds as they see fit to help offset the costs of re-opening, and implementing public health measures including:
  • physical barriers
  • purchasing personal protective equipment and disinfecting supplies
  • paying rent and employee wages
  • replacing inventory
  • expanding online business or e-commerce opportunities
FREE SMALL BUSINESS ADVISING
Thinking of opening a small business or is your business just starting?

Sign up for FREE to meet with Maureen Easton, Small Business Strategist with Business Link, supporting Wainwright & Area to dicuss your business ideas!

Wednesday, April 21st
10am - 3pm
45 minute appointments via Zoom or phone

To book your confidential appointment, contact Linda at the Town of Wainwright at 780.842.3381 or receptionist@wainwright.ca
EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS WEBINARS
In this link you will find an overview of:   
  • Key changes that took effect July 29 to September 30, 2020
  • Key change that took effect October 30, 2020
  • Key changes in effect November 1, 2020
  • Key changes in effect February 10, 2021
  • Key changes not yet in effect
  • Fact sheets
  • News
Free webinars covering these changes are full however you can view recorded sessions HERE
REDESIGNED CANADA EMERGENCY WAGE SUBSIDY PROGRAM
Learn how the redesigned Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy program can support your business. The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) helps employers impacted by COVID-19 to keep workers on their payroll or bring previously laid-off employees back to work. To ensure Canadian workers and businesses are in a better position as our economy safely re-opens, the Government has implemented changes to the CEWS that broaden the reach of the program and provide better targeted support.
COMMERCIAL TRUCKERS GRANT PROGRAM
The Driving Back to Work grant program will cover up to 90 per cent of the cost of Mandatory Entry-Level Training to help eligible unemployed Albertans get their Class 1 commercial truck driver’s licence and pursue careers as professional truck drivers.
JUST LAUNCHED: SUPPORT LOCAL AB
Small businesses in Alberta make a big impact, and this new directory connects business owners with new customers and clients across the province. It is FREE, easy to use, and is open to all Alberta small businesses!
 What makes this business directory different?
  • It allows business owners to easily keep important information up to date and include images of their business or products
  • The directory highlights and celebrates the diversity in small businesses across Alberta. Explore Black-owned businesses, women-owned businesses, LGBTQ2+ businesses and more!
Listings on the directory have exposure to Business Link’s extensive network of clients and partners across the province
SEEKING ALBERTA FARMERS INTERESTED IN GROWING HEMP
Eco-Terre is aiming to create a hemp processing plant for textiles in north-eastern Alberta. Eco-terre is looking for farmers to sign on for approximately 10,000 – 12,000 acres of dual purpose hemp in the 2021 growing season which would supply them with winter retted hemp straw next spring.

For more information, contact Oliver Lalonde at 450.502.5851.
NEW PROJECT GAZELLE MARKETPLACE
FOR FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS
Become an online merchant with Project Gazelle!

Project Gazelle is a women’s economic empowerment project. Through 15 Community Futures offices and other community partners we support female entrepreneurs and business owners in Northern Alberta and Northwest Saskatchewan. Project Gazelle issupported by the Government of Canada’s Women Entrepreneurship Strategy.

Join Project Gazelle by going on www.projectgazelle.ca

Get ready to utilize all the services and tools available to you through our amazing marketplace "www.thegazelle.ca"

You don't need to have an existing shopify site or any level of expertise. We will train you and give you the skills you need to thrive promoting your business, selling your goods and services online Service providers, consultants, trainers, makers etc., are all able to be part of this innovative site

Its just a few, quick steps to get onboarded AND the project will cover your shopify fees for three months. After the three months, you can re-evaluate your commitment but we predict you will want to stay involved for the minimal monthly fee moving forward (estimated at approximately$35 dollars per month)

The Gazelle Project will be taking on the job of marketing and driving buyers and users to the site. It's a win-win for female entrepreneurs in the gazelle project!
LOCAL PROCUREMENT OPPORTUNITIES
In order to assist local business in gaining information on business opportunities with local municipalities, Wainwright Garrison etc., the Wainwright Economic Development Office will periodically send out business opportunities featured on   merx.com  and  buyandsell.gc.ca  that pertain particularly to Wainwright and area.

These are systems used by the Government for procurement of goods and services over $25,000.

Click here for the list of   WAINWRIGHT BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES
ADDITIONAL FUNDING PROGRAMS
RN DEGREE APPLICATION DEADLINE IS APRIL 30TH
TOWN'S 25% LOT REBATE PROMOTION ENDS JUNE 1ST
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn, Town Council has approved a policy to provide a 25% rebate on all Town-owned serviced lots. This includes residential and commercial lots within the Town of Wainwright. 

Council and Administration hopes this promotion will encourage construction and help local contractors and trades with employment, thereby helping to stimulate the local economy and increase the tax base. 

The promotion is for a limited time only, ending on June 1st, 2021. There are conditions on the promotion such as the lot(s) must be paid in full and the building must be fully constructed prior to receiving the 25% rebate. For full details, contact Carley Herbert or Scott Flett, Director of Planning & Development at the Town Office.
BUSINESS EDUCATION
BUSINESS LINK WEBINARS

Startup Steps - Tuesday, April 6th 10:30am - 12pm FREE Registration

How Futurpreneur Can Support You on Your Entrepreneurial Journey - Thursday, April 8th 11am - 12pm FREE Registration

Business Foundation Series: 5 Ways to Finance Your Business - Tuesday, April 20th 10:30am - 12pm FREE Registration
ALBERTA BUSINESS FAMILY INSTITUTE WEBINARS
 
Focus on Families Masterclass Series
This series of webinars will be geared to family businesses from all disciplines who seek to deepen their understanding and begin the process of transition planning.

ALL SESSIONS WILL BE HOSTED ONLINE FROM 10 AM – NOON MST
Session 1: Overview of the Family Business System & 3 Circle Model - Thursday, April 8th FREE Registration
Session 2Focus on the Family Circle - Thursday, April 15th FREE Registration
Session 3: Focus on the Business Circle - Thursday, May 6th FREE Registration
Session 4: Focus on the Ownership Circle - Thursday, May 20th FREE Registration
Session 5: Communication and Conflict Management for the Family Enterprise - Thursday, June 3rd FREE Registration
Session 6: Establishing a Family Counsel & Family Constitution - Thursday, June 17th FREE Registration
Session 7: Establishing an Advisory Board - Thursday, July 8th
Session 8: Establishing an Ownership Council and Policies - Thursday, July 22nd
NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR 2021 MUNICIPAL ELECTION
The 2021 Municipal Election Nomination Period is open and will remain open until 12:00 Noon on Monday, September 20, 2021. The positions for Mayor and 6 Councillors are open for nominations.

Please contact the Town Office at 780.842.3381 to make an appointment to submit nomination papers between the hours of 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. Nominations are required to include a $100.00 deposit.

For more information regarding the upcoming municipal election please visit the Town of Wainwright website at www.wainwright.ca
RESOURCES FOR BUSINESSES AFFECTED BY COVID-19
VISIT alberta.ca/COVID19 for up-to-date COVID-19 information
While every effort is made to ensure the currency, accuracy and completeness of the information provided, The Town of Wainwright (Wainwright Economic Development) is not liable for any loss, claim or demand arising directly or indirectly from any use or reliance upon the information provided.