Columbia Valley Community & Economic Support Team
COVID-19 Update - April 13th, 2020
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Two Must See Online Events This Week!
An invitation to All Columbia Valley Businesses
Launching this week, join
Jessica Fairhart , Executive Director, Tourism Radium & Chamber of Commerce and Pete Bourke   Executive Director, Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce as they co-host a series of Columbia Valley Business Roundtables.

You will receive updates from the Chamber & Tourism networks and hear from guest speakers.

You will also have the opportunity to join the conversation and ask your questions.

Duration  – 60 to 90 minutes 
Date  – Wednesday, April 15 th  2020 
Start Time  – 11am 
Location  – Zoom Conferencing
An invitation to Invermere Businesses
Join Pete Bourke , Executive Director, Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce as he hosts a 'Business Roundtable' with Mayor Al Miller , Interim CAO Kindry Luyendyk and CFO Karen Cote from the District of Invermere.

The panel will provide an update on support programs and other resources to assist Invermere businesses. Followed by a Q&A from attendees.

Duration  – 60 to 90 minutes 
Date  – Thursday, April 16 th  2020 
Start Time  – 11am 
Location  – Zoom Conferencing
Invermere and District Hospital’s Chief of Staff Addresses COVID-19 Facts and Testing
Dr. Gareth Mannheimer, Chief of Staff of Invermere & District Hospital and
local family physician provides a local update on COVID-19, re-affirms the need to remain
vigilant and discusses new developments in antibody testing.

BINGO! An awesome way to think, shop & support local businesses.
Play the 'Rally The Valley' BINGO Competition and win huge prize packages stuffed full of goodies!

  • Download or view your BINGO card here: 
  • Choose a line from the BINGO card you want to complete.
  • Once completed, post on Facebook how you completed the BINGO card line, include photos/videos if you have them!
The Latest Snapshot   from the Regional District of East Kootenay
Today's snapshot includes the updates on the Provincial and Federal side. Locally, all local government offices are closed for the Easter Weekend, so there likely won't be any local announcements until Tuesday... Read All About It!
Two opportunities to have your voice heard and help our government make informed choices
The next two week Pulse Check Survey is now out and we're listening!

Two weeks ago, we started conducting ‘pulse check’ surveys to find out how businesses are faring in the age of COVID-19, and how your needs are evolving.

This information will inform ongoing recommendations to government and, perhaps more importantly, help track the efficacy of government programs and initiatives as they roll out. 

Our previous COVID-19 Pulse Check survey saw close to 2000 responses and informed many of the existing supports for business already put forth by the BC government. 

This is your opportunity to be heard on an ongoing basis and get the support you need.
Canadian Chamber and Statistics Canada create one of the largest business conditions survey in Canadian history; Chamber sends out call to action for all businesses amid COVID-19

As Canada rises to the challenge of COVID-19, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Statistics Canada have created a new weapon: time-sensitive data about what businesses are going through and how they are planning for the eventual recovery

The new survey will be in the field this week and collect data on how businesses are currently coping with COVID-19, but the survey may be repeated in the coming weeks, depending on how the situation progresses.

The survey will be an invaluable tool for government to understand what businesses are going through during the shutdown, but also going forward as we recover and return to growth.
A brand new website to help Canadian businesses navigate the COVID-19 reality and prepare for recovery.
Launched just today , The Government of Canada, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce would like to welcome you to the Canadian Business Resilience Network, where you’ll find the latest information, tools and resources businesses need to make it through the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Canadian Government wants to know how to best serve you.

Feed The Valley! The Gardening Initiative
With the impact that COVID -19 may have on our food system, now is the time to grow more of our own food and increase our food security.
You can participate by:
  • Plant a family garden.
  • Double your impact.
  • Start a Youth garden project.

Support Local!
Local shopping made easy!
Take a virtual walk down Invermere's main street
Did You know Summit Footwear have curb-side pick up and free delivery/shipping!?
Do you need a little pick-me-up or maybe know someone who needs a little TLC? Order a Summit Care Package today. Each package holds 6 thoughtfully curated items from our new spring accessory collection. You won’t be disappointed!

Cleanline Auto are adding SPARK to their new valet service
Did you know Cleanline is offering a valet service right now? The only thing better than valet is Zero Emission Valet! They drive Sparky the electric car to your home and leave it parked there while they take your car to Cleanline!

Cleanline is also donating $50 to our Food Bank for every set of tires they sell this month. they have already sold three and on their way to their $1000 goal.

If you need new tires, you know where to go! Check It Out!
From Scratch will deliver to your door in Invermere, Fairmont, and Canal Flats.
Starting next Monday, April 6th, get a MADE FROM SCRATCH COMFORT MEAL BOX

Each delicious box contains our choices of 2 frozen entrees meals (4 portions per meal), 2 of our well-loved condiments & a selection of BC produced foods ranging from salt to tea, coffee, honey, chocolate, salsa or pickles . Find Out More
Don't let the recent snow fool you. Summer is on the way, so be ready!
ION² Suspension is open, stocked with parts and ready to help you get on your bike asap!

They are recognized as a BC essential service (of course!) and are implementing the measures prescribed by the various public health authorities. Request a booking today!
Whats your business up to? Engage with us and become a HEADLINE
Get the answers you need directly from the source!
The Columbia Valley Community & Economic Support Team meets regularly each week and are tackling our Valley's challenges head on!

They understand that everyone has a unique story during this time and they are available to answer your questions. So whats on your mind?

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