Columbia Valley Community Economic Support Team
COVID-19 Update - April 1st, 2020
These updates will come to you at minimum
Monday, Wednesday & Friday before 5 pm .
This mail-out is available to anyone so please encourage others to subscribe.
The BC Chamber of Commerce will be conducting ‘pulse checks’ surveys every two weeks on, 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. 
This is your best opportunity to be heard on an ongoing basis and get the support you need—in the days, weeks, and months ahead.
We’ve already seen success. Our first  COVID-19 Business Impact survey saw close to 8000 responses   and informed many of the existing supports for business already put forth by the BC government. 
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?

Today's Update from Invermere & District Hospital Chief of Staff
Dr. Gareth Mannheimer, Chief of Staff for the Invermere & District Hospital, and a family
physician provides the following update on community medical services.

" The local number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Columbia Valley is stable. I am pleased to say our confirmed positive patients are all making an encouraging recovery." See the full update here
Today's  Snapshot   from the Regional District of East Kootenay
The province announces that the Provincial State of Emergency has been extended; and, the Federal Government's focus on sourcing Canadian companies to produce and supply needed medical equipment/supplies.

Have you registered for the Iso-Learning Summit yet?
Sponsored by the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce , The Iso-Learning Summit is a FREE virtual summit for business owners and entrepreneurs. The summit is already underway and takes place until Friday with 25+ speakers from around the world. The topics are surrounded around ensuring your business sustains/thrives during this global crisis.

Three websites that your business should explore!
The Columbia Valley Community Economic Support Team have discovered three great websites that have been designed to help promote your business and attract customers during COVID19.

Enter your details in one that suites your business or get involved in all three! Click on their logos to discover more information!
What support is available to you?
  • Support for individuals and families
  • Support for people facing unemployment
  • Support for people who are sick, quarantined, or in directed self-isolation
  • Support to businesses
  • Avoiding layoffs
  • Supporting financial stability
  • Support for farmers
  • Access to credit
  • Its all here!
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 Local!
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!
A wonderful place for the community, and especially our seniors, to go when the air clears
The Columbia House Enhancement Society (CHES) has been working extensively to see the healing garden become reality. Now more than ever they need our help to finish this project.

CHES plans to have their Helicopter Ball Drop in September and would love your involvement

Contact them at:
or 250 342-5723 or Visit Their Site
Sydicate has a new
And they are offering 50% off winter stuff! Use code: WINTER50. For curb-side pick up or local delivery, you can email them with questions

Get your Valley Strong Box today or miss out!
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
Bunker Boxes
Konig Meat & Sausage
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
Whats your business up to? Engage with us and become a HEADLINE
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. 
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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