Economic Resiliency and Recovery Resources

 

The Stettler Regional Board of Trade & Community Development, in partnership with Stettler Regional Emergency Management Agency, will be collecting emergency information from businesses along with details on their current situation to help share resources and prepare for recovery.

 

We are asking all businesses to please fill out this vital form.

 

Business Resource Form

 

At this time we are asking our local businesses making any operational changes to please submit the following form:  https://www.stettlerlocal.com/covid-19-business-updates

 

Utilizing this form not only assists us but allows your customers to still access your goods and services.

 


Economic Resiliency & Recovery Resources

 

From the Stettler Regional Board of Trade

Globally, people and businesses are faced with having to understand how to deal with the ever-changing issues surrounding the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. Managing the public health risk for infectious diseases is the responsibility of Alberta Health Services, but business owners need to be prepared for the potential impacts that COVID-19 could have on their operations.

 

The Stettler Board of Trade wants to assist our community with easy access to factual, up-to-date information so that your business can be prepared. We have created a private Facebook group that will share a collection of resources to help keep you up to date as well as develop your business continuity plans. We will continue to provide new resources as they become available.

 

In Business For Business 

 

From Medicine Hat College

 
The outbreak of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) presents new challenges in the workplace as employers strive to keep businesses running and support the health and well-being of their workforce. A business’s response to the COVID-19 crisis needs to address business operations and employee concerns. In addition, it must include safety considerations and steps that will stem the severity of the outbreak.
 
COVID-19: Action Plan for the Workplace course is designed to help employers and managers prepare and respond to exposure and illness caused by COVID-19. Organizational plans that take into account policies and procedures, human resources matters, and supply and production issues can help companies and employees prepare for the health pandemic. Being prepared, yet flexible enough to adapt to an ever-changing situation, supports an entire organization.
 
To help our valued customers respond to the COVID-19 crisis, we’re offering this course at no cost for a limited time through April 30, 2020.
 

 

From Next Generation Manufacturing

Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGen) will invest $50 million in Supercluster funding to support companies as they rapidly respond to the COVID-19 pandemic by building a Canadian supply of essential equipment, products, and therapeutics. 
 
Projects will be selected for funding according to critical needs identified by the Government of Canada and the ability of manufacturers to produce products that are safe for both patients and health care workers. 
 
NGen will prioritize funding for projects that can have an immediate impact between April and the end of June 2020 and will fund eligible costs for projects within this timeframe up to 100% (depending on the level of knowledge and information sharing to help Canadians). 
 
Projects that will have an impact in the medium term – beyond the June 30 timeframe may also be considered for funding at 50%. 
 
Projects are not expected to exceed funding of more than $5m. 
 
We ask for your support to expand the reach of this program by leveraging your extensive networks. 
 
·      Companies looking for support in launching production of critical products to fight COVID-19 can indicate their interest at www.ngen.ca/covid-19-response.  
 
·      Experts who are able to assist are also encouraged to share their capabilities with us at www.ngen.ca/covid-19-response
 
Together, we can ensure that manufacturers can get their products to the front of the line in this crisis. 

 

From the Insurance Bureau of Canada

COVID-19 and business insurance: How coverage is triggered
 
These are uncertain and challenging times. With COVID-19 causing global concern, we understand many Canadians will have questions related to commercial insurance. IBC has produced a brief Q&A document outlining how coverage is triggered and how business interruption policies work.
 

 

From the Canadian Chamber of Commerce

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce Pandemic Preparedness Guide can be found here

 

 

From RSM Canada

Article: 5 things organizations can do to brace against coronavirus fallout
Use these emergency preparedness best practices to minimize the negative impacts to your business from the #coronavirus pandemic:
 
Article: How to handle supply chain bottlenecks in the face of coronavirus
As #COVID19 cases increase worldwide, companies have changed or in some cases halted parts of their operations to help slow the spread:
 
For more on RSM Canada's COVID-19 Resource Centre click here.

 

From the Canadian Payroll Association

For a summary of the questions and answers from the Payroll Infoline please click here.

 

From the Calgary Chamber of Commerce

Business Resource Webinar Series

Find more information and previous recordings here. 

 

 

From Facebook

Business Resource Hub

 

Managing through and building resilience during the COVID-19 outbreak.

 

At Facebook, we’re working to keep people safe and informed about the recent outbreak of COVID-19. We know that as members of the communities you serve, businesses like yours may also be experiencing unexpected challenges, and we’re committed to providing as much support as possible.

 

Find out more here.

 

Small Business Grants Program

 

We know that your business may be experiencing disruptions resulting from the global outbreak of COVID-19. We’ve heard that a little financial support can go a long way, so we are offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits to help during this challenging time. 

 

Find out more here.

 

Not-For-Profit Resources

Rairdan Services is offering not for profits and charities to register for www.StettlerGives.com for no cost right now. By creating a page on the site assistance can be given to recruit volunteers for these groups and help advertise their volunteer openings.

 

Business Continuity Plans
 
Employers should consider their business continuity plans and how COVID-19 could impact their workplace. To prepare, make plans to:
  • protect employees
  • limit spread in workplaces
  • ensure continuity of critical services if staff are ill or self-isolating
  • explore alternate working arrangements, such as:
  • working from home or remotely
  • doing work that doesn't require contact with other people

 

Find a Business Continuity plan and template for entrepreneurs by the Business Development Bank of Canada here.

 

 

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