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COVID-19 Message and Resources

Small businesses across the country are facing a lot of uncertainty as a result of  COVID-19.  It is a challenging time as a business owner is to lead your company through this crisis.

Community Futures Cowichan understands this and encourages all our clients to connect with us on ways we can support you through this. We can be reached by phone: 250-746-1004, or email:  info@cfcowichan.ca. Our office remains closed to the public and most staff are working remotely.

CFC’s small but dedicated team is working hard to support our clients and get important updates out to the Cowichan Business Community. 

Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF)– Community Futures Stream

UPDATED: August 24, 2020. 

This Fund is now OVERSUBSCRIBED. You may still apply under the revised guidelines for the Canada Emergency Business Account through your financial institution.

This $962-million Government of Canada fund was to support small and medium size businesses that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Community Futures offices were supporting rural businesses requesting $40,000 or less. 

Full details here on this Federal ProgramRegional Relief and Recovery Fund 

The links below connect you to other valuable reources: 

BC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

The BC Chamber is the largest and most broadly based business organization in the province. Their page is dedicated to the most important resources a B.C. business needs to know, with the latest updates and links to provincial and federal relief initiatives. 

BUSINESS COUNCIL OF BC

This information, primarily from the World Health Organization, Public Health Agency of Canada and BC Centre for Disease Control. It may be useful to inform your employees, customers and partners about what they can do.

BC MANUFACTURING ALLIANCE

In response to COVID-19, the federal government wants to hear from manufacturers about their ability to pivot and provide necessary products or services. One critical area of focus: increase the production of essential medical supplies. Connect with them if your business can help.

LEAGUE OF INNOVATORS

Start-ups know that navigating ambiguity is part of the deal, but COVID-19 has created a whole new level of adaptability. In times like these, we all need to stick together and act with compassion. The League of Innovators are committed to supporting the entrepreneurial community to the best of their ability, and offer this toolkit of resources to help navigate through the uncertainty.