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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
This $962-million Government of Canada fund is to support small and medium size businesses that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Community Futures offices are supporting rural businesses requesting $40,000 or less. If you are a rural business requesting more than $40,000 you should apply through Western Economic Diversification Canada.
As the financing terms of RRRF and Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) are the same, rural businesses can choose which program to apply for funding. Applicants can only apply to ONE of these federal programs
Full details here on this Federal Program - Regional Relief and Recovery Fund
We want to help the Cowichan Valley business community. Small businesses and entrepreneurs are the backbone of Cowichan’s economy. These range from storefront businesses, manufacturing industries, agricultural, professional services and so much more.
This centralized website is designed to share relevant information on the support and resources available in response to the COVID-19 crisis.
The links below connect you to other valuable reources:
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.
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.
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.
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.