20
Apr
2021
Posted by: In: BC COVID-19, BC government, BC Restrictions, Canada, COVID-19, COVID-19 Restrictions, Kelowna, Kelowna Chamber of Commerce, Okanagan

Kelowna Chamber of Commerce advocating for small businesses amid extended restrictions – Okanagan

On Monday, the B.C. government announced the extension of provincial health orders for another five weeks, including the ban on indoor dining. The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce believes local businesses will be paying the price. “Over the last year, businesses have worked hard to establish enhanced safety protocols to…
12
Apr
2021
Posted by: In: Cambridge news, Canada, Coronavirus, COVID, COVID antigen testing, COVID_19 rapid testing, COVID-19, Health, Kitchener news, Ontario COVID_19 rapid testing project, Ontario governement pilot project, Staysafe COVID-19 Waterloo Region, Waterloo COVID-19 pilot project, Waterloo news, Waterloo Region news

New COVID-19 rapid screening pilot project for small-, medium-sized businesses in Waterloo Region

Upper levels of government are launching a new COVID-19 rapid screening pilot project in Waterloo Region which will offer tests for employees of small- and medium-sized businesses. The province says the StaySafe program will aim to conduct 3,000 rapid antigen point-of-care tests in the area on a weekly basis.…
09
Feb
2021
Posted by: In: Business, Canada, Coronavirus, COVID, COVID-19, Economy, Juston Trudeau, Money, Relief, Small Businesses

Canadian small businesses seeking overhaul to government relief programs – National

From the day he opened Riverhead Brewery in Kingston, Ont., with his business partners, Aaron Martin believed year three would be the big one. And for the first two and a half months of 2020, the brewery was setting sales records. Then everything came to a halt. “COVID just…
27
Nov
2020
Posted by: In: Blogs, Canada, Commentary, Coronavirus, coronavirus pandemic, Covid19, covid19 closures, covid19 lockdown, Economy, Pandemic, Pandemic Impact, Roy Green, Small Businesses, struggling businesses

Roy Green: COVID-19 exacting excruciating pain on small business owners and workers – National

I will not soon forget the on-air call from the 73-year-old Calgary garage owner.  We were speaking with small business operators nationally about survival amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic — the survival of their now-under-threat, often multi-decade enterprises. We’re all familiar with the cliché “living the dream.” Now, while…
03
Sep
2020
Posted by: In: Alberta economy, Alberta Small Business, Calgary small business, Canada, Canadian Federation of Independent Business, CFIb, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Economy, edmonton small business, Federal Small Business Programs, news, Nicks Steakhouse, Rent Relief Small Business

Low sales, fewer customers creating dire situation for Alberta small businesses: CFIB ​

A newly released survey from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business shows Alberta small businesses remain tough as the province enters its sixth month of COVID-19 infections. The survey, conducted on Aug. 27, attributed fewer customers and lower sales as the root causes of a slower recovery for Alberta’s…
01
Jun
2020
Posted by: In: Canada, Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program, CaraCo, CaraCo Development Corporation, CECRA, Gennaro Disanto, Global News Kingston, Kingston, Kingston Glass And Gallery, Mariel Hunter, news, Owner, Queen Street, Small Business

Kingston small business owner says the CECRA program should be in the hands of renters to apply – Kingston

Landlords have been able to apply for the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) program for a week now. The federal initiative aims to help small businesses survive the COVID-19 pandemic. But landlords have to opt in, and some Kingston, Ont. business owners say they have received word their landlords…
07
Apr
2020
Posted by: In: Coronavirus, coronavirus in manitoba, Coronavirus in Winnipeg, COVID-19, Economy, how are businesses in manitoba doing coronavirus, manitoba coronavirus, news, Small Businesses, winnipeg coronavirus

Manitoba small business owners struggling during coronavirus pandemic – Winnipeg

It’s been a tough month for small businesses across the country and Manitoba is no exception. Many small businesses have laid off staff and some have said the COVID-19 crisis threatens to close their doors permanently. “Obviously, this is not going to be done by mid-April,” Melina Elliott of Winnipeg-based…
20
Apr
2016
Posted by: In: Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, Canada, CNIB, Diane Bergeron

Despite ongoing issues, Ontario plans to reduce small business accessibility requirements – Toronto

For most people, hailing a cab is no big deal, but Diane Bergeron has a guide dog and she says that makes all the difference. After a hotel doorman hailed a taxi for Bergeron, she said the driver refused to allow her guide dog Lucy on board. “He just said,…