Social Media 101

The Enderby Chamber of Commerce has partnered with MacGregor Logistics to provide a seminar to member businesses

on Social Media, online business promotion and reaching your markets virtually. This one hour Zoom meeting comes with

a booklet of information, terms and links, basic instructions and flowcharts for reference! Seminar is Monday, April 6, 2020 at 1 pm.

 

Reserve your virtual seat by contacting us at info@enderbychamber.com!

Best Business Practices in Difficult Times

Latest Update March 30/2020

Please scroll through this page frequently, as existing links with updates to the latest information will be marked with ***UPDATED***

 

During this morning’s address (March 30/2020) to the country, Prime Minister Trudeau offered more important details on the Government of Canada’s Emergency Wage Subsidy that was first announced on Friday of last week.

The following eligibility parameters and details were announced:

  • Businesses that can show that their revenues have decreased at least 30% since the start of the pandemic will be eligible for the 75% wage subsidy.
  • The assessment of the 30% revenue drop will be done after the fact. If the drop was actually not this low, the company will have to repay.
  • The number of employees a company has will not determine eligibility.
  • The subsidy will apply to non-profit and charities, as well as companies that are both big and small (no cap).
  • The government will cover up to 75% of the first $58,700 that employees earn. That means up to approximately $847 a week. This will be backdated to March 15.
  • The subsidy will be a direct payment to the company so they can pay employees.

The Prime Minister indicated that there will be additional background documents and details coming tomorrow, including the estimated fiscal cost of the new program, from both the Minister of Finance and Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade.

In his remarks after announcing the new details of the Emergency Wage Subsidy, the Prime Minister also made very clear that any businesses that seek to take advantage of the new program, or game it, will face strict consequences – expect those details tomorrow as well. He also noted that should employers be able to cover the additional 25% of salaries not covered by the subsidy, they should pay their employees that difference.

Global will be covering tomorrow’s press conference with the Minister of Finance and the Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade and will be sure to provide further details on the Emergency Wage Subsidy as they become even clear.

Thanks to Holly Cowan in MLA Greg Kyllo’s office for this concise overview of current events.

 

As events continue to progress with the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses large and small are struggling with the reality of the human element of commerce. No matter how you conduct your business affairs- shopfront, online, remote or portable- business runs off of human interaction. It is therefore on the minds of Chamber members throughout the world how we respect the gravity of the global situation while still trying to survive financially.

No Chamber of Commerce will mandate or even make declarations attempting to guide- or enforce- a code of behaviour or practices for business. Having said that, the mission of the Enderby & District Chamber of Commerce is to provide helps, aids and resources for businesses. To that end and effect, we have gathered a page of links to currently updated, official government and international organizations with regulations, best practices, definitions and guidelines.

In order to respect all human life while conducting business, we recommend that business owners read over these guidelines and decide for themselves the best and most attainable mixture of work-at-home, social distancing, reduced hours, changes of service and good provision and other measures to suit their situation. Whether it’s taking out a few tables (and possibly running the risk of earning less in the short term) by offering to customers social distancing at a cafe or restaurant, or providing technology to allow workers to telecommute, or even reducing broad contacts with carefully instructed and protected delivery agents, well-considered action of some kind may be necessary for good business practice.

No matter what course of action a business takes, education is key. From taking time to go over PPE and sanitation best practices, to deciding on a business plan for your company, facts, policies, guidelines and information are key.

 

Useful Links and Leaflets

Being Prepared – Health Canada Best Practices for Communities and Business

***UPDATED*** Travel advisories for business travellers. Updated by the Government of Canada

WHO Guidelines for Business-  Preparing the Workplace for Protection

BC Centers for Disease Control Information

BC Economic Development Association Best Practices

BC Economic Development Association Tips for Workers and Employers

*** UPDATED***Information for Entrepreneurs and the Self-Employed from BDC

Emergency Management BC‘s Guides for Small Business, Tourism and Other Business Operations

Destination BC has provided a set of guidelines for best practices

 

PDFs from EMBC and other Governmental Organizations Regarding Business Strategies for Coping with COVID-19

 

Terms & History of the Outbreak Situation

Social Distancing

PPE

COVID-19

Pandemic

Remote Work

From Medium.com– an interesting and properly-researched piece on the history of COVID-19 with suggestions on what can be done as it moves into new areas

Shelter-in-Place

 

 

The Enderby & District Chamber of Commerce is a part of the BC Chambers of Commerce Ass’n, who is working closely with Federal and Provincial agencies to create policy and measures to support and protect businesses during this event. Please feel free to contact us at info@enderbychamber.com with any changes, difficulties or input you may have for such agencies at this time, and we will forward it to the proper channels. Together, our voices can help create policy that protects businesses, workers and communities’ livelihoods during this time and beyond.

Member Business Showcase: Meyer Print Graphics

At such a challenging time, businesses need to re-invent their approach to connecting with their customers. Without the ability to showcase your service, your products or even have that simplest of human contact- the handshake- business owners must rely on media to remind their customers of what they can offer.

Whether online media or printed matter, the single best thing that can catch a customer’s eye is design- a proper and appealing display of color, proportion and text. The right design can re-invigorate, or sustain, your business through any downturn. It can make the difference between success and failure of any promotional campaign.

While it is possible to provide these services with your own computer, printer and paint program, it is often a better investment of time, energy and resources to assign design and printing to a professional. After all, one wouldn’t expect a passenger on a commercial vehicle to get out and fix the issue- why should a business owner, whose skills and passions are best expressed in the work they do, have to do the same with a campaign that is integral to their business success?

This is where local Enderby business, Meyer Print Graphics, comes into play. Yvonne Meyer has created a multitude of eye-catching, brilliantly designed logos, business frontages, ad campaigns and print matter for businesses throughout the world… but her passion is creating them for Enderby and region.

“I like to really connect with my client,” she explains. “Understand why they are wanting to promote what they do… what it means to them, then come up with a logo that really makes that ‘pop’.”

And pop! is the right word. MPG’s logos are brilliantly proportioned, modern and versatile- suitable for internet browser tabs, business cards, large banners, t-shirts and any other branding you might imagine.

In addition, Yvonne has created award-winning advertising brochures for companies like Cummins, and world-reknown arts and culture festivals. These brochures and adverts tie in the logos and design she creates for her clients and, as her website announces, builds on it, to create cohesive, memorable ads, menus, flyers, brochures and more.

MPG provides a complete range of printed materials, available quickly and at reasonable prices. Graphic design starts at $45 per hour, with discounts for Enderby & District Chamber of Commerce members.

Take a look at MPG’s fabulously colorful, diverse portfolio, and contact Yvonne Meyer today to get your ad campaign, leaflets and redesign underway today.

www.meyerprintgraphics.com

250.803.1755

New Chamber of Commerce Business Survey is Out!

The new BC Chamber of Commerce Business survey is out, to help the government to determine how to ensure ongoing assistance reaches you.

There are only around 8000 openings for the survey, so use the link here to make your voice heard!

Know a local Enderby businessperson? Share this post with them, so they can let the provincial and federal government know more about their immediate situation.


 

The Enderby & District Chamber of Commerce would like to thank all the hardworking members of the BC Chamber of Commerce who have developed this fabulous survey platform.

Mobilize Your Business- or Hobby- to Help the War Effort

If you are a local business, interested hobbyist/sewer, person with a 3D printer, in possession of a distiller or essential oil distillation kit, printer or anyone else who can come up with items to assist during this pandemic, please check out this site from the Government of Canada. Donations are great, especially for our local region… however, it often helps to let the government know the numbers of supplies, so that they can help plan and disperse these items to where they are most needed.
 
Also, you may be able to do more, and help more, for fair compensation or reimbursement of supplies.
 
https://buyandsell.gc.ca/forms/help-canada-combat-covid-19-submission-form

Updated Resources for Businesses, Employees for COVID-19

 

The BC Economic Development Agency has compiled an exhaustive list of resources, arranged by Industry,

of resources for Employers. In addition, resources for Employees are available via The Enderby & District Chamber of Commerce.

 

Please take a look at the breakdown of resources, and if one of our member businesses (or prospective member businesses)
sees something of interest, contact us at info@enderbychamber.com or 250-803-3824 so that we can give you more

details.

 

Thanks to the BCEDA for compiling this resource!

 

 

Give Back to Guardian Pharmacy

Everyone in Enderby and area is familiar with the friendly, helpful crew at Guardian Pharmacy.

Located on the corner of Cliff St. and Belvidere since the first days of Enderby’s inception,

this iconic pharmacy has provided dedicated health care for our citizens for decades.

 

It’s our opportunity as citizens who have had such a resource in our community to give back to it.

In order to  keep the workers- who are our neighbours, our friends and our family- safe from undue

risk, we can protect them by managing how we use Guardian Pharmacy over the next few weeks.

 

Please, only visit the pharmacy if you have essential needs.

If you need any medication, whether prescription or over the counter, essential purchases for your household

or necessary parcels, then visit the pharmacy during reduced hours… but be aware that only 5 people are

allowed in at any given time. If you do have to wait in line, then make sure that you keep six feet of space between

you and your fellow line mates. Wear any protection that you can, and feel free to phone ahead to make certain

what you need is available, or ready for you.

 

For now, mail is still available to go in and out, but please be brief and try not to linger to speak with people

inside… and always, keep your distance in mind.

It’s a great wrench- most of us meet and chat with our friends and neighbours in the cheery aisles of Guardian

Pharmacy. It’s our local newsagents’, as well as a source for medicine, grocery and gift. However, in order

to take care of the pharmacy’s workers the way they have taken care of us every day, we must refrain.

 

Be safe in and out, and remember, there is limited access for now to protect all of us who

have to venture out to get essentials at Guardian Pharmacy. More importantly, let us respect the limited

access, the social distance guidelines and using the Pharmacy only for necessities most of all for the sake

of the workers, who are continuing to serve our community as they have for many years.

 

Let’s make sure we have many more years of great community and great service from our local Pharmacy.

 

Hours are Monday to Friday, 9-5 pm, with a limit of 5 people in the store at any given time.

Guardian Pharmacy is working on expanded delivery options for prescriptions and other goods. Do check back

here for the latest updates.

 

As always, feel free to call Guardian Pharmacy at 250-838-6469 for clarification.

Thank you,

Clyde MacGregor,

General Manager, Enderby & District Chamber of Commerce.

Member Benefits Include Free Access to Survey, Seminars, Resources, Community Connections

The Enderby & District Chamber of Commerce offers to its members access without charge to the BC Chamber’s exclusive, cutting edge business survey platform, Mindreader.com. By being a Chamber member, you get first access to the open spots for surveys which will be upcoming as this COVID-19 crisis continues. As the surveys are closed after a certain number of responses is logged for data science evaluation (in part to provide the fastest results to policy makers), being a Chamber member can ensure that your personal situation is recorded… and helps to create public service response.

The EDCC encourages all its members to check back to the MindReader platform regularly, so that they can not only take surveys to come, but also to look at data and therefore be able to plan their policy moving forward.

 

In addition, member benefits give you exclusive access to our extensive array of seminars, training sessions and information webinars on topics including financing, loan and payrolls information, best practices and business strategies… not just for this current situation, but for long-term business survival and success.

Contact us at info@enderbychamber.com today to learn more about our education, discounts, Business-to-Business networking and more.

Right now, connections in your local community will bring survival and success for our businesses, communities, and nation.

Share Your Thoughts with the Province and with Federal Agencies

As part of the BC Chamber of Commerce network, we are happy to announce that our province-wide organization has set the standard for real-time business survey data with its comprehensive survey capabilities. The BCCC has been asked to share its survey information platform with organizations across Canada to provide a wealth of feedback in order to ensure COVID-19 assistance hit the right mark.

Make sure that you as a business owner fill out the survey at the BC Chamber of Commerce website

to help get the assistance businesses need, sooner and better.

 

The first survey completed early due to high volume- thank you to our BC businesses for helping the government to form this important policy.

You can read its results here and be sure to check back at the BC Chamber of Commerce frequently, as they will be rolling out new surveys as things continue.

 

Best Business Practices in Difficult Times

With recent world events, most notably the recent declaration of a COVID-19 Pandemic, businesses large and small are struggling with the reality of the human element of commerce. No matter how you conduct your business affairs- shopfront, online, remote or portable- business runs off of human interaction. It is therefore on the minds of Chamber members throughout the world how we respect the gravity of the global situation while still trying to survive financially.

No Chamber of Commerce will mandate or even make declarations attempting to guide- or enforce- a code of behaviour or practices for business. Having said that, the mission of the Enderby & District Chamber of Commerce is to provide helps, aids and resources for businesses. To that end and effect, we have gathered a page of links to currently updated, official government and international organizations with regulations, best practices, definitions and guidelines.

In order to respect all human life while conducting business, we recommend that business owners read over these guidelines and decide for themselves the best and most attainable mixture of work-at-home, social distancing, reduced hours, changes of service and good provision and other measures to suit their situation. Whether it’s taking out a few tables (and possibly running the risk of earning less in the short term) by offering to customers social distancing at a cafe or restaurant, or providing technology to allow workers to telecommute, or even reducing broad contacts with carefully instructed and protected delivery agents, well-considered action of some kind may be necessary for good business practice.

No matter what course of action a business takes, education is key. From taking time to go over PPE and sanitation best practices, to deciding on a business plan for your company, facts, policies, guidelines and information are key.

 

Useful Links and Leaflets

Being Prepared – Health Canada Best Practices for Communities and Business

Travel Health Notices for business travellers.

WHO Guidelines for Business-  Preparing the Workplace for Protection

BC Centers for Disease Control Information

BC Economic Development Association Best Practices

BC Economic Development Association Tips for Workers and Employers

Information for Entrepreneurs and the Self-Employed from BDC

Emergency Management BC‘s Guides for Small Business, Tourism and Other Business Operations

Destination BC has provided a set of guidelines for

 

PDFs from EMBC and other Governmental Organizations Regarding Business Strategies for Coping with COVID-19

 

Terms & History of the Outbreak Situation

Social Distancing

PPE

COVID-19

Pandemic

Remote Work

From Medium.com– an interesting and properly-researched piece on the history of COVID-19 with suggestions on what can be done as it moves into new areas

Facebook Post from Betty Jean Sutherland, a Nova Scotia RN, containing information about what to do in the case one may contract the illness.

 

The Enderby & District Chamber of Commerce is a part of the BC Chambers of Commerce Ass’n, who is working closely with Federal and Provincial agencies to create policy and measures to support and protect businesses during this event. Please feel free to contact us at info@enderbychamber.com with any changes, difficulties or input you may have for such agencies at this time, and we will forward it to the proper channels. Together, our voices can help create policy that protects businesses, workers and communities’ livelihoods during this time and beyond.