Contracting and Builders’ Webinars – Tomorrow!

If you have questions and concerns about the contracting or building market in this difficult time, be sure you visit the Independent Contractors and Builders Association and sign up for one of their webinars.

 

Registration is mandatory, however you can visit the link below to sign up for their webinars, which are located at the bottom right of the screen:

Shuswap Organics and Enderberry Farm

The Enderby & District Chamber of Commerce would like to extend a warm welcome to our newest Chamber member, Enderberry Farm and Shuswap Organics! Owen Madden and Emily Jubenvill have crafted an exquisite location in our local area, from which some of the choicest produce, berries, eggs, preserves and other delicious foodcrafts are produced.

One of their most delicious (and handy!) offerings is their Harvest Box, available from June to October. While you can still pick up the harvest box at Enderberry Farm, Salmon Arm and Revelstoke, you will soon be able to take advantage of their new Delivery Service, which will bring the bounty of the Shuswap to your door for 18 straight weeks.

Some of the amazing, GMO-Free, Organic produce available in a weekly Harvest Box. Click on the image to learn more about Shuswap Organics’ offerings,  call 250-351-9649 or email emily@enderberryfarm.ca

Customers can also purchase vegetables direct, ready for table at the farm gate:

In addition, Owen and Emily produce some truly amazing preserves, some which harken back to heritage recipes from Owen’s native Ireland, and inspired by Emily’s Vosges heritage. Some, however, are truly original flavor sensations, like their radish relish and tomato jam (pictured below, with serving suggestion).

 

We had an opportunity to sit down (virtually) with Owen earlier this week, to tell us a bit more about his company, his farm, and his passion for sustainable, locally-based food and lifestyle options.

“We have farmed organically at Enderberry Farm in Enderby since the summer of 2016, serving the local communities of Enderby, Armstrong, Vernon and Salmon Arm. Our favorite way to connect with our people is through our Harvest Box Program.

“The Harvest Box CSA runs from June to October, and is a weekly box of certified organic vegetables and berries from our farm, delivered to you. We offer an Early Bird Sign Up discount for the 2020 Harvest Season- get 10% off if you sign up and pay by April 8th!”

[While you can usually meet Owen and Emily- and fellow farmers Brittany (an horticulturist and also an ISA certified arborist) and Gavin Wright- at the Organic Farmers’ Market in Salmon Arm, for now you can reach the Farmers’ Market online at their website.]

“We also created a line of exciting preserves under the Shuswap Organics brand. You can see them at our website: www.shuswaporganics.ca . You can also find [our preserves] at local retail stores like Nature’s Fare, Askew’s and DeMille’s. When local retail stores took our preserves, some of them asked if we would supply our organic produce to them, too!”

[You can now find Shuswap Organics and Enderberry Farms’ produce at these local retailers]

“Our inspiration for starting our business was the realization that, through healthy local food, we can begin to address the bigger challenges our society faces, such as Climate Change. Every time alocal purchases one of our heads of lettuce, instead of one from California or Mexico, the climate wins!

“My personal joy in my work comes from knowing how close to our consumers we are, and how the food we provided to them travelled such a short distance. I know it was grown in the healthiest soil, without the use of harmful GMOs, pesticides or herbicides. I know we are improving the soil here every day we farm, and that will be our legacy when we can farm no more.

Enderby is a green oasis at the top of a much more arid, drier valley. It’s a hidden gem- I grow ever more appreciative of the folks I discover here, the longer I live here. We have felt supported, but feel there is so much more potential for us to supply food to this community of ours.”

Take advantage of this wonderful potential, and order your family a locally-sourced, organic Harvest Box today… add some delicious preserves, and celebrate living (and eating) local, with Shuswap Organics and Enderberry Farms.

Clyde MacGregor,

G.M. EDCC

 

 

 

 

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.

BC Provincial Assistance Program

You can find links to the province’s extensive assistance website for those affected by COVID-19 .

This site is updated frequently and contains not only the latest information for business, family and workers who

are affected by this current pandemic.

In addition, the self-diagnosis app is available on this site, as well.

Our Civic Responsibilities

Our Civic Responsibilities

 

To protect vulnerable members of our society, The Enderby & District Chamber of Commerce has closed its public office hours until further notice.

 

Our office hours are changing to in person appointment times, from 10am – 3 pm, Monday to Friday. Other appointments available by request.

 

However, if you have arrived to drop in on us to inquire about programs, activities, membership, training or other reasons, please call our cell at

 

250-803-3824

 

and the General Manager will be by within five minutes to assist you, while the situation permits.

 

If you would prefer to contact us via online means (ie: Zoom, Skype, Facebook messenger video, email, messaging etc) please contact us at

 

info@enderbychamber.com

 

or call 250-803-3824 to set up a time to do so.

 

We thank you for your patience and adaptability in these trying times, and wish everyone a safe and successful 2020,

 

 

 

The Enderby & District Chamber of Commerce.

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.

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.

Fabulous Door Prizes!

Enderby businesses have donated a stunning array of items, gift cards and awesome kit to the North Okanagan Shuswap Employment and Business Fair, held tomorrow, March 9, 2020.

Visitors to the fair as well as vendors are eligible to win these prizes at the draws, which will be occurring throughout the day. If networking, job seeking and meeting new employees is not enough to bring to you to the Employment and Business Fair Monday, the chance to win some amazing swag should!

These door prizes offer a sampling of the many things to see, do, buy (and eat!) in Enderby, B.C. Whether it’s chores like insurance renewals, pharmacy pickups, hardware for your home or ranch and general shopping needs, or special gifts, groceries, dinners or event hosting, Enderby is open for your needs! Centrally located between Salmon Arm and Vernon, there are lots of reasons to stop in Enderby for a slice of small town British high street and down-home Canadian hospitality. These lovely door prizes offer brilliant examples of the storefronts and home-based businesses in our riverside town. Attend one of our Library’s many monthly events (like delicious-smelling soap and bath-bomb making), stop off for a hearty breakfast at one of our coffee shops, get outfitted at Tony O’s for work or play in our stunning back-country, shop for your home, office and trailer at grocery and general stores- or get everything you need to renovate it at Central Hardware… all in Enderby.

The Enderby & District Chamber of Commerce would like to thank all participating businesses who have helped to make this year’s Employment and Business Fair a truly memorable event!

These businesses include:

Lordco Enderby

Guardian Pharmacy

The Cliffs Bistro & Bakery

Okanagan Regional Library

Red Apple Enderby

Tony O’s Outfitters

Enderby Jewellers

Imagine

IGA Marketplace Enderby

Enderbeads

Central Hardware Enderby

AG Red Basket Foods

MacGregor Logistics Enderby

Linda’s Matjik Mats

and a special, re-usable kit of summertime kit from Enderby & District Chamber of Commerce!

Here’s a gallery of our individual items, grouped by door prize draw:

Gift Basket Door Prizes

IGA Marketplace has provided a delicious springtime array of sweets, sauces, spices and grocery items

 

 

Guardian Pharmacy has provided a springtime basket of treasures in a reusable pot for planting

Road & Travel Door Prize

 

Shop Local  Door Prize- Featuring gift certificates, upcycled mats, pens, gifts and home-made items from local Enderby Businesses, all in a re-usable container… an invitation to explore!

Central Hardware Door Prize

A portable Black & Decker tool kit from Central Hardware- $200 value

Drop by the many tables of employee-seeking businesses at Monday’s Job Fair, meet and network with companies around the region, have a great lunch, and win a fabulous prize! What a great way to start the week.

 

North Okanagan – Shuswap Employment & Business Fair

This event is for Businesses wanting to promote employment opportunities.

This is for job seekers to discover what work opportunities there are in the North Okanagan and Shuswap area. You can connect directly with potential employers.

This is for the community to discover first hand what our businesses and local organizations are offering.

As a business, if you would like to set up a booth, please complete the Registration Form ASAP. Registrations are taken on a first come, first served basis and are guaranteed once payment has been received.

For more information, please contact Ali at info@enderbychamber.com or call 250-838-6727