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Enderby Advocates to the Province

It may be the holiday season, but your General Manager is hard at work for Enderby business, having recently attended a multi-hour meeting with Premier John Horgan, his Executive Council and members of the provincial and federal business community. Following a very earnest conversation with Premier Horgan about the continued challenges facing rural BC, the meeting focused on an in-depth Q & A with Ministers such as

Melanie Mark, Minister of Arts, Culture, Tourism and Sport;

Murray Rankin, Minister of Indigenous Relations & Reconciliation;

Bruce Ralston, Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation;

Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery & Innovation;

Rob Fleming, Minister of Transportation & Infrastructure

and others!

Questions were asked regarding continued support of arts, culture and tourism through the continuing pandemic, ability to support indigenous communities to train, retrain, develop entrepreneurial enterprise and how we can reach new synergies as a community; questions about environmental reclamation, green energy solutions and diversifying the forest and mining industries; questions about road and bridge maintenance; and last but not least, the continued provincial support of workers and small businesses as the economy struggles to find its new footing in the post-COVID-19 world.

I am pleased to announce that good relationships were formed as a result of this meeting, which will be used to good advantage for our citizens, business owners and workers in the next term of John Horgan’s NDP government.

Provincial-Level Advocacy

As part of our ongoing commitment to ensuring your voices are heard at each level of government, your General Manager, Clyde MacGregor,

is taking your challenges, concerns and issues to Premier John Horgan today as part of a round table meeting with the Premier and his cabinet.

Today, we will be advancing the needs of rural businesspeople and residents, accessibility to usable financial assistance, internet access for all,

and clarification of the ongoing regulations, with an emphasis on the way that vaccines will change the face of business, service and life in BC.

Check back here next week for an update, and as always, bring us your concerns at info@enderbychamber.com so that we can raise them at

meetings such as these.

Shuswap Insurance Holiday Draw

Renew your insurance – AND get chocolates and a poinsettia?!

At Shuswap Insurance in Enderby, you can get your ‘adulting’ finished in time for the holidays

and enter your name in a draw to win a beautiful box of chocolates and a stunning poinsettia to brighten your

winter.

Entries will be accepted until December 18th, draw to follow. Look on Shuswap Insurance’s Facebook page and on

our news feed for the winner!

 

Jan’s Boutique

With charming vintage clothes, high-quality, one-of-a-kind used books, and shoes galore, visit Jan’s Boutique for the perfect

gift – at the holidays, or any time of the year! Located at 611 Cliff Avenue, Jan’s is now open Mondays to serve you.

Have a peek at her winter products in this video below:

Enderby Voices Heard

Your Enderby & District Chamber of Commerce is always hard at work in the community, listening to businesses’ and residents’ concerns, questions and needs. Earlier this year, The Chamber of Commerce through its representative, General Manager Clyde MacGregor, appeared before the BC Legislature’s Select Standing Committee on Finance & Government Services.

The Committee’s official report on Budget 2021 Consultation was released Friday, and Enderby & District Chamber of Commerce made its voice heard. Our Chamber’s concerns were mentioned several times throughout the report, and Enderby can proudly say that it has influenced 7 policy recommendations in the report – 3 of which were specifically tabled by the Enderby & District Chamber of Commerce.

These concerns, raised by local residents and businesses, have been heard by the BC Legislature, and will be given serious consideration as the Legislature plans out its budget for 2021.

Enderby’s specific recommendations were as follows: (quoted sections are taken directly from the report)

  1. The Enderby & District Chamber of Commerce noted digital connectivity was critical for enabling businesses to survive and enabling British Columbians to work from home“- The Legislature will “work with telecommunications companies to strengthen and further develop digital infrastructure and ensure the provision of affordable, equitable access to the internet across the province”;
  2. “Inclusivity in public life keeps many with underlying health conditions or disabilities from participating fully in communities” – The Legislature will provide an “increase to meaningful programs and supports for equity-seeking groups who face systemic barriers will be developed”;
  3. ” The Chamber also recommended the expansion of online courses into other ticketed arenas to allow workers looking to upskill to work and learn at their own pace” – The Legislature will “Increase resources to adult education to provide a broader range of course offerings and ensure equity in the funding of adult students and school-age students”;
  4.  The Legislature will “invest in upgrading existing post-secondary infrastructure, including encouraging
    and leveraging opportunities to expand satellite campuses in rural, remote and
    underserved communities”;
  5. The Legislature will “Support post-secondary institutions in advancing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and the Calls for Justice from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls by ensuring post-secondary education is accessible to Indigenous learners and honours and recognizes Indigenous
    culture”;
  6. The Legislature will “Provide sufficient support to post-secondary institutions for teaching and learning tools, infrastructure and technology, and training to facilitate professional development for the online delivery of courses. [see also: Recommendation 5 in Equity and Inclusion]”;
  7. “The Enderby and District Chamber of Commerce noted a need for increased access to post-secondary technology, trades and degree programs to address the existing and increasing worker shortage in technology services. They explained that as shifts to remote solutions continues, more workers must service these networks and provide support for online platforms and development.” The Legislature will “Provide flexible reskilling and upskilling opportunities in online and in-person formats with a lens to equity, reconciliation and accessibility, and recognize skills acquired through prior and experiential learning, to support workers displaced due to automation, shifts to digital technology and the pandemic, including promoting and expanding technology and trades-related training and careers”.

The Legislature has heard our voice – it’s up to us to ensure that they will do what they have laid out in their report! The Enderby & District Chamber of Commerce will continue to be an active advocate for these and other issues of importance to our community, ensuring that Budget 2021 will reflect the resolutions we have helped develop will be implemented.

You can read the whole report here, Volumes 1 & 2:

Rent Assistance Extended until August

Good news for our struggling small businesses!

Finance Minister Bill Morneau has announced that the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) program will be extended by one month to help eligible small businesses pay rent for August. All provinces and territories continue to participate in this initiative, in collaboration with the federal government.

Updated Resource: Modified Wage Subsidy Rules

This week the federal government passed legislation to expand and extend the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) program. Check out the CEWS program site for the latest information.

In addition, your Enderby & District Chamber of Commerce is available if you have any immediate needs for networking or procurement assistance, or moral support in this difficult time.

We will be hosting a webinar August 2nd at 3:30 to discuss the particulars of these extensions and ways to lobby for further assistance for the future. There are three spots left- reserve yours at info@enderbychamber.com.

CEWS Seminars Hosted All Summer

Back in business and thinking about CEWS? Wonder if you can still apply, or what it

takes to get your employees and your business the help it needs from this program?

 

If you have questions or concerns about the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy,

be sure to click on the links below. The Federal Government is hosting webinars every

Monday, Wednesday and Friday to answer your questions and provide the latest updates

and help you through the process.

Contact info@enderbychamber.com with the session number you would like to attend,

and an invitation will be sent to you for the webinar.

 

For general information about CEWS, check the link here

And for the application guide for CEWS, visit here

 

Session #4                                            Session #5                                            Session #6

Date: July 20, 2020                             Date: July 22, 2020                             Date: July 24, 2020

Time: 1:00 PM                                      Time: 11:00 AM                                   Time: 11:00 AM

Location: WebEx                                Location: WebEx                                Location: WebEx

Session #7                                            Session #8                                            Session #9

Date: July 27, 2020                             Date: July 29, 2020                             Date: July 31, 2020

Time: 10:00 AM                                   Time: 1:00 PM                                      Time: 11:00 AM

Location: WebEx                                Location: WebEx                                Location: WebEx

Session #10                                          Session #11                                          Session #12

Date: August 3, 2020                          Date: August 5, 2020                         Date: August 7, 2020

Time: 10:00 AM                                   Time: 1:00 PM                                      Time: 11:00 AM

Location: WebEx                                Location: WebEx                                Location: WebEx

Session #13                                          Session #14                                          Session #15

Date: August 10, 2020                        Date: August 12, 2020                       Date: August 14, 2020

Time: 10:00 AM                                   Time: 1:00 PM                                      Time: 11:00 AM

Location: WebEx                                Location: WebEx                                Location: WebEx

Session #16                                          Session #17                                          Session #18

Date: August 17, 2020                       Date: August 19, 2020                        Date: August 21, 2020

Time: 10:00 AM                                   Time: 1:00 PM                                      Time: 11:00 AM

Location: WebEx                                Location: WebEx                                Location: WebEx

Session #19                                          Session #20                                          Session #21

Date: August 24, 2020                       Date: August 26, 2020                        Date: August 28, 2020

Time: 10:00 AM                                   Time: 1:00 PM                                      Time: 11:00 AM

Location: WebEx                                Location: WebEx                                Location: WebEx

Session #22

Date: August 31, 2020

Time: 10:00 AM

Location: WebEx

 

 

Canada Day Prizes

Beautiful (and tasty!) prizes donated from local craftsperson Tanja Tulak – thanks to Tiny’s Bones & Scones and Tiny Blossoms for their beautiful Virtual Canada Day prizes – and thanks to everyone who participated and helped to make Virtual Canada Day a resounding success!

New Loans Program Rollout

Many thanks to Community Futures and its partnership with government to provide the latest in bridge loans and loan assistance. The Regional Relief and Recovery Fund is going to be offered to as many businesses and non-profits as possible throughout our region.

“This is a fund for non-profits and all the other businesses that may have fallen through the cracks and not qualified for the federal government’s wage subsidy or Canada Emergency Business Account,” says Michele Hill, chair of the board of directors for Community Futures North Okanagan, which will be administering the fund for Western Economic Diversification Canada. CFNO is now accepting applications.


The federal fund provides loans of up to $40,000 to non-profits and small and medium-sized businesses located in non-metropolitan areas that were negatively impacted by COVID-19, and have costs that have not been covered by other COVID-19 supports. Expenses incurred during this period that are eligible include lease payments, rent, salaries and benefits, property taxes, utilities, bank charges and interest, office supplies, vehicle supplies and more.

 

 

EDCC Completes its AGM Attendance

The Enderby & District Chamber of Commerce represented its member businesses and expanding business network at the Britich Columbia Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting on May 22 and 23, 2020. This virtual meeting- the first of its scope and kind for the network- had keynote speakers Premier John Horgan, Finance Minister Carole James, speakers from RioTinto, LNG Canada and other organizations. The Enderby & District Chamber of Commerce was pleased to hear of the resolution and dedication on the part of governmental and business leaders to commit to a speedy and equitable recovery for the province of BC.

In addition, the AGM featured policy development. The Enderby & District Chamber of Commerce was an outspoken advocate for its region at this official policy resolution voting, standing up for sensible energy policy, real estate and ALR development, support of hobby farmers and small agri-business, tourism support through the provincial government’s tax initiatives, responsible and improved softwood lumber, stumpage and logging regulations, development of diverse adult education for skills retraining and further recognition of the importance of small businesses and rural areas to the health of the British Columbian economy.

Your Enderby & District Chamber of Commerce is committed to speaking for its local member businesses and the citizens who gain so much by having a vibrant local economy. We will continue to work with the BC Chamber of Commerce in the coming year to further enhance, refine and develop recovery strategies for our region- and we encourage local businesses, sole proprietorships and micro business to contact us with their needs so we can continue to represent our region with dedication.

Clyde MacGregor

General Manager,

EDCC