As businesses continue to work through the COVID-19 pandemic, the amount of information circulating about regulations, programs, resources and more can be overwhelming. This article is aimed to compile all the most important, up-to-date information for the Kamloops business community as they move toward regular activities.

Information & Resources

Supports for Business in BC Document

This document is a regularly updated resource from the BC Government that includes things like:

  • Loans and Grants
  • Rent Relief
  • Wage Support
  • Tax Information
  • Other Supports and Resources

More HERE.

COVID-19 Business Support Measures

Some key business supports:

  • Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS): Until October 23, 2021, a base subsidy of employee wages is available to all eligible employers that are experiencing a decline in revenue, with the subsidy amount varying depending on the scale of revenue decline. The maximum subsidy rates decrease September 26 – October 23, 2021.
  • Canada Recovery Hiring Program (CRHP): This new program will be available from June 6th, 2021 until November 20th, 2021. Employers can apply for the CRHP instead of the CEWS from June 6th, allowing employers to shift from the CEWS to this new support at a pace that works for them, as different jurisdictions reopen at different paces.
  • BC Employer Training Grant – C19 Impacted Worker Training StreamOffers employers 100% of eligible training costs, up to a maximum of $10,000 per participant per fiscal year, to support British Columbians that are employed or have been employed in sectors impacted by COVID-19. Applications for 2021/22 Intake 2 are open.

Tourism Relief Fund

Non-repayable contributions up to $100,000 and fully repayable contributions up to $500,000 are available. Supports tourism businesses and organizations adapt their operations while investing in products and services to facilitate their future growth. Eligible applicants include tourism entities that cater mainly to visitors, such as businesses, not-for-profit organizations, band councils or other Indigenous organizations and cooperatives.

More HERE.

Learning Opportunities

Winning new customers in a changing economy

With Canada expecting a strong economic rebound, businesses must get ready now to take advantage of future opportunities. Grow your business by learning how to close leads more efficiently and make your sales processes better.

Free Webinar: COVID-19 Workplace Health and Safety

As the public health situation around COVID-19 continues to evolve, join Chris Back from WorkSafeBC and discover what to expect as an employer in our current situation, and what you need to do to protect your staff.

This webinar recording contains the latest information on public health restrictions (as of April 15) and what they mean for employers across BC.

BDC Webinars

Here you’ll find a selection of free webinars designed specifically for Canadian entrepreneurs. Packed with real life examples, these webinars will help you make better business decisions and achieve your business goals.

Venture Kamloops Programs

COVID-19 Business Support

For any business who is looking to get advice around a pivot idea, unsure about the new parameters or is looking for answers with anything regarding their business and COVID-19, our team is available. All you need to do is provide some information regarding your business and any issues, and one of our team members will contact you to set up a virtual meeting.

More HERE.

Start Here

Looking for advice and connections around starting a new business, or expanding your existing business? Our Start Here portal is available for entrepreneurs looking to get connected to the resources they need from one or more of our partnered organizations.

More HERE.

VK Accelerate

The VK Accelerate program is intended to find creative entrepreneurs with unique products or services who are ready for their first bricks and mortar space. Within the first six months of start-up, entrepreneurs qualifying for this unique program will have the opportunity to work with program mentors such as a business coach, an interior designer, a marketing agency and a realtor. Our program mentors work closely with participants to help them build the skills and knowledge required to accelerate their business to be profitable position as soon as possible.

More HERE.

VK Venture Advisors

Take advantage of the award winning VK Venture Advisors program for entrepreneurs of new or existing businesses. Find out if you have all of the bases covered for your business idea or plans for growth. This opportunity allows the entrepreneur to pitch their business idea to a panel of local business professionals and industry experts.

We are now offering this program on demand, via video conferencing to better serve our business community.

More HERE.

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