Coping With The Business Impacts Of COVID-19

We understand that during this unprecedented time of the COVID-19 global pandemic you may be juggling personal perspectives and decisions for yourself, your family, your employees, and your customers. For your business health specifically, we know this is a stressful time. We are watching the situation closely, collaborating with our industry, government colleagues, and experts as we strive to share information and insights to help your business during this challenging situation.

Understanding the current challenges we face, and how swiftly things are changing and new information is coming to light, we will do our best to stay on top of things and relay up-to-date information as best we can on a daily basis. Do know that as we move forward, information and recommendations may change swiftly, so stay in touch, check back regularly and bare with us as we carry on this conversation.

Ongoing Updates & Breaking News

Food Safety

Food is the at the centre of everything that we do. And since we all consume and prepare food, please check back with us regularly as we work to supply you with resources and links on how you, as a food production business, can ensure the safety of your food and communicate that safety and assurance to your consumers.

Resources For Small Businesses Affected By COVID-19

Ongoing updates can be found at Small Business BC

Support for employees

Support for business

Business Development Canada

Announcing additional measures to provide relief for Canadian entrepreneurs. 

  • Support for entrepreneurs impacted by COVID-19
  • Working capital loans of up to $2 million with flexible terms and payment postponements for up to 6 months for qualifying businesses
  • Postponement of payments for up to 6 months, free of charge, for existing BDC clients with total BDC loan commitment of $1 million or less
  • Reduced rates on new eligible loans
  • Additional details regarding Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) measures, including industry specific support, to be announced in the coming days

Tools

As more and more businesses and organizations respond to the increasing crisis, here is a list of tools you can access/use to keep your business afloat during these times.

FoodMesh Helps!

FoodMesh has helped food businesses and charities rescue over $12,000,000 worth of surplus food using their programs, apps, and services. Their mandate is to connect unsold surplus from Farmers, Processors, Distributors, Retailers, and Suppliers, to businesses, non-profits, and charities.

Organizations use FoodMesh to sell, donate, claim or purchase overstock or close-dated products, packaging and equipment. There are over 600 businesses and charities on their network across 6 provinces, and they’re working with municipalities who are interested in reducing food waste and food insecurity, at the same time.  

For more information on how we can help your organization, please email maria@foodmesh.ca, or call 604-816-4174.

Small Business & Consumers

We understand that small businesses are adapting fast as they figure out how they can keep their business and support their communities, all while following protocols to slow the virus. Here are some of the things that others are doing, and that you can communicate to your customer and/or community.

  • Shop local
  • Order merchandise online
  • Support crowdfunding initiatives
  • Buy a gift card
  • Leave a review
  • Order delivery

Finally, as always, we encourage everyone to stay safe, wash your hands, practice social distancing, and stick together. As a community, we will get through this. 

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