Vancouver Island Economic Alliance has created several programs to assist businesses in surviving COVID-19.
The Digital Economy Rapid Response Recovery Program will provide one-to-one business and technical expertise for companies that need to consider changes to their business models, or action plans to better engage with the digital economy. When required, the program will also match businesses with regional service providers who can deliver contracted solutions. DER3 is for small & medium businesses who are looking to enter or expand into the Digital Economy.
This is a free service that is open to individuals or businesses living or working on Vancouver Island (North of the Malahat), the Southern and Northern Gulf Islands, and Sunshine Coast.
Businesses in any sector can apply.
This program provides tourism businesses on Vancouver Island (including Victoria), the Southern and Northern Gulf Islands, and Sunshine Coast with meaningful, one-on-one support to navigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, adapt and work towards long-term resiliency .
Tourism businesses will be paired with a Program Advisor for the duration of their recovery who, through a needs assessment consultation, will facilitate customized support for each business including navigating available federal and provincial aid and access to Program Experts in finance, human resources, legal services and more. A digital resource hub provides regular webinars and additional resources specific to the needs of tourism businesses.
A Recovery Plan has been created for businesses and Not-for-Profit organizations in the Parksville/Qualicum Beach /School District 69 region, to assist businesses through the crisis and minimize the negative impacts of an economic shut down. This program is supported by the Province of British Columbia, WorkBC, and the Parksville & Qualicum Chambers of Commerce. Oceanside Initiatives is working in partnership with the Parksville and Qualicum Beach Chambers of Commerce, the Parksville Qualicum Beach Tourism Association, Parksville Downtown Business Association, and the Lighthouse Country Business Association to manage and coordinate the program. Visit the Rebound Oceanside Business Recovery Program to Apply.
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