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FUEL UP ON FUNDING OVER THE HOLIDAYS

FUEL UP ON FUNDING OVER THE HOLIDAYS

The Chamber of Commerce and Johnston Morrison Hunter Chartered Professional Accountants have teamed up to offer micro-learning sessions for businesses to fuel up and learn about some of the government funding opportunities available.

(Medicine Hat) The Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce and Johnston Morrison Hunter Chartered Professional Accountants have teamed up to offer micro-learning sessions for businesses to fuel up and learn about some of the government funding opportunities available.

The sessions cover six different funding streams including the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy, the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, the Temporary Wage Subsidy, the Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant, the Canada Emergency Business Account Loan and the Canada Recovery Benefit.

“We know our businesses are struggling right now and we want to ensure that they aware of the funding available, but also have resources to walk them through the programs to help better understand how the programs work and how to apply”, stated Marcus Campbell, Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce President.

Campbell further commented, “we recognize many individuals have zoom fatigue and are overwhelmed with webinars and zoom sessions with many not having enough time during the day to attend a session. With this consideration, we wanted to test drive a new model, providing short micro-sessions on demand that people could view in their own time. This is also providing us an opportunity to highlight the free financial health check that is offered through the Chamber and our accounting firms to help businesses with their financials needs”

“In these unprecedented times, many business owners continue to struggle with various COVID related restrictions or lockdowns. Fortunately, there are a variety of government programs available to help these same business owners deal with cash flow struggles”, remarked Dylan Anderson, Partner with Johnston Morrison Hunter Chartered Professional Accountants. “The Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce has done a tremendous job of providing updates on these programs and JMH&CO is excited to partner up with the Chamber to provide additional information and another option for small business owners through these on-demand micro-sessions.”

This series also provides both organizations the opportunity to highlight the free financial health check offered through the Chamber’s benefit programs. JMH&CO is pleased to offer a Free First-Time Consultation to any business owner who would like to chat about these programs in more detail.

The goal of the information and these sessions it to ensure that business owners take advantage of the government programs that are available and obtain whatever support is needed to sustain their business.

Anyone can take a test drive of these micro-learning sessions through the Chamber of Commerce YouTube Channel, which will premier through their funding feature playlist on Monday, December 28th.

“We wanted to ensure that businesses had these new resources and tools so that they could explore the funding options over the holidays before we kick off 2021” stated Executive Director, Lisa Kowalchuk. “This format is a new model that we are testing to see how much uptake and interest we get in delivering information in this way. We hope our business community will watch these sessions and find out what they can access for supports”.

The Chamber has continually been updating it’s one stop shop of resources and information on the Chamber COVID-19 Information & Resources website page since the start of the pandemic. In addition, the Chamber has been posting weekly blog updates and e-newsletter communications. While the Chamber will be closed until January 4, 2021, they look forward to serving the business community in the New Year.

Please direct all media inquiries to:

Lisa Kowalchuk, Executive Director

c/o Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce

(403) 527-5214 ext.222

The Chamber of Commerce is a member-driven, volunteer-led organization, proudly representing businesses' interests in our region and working diligently to stimulate a strengthened and vibrant economy through our connections, support, and influence. For more than 115 years, the Chamber has stood to promote business, monitor government, and champion managed growth in the local economy. The Chamber represents over 800 businesses in our region. Aligning with both the Alberta Chambers of Commerce (ACC), which represents over 25,000 businesses and the Canadian Chambers of Commerce (CCC), which represents over 200,000 businesses. With the largest and most influential business organizations locally, provincially and federally, the Chamber network is the most unified, valued and influential business network in Canada and works together to shape policy and programs that will make a difference to businesses in our region.

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