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Presidents Message – May 21st, 2020

Presidents Message “What About the Dishes” … as we regroup into recovery and the BC Restart plan (Phase 2) we need to ensure that all of the pieces required to move into a new way of creating and sustaining business are considered, as every piece is important. The article below was written by a restaurant in Alberta about their pending decision to reopen for business and all the facets they have to first consider. It really resonated with me on many different levels, but specifically, as it related to the monumental changes required for many businesses;  that nothing is too small a detail for consideration and that this will take the collaboration of all. The article takes us through everything a food services provider needs to consider in a reopening and continuity effort, from dishes to revenue to the diner experience. To me this translates across the business spectrum. Six Frustrating Challenges to Reopening a Restaurant in the COVID 19 Era. ************************************************************************************ This week I also listened in on a Canada 2020 Recovery Project call where the subject was  Subnational Government: Leading the pivot from Crisis to Recovery. The panel on the call was made up of two former Provincial Premiers, Alison Redford and Gordon Campbell, and Dannel Mallory former Governor of Connecticut. My key reflections from this call that I believe merit some thought over the coming...

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Tourism Prince Rupert, Prince Rupert Chamber, and City’s Economic Development Office Create Small Business Recovery Task Force

               Prince Rupert, May 11th, 2020 – The Prince Rupert and District Chamber of Commerce, Tourism Prince Rupert, and the City of Prince Rupert’s Economic Development Office are pleased to announce their partnership on a Small Business Recovery Task Force. Over the past two months, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced many local businesses in Prince Rupert to close their doors or shift operations to allow for no-contact service. These measures have severely impacted our local small business economy, and many local businesses will require additional support over the coming months as we move into recovery. As BC begins a phased reopening of the economy in May, there will be many questions and additional support measures needed to help Prince Rupert’s small business and tourism sectors weather the storm. The purpose of the Small Business Recovery Task Force is to work collaboratively and efficiently to advocate for relief and find solutions to support our local stakeholders. Meeting weekly, representatives from Tourism Prince Rupert, the Prince Rupert & District Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Prince Rupert’s Economic Development Office are able to share concerns and feedback from each sector and develop shared action items to address with the relevant levels of government or local business. The Small Business Recovery Task Force has already been hard at work advocating for specific relief measures communicated by...

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Province Introduces Pathway to Recovery; Business Community Ready to do its Part for a Safe Reopening Please click here to view BC’s Restart Plan BC Chamber of Commerce Applauds Provincial Restart Plan May 6, 2020, VANCOUVER: Today Premier Horgan laid out how BC’s economy will safely reopen, a move welcomed by BC’s business community. While health and safety restrictions will mean a radically different operating environment, businesses from every sector are ready to do their part. “We know the path to recovery will be long and steep and for some sectors it will take longer than others,” says Val Litwin, CEO of the BC Chamber, “but today’s news is the proverbial ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ that many small businesses operators have been waiting for.” “We shouldn’t interpret today’s announcements as news that the pandemic is behind us: our members know that the health and safety of their teams and customers will be the first priority in this new operating environment,” says Litwin. “Businesses will need to adjust their operating best practices to meet the guidance of the Provincial Health Officer and WorkSafeBC —and our network of 125 local chambers across BC stands ready to support businesses on this journey.” Today the Province announced three key areas of focus for businesses and citizens as they move toward reopening and recovery, including guidelines pertaining to: Personal self care (e.g. no handshaking,...

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A SOUP-ER way to fight community social isolation

A SOUP-ER way to fight community social isolation: How can you lend a hand in your community at this time? Introducing Shelia, the coordinator of The Better at Home program which helps seniors stay in their homes. They have 58 clients. “Since many of our seniors are low income and many are reluctant to visit the grocery stores we are trying to provide some food support by delivering them some frozen soups and baked goods once a week. If you are willing to bake muffins and freeze them two to a package you can drop them off at the Seniors centre (21 Grenville Crt, Prince Rupert, BC V8J 1R3) on Thursdays between 1-3pm. I will be there. If that time is not convenient just let me know when you could drop them off or I could pick them up. Thanks so much for your interest. My cell number is 250 600 1518 and email if you wish to call in person. Please let me know if you have any questions.” Action item: Connect with your grapevine to pack some soups/ baked goods and drop them off at the seniors centre 🙂 FAQs and comments: 1. How to make your food safely: I spoke with the coordinator through the phone, and she said that we are to make it (heat it all up to kill germs), then freeze it (virus should...

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Presidents Message – Michelle Boomars MacNeill

Community. Collaboration. Commerce. To summarize my week for you thus far, I have been a part of three online calls regarding Chamber business. First, our weekly COVID 19 Partnership call which sees partners and stakeholders from municipal, provincial and federal levels of government, economic development, Chamber and local businesses join forces to tackle information sharing and asking tough questions for the greater good as we work through this unprecedented crisis. As well the Chamber Communications and Strategic Initiative Committees’ each held meetings to refocus our priorities and plans in the wake of COVID 19. I am proud as a Rupertite to witness the many in our community who are stepping up to assist our local businesses with support and initiatives. We thank everyone who is doing their part, from sharing of storefront hours, business shout outs, financial resources and sometimes to just listen. The Prince Rupert & District Chamber has worked hard to create partnerships amongst all levels of business and government, and now these collaborations are imperative and a cohesive approach is essential. The perseverance of all through this crisis is truly a community initiative. The Chamber has committees that plan and execute on strategies built to support our local commerce activities. I invite individuals who wish to assist during this continuity and recovery planning phase to reach out to us to join a committee. Communications, Strategic Initiatives,...

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