Aug 19

Social Media 911

Take your online presence & master a great understanding of how the digital world can help your business. 

Do you want to take your business to the next level in the digital market?
Please join us for this great session.
Chamber members – FREE
Future members – $25.00

Wednesday, September 16th from 10am-12pm

Email Cindy at the Chamber to register.
info@portagechamber.com

Aug 19

Nominations Open!

The Portage la Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for the Business Awards.

Now more then ever, it’s important to celebrate and recognize our outstanding businesses and organizations.

The Business Awards will be handed out at the Business Awards Gala on Friday, November 13th (Virtually)

Please consider nominating a deserving business or organization for:

Outstanding Business of the Year – sponsored by Portage Mutual Insurance

Outstanding Not-for-Profit Organizations – sponsored by Southport

Outstanding New Entrepreneur of the Year – sponsored by MIG Insurance

Outstanding Contribution to the Community by a Business

Nomination deadline is Friday, October 2nd, 2020

For nomination forms please contact Cindy at the Chamber.

204-857-7778 or info@portagechamber.com

Aug 19

B2B Manitoba

Recent enhancements to b2bmanitoba.ca enable businesses to contract health and safety services, such as product installation, laundry, cleaning and disinfection. The enhanced tool also now includes: 

  • a helpful home page explanation video; 
  • the ability to save search queries, page places and filters for an improved user experience;
  • manufacturing location, shipping time and ships-from data
  • the ability for vendors to list smaller lot sizes, to help small biz operate on a just-in-time basis/manage inventory.

If your business is in need of personal protective equipment to operate safely such as masks, screens, sanitizer, etc, visit b2bmanitoba.ca to view supplier information.

Apr 21

COVID-19 Tools & Resources

Our Provincial Chamber, the Manitoba Chambers, has put together a page for businesses. COVID-19 TOOLS & RESOURCES FOR EMPLOYERS/BUSINESSES.

This is a great resources for all business. Go to https://mbchamber.mb.ca/covid-19-tools-resources-for-businesses-employers/

If you are looking for specific information and can’t find it, please email us, and we will try our best to help you. info@portagechamber.com

Apr 21

Canadian Business Resilience Network

In partnership with the Government of Canada, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce established the Canadian Business Resilience Network to help Canadian businesses navigate the COVID-19 reality and prepare for recovery.  

Go to canadianbusinessresiliencenetwork.ca

Apr 21

Funding For Indigenous Businesses And Financial Institutions

The government is providing up to $306.8 million in funding to help small and medium-sized Indigenous businesses and to support Aboriginal financial institutions that offer financing to these businesses. The program will be provided through Aboriginal financial institutions and administered by the National Aboriginal Capital Corporations Association and the Métis capital corporations, in partnership with Indigenous Services Canada. 

For more info, click https://pm.gc.ca/en/news/news-releases/2020/04/18/prime-minister-announces-support-indigenous-businesses

Mar 26

IMPORTANT FEDERAL UPDATES FOR BUSINESS

1) CEWS: The application process for claim period 5 (July 5 to August 1) opens today, August 17, 2020. Proposed legislative changes announced on July 17 would:

  • Allow the extension of the CEWS until December 19, 2020, including redesigned program details until November 21, 2020.
  • Make the subsidy accessible to a broader range of employers by including employers with a revenue decline of less than 30 per cent and providing a gradually decreasing base subsidy to all qualifying employers. This would help many struggling employers with less than a 30-per-cent revenue loss get support to keep and bring back workers, while also ensuring those who have previously benefited could still qualify, even if their revenues recover and no longer meet the 30 per cent revenue decline threshold.
  • Introduce a top-up subsidy of up to an additional 25 per cent for employers that have been most adversely affected by the pandemic. This would be particularly helpful to employers in industries that are recovering more slowly.
  • Provide certainty to employers that have already made business decisions for July and August by ensuring they would not receive a subsidy rate lower than they would have had under the previous rules.
  • Address certain technical issues identified by stakeholders.

These proposed changes follow consultations with business and labour representatives on potential adjustments to the program aimed at ensuring that it continues to protect jobs and promote growth. Details are forthcoming.

2) The federal government plans to transition recipients off of CERB to the Employment Insurance (EI) program this fall. They also plan to create a “transitional, parallel benefit” that is similar to EI for people who don’t qualify for the unemployment benefit, such as contract and gig workers, and which will include access to training and the ability to work more hours and earn more money while receiving the benefit. The last scheduled CERB pay period is set to end on September 26.

3) CECRA: The July/August extension to the federal rent subsidy program is available for opt-in. If you’re a landlord and you have not yet applied for the April to June subsidy, you may still do so along with the July/August extension. To apply, click here.

4) CEBA: As of June 26, the Canada Emergency Business Account eligibility criteria expanded to include owner-operated small businesses that do not have a payroll, sole proprietors receiving business income directly, as well as family-owned corporations remunerating in the form of dividends rather than payroll. If your business wasn’t eligible for the initial iterations of CEBA, you may want to revisit this option if you require emergency financial support. To review an FAQ and CEBA eligibility requirements: https://ceba-cuec.ca/

Mar 26

Posters for you to hang in your businesses

Click here for posters that the Province made that you can use in and outside of your business to protect you and your staff. We know there are businesses that continue to operate in this uncertain time.

PLEASE keep yourselves and your staff safe.

Mar 26

Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers

The Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers will allow eligible employers to reduce payroll deductions required to be remitted for March 18th to June 20th. Want to see if your business is eligible?

Click here for information

Mar 26

UPDATES – PROVINCE OF MANITOBA

Dr. Roussin, Chief Provincial Public Health Officer, and Minister Friesen, Health, Seniors and Active Living, acknowledged that heightened anxiety may be resulting from Manitoba’s increasing case numbers, while reminding us of the continuing importance of the fundamentals: hand hygiene, physical distancing, mask-wearing when physical distancing cannot be maintained, and staying home when sick.

“To alleviate some of the stress that Manitobans may be feeling, we all know what we can do. Even if we haven’t been practicing the fundamentals, we can all make changes today and start practicing the fundamentals today. Stay home, even if you’re mildly ill. This is paramount, and this is a huge change, we realize that,” said Dr. Roussin. “Avoid crowded places, avoid indoor public spaces, or if you have to attend somewhere that you think you may not be able to physical distance, wear a non-medical mask. This is an additional measure to limit the transmission of this virus — it is not a replacement for the fundamentals.”

  • To Manitoba employers: “We remind you that we really are all in this together. We need you to support workers as they should not be attending work when sick, even with mild symptoms. We also request that employers not insist on asymptomatic testing for workers, as we need to keep our testing capacity up, and we know that there is limited value in asymptomatic testing. If anyone in a workplace has been directly exposed to a known case of COVID-19, those workers should be self-isolating anyway, and Public Health would be providing instructions.”
  • “I want to address the issue of stigma. There is no place for stigma or shame in our pandemic plan. We need people to feel safe to be tested and forthcoming with Public Health. Stigma impairs our ability to fight in this pandemic.”
  • Schools: Members of the media asked many questions related to school safety, as well as about cohorts, intramural after-school activities, what will happen should a case be identified in a school, updates to ventilation systems, and the potential for mandatory mask use in schools. According to Dr. Roussin: “In any step of our re-opening, we rely on the confidence of Manitobans. With schools, we have not mandated mask use but we have ‘strongly recommended’ it. If we feel that we are not getting the compliance we need, we can always mandate it.” Dr. Roussin also stated that if a case was identified in a school, they would inform Manitobans quickly.

NEW! 1) Today, Minister Friesen announced contracts have been awarded to five facilities totalling $2.5 million to address the surgery backlog caused by COVID-19. In early September, patients will begin receiving care in the following areas: echocardiogram exams, urology procedures, orthopaedic spine procedures, and foot and hand surgeries.

3) The Province has extended the Manitoba Gap Protection deadline for applications to Oct. 31 from Aug. 31. Businesses that are ineligible for federal support can apply for an immediate $6,000 under this program, which has provided more than $51 million in support to 8,500+ Manitoba businesses to restart operations.

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