COVID-19 Business Info & Resources

Apply now for the Ontario Small Business Support Grant. This $10,000-$20,000 one-time grant is available to eligible small businesses required to close or significantly restrict services.

Find out if your business is eligible for grants to help with the cost of personal protective equipment and your property taxes and energy bills.

 

For the most up-to-date business-related COVID-19 information please visit https://covid-19.ontario.ca/covid-19-help-businesses-ontario/

 

For the most up-to-date Town of Innisfil related COVID-19 information please visit innisfil.ca/covid19/

Through the Nottawasaga Futures FREE consulting program, businesses can access help to:

  • ensure your website is optimized for buying or booking appointments online;
  • setup online ordering for both delivery and take-out on your website;
  • convert existing stores to e-commerce to offer online buying capabilities;
  • offer online and/or live classes or consultations using Skype, ZOOM, etc

For more information contact us today [email protected] or 1-800-509-7554.

Find sector-specific guidelines and posters to help protect workers, customers and the general public from coronavirus (COVID-19) in Ontario.

A Framework for Reopening our Province lays out the government’s approach to the next chapter in the ongoing fight to defeat COVID-19. It outlines the principles the government will use to reopening businesses, services and public spaces in gradual stages. It also explains the criteria Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health will use to help advise the government on when it is safe to begin loosening public health restrictions. And it highlights the government’s commitment to continue providing guidance and advice as workplaces prepare to reopen, including businesses deemed essential that voluntarily chose to temporarily shut down.

Nottawasaga Futures will offer micro loans from $1,000 up to $10,000 to South Simcoe companies who cannot access additional funding through the BDC or their traditional Bank and need a cash injection to cover expenses over the next 3 months.

 

For more information, please contact 1-800-509-7554 or [email protected].

Nottawasaga Futures hosts a free consulting program, businesses can access help to:

  • ensure your website is optimized for buying or booking appointments online
  • setup online ordering for both delivery and take-out on your website
  • convert existing stores to e-commerce to offer online buying capabilities
  • offer online and/or live classes or consultations using Skype, ZOOM, etc

For more information, please contact 1-800-509-7554or [email protected].

Utilize an e-commerce platform to sell and market your products. Platforms such as Shopify offer all of the ecommerce and point of sale features that you need to get your business up and running virtually. Shopify offers a 14-day free trial period as well as access to an online academy to get you up and running.

 

Create a simple website to showcase your products/services. Platforms such as Wix give you the freedom to spin up a web presence for your business within minutes. Wix offers easy to use drag and drop technology as well as industry-leading SEO, making it easier for customers to find you via Google. They also offer a 14-day free Premium free trial. If wish to avoid integrating e-commerce, simply have customers call, text or email to place an order.

 

Learn how to sell and market your products/services across social media channels, such as Instagram or Facebook. Billions of people use channels such as Facebook and Instagram every month to connect with friends and family and to discover things that matter. Utilize this time to establish or refine your social selling strategy. Find new customers and build lasting relationships with them.

 

Want to offer your services virtually? Download a free Zoom, Microsoft Teams or WebEx account. Or for very large audiences utilize a YouTube Live Stream. Platforms such as Zoom allow you to video conference with up to 100 participants at no cost. You can get started within minutes and easily interact with your customers online. If you’d like to charge a fee for attendance, have registrants pay via your Business PayPal account or via e-transfer ahead of time.

 

Try Slack with your team for free. Think of Slack as a chat room for your whole company. Its workspaces allow you to organize communications by channels for group discussions and allows for private messages to share information, files, and more all in one place. Slack is offering free licenses for small teams for an unlimited period of time, as well as complimentary premium plans for non-profits. If you’re part of an organization fighting Covid-19 you can request three months of a paid Slack plan free of charge.

 

Pivot to offering an online course. Teaching an online course is a great way to leverage your skills and earn income at the same time. Platforms such as Teachable allow you to create an online course for free and market it to over 23 million students.

 

Get creative and utilize online applications that transform traditionally manual tasks, such as Docusign. Docusign offers a 14-day free trail that allows your team to sign documents anywhere from any device, avoiding any in person contact. All documents are encrypted, and a complete audit trail is maintained.

 

Need a hand going digital? Connect with specialized, affordable talent online. Services such as Upwork allow you to post your job (or task) for free and within hours be connected with specialized talent that can solve your challenge (at an affordable rate). Services range from web and mobile app development to SEO, social media marketing, content writing, graphic design, admin help and thousands of other projects.

 

Take advantage of free resources that better enable remote operations. Several technology companies have banded together to assist small businesses to operationalize remotely by offering free services.

 

Connect and share ideas with fellow small business owners globally (they may be experiencing the same challenges as you. Social media platforms such as Reddit and Facebook allow you to access informal groups of fellow professionals to network and share valuable ideas with each other.

  • Canada Arts Councilprovides information on government support measures, including artists abroad, grant applications and assessments, and employment insurance
  • Ontario Arts Councilprovides updates on the status of various provincial grants and reports back on information collected through surveys to track the impact of COVID-19
  • Candian Artists Representation – CARFACprovides tips to artists to help them through this challenging time, including how to track income losses, where to go for credible information, and how to stay connected
  • Facebook Journalism Grantoffers a total of $1 million in grants to support US and Canadian local news organizations covering the coronavirus
  • Photographer Fund Granta $25 thousand fund to help photographers impacted by COVID-19
  • Professional Association of Canadian Theatresresource page, impact surveys, online performance opportunities, and community funding
  • Unison Benevolent FundCOVID-19 financial assistance resource list and counselling services
  • Writers Trust of Canadaemergency funding to Canadian writers facing lost income because of the global COVID-19 pandemic
  • I Lost my Giga space for creative industries and other vulnerable freelance and gig economy workers to connect and share stories in response to growing income precarity in Canada
  • SOCAN’s Emergency Programprovides financial assistance to struggling members as a result of the COVID-19 crisis by allocating up to a total of $2 million for emergency royalty advances
  • FACTOR– provides financial support to Canadian recording artists, labels, songwriters, publishers, event producers and distributors.