Online community and resources are more important than ever right now. So the Gerrard India Bazaar BIA is will continue to bring you relevant updates as things evolve. Part of that will mean keeping you up to date on how COVID-19 is impacting our members and our community.
News – What’s Happening Now
Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced sweeping measures to further support Canadian small businesses.
They are raising the wage subsidy to cover the salaries of employees of small businesses from 10% to 75%. This will be backdated to March 15th. More details to come.
They are launching the Canada Emergency Business Account. With this new measure, banks will soon offer $40,000 loans, which will be guaranteed by the government, to qualifying businesses. The loan will be interest-free for the first year, and if you meet certain conditions, $10,000 will be forgivable.
They will defer GST/HST payments until June, Which is the equivalent of giving $30 billion in interest-free loans to businesses.
The province has launched a toll-free line, 1-888-444-3659 to provide support to Ontario businesses who have questions about the province’s recent emergency order to close at-risk workplaces following recommendations by Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health.
Join our business owner forum – Here we will share ideas on how to rise against the challenges we are facing and rally to promote the narrative of shopping local and supporting small business to the public.
ECommerce 101 Apr 2nd Online
Join us to learn what eCommerce is, why you should consider it for your business, and how you can easily get started. Register Now
Email Marketing Bootcamp Thu May 7th Online
Learn how to stand out from the crowd by designing an effective email marketing strategy and providing engaging email content that gets delivered, opened, read and acted upon.
It’s up to us – We want to encourage you to follow all recommendations and orders of public health officials including, but not limited to, staying at home as much as possible. Together we will #FalttenTheCurve.