WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO
It has indeed been a tough couple of years for everyone. Businesses of all sorts included.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Nelson and District Chamber of Commerce, its volunteer board of leaders from a variety of economic sectors, and all of our partners, have been here to learn, inform and advocate on your business’s behalf, lobbying all levels of government for support initiatives.
We commend the business community for its resilience through these challenging times.
Since March 2020, the Chamber has connected with over 300 businesses, through face to face visits, phone calls and surveys — all aimed at garnering a comprehensive understanding of the challenges posed by COVID-19, and how we can help you address those challenges.
The Chamber’s efforts have helped inform locals on over 30 federal, provincial and regional grant and loan programs, and help them address COVID trends including wage challenges, decreased profitability, debt load, rent/mortgage assistance, labour shortage solutions and vaccine card/mask protocols.
We’ve also launched numerous Shop Local campaigns and Wildfire/Natural Disaster Preparedness awareness programs.
Some Chamber initiatives during these challenging times have included:
- Buy Local / Think Local First Campaigns
- Collaborating with regional partners to create and distribute ‘Open for Business’ signage & posters
- Wearing is Caring/Shot In The Arm awareness campaigns
- Business Recovery Assistance Program and Surveys
- Vaccine Passport Business and Customer awareness program
- Wildfire Business Preparedness awareness campaign
- Labour Recruiting/Staffing/Training programs
- E-commerce Connectivity
- Takeout / patio dining campaign
Has your business been impacted by the COVID-19 Coronavirus? All levels of government have been working with the Chamber to develop important business and community resources, which you’ll find below.
The Nelson and District Chamber of Commerce has worked closely with Emergency Operations and the Public Health Office since the pandemic’s beginning, to ensure businesses continue to run, labour shortages are addressed and vaccination and public health program information is well provided.
Our team is working closely with our economic development partners at Community Futures Central Kootenay, Nelson and Kootenay Lake Tourism, the City of Nelson and the RDCK, as well as Provincial and Federal agencies, the Kootenay Career Development Society, Kootenay Rockies and Destination BC.
Please feel free to reach out to our team to discuss your business needs by emailing email@example.com or calling us to book a virtual appointment at 250-352-3433.
COVID 19 Business Resources
Federal Government Business Assistance
Business Pandemic Preparedness
Business Resources-BC Chamber of Commerce
Community Futures Central Kootenay Business Resources
Nelson and Kootenay Lake Tourism
Have questions or want to get in touch to see how we can help your business through these difficult times? Reach out!