On March 25th, Community Futures Thompson Country launched two new services to assist businesses in Kamloops, Clearwater, Barriere, Sun Peaks and Chase for those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses can now access the COVID-19 Loan program and COVID-19 Business Support Program.
COVID-19 Loan program
A new COVID-19 loan program will provide businesses up to $20,000 based on business assessed needs and impact requirements. These loans will be streamlined application and approval processes, no administration fees, low-interest rates and interest-only options for the first 3 months. Information about the loan requirements and application can be found on the CFTC website, www.communityfurtures.net or by phone 250-828-8772.
COVID-19 Business Support Program
The business community is facing an incredible amount of stress and confusion trying to navigate access to provincial and federal relief funding. Community Futures will also be providing one-on-one virtual and telephone support through the new COVID-19 Business Support Program. CFTC will help in completing the required application for relief funding. To access the services businesses call Community Futures Thomspon Country office at 250-828-8772 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Futures Thompson Country office is closed to the public as per the direction of the CDC. You can still reach all CFTC services and staff through phone or email. Contact hours are 8 AM – 4 PM, Monday through Friday (excluding statutory holidays).
Contact Downtown Kamloops through phone 250-372-3242 or email email@example.com
For information on resources and updates for COVID-19: https://www.downtownkamloops.com/covid-19/
To know about all downtown business Closures + Takeout Options: https://www.downtownkamloops.com/downtown-kamloops-business-closures-updates-ykastrong/
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Most businesses are under an immense amount of stress during this pandemic. It is important as a business owner to stay informed via the latest official updates and ensure the utilization of resources the government has introduced. The following are some resources to assist in preparing for small business owners through this challenging time.
Support for Small Businesses
- The work-sharing program has been extended and modified due to the impact of COVID-19.
- New business credit program through Export Development Canada(EDC) and Business Development Bank of Canada(BDC).
- To help with cash flow CRA will defer tax payment till August 31, 2020.
- A 10% wage subsidy for immediate relief for small businesses for the next 90 days.
For most small business their employees are also impacted due to this pandemic. Here are tools to help employees of small business owners.
Support for your Employees
- Sickness Employment Insurance Benefits are being offered without the 1-week waiting period and medical certificate. Regular Employment Insurance benefits may also be available to employees laid off due to a temporary or ongoing shortage of work.
- For those that are not eligible for Employment Insurance, the Emergency Support Benefit can be applied for as a backup.
- To support working families’ children there have been changes boosting Canada Child Benefits Payments.
- The deadline for filing taxes has been extended until June 1, 2020.
Businesses that can supply products and services
Public Services and Procurement Canada (formerly PWGSC) is asking companies who can supply products and services to send their information here
For detailed information:
For more resources:
For all COVID-related programs and services for businesses
For more information on COVID -19: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html
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In this unprecedented time, small businesses and communities show resiliency through community & innovation #YKAStrong. Leadership through this crisis will exponentially determine recovery, and in what strength businesses return. Here are some ideas adopted by local businesses here in Downtown Kamloops:
Develop an online presence
Though social distancing is key and most storefronts are closed, there is still room for small businesses that were not online. They can utilize this time to build an online brand reaching existing as well as new customers. Stores like Mainstreet have now started an online store.
Share your resources
This is an essential time to reach the community that has supported you throughout the years. As a restaurant, you can give back by sharing your perishable resources to your employees and their families. The Noble Pig Brewhouse and Forno on 5th lead by example; like many food outlets, they had to close operations immediately. To help relieve economic stress, they support their employees (family) as well as families in need, by preparing ready to pick up meals.
Free knowledge sharing webinars
We have to stick together during these difficult times. Though it may be harder to reach and support your business colleagues due to social distancing, you can do this virtually. Kelsey Grimm, from Healing Space, took this opportunity to start a free virtual connection webinar. Each Tuesday and Thursday she provides information on how to deal with stress, worry, and anxiety which is being caused by financial difficulties and inability to access counseling services. Please reach out to your neighbors through virtual means of communication to plan and stay connected. Ask us how and we can help you set it up!
If you have any more ideas or stories of Community & Innovation #YKAStrong, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
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We have put together a list of Downtown Kamloops Business Closures + Updates which is subject to change. It includes all temporary closures, take-out options, pick-up, online stores and other business models that will help our community #ykastrong. We will try and update this list the best we can so you can make the necessary decisions.
Downtown Kamloops met with many of our local businesses yesterday to see how they are dealing with this challenging time. Our businesses are working together while ensuring their employees, customers, and the community stay safe. They are taking all the precautions necessary. We should continue to be conscientious and kind to one and other. We are a resilient community indeed!
Last Updated on March 27 at 4:30 PM
Temporary Closures until further notice:
- Mainstreet Kamloops (can contact via Instagram & Facebook & NEW Online store for front door drop of)
- Jardines Domaine (Online store available)
- The Golden Buddha
- Delta Kamloops
- Paramount Theatre
- The Art We Are Café
- Hello Toast
- Cocoa Dot Cakes (can contact via Instagram, Facebook & Email)
- Cordo Resto + Bar
- Forno on 5th
- The Noble Pig Brewhouse
- Moxie’s Grill & Bar
- Far & Wide BC (can contact via Instagram & Online Store)
- Second Chances Thrift Store
- Afternoon Auxiliary RIH
- First Comes Love
- Nicola Eye Care Optometrists
- Ninth Lab
- Life Ink Tattoo
- Boldersyde Custom Tattoos
- K-Spin Studio
- Barre Kamloops
- Yoga Loft
- Volegacy Clothing
- Blue Sky Clothing (shop online)
- High Maintenance Beauty Salon
- Senor Froggy Lansdowne
- Kennell’s Shoes Ltd. (Curbside Pickup & Mail orders)
Take Out & Delivery Food:
- Boston Pizza
- ahhYay – Wellness Café
- Krob Krua
- Peter’s Pasta
- Booster Juice (Take out only)
- Smorgasboard Deli (Take out only)
- Eden Bento Café (Take out only)
- FreshSlice Pizza
- Jacob’s Noodle & Cutlet
- Maurya’s Fine Indian Cuisine
- Casa Azul 4 PM – 8 PM (call 778-471-6364)
- Boston Pizza Free delivery and 15% on take-out and pickup
- Mittz Kitchen – 20% discount on takeout Monday-Saturday 12 PM – 7 PM; Sunday 4 PM – 7 PM for takeout (New Menu). Also serving bottled beer and wine.
- Red Collar Brewing – Call on 7784710174 for delivery
- Jacob’s Noodle & Cutlet – 12 PM – 8 PM
- Terra Kamloops – Call 3 PM – 4 PM to place order, Only E-transfer accepted. New Menu.
- Castles & Ciao Bella Boutique – Shop Online
- Starbucks (As well as Take out)
- Tim Hortons (As well as Take out)
- Passek’s Classics Cafe & Catering (Take Out & Delivery options are available) 8 AM -130PM
- The Vic (Take-Out) 8 AM -3 PM
- Modern Family Boutique (Shop Online)10 AM -2 PM
- Mystic Moon tattoos 12 PM – 7 PM
- Subway (Take-Out) 9 AM – 4 PM
- Amplified Cafe – 9 AM – 3 PM (Take Out and selling Coffee beans for homebrews; free delivery)
- Big Boot Inn – Mon- Fri 10 AM – 5 PM – Only one person at a time. Call before.
- Nightingale Medical Supplies – pick up and delivery; call 250-377-8844
- Dorian Greek House – 10% discount for pick-up and delivery
- Caffe Motivo – take-out, pick-Up, and online catering
- Swiss Pastries – No Cash Payments
- Klasske’s Bistro – take-out & pick up and online delivery
- Kelly O’Bryan’s – limited capacity seating 50 people only with 20% on pick up
- Castles & Cottages – pick Up
- Red Wing Shoes – no boot cleaning & conditioning services
- Freshslice Pizza – pick-up, delivery 11 AM – PM with 20% on P/U Free Contactless Delivery for orders over $30.
- 4Cats Art Studio – Starting Friday, March 27 online tutorials for kids.
Grocery and Pharmacies
- Save-On-Food – 8 AM -8 PM to all public; 7 AM – 8 AM to Seniors and those with disabilities
- Kipp-Mallery Pharmacy – Offering free delivery
For Mental Wellness Needs
During these times there are higher levels of stress, worry, and anxiety for some. With social distancing, there can be a feeling of disconnection and isolation. There can be financial difficulties and an inability to access counseling services.
- Healing Spaces – Free Virtual Community Connections every Tuesday & Thursday starting 24th March, and taking new clients and can be reached through email or phone for an appointment.
If you are aware of a change in Downtown Kamloops Business Closures + Updates, please contact us at email firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
If you are a business downtown, we request you to take a few minutes to share your feedback.
As a small business, you can find resources for COVID-19 here.
Downtown is Open!
In these trying times when fear and panic grips our communities, we should remember that small businesses are inevitably going to be weighed down by the impact of COVID-19. These are the friendly smiles that greet you every morning with your cup of fresh coffee and your favourite lunch place. These are amazing stores that know your personal style and preferences. They are doing their best to persevere through these difficult times. These individuals are risk-takers that do everything to keep downtown vibrant through all seasons. Downtown Kamloops wants you to know that downtown is open. Social distancing is key and we should do our best to follow these important practices. However, we should try to support the businesses that do so much for the community through various initiatives like sponsoring events, non-profits, and giving back to the Kamloops community. We love and celebrate the local businesses that make Kamloops special. They choose to invest time, money, and their heart into our community and they help to make up a sustainable economy. We are thankful for these businesses! Downtown Kamloops encourages you to think of our local business and to shop local with them when you can during these challenging times. Kamloops let’s help our business community flourish through these times by buying products locally. For all our small businesses, check out @smallbusinessbc for tips on how to stay safe while staying open. Click Here If you have any tips or ideas to help support these businesses, please comment below. Thank you for all your support Kamloops! Additionally, if you’re looking for more information about downtown Kamloops, you can find us on our website here. Moreover, if you want to learn more about what’s going on with the coronavirus, you can find more information here.
Upcoming Elections Kamloops Centre for Arts
In anticipation of the upcoming elections on April 4th for the Kamloops Centre for Arts, Carl DeSantis, Executive Director of Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association, said, “I am encouraging each of you to join downtown businesses and services on April 4th and vote yes.”
KCBIA is eager for this unique space in the core of the city to be approved. KCA uses are seemingly endless for both the city and Downtown Kamloops. This centre can be used not just for theatre production but also for concerts that pass the city due to inadequate facilities and resources, graduations, sporting banquets and business meetings. This centre for the community will be in downtown Kamloops at 4th Avenue and Seymour. It will be an economic driver for the city of Kamloops, contributing to the revitalization of Downtown to a vibrant arts and cultural scene. As per Carl DeSantis, “the KCA will allow us to maintain a smaller city feel while benefiting from bigger city resources and events.”
Maren Luciani, Director KCBIA, said, “As a Board Member for the KCBIA and a small business owner in the Downtown, I am more than thrilled to see our city diversify to include a strengthened focus on arts and culture. The KCA will enhance the downtown experience by supporting existing businesses and encouraging new businesses to locate here. It will provide much-needed vibrancy in the evenings and an incentive for more young professionals to move here. We are going to see a lot of positive changes and new developments in DowntownDowntown over the next 5-10 years, given a shortage of land in suburban areas and a heightened desire for more culture and entertainment. I am excited to be a part of this significant shift to a more sustainable community!”
Many businesses in Downtown have publicly announced their support. Learn more: https://bit.ly/2uTwXb3
To show your support, purchase a Memberships at www.kamloopscentre.ca. As well as WCT and KSO performances as well as at the Kamloops Art Gallery.
The KCBIA strongly urges everyone to get out and vote on April 4th.
Authorized by the KCBIA, registered sponsor under LECFA, contact information 250 – 372 – 3242