COVID-19 is likely one of the biggest challenges many of us will face in our lifetime but we will get through this.

We are in this together and collaboration, innovation, and cooperation will see us through to better days. Our health professionals and first responders are doing their part, now it is up to the rest of us to say “OK, we got this”.

Now is the time for that phrase to become our rallying cry as we roll up our sleeves to ensure we come through the pandemic stronger and more united as a region.

On this site we’ll keep you and the business community updated on issues and initiatives that are aimed at fostering a positive business environment that will ultimately lead to stronger and healthier Okanagan communities.

In the meantime, if you have a story or challenge you want to share, or for any other information or enquiries, please email us.

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A Regional Resource Guide for Small Business in the Okanagan
 
Recently, the BC Chamber of Commerce launched seven regional Resource Guides for Small Business Resiliency, including one for the Thompson Okanagan Region. The Resource Guides are tailor-made to support businesses in each of the seven economic regions of British Columbia as they navigate the COVID-19 pandemic on their road to recovery as set out in BC’s Restart Plan.

In partnership with the provincial government’s Sector Labour Market Partnership Program (SLMP) and funded by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training, the Resource Guides are designed to house a broad mix of region-specific resources in one spot for easy reference and navigation. The Guides have been developed using data from the BC Chamber of Commerce Pulse Check surveys and with information collected in focus groups and from consultations with different sectors and industries from all economic regions of British Columbia.

The resources outlined in the Guides address core aspects of pandemic recovery including:
  • Health and Safety
  • Government programming
  • Sector-specific initiatives
  • Legal and regulatory requirements
  • How to reopen, maintain, pivot, or expand your business; and
  • Additional small business tools, including diversity and inclusion considerations.
Download your regional Resource Guide today to support your business through the COVID-19 pandemic.