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Weekly Update: May 14 – May 31, 2021

June 1, 2021

Supports for Business Open for Summer Plan Alberta’s Open for Summer Plan is a three-stage road map to lifting health restrictions and safely getting back to normal as vaccine targets are met. Based on current numbers, the province will enter Stage 1 on June 1.  As of May 27, 60.3 percent of eligible Albertans received…

Weekly Update: May 7 – May 13, 2021

May 15, 2021

Supports for Business Rapid COVID-19 testing program Invest Alberta – Alberta Opportunity Book Invest Alberta has recently launched the development of the Alberta Opportunity Book. If you are an Alberta company seeking investment or know of an Alberta company seeking investment, this is an opportunity to highlight the project and financial requirements. Invest Alberta and…

Gig Economy Accelerated by Pandemic

May 12, 2021

Where do you live, 2019!? Such was the typically hilarious response from a friend in Silicon Valley when I recommended a podcast “for his commute.” From Google employees like him to accountants and lawyers, to economic development professionals and psychologists, if it is possible to work remotely, COVID has pushed entire industries to do so.…

Weekly Update: April 30 – May 6, 2021

May 7, 2021

Supports for Business Expanded public health measures for Business Mandatory public health measures will apply to all communities with more than 50 cases per 100,000 people and with 30 or more active cases. Indoor fitness – Effective May 5 All indoor fitness must close, including for one-on-one training. Retail – Effective May 5 Retail services must…

Business Beat: Economic Impacts, Outcomes And Opportunities For Southeast Alberta In A Post Covid Economy

May 5, 2021

The economic downturn pre-pandemic, further augmented by COVID-19 and the various levels of restrictions, has caused significant challenges and impacts on our businesses. The impacts have been varied, dependent on the industry, perceptions, adaptations, along with accessibility and implementation of funding and resources to assist businesses through those difficult times. Through it all, we must…

Weekly Update: April 23 – 29, 2021

April 30, 2021

Supports for Business ICYMI: SMERG – Spring payment portal is now open The application portal for the third Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant (SMERG) is open! SMERG offers financial assistance to Alberta businesses, cooperatives and non-profit organizations with fewer than 500 employees that have faced restrictions or closures due to COVID-related public health orders,…

Business Beat: Business Innovation Grant accepting applications

April 30, 2021

The City of Medicine Hat commenced the application process for the fourth and final phase of the City of Medicine Hat Business Innovation Grant (MHBIG). The $2M MHBIG was part of an $8.2M COVID relief package approved by City Council on May 4, 2020 to support businesses in coping with and recovering from the economic…

Business Beat: Foundational Education

April 23, 2021

It really isn’t too much to say that the world is a rapidly changing and somewhat scary place. What most of us took for granted when we left school is simply no longer true. Society, technology, politics, and the myriad ways in which they interact are simply too complicated for any graduate of high school…

Weekly Update: April 16 – 22, 2021

April 23, 2021

Supports for Business SMERG Application intake for the spring 2021 payment from Alberta’s small business grant is now open The Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant program has been reopened for a new payment to businesses affected by the April 2021 public health orders. Eligible organizations can now apply for this additional COVID relief funding.…

Weekly Update: April 9 – 15, 2021

April 15, 2021

Supports for Business Alberta’s government is expanding the small business relaunch grant The Alberta government is offering small businesses affected by the most recent public health orders another payment of up to $10,000 from the Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant. Alberta businesses affected by the latest public health orders will be eligible to apply…


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