Community Futures Sunrise

11 - 3rd Street North East, Weyburn, SK - Phone: (306) 842-8803

COVID-19 Resources

Updated: Friday, September 25

This page will be updated regularly with trusted resources to support you and your business. If you encounter problems with any links, or have suggestions to add, please email sunrise.cfdc@sasktel.net. Thank you!


Federal Guide to Finding financial help during Covid-19


Canadian Federation of Independent Business - Business Help Line (for members and non-members)


How to turn your side hustle into a Money Maker

Thinking of turning your hobby into your main source of income? Watch this short video to learn what is needed to start a business in Saskatchewan.

Staff at Community Futures Sunrise will walk you through the steps to follow, suggest some things to consider when contemplating your path to entrepreneurship, and provide a handy list of resources to review and use as you need.


Webinars - Sign Up & Learn

September 1 - 29   HOPE Learning Centre - Online Wellness Development Weekly Sessions

September 30   Should I Incorporate? - Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program/Community Futures Manitoba & Saskatchewan

October 6   Business Resources for Entrepreneurs with Disabilities or Health Conditions in SK - Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program/Community Futures Manitoba & Saskatchewan

October 8   STOP, LOOK and THINK Before You Click - How to recognize malicious emails - MicroAge

October 14   Stress Management for Entrepreneurs (Wellness Wednesday) - Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program/Community Futures Manitoba & Saskatchewan

October 15   Basic Financial Accounting for Small Business - Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program/Community Futures Manitoba & Saskatchewan

November 4   Sales & Marketing for Small Business - Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program/Community Futures Manitoba & Saskatchewan

November 18   Fostering Resilience for Entrepreneurs - Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program/Community Futures Manitoba & Saskatchewan


Recent Updates & Announcements

NEW - Create Your Own Sask Insider App - Saskatchewan's new resource to support shopping local

NEW - Funding Opportunities for the Tourism Industry - Several new programs are now available

Emergency Processing Fund - federal investment to help companies implement changes to safeguard the health and safety of workers and their families due to the impacts of COVID-19. The fund also aims to aid companies to invest to improve, automate and modernize facilities needed to increase Canada’s food supply capacity.

Our Restaurants - Help make a difference for restaurants, Sask restaurants face uncertainty

Canada United Small Business Relief Fund - a limited amount of awards of up to $5,000 are available. Applications open August 31 @ 1:00 pm EDT

The Entrepreneur's 2.0 Digital Marketing Tools Bundle

Pop-Up Toolkit Download - Give it a try!

Retail Re-imagined - Survey results about shopping habits

$50,000 to support women entrepreneurs in tech - Innovation Saskatchewan & WESK

Get Found Digital Marketing Certificate - Attract customers to your local business - Canada-SK Job Grant (CSJG) may be available

Business Management Essentials - Online educational opportunity through the SK Chamber of Commerce & SK Colleges, Canada-SK Job Grant (CSJG) may be available

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) extended to December

SK Municipalities during Covid-19: What are they doing to support businesses?  - CFIB comprehensive listing

POST Promise - People Outside (The POST Promise signifies a commitment to implement and practice the five key steps to workplace safety, helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19.)


E-Commerce Solutions

With so many options becoming available to help business owners take their business online and expand their markets, we have gathered them all together here so you can evaluate them to see what may be the best fit for your business.

Get Found Digital Marketing Workshop - Better Business Bureau, Canada Sask Job Grant & Above The Fold

Get your Business Online Fast - with Shopify and the Government of Canada

Free Online Business Toolkit - Directwest and Vendasta

Summer of Support - Six weeks of free training, tools and insight launched by Facebook to help business owners get the digital skills and information they need

Square Free Online Store or Chip & Pin contactless card reader for Canadian businesses 

Shopify Plus Enterprise Online Store - Custom design your online store with Shopify

Local Line - Take your farm, food hub or market online

Free E-Bay online shop - Free offer for Canadian small businesses

Shopify Point of Sale: Rebuilt for Today's Retail Experience - Free Until October 31

Free eBook: Social Media - Harness the power of social media for your business


 Resiliency & Recovery Tools

Exploring Opportunity Workshop - a workshop for Community Leaders & Builders - Co-operatives First

Road to Retail Recovery Playbook - Retail Council of Canada

Business Continuity Management Resources - SK Emergency Planners Association

Business Continuity Plan & Templates for Entrepreneurs - BDC

Steps to Planning your Emergency & Disaster Plan - BDC

Energizing Entrepreneurs: Charting a Course for Rural Communities - e2 Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

Economic Resilience & Recovery - a Toolkit for Local Leaders & Economic Development from the Economic Disaster Recovery Project (EDRP), courtesy BCEDA 

Economic Resilience & Recovery Toolkit - SEDA

Economic Disaster Recovery Program - Economic Developers Alberta

Canadian Business Resilience Network  - Government of Canada in partnership with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce 

Restore Your Economy.org - Resources for Economic Development

Institute for Sustainable Development - Helping community and business leaders tackle the complex resilience, disaster recovery, and sustainable development issues of our time.

The Entrepreneur's Continuity Checklist - a list of ideas to help you and your business better prepare, pivot and progress through these extraordinary times

Entrepreneur Toolkit - Business Development Bank of Canada

Leadership in Times of Crisis - 13 Ways (There's Always a Way)

Strong & Free: Shockproofing Canada - podcast/blog by The Financial Post 


Entrepreneurial Tools for Business Owners

Funding for Entrepreneurs with Disabilities to access professional services to maintain or re-open their business. Contact Susan Bater

Canada-Saskatchewan Job Grant - up to $10,000 to help train your employees

Postmedia Local Marketing Grant Program - another way to strengthen our communities and help boost economic growth, one business at a time

Guide to Online Meetings - Cooperatives First

Golden West Business Resource Listings

SREDA Go Money Grants Program - grants of up to $5,000 to promising small business owners launching fresh ideas

Facebook Small Business Resource Hub - Programs and products designed for businesses 

Online Portal to connect buyers and sellers of PPE during Covid-19 

BuyandSell.ca - Government of Canada site for Covid-19 related PPE 

Rapid Recovery Guide - Restaurants Canada

Roadmap to Recovery - The Canadian Chamber of Commerce lays out nine policy areas and specific measures to help ensure a lasting recovery

Covid-19 Cash Flow Workbook - a handy tool to capture all of your business and personal information and take control of your situation. (link opens an Excel file)

Work Integrated Learning - Digital Wage Subsidy Program for employers

Protecting Small Business Cybersecurity - Free cybersecurity assessments provided by RiskRecon "My Cyber Risk" until December 31, 2020

Business Re-Opening Toolkit - Canadian Business Resilience Network. Call 1-866-989-1080 from 8am - 8pm ET for help. 

Canadian Chamber of Commerce partners with Salesforce to offer $10K lifeline

Innovations That Matter - SpringWise has curated a database of over 10,000 innovations. Browse by Category, Country, Covid or non Covid, Sector, Business Model, etc.

AnyCard - Made in SK option for purchasing gift cards 

Shopify Capital launches in Canada to provide small business loans to merchants

Google Helping Local Restaurants

London Drugs helping local small business in Western Canada


Resources specific to Non Profits & Charities

Fall schedule of webinars - The Learning Institute - Community Foundations of Canada

Local Food Infrastructure Fund - Grant funding to help improve access to food for people experiencing food insecurity because of Covid-19

I Want To Help - Govt of Canada service opportunity program. Students can obtain the Canada Student Service Grant in recognition of their service.

Community Grant Program - Community Initiatives Fund

TechSoup Canada - Donated software and technology resources for Canadian charities, nonprofits and libraries.

DocuSign for Non Profits - Preferred pricing for all plans

Funding For Non Profits - Western Economic Diversification Canada

Resource Listing - Sask NonProfit

Free Professional Business Advisory Service - Canadian Business Resilience Network

SK Non-Profit Corporations Act Amendments - Minister of Justice & Attorney General

Emergency Community Support Fund - a $350 million fund established to improve the ability of community organizations to serve vulnerable Canadians during these times. This handy guide will help you determine where to apply.

Canada Cultural Spaces Fund - Grant Applications

 

Funding & Information for Small Business

Supports for Canadian Businesses - a comprehensive, up to date compliation of federal and provincial government support measures for businesses. - Created by the BDC

 

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Re-Open Saskatchewan Training Subsidy - a short term program providing eligible employers with financial support to train employees

Re-open Saskatchewan Plan - Phases, updates, etc.

Business Response Team available 8am - 8pm Monday through Friday via Ph: (844) 800-8688 /  Email: supportforbusiness@gov.sk.ca

Covid-19 Response Plan - Summary of all SK government supports

SK Worker's Compensation Board - Information for employers on COVID-19

Health & Safety Guideline Posters - Printable posters from the SK Government

Lumeca Virtual Health Consultation tool Free for SK Residents with a valid Health Card


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NEW - Emergency Processing Fund - federal investment to help companies implement changes to safeguard the health and safety of workers and their families due to the impacts of COVID-19. The fund also aims to aid companies to invest to improve, automate and modernize facilities needed to increase Canada’s food supply capacity.

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)

Agriculture & Food Business Solutions Fund - backed by Farm Credit Canada

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) - Apply by phone at 1-800-959-2019

Canada Covid-19 Self Assessment Tool & App

Futurpreneur Covering loan payments & providing top-up Loans

Income Tax Deferral & Deadline Changes

Rapid Response Platform - As Canada's industries return to work, there is an increased demand for PPE. The Rapid Response Platform automatically matches supply with demand, simplifying supplier discovery during the procurement process

Support for Women Entrepreneurs announced

CECRA - Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance

CEBA - Canada Emergency Business Account

Work Sharing Program - Employment & Social Development Canada

Employment Insurance information for businesses & individuals

Online Service Request Form from Service Canada - temporary measure to ensure continuity of critical services

Call for proposals - Covid-19 Challenges - Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security Ideas


Mental Health Supports

CMHA Sask Resources (document will open in Microsoft Word)

Mental Health Through Covid-19 - Service Hospitality Association Presentation

Living the 90% - Coping Tools for these Times with Darci Lang

Wellness Together Canada - Mental Health and Substance Use Support provides free online resources, tools, apps and connections to trained volunteers and qualified mental health professionals

Canadian Red Cross Psychological First Aid Guideto caring for yourself and others

Worker's Compensation Board - Tools to help manage your mental health during crisis