Collingwood.Business Update #13 

June 30, 2020
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In this issue

  • Hot Topic 1: Let The Town Know Your Business Matters
  • Hot Topic 2:  Task Force Recommendations Turn Into Action
  • Ask An Expert: Legal Advice Webinar
  • News & Recent Updates
  • Upcoming Online Business Events
  • Top Three Webinars
  • Local Resources Available To Your Business

Hot Topic 1:
Let the Town Know Your Business Matters

Every year the Town conducts a survey of the business community.  This year is perhaps more important than ever given what’s happened and the economic recovery efforts the Town is implementing to help your business.  But the Town needs to know if these efforts are working and what your longer term perspective on business in Collingwood is so it can continue making the right kinds of investments.  

It takes less than 7 minutes to complete so please take the time to do the survey now or before July 14.

Start The Survey

Hot Topic 2:
Economic Recovery Task Force Recommendations Turn Into Action

On June 15, Town of Collingwood Council approved the recommendation developed by the 14-person Collingwood Economic Support & Recovery Taskforce. This Task Force of private and public sector leaders worked tirelessly with Town Staff to develop 6 Item Action Plan within 8 weeks.

These recommendations are rapidly turning to action based on the Plan Summary the Town just finalized as part of a recent media release.

Key initiatives already in motion include: 
•    The release of a 7 Step Checklist to help businesses understand the services and support available to them through the local Business Development Centre
•    Extension and expansion of the Digital Service Squad, which includes a service that helps businesses open up online stores for free
•    Ensuring businesses have access to more relevant recovery information, including access to a webinar library.  

Recent additions to this library include:  
1.  Covid-19 Workplace and Business Safety in Simcoe Muskoka (Dr Gardner from the health unit provides a very up-to-date perspective on what measures are being put in place and how businesses can leverage them for the safety of the employees and customers)

2.  5th Annual Georgian Bay Healthcare Wellness Research Innovation Day (Dr Lisi hosts global discussion with medical leaders from Italy, Mexico, and Toronto, with Dr Pearce then providing an immersive look at all the work that has been done at CGMH to keep the community safe)
Check Out The Plan Summary 

Ask An Expert: Free Legal Advice Webinar
July 9:  Legal Advice Webinar on What Businesses Can Do to Survive the Crisis

Join legal experts and learn how to best respond to and manage the many challenges that threaten your business daily in these unprecedented times.

They will address such questions and thorny issues as:  
•    Where and how to start to restructure a business to prevent painful legal actions and shutdowns?
•    How to deal with expensive employment issues such as downsizing?
•    How can my business collect from others who owe us money?
•    How do I protect my personal assets?
•    What government assistance programs can I use?
•    What legal actions might arise and how best do I deal with them?

We are taking questions in advance that can be submitted when you register. For more information, please contact

Expert Panel includes: 

  • Don Jack, one of Canada’s leading business litigators will moderate and pose your most pressing questions to Pavle Masic and Jason Dutrizac of DS Avocats who work closely with clients on proactive solutions to prevent and/or mitigate insolvency and bankruptcy and to avail every legal option available to them.
  • Andrew Camman of Polishuk, Camman and Steel and David Law of Law at Work, are two senior leading employment and labour lawyers who will share their “in the trenches” advice on how to take full advantage of short term subsidies such as CEWS, how to make the tough decisions about downsizing and what your legal obligations and rights are.

Register Today!

News and Recent Updates

•    YES! Your Collingwood Business REALLY Matters Annual Survey (Town of Collingwood)
•    7 Step Checklist to Re-Open Your Business Safely (Town of Collingwood)
•    Digital Main Street Transformation $2.5k Grant Applications Open July 1st!
•    8 Ways COVID Will Transform the Economy and Disrupt Every Business (John Stackhouse at RBC)
•    Launch of the (CSSG) Canada Student Service Grant (Canada JobBank)
•    Get your business online at no cost with Digital Main Street ShopHERE! (Digital Main Street)

Upcoming Online Business Events

•    July 7:   Ask Me Anything Communitech Webinar: Pandemic-Proof Pitching*
•    July 7:   Social Media For Small Business (Digital Main Street)*
•    July 9:   Ask an Expert: Legal Advice on What Businesses Can Do to Survive the Crisis
•    July 9:   The Future of Work & Learning Communitech Webinar*
•    July 14:  Maximizing Your Online Advertising & Digital Marketing Budget: Online Webinar*
*These are 3rd party events not produced by the Business Development Centre or its partners. 

Our Top Three Webinars

•    Resilience and Reinvention: Canadian Philanthropy and Nonprofits Post-Pandemic*
•    Mapping Our Path To Recovery Part 4*
•    5th Annual Georgian Bay Healthcare Wellness Research Innovation Day *
*These are 3rd party events not produced by the Business Development Centre or its partners.  

Seach our Webinar Library

Local Resources Available To Your Business

The Business Development Centre in Downtown Collingwood is here to support and advise businesses during COVID-19.   We are here to answer questions, help make sense of new information coming from different levels of government and provide advice on how to manage through these challenging times. 
Get More Recovery Advice

The Business Development Centre is operating virtually and our team is ready to support your business and investment decisions.
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