Small Business Development Program- NSBI has updated the Small Business Development Program (BDP) to serve Nova Scotia businesses better. The program helps businesses work with a private consultant to overcome a pain point or barrier, or a business expert to help identify and develop the leadership skills needed to scale your company. Visit www.nsbi.ca/bdp to learn more.
Virtual Training- NSBI is providing more online digital content to support SME’s access programming at times that work for them – all the more important during the current climate. The virtual workshops and training courses provide companies with vital strategies and hands-on tips on how to deal with the current crisis. The first of many workshops include: https://www.novascotiabusiness.com/events/how-mitigate-financial-risk-during-crisis or https://www.novascotiabusiness.com/events/virtual-workshop-planning-now
NSBI- info regarding Covid-19: NSBI response to Covid-19
Small Business Rental Deferral Guarantee Program- We realize that rent is due in only a few days and businesses that have been required to close as a result of the Public Health Order are left wondering how they will pay their bills. Government is encouraging landlords to defer payment of commercial leases for three months and spread those payments over the remainder of the lease agreement. Landlords who enter into a rental deferral agreement with their eligible tenants will be able to claim losses of rental income. To be eligible for the COVID-19 Small Business Rental Deferral Guarantee Program, landlords must register with the Department of Business by 3 April by emailing NSRentDeferral@novascotia.ca. The rent deferral agreement must be in place by 1 April. More information is available at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/#support
Nova Scotia Tender Notice- Are you a business that can supply products and service in support of Nova Scotia’s response to COVID-19? If so, we want to hear from you. A procurement portal has been developed and includes a list of products and services we’re looking for. For more information, visit https://procurement.novascotia.ca/ns-tenders.aspx
Labour Standards Code– Pay and Job Security https://novascotia.ca/lae/employmentrights/ or 1-888-315-0110
Business Navigators- are available to help you with any questions you may have. Find out more about the service at https://novascotia.ca/regulatoryopportunity/business-navigators.asp They can be reached Monday to Friday, 8 am to 5 pm at 1-844-628-7347 , 902-424-4475 or by email BusNavigation@novascotia.ca
Free Online Training– During this time of crisis, due to the COVID-19 virus, many Nova Scotia business owners and residents (including our Chamber members) are home in self isolation. It is an opportune time for those at home to take advantage of free online resources, including training that can help them to with their business or resume. SkillsonlineNS website
Employer Assessment Tool- An assessment online tool has been posted to the provincial Coronavirus website to quickly help employers determine if they may remain open, in compliance with current workplace safety requirements. You can find the assessment tool here: https://covid19-employer-assessment.novascotia.ca/en
Opportunities for Manufacturers and Suppliers- Federal programming is available for companies who can supply or manufacture breathing equipment and personal protective equipment, in particular, the N95 masks. Public Works and Government Services Canada has established a web portal and intake form for suppliers that are able to provide specific products (i.e. N95 masks, gowns, gloves and other personal protective equipment) or services, such as nursing, food and security. Information can be found at https://buyandsell.gc.ca/calling-all-suppliers-help-canada-combat-covid-19 If you are a Canadian manufacturer or business that can help Canada meet the growing demand for medical supplies, the federal Plan to Mobilize Industry to Fight COVID-19 program directly supports businesses to rapidly scale up production or re-tool their manufacturing lines to develop products made in Canada to help in the fight against COVID-19. More information on this initiative can be found at https://www.canada.ca/en/services/business/maintaingrowimprovebusiness/manufacturers-needed.html
National Research Council of Canada- has issued a COVID-19 Challenge Procurement Program to help bring together a national network of researchers and scientific facilities to address the pressing needs for supplies, medical counter measures, and disease-tracking technology. The program will post challenges looking for near-to-market solutions from small and medium-sized businesses that need financial support from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP) to refine and sell their product or solution to meet a COVID-19 related need. Information can be found https://nrc.canada.ca/en/research-development/research-collaboration/nrc-covid-19-response NSBI is the provincial Crown Corporation lead for PPE and medical equipment manufacturing and supply.