We have long anticipated today: Step One of the Provincial Reopening Plan! The road has been long, but as the Province cautiously reopens and more and more people are vaccinated, we can be confident in knowing those sunny days are right around the corner. This has been an incredibly challenging 15 months for all businesses. Entrepreneurship comes with risks at any time but these days have certainly unprecedented. Be proud of your resiliency, strength, and creativity.
It is a priority for staff and I to ensure we are communicating relevant information about provincial and federal programs, and any updates and supports that are available to the business community. This newsletter shares a couple new local initiatives to consider getting involved in, as well as a reminder about a few of the resources and programs available to businesses in Mississippi Mills.
Looking forward to catching up with many of you at our Virtual Business Breakfast coming up on Thursday June 24th!
Mayor of Mississippi Mills
Can you believe it’s been over a year since we’ve been able to get together for breakfast? It’s time to and catch up.
VIRTUAL Mississippi Mills All Business Breakfast
Hosted by the Municipality of Mississippi Mills Community & Economic Development Committee. This virtual event will be an opportunity for you to catch up with other Mississippi Mills business people, and municipal staff. We’ll provide updates and discuss the new business realities as we all begin to look towards a return to in person work.
WHO: Mississippi Mills past, present & future business people
WHAT: Pick up a delicious breakfast from a Mississippi Mills business, head back home or to the office, log-in, visit, network and learn!
WHEN: Thursday, Thursday June 24, 2021- 7:30AM
WHERE: ONLINE – ZOOM link to follow registration.
RSVP/ Register: Before June 22nd for your Zoom Link and Breakfast Menu
Questions? Email Tiffany email@example.com or Call Bonnie 613-256-1077
Single-Use Plastic Survey for Businesses
As part of Lanark County’s Climate Action Plan, the County’s Climate Environmental Coordinator is surveying businesses about their readiness to discontinue using plastic bag and plastic straw.
The purpose of the survey is to:
- Gather information about local businesses’ use of single use plastics
- Learn if businesses are aware of the upcoming Federal ban on plastic bags, straws, stir sticks, six-pack rings, cutlery, and foodware that is planned for the end of 2021
- Learn if businesses are aware of Lanark County’s soft launch banning plastic bags and straws on July 1st, 2021 (voluntary compliance)
- Discover what solutions businesses have in place as alternatives to plastic
- Identify what prevents businesses from using alternatives to plastic
We encourage Mississippi Mills businesses to participate in the Single Use Plastic survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SFMD5GL6n
For more information, please contact Michelle Vala, Lanark County Climate Environmental Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
Become a Bike-Friendly Business
To help make the community more bike-friendly, Lanark County has purchased bicycle kits for local businesses. If you’re interested in joining Ontario by Bike and be recognized as a bike-friendly business, please contact Casey email@example.com.
Canada Rent Subsidy Program – Deadline June 17
Canadian businesses, non-profit organizations, or charities who have seen a drop in revenue during the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for a subsidy through the Canada Rent Subsidy Program to cover part of their commercial rent or property expenses, starting on September 27, 2020, until June 2021. The next application deadline is June 17, 2021.
Regional Relief and Recovery Grant – Still Available
Over the 12 months from May 2020 to April 2021, businesses in Lanark County and North Leeds have received $2.9 million in support from the Regional Relief and Recovery Grant through Valley Heartland Community Futures. Funds are still available! Eligible businesses can apply for a loan up to $60,000 – a portion of the loan may be forgivable. For more information or to apply, contact Sharon Ruth at 613-283-7002 ext. 106 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. www.valleycfdc.com/
Free Business Planning, Coaching and Financial Advice
The Small Business Advisory Centre for our area has a program that provides virtual advice for business owners for free. This service pays the professional fees directly. Mississippi Mills business owners can access financial advice, business planning, coaching and more by reaching out to Manager Cindy James: 613-283-7002 ext. 108, email@example.com. https://smallbizcentre.ca/
Sign up for the Mississippi Mills Business Newsletter which the Municipality uses to communicate programs, webinar, supports and other information relevant to businesses that we become aware of: www.mississippimills.ca/en/build-and-invest/helping-your-business-succeed.aspx.
Community Economic & Cultural Coordinator