Smithers District Chamber of Commerce

Small Business BC Resources for Restarting Your Business in the New Normal

June 9, 2020

Small Business BC has been developing a series of vital and timely resources to help your business, when you are ready and feel comfortable, to restart your business:

  1. Back to business resources - from how to reopen safely, to strategies to help you succeed when restarting, we have the resources to chart your path to a successful reopening.
  2. Promote your business via our online marketplace - join the #supportlocal community, along with 900 other B.C. small businesses owners.
  3. Get advice navigating COVID-19 from our B.C. Business COVID-19 Support Service - got unanswered questions about government programs, or reopening guidelines, speak to an advisor directly by the phone, email or live chat. MORE ON RESTARTING

How to safely reopen your business

The health and safety of staff and customers must remain the top priority for businesses during the pandemic. Find resources and guidance to help develop your own COVID-19 safety plan:

1. Webinar on developing a communication plan for reopening - customers expect to hear how you plan to keep them safe. (webinar)

2. Talk to HR expert - Talk to our qualified HR professional about preparing your workforce for reopening. (advisory session)

3. How to arrange your workplace for a safe reopening - including guidelines for offices, retailers, and restaurants/cafes. (article)


Strategies to help you succeed when restarting your business

Find resources and best practices to develop a successful business strategy for the months ahead:

1. Strategy Planning for Business Growth During COVID-19 - meet with a SBBC advisor and discover solutions-based advice to build resiliency and boost your business growth. (advisory session)

2. 5 things to consider before reopening your business - how businesses adapt this “new normal” will make all the difference to their long-term viability. (article)

3. 5 business opportunities for the new normal - not only in the short-term as you restart operations, but also in anticipation of a longer-lasting “new normal.” (article)


Marketing tips for communicating with your customers as you reopen

Have you considered how to effectively communicate your reopening plans to your customers? Find resources and best practices for marketing during COVID-19:

1. How to drive more traffic to your website - understanding how to improve your visibility in search engines is crucial, learn how. (webinar)

2. Free ways to promote your business online - one of the strengths of digital marketing is the ability to cover a lot of ground with little to no spend. (article)

3. Brand marketing through the COVID-19 pandemic - customers will appreciate businesses who take current events into account, and match their product offering/messaging to reflect this. (article)


***Sponsored Webinar - Navigate going back to work

To help your business navigate the COVID-19 crisis, plus prepare for return to work, attend a complimentary webinar! The aim of the session is to provide you with practical steps and advice on HR, and workplace health and safety. REGISTER NOW


I think the future of Smithers’ business community is bright. There’s a new generation of people starting out and taking over old businesses in the community, supplying new ideas and breathing life into this town. The people here are friendly and support each other, but I think that the best thing about our town is the diversity of people here.

-Peter Krause, Owner, McBike & Sport and Chamber Member since 1983

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