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Canada Chapter calendar of events, forums and more coming soon!
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Canadian COVID-19 Resource Center
Government Resources for Canadian Businesses
Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA)
Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)
New loan guarantee through Export Development Canada (EDC)
Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)
New co-lending program through the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)
Deferral of all payments of GST/HST and import duties
Business Credit Availability Program
Defer tax payment obligations until August 31
AFCI Canada Digital Meetups
Preparing to Reopen Your Retail Store with Kizer & Bender & Baum
May 12, 2020
Will you be ready when it is time to reopen your business? Some provinces are allowing stores to reopen, while others are still waiting for the okay to move forward. Preparing to reopen your doors should be a top priority that takes meticulous planning. Join retail strategists and consumer anthropologists Rich Kizer and Georganne Bender, along with Jason Baum, AFCI's Director of Membership & Operations, as they discuss what’s happening at retail right now, plus the things you need to think about as you plan to reopen your store after the COVID-19 closures.
Navigating Your Business Through the New Realities of COVID-19
April 7, 2020
Topic: Navigating Your Business Through The New Realities of COVID-19 These are challenging times for all retailers. There are no magic solutions to survive, but this health crisis gives us a unique incentive to work together as a crafting community to lift and support each other, share ideas and find new opportunities to maintain and expand our market. Over the past few weeks, Paula Jones has sent out daily ideas and suggestions to her independent craft retail contacts to stay positive and productive during this unprecedented economic challenge. This presentation will highlight a summary of those ideas, encourage feedback and look for opportunities for stores to collaborate.
About our Speaker: Paula Jones, Account Manager at Spellbinders, is a Canadian craft business expert and craft retail consultant. She is a master connector in the craft industry, working within all levels of the business: consumers, show managers, designers, independent retailers, mass merchants, distributors, manufacturers and media.