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Programs help local businesses in wake of COVID-19

Local Business Restart Project offered in Abbotsford and Chilliwack

The Local Business Restart Project is offering several programs to support small and medium-sized businesses in the wake of COVID-19.

The programs include workshops, a Lunch and Learn series, and one-on-one advisory services. These are offered free to business owners and their employees in Abbotsford and Chilliwack.

Workshops are taught by local business owners who understand local communities and the challenges that COVID-19 has brought.

The workshop series begins Oct. 7, and topics include workforce development, financial strategies, social media training, and e-commerce development.

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The Lunch and Learn series begins in November, with discussion topics similar to the workshop series, as well as customer service and workplace wellness and mental health.

One-on-one services involve coaching being available to those who require customized support in the above areas in addition to business and leadership coaching.

The Local Business Restart Project was created as a direct response to the impact that the COVID- 19 pandemic has had on local small and medium-sized businesses.

It is a collaboration among Community Futures South Fraser, Stó:lo Community Futures, the Chilliwack Economic Recovery Network, and the Abbotsford Business Community Coalition, with funding from Western Economic Diversification Canada.

Registration for the programs is now open online at projectlocalrestart.ca. More information is available by contacting Nicole Read at 604-392-5133 or nicole.read@southfraser.com or Nicki Bullock at 604-791-9230 nicki.bullock@southfraser.com.

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