Stony Plain Road Business Association Update – January 5, 2021

Stony Plain Road Business Association Welcomes new Recruitment Specialist! 

Here at SPR we are happy to welcome our new Recruitment Specialist, James Wilson to our team! Here is a bit more about James: 

“Before immigrating to Edmonton in 2013, I grew up in a large town in Northern England called Middlesbrough. My parents tell me that the reason we moved to Canada was so that we would have a better quality of life. So far, living in Edmonton has been an amazing experience that has allowed me to meet people that I will have in my life forever. I am extremely passionate about business because it relies on many moving parts that are crucial to achieving an end result. I would say I’m an extremely curious individual that likes to ask questions about pretty much everything in order to gain more knowledge. In my spare time, I love to cook new meals that I have never tried before. My goal in life is to visit as many countries as possible so that I can experience different cultures from around the world.”

YEG Business Recovery Program (Exclusive to BIA Members) 

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted small businesses in unparalleled ways. As you navigate this challenging time, we want you to know that you’re not alone. Your BIA & Business Link have teamed up to get you the help you need. This program is exclusively for members of the Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) in Edmonton. You will receive access to:

  • Live webinars and virtual workshops hosted by business experts on a wide range of topics, including innovative approaches to boosting your business, managing cash flow, and HR. These events have been designed so that you’ll walk away with tactics you can implement today.
  • On-demand access to webinar and workshop recordings, available exclusively to BIA members.
  • Select businesses will receive up to 5 hours of one-on-one coaching with a dedicated Business Link Strategist who’s also an entrepreneur.

Your access to all of this is free, and brought to you in partnership with your BIA, Business Link, and the City of Edmonton. Stronger together, stronger tomorrow. 


Updated Business Resources

Paid Sick Leave
If one or several of your employees need to self-isolate or quarantine due to being a close contact or being tested positive for COVID-19, they can apply for the federal paid sick leave benefit. This means that small business owners don’t have to pay wages while their employees are in mandated quarantine. this benefit is limited to two weeks total and only for those that were scheduled to work. 


Small & Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant – Second Payment 
To support Alberta’s small businesses as they adapt to the realities of the ongoing public health crisis, the Alberta government is expanding and increasing the Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant. With a new lower threshold and increased grant amount, up to 15,000 more businesses may be eligible for funding. Additionally, the program is now expanding to include job creators who have experienced a 30% revenue loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


City of Edmonton Economic Recovery Grant 
This grant has been created to support the immediate needs and recovery efforts for Edmonton’s businesses impacted by COVID-19. Businesses and organizations can apply anytime. Applications are reviewed weekly.


Support Local, Shop Safe Toolkit and Messaging
This social media campaign gives local businesses additional support in attracting customers this holiday season while building customer and client confidence in shopping safely. Businesses can also access an online resource kit, which includes window signs, digital banners for social media and other ideas they can use to remind customers that they are supporting a proud, Edmonton-based business that’s ready to serve them safely.


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