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March 12th, 2021



What a night! That was so much fun! It's always such an honour to showcase the group of nominees each year that the region comes up with and then present an award to the winners of the categories. Each and everyone nominated deserves every bit of recognition that they can get because they are out there each day making the Parkland a better place. 

The Celebration Night was held online this year due to public health restrictions. But it wasn't your typical boring zoom call. We unveiled a really cool platform that allowed guests to move around a virtual space and connect with others in the room. It was almost like being back in a conference space at a regular event. We're so happy with how it worked and glad that everyone figured it out and got to experience it. 

Winners announced, regional videos debuted and a lot of fun!
Following the awards ceremony, we held our AGM. Here we got to review how 2020 went, accept the new slate of directors and pass a resolution. Thank you to Richard Banker for his past 2 years as Chamber President. We welcome Gabe Mercier as our new President for the next 2 years! 



Tackle Your To Do List

The to do list never seems to end and the work keeps piling up. How can you make adjustments to your weekly routine and daily workflow so that you can end the week feeling more focused and productive? The staff from The Hub in Dauphin will be sharing some of their top planning and prioritizing tips for busy entrepreneurs. The session will start with a few minutes of networking.

7:30am start with networking at the begining
This event is held online with the program we used for our Chamber Celebration Awards event. 


First Data provides simple, affordable, and transparent pricing. If they cannot beat your current processing fees, you will earn a $1,000 Visa® gift card1.  This is for members only.

For a limited time, we are offering members a $300 rebate to switch their payment processing to First Data1
Let us know if you'd like more information on how First Data can help your business and we can get you connected with our direct Fist Data contact.


Provided by MB Chamber of Commerce

A Message from MCC
President & CEO Chuck Davidson
Over the weekend, COVID-19 prevention orders loosened a little bit more for many industries, but not for all, and Public Health is aiming for another round of changes when current orders expire at 12:01 AM on March 26.
The good news is that unlike in the Fall, Manitoba’s COVID-19 positive and presumptive case counts and test positivity rates continue to trend in the right direction.
Meanwhile, another vaccine formulation received Health Canada approval last week, and the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) recently determined that second doses (in two-dose vaccine formulations) can be delayed by as many as four months.
The Manitoba government has set a goal to administer 20,000 jabs daily in order to keep up with the minimum 1.5 million doses it expects to receive from the federal government between April and June 2021. According to Johanu Botha, operational lead for the COVID-19 vaccine task force, the Province will make good on its commitment to provide a single shot to all adult Manitobans by May 18, 2021.
This is excellent news, because we understand that the past couple of months have been extremely challenging for many business owners, especially SMEs and those in the hospitality and personal services sectors. Amid the second wave and associated public health measures which closed all non-essential businesses and restricted others' operations due to gathering limits, Manitoba business owners have expressed a significant level of frustration.
While we applaud the Government of Manitoba and all Manitobans for efforts to reduce the spread of COVID from winter levels, there are some key steps we can take to help businesses moving forward.

There are three main issues that MCC members from across the province have been bringing to our attention regularly, and we're advocating with the Province of Manitoba to address these concerns in the next round of COVID-19 prevention orders:
  1. Take a regional approach to restrictions – Specifically in the Prairie Mountain Health region which as of March 7, 2021 has 14 active cases and Southern Health which has 34 active cases, we encourage Public Health to consider moving these regions to Orange on the Pandemic Response System.
  2. Remove the household-only table restrictions for restaurants - While we appreciate the recent increase to 50% capacity for restaurants, we urge the government to remove the “same household” restriction for these hospitality businesses. This restriction greatly limits the benefits of the re-opening plan.
  3. Inform Manitobans (in particular employers and business leaders) about proposed recovery plans and expected outcomes as vaccinations roll out – With the weekly increase in immunizations, we urge the Province to outline a future-looking readiness plan with a focus on the hardest hit sectors and regions of the province. It's critical for Manitoba’s employers to be aware of how the reopening will unfold in a step-by-step fashion, and what that will look like in practical application, so they can plan and prepare.
Again, it is imperative for Manitobans to continue their vigilance in following the fundamentals. There is hope on the horizon, but we are not back to normal yet.
To read the current Public Health orders, click here.

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Bridge Grant Extended - Through a third round of payments, the province will provide up to $67 million in immediate support to eligible small and medium-sized businesses, not-for-profits and charities impacted by the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System. This brings the total program investment to $215 million, which is $15 million above the province’s original commitment of $200 million. The province has also extended the Manitoba Bridge Grant application deadline until March 31.

Eligible businesses that received a first and second bridge grant payment, each worth up to $5,000, will automatically receive a third equal payment beginning as early as Friday, March 5 and will be notified of the deposit via email.

New program applicants will be eligible for a one-time immediate payment to a maximum of $15,000.

To date, the Manitoba Bridge Grant program has paid approximately $134 million to 14,775 eligible applicants. This includes approximately $117 million to more than 11,700 storefront businesses and organizations, and $17 million to more than 2,400 home-based businesses.

More information about the Manitoba Bridge Grant - CLICK HERE.

Businesses that require assistance in completing the online form can contact Manitoba Government Inquiry at 204-945-3744 or 1-866-MANITOBA (1-866-626-4862).
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Applications are now open to businesses in all provinces/territories for yet another intake for the #CUSBRF. Created by RBC, Canada United supports local businesses in communities across the country, and the Relief Fund was established to help offset the cost of expenses to open safely or adopt digital technologies to move business online.
The Government of Canada, RBC, and Canada United partners (including the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce!) are now able to start accepting new grant applications from small businesses for expenses incurred no earlier than March 15, 2020.
Funds will be disbursed until depleted so don't delay - get your application in now!
To review pre-application checklist, click here.


If it's just you at your business or you're managing a team, the Chambers Plan has options for any scenario. Employee benefits packages from Chambers Plan have all the essentials, plus so much more. With stable rates and ultra-flexible support services, it’s clear to see why it’s Canada’s #1 Plan. To see why, CLICK HERE




Last year we had 37 new members join the Chamber! That is our biggest year yet. It's amazing to see so many businesses realize the value of a membership and being a part of the network.  

Signup for a free trial membership here and see what it's all about. Over 280 other businesses are keeping their membership active and reaping the benefits. 

Your Chamber is the LEAST EXPENSIVE and MOST EFFECTIVE "employee" your company can have.



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For the month of March we are giving away $100 gift cards! Here's how you can get yours. Transfer your existing pre-arranged funeral plan from another funeral home to Pathways Funeral Services, or enter into a new pre-arranged funeral plan with Pathways and you will receive a $100 gift card to a local business of your choice. It's a new year, and a fresh start and time to help our local businesses get back in business.
Call Pathways today to make your appointment.
(204) 638-8604


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