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June 11th, 2021



We want the region to be well informed about what is going on while creating opportunities for businesses and organizations for the betterment of the Parkland area. So with that, we've invited many municipal leaders and organizations to join us in sharing what they are noticing from their perspective corners of the Parkland. Find a comfy seat and get some snacks ready, then hit the play button!

If you click the picture above it will take you to the recording on Facebook. Throughout the program, we hear from:
Dan Mazier - MP for Dauphin Swan River Neepawa (7:15)
Gabe Mercier - President for Dauphin & District Chamber of Commerce (10:36)
Ron Ryz - Reeve for RM of Dauphin (14:45)
Robert Brunel - Mayor of Ste. Rose (19:16)
Ron Kostyshyn - Reeve for Mossey River Municipality (24:11)
Lauren Grey - Swan Valley Rise (27:49)
Stacy Grindle - Swan Valley Chamber of Commerce (27:49)
Russell Binscarth (33:42)
Darwin Johns - CEO Fusion Credit Union (36:04)
Nicole Yunker - Team Leader with Parkland Job Opportunity Centre (41:14)
Wanda Jordan - Roblin and District Chamber of Commerce (45:36)
Stephanie Jaddock - Parkland Regional Coordinator with Workplace Education Manitoba (48:54)
Jami Turetsky - Executive Director Community Futures Parkland Inc. (50:44)
Deborah Slonowsky - Dauphin Regional Program Manager with Regional Connections (54:17)
Chamber Group Insurance Plan ( 58:20)

A really big thank you to Reit-Syd Equipment Ltd., Kal Tire Dauphin and Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan for their support with this project! #SupportParkland #StrongerTogether



It's no surprise that a lot of the restaurant industry anywhere you look has been severely hit by the pandemic. Our region makes no exception. Patrons have done an amazing job ordering take-out or going to the restaurants when they could. But when a dine-in establishment cannot be full (or close to it), that hits them hard over a long period of time.

We've seen in the past that Public Health has put fewer restrictions on patio spaces as compared to indoor dining. So that raised the idea that if a restaurant had more patio or outdoor space for customers, this could mean more patrons to serve on those nice weather days. Working with the City of Dauphin we have now gotten the word from council that the process for a restaurant wanting to set up a temporary space is now one that is more easily done and with no fees from the municipality. The business will still need to go through provincial departments and local safety protocols in order to have the proper space to serve customers. So get ready folks because this summer at a few locations across the City of Dauphin, you could be enjoying your time at a restaurant in some new outdoor spaces. Sunscreen is encouraged. 

We look forward to working with other municipalities and their restaurants to see if this can be an option for their establishments as well for the 2021 season. 


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




The RM of Dauphin, together with the City of Dauphin, Travel Manitoba, and McKim Communications Group are excited to launch the Dauphin Place Brand that represents our area's true strengths and reinforces our approach to tourism. We are excited as well to see this unveiled and can hardly wait to see it launched into action. The aim of a program like this is to attract people from all over to the area. We see this as a tremendous economic tool for the city and RM as well as something that the neighboring communities can leverage off of. 

If you haven't seen the unveiling and explanation, click the image below for the youtube presentation. 


Provided by MB Chamber of Commerce



Business is Unusual: A Coronavirus Survival Guide for Manitoba Business 
Recent content additions include articles related to sensory marketing, virtual HR, and branding, as well as NEW detailed guides for many new relief funds, such as:
  • Canada Recovery Hiring Program
  • Black Entrepreneurship Loan Fund
  • Canada-Manitoba Job Grant
  • TOP - Talent Opportunities Program
  • Manitoba Youth Jobs Program
  • Manitoba Pandemic Sick Leave Program


New legislation has been introduced as part of the 2021 Federal Budget to extend the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy
for four additional four-week periods, beginning June 3 and ending Sept. 25, 2021.
There are no significant changes to the overall calculations of the CEWS in these additional four periods; however, the percentages used to calculate the CEWS will result in a decline in the amount of government support over Periods 17 to 20.
The reduction in CEWS support reflects the expected recovery of the Canadian economy over the next few months. Beginning in Period 18 (July 4 to July 31, 2021), a business must demonstrate a revenue decline of over 10% to be eligible for the CEWS.
For details, click here...
New legislation has been introduced as part of the 2021 Federal Budget to extend the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy to Sept. 25, 2021, with support gradually being phased out beginning July 4, 2021.
Beginning with Period 17*, only employers with a revenue decline in excess of 10% will be eligible for the CERS. The maximum subsidy rate of 65% will be extended to period 17 (June 6 to July 3, 2021) and then gradually decrease to:
  • 60% for Period 18 (July 4 to 31, 2021)
  • 40% for Period 19 (August 1 to 28, 2021)
  • 20% for Period 20 (August 28, 2021, to Sept. 25, 2021)
The Lockdown Support Program rate of 25% will be extended from June 4 to Sept. 25, 2021. If the minimum requirement of a revenue decline of over 10% is not met, the business will be precluded from eligibility for both the base subsidy and the top-up subsidy.
For details, click here...

The Manitoba government has come out with a plan for the summer that involves milestones and vaccination rates. There are a number of details not outlined so this should be evolving more as time goes on as it is left quite vague. For now, the reopening path that they have shared can be located on the provincial website. This is something that chambers across the province have been asking for from the MB government so we can plan to get businesses back to running at better capacities. 

- Four Reopening Categories
- Three Holiday Milestones
- Two Responsibilities 
CLICK HERE for further details on the Reopening Path

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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.




We are so incredibly excited to welcome in our latest member. They are a fantastic organization that helps so many businesses across the Parkland. They truly are a valuable asset that raises the profile of our region with the work they do.

Our newest member to join the network is Community Futures Parkland! 


CFP provides resources, guidance and provides entrepreneurs with small business loans up to $150,000 when traditional financial institutions are unable to help. Visit their website for more information on the programs and services they provide.

Signup for a free trial membership here and see what it's all about. Nearly 290 other businesses are keeping their membership active and reaping the benefits. 

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From the team at Vexxit
Five Cybersecurity Tips for your Business 
Gayle Callis, Forensic Accountant and President of BCS Financial Forensics
  1. Require complex passwords and change them once a year (sometimes 90 days) 
  2. Crypt all files that contain important or personal information 
  3. Do not use public WIFI networks to send company information 
  4. Limit access with USERID and passwords 
  5. Encrypt your office wireless networks 
Watch Gayle's recent Business Fraud Prevention & Detection webinar for more tips.



We are excited to announce that we have launched our 2021 #ConnectingWestman Funding Program! This year, the #ConnectingWestman initiative will take place digitally, and we will be accepting applications from local charities and organizations until August 1, 2021. Our funding program provides financial aid and human resources needed to help create sustainable communities across Manitoba.
Please see the attached media release for the full details. You can also visit our website for more information Westman Funding
Do you have a deserving initiative? Apply now!!

Job Opportinitiies for: 
Housekeeping manager, and guest room attendants
Contact Tim Spiller at (204) 761-5664 

Dauphin Friendship Centre and Habitat of Humanity

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