The Digital Economy Response Program (DER3) is a free service supported by Island Coastal Economic Trust (ICET) and powered by Innovation Island Technology Association (IITA). The program is open to individuals or businesses living or working on Vancouver Island, north of the Malahat, on the Sunshine Coast, or Gulf Islands. DER3 offers one-to-one business and technical consultations for businesses that are considering entering or expanding their online presence or putting technology-based tools in place to better serve their needs. When required, the program will also match businesses with regional service providers who can deliver contracted solutions. Please review the steps below and contact us with any questions.
- To make this work we need to learn more about you and your business; please complete this form.
- After a review of your information one of our program managers will assess your business needs.
- We will contact everyone who applies to the program to gain personal insights on specific challenges, requirements or opportunities and to assess various digital readiness factors.
- We will provide various “how-to” solutions for challenges that can be solved quickly and for more in-depth requirements we will work with our Subject Matter Experts to provide businesses with a tailored Business Action Plan (BAP) on how to address the needs or challenges presented.
- When needed we will match you with business/digital service providers who can deliver contracted solutions.
- After business action plans have been put to work program managers will conduct follow-up meetings to ensure that core objectives are in process, or have been realized.
- Program participants will be required to report key metrics that will be used in aggregate to determine regional outcomes and overall efficacy of DER3.
#CowichanStrong COVID-19 Business Resource Website is Now Live!
Cowichan businesses now have a new resource tool to support them in this time of economic crisis.
The #cowichanstrong initiative provides a one-stop source for the Cowichan business community to respond, adapt, and recover from COVID-19.
For the initial launch, Economic Development Cowichan has partnered with Community Futures Cowichan and the Duncan Cowichan Chamber of Commerce and your Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce has reached out and offered our assistance in any way that we can help.
Phase one of the website will act as a “toolkit” of emerging supports for business owners and entrepreneurs. As we build our partners for this initiative and learn more about the challenges businesses are facing, we will shift our focus to provide valuable resources to support economic recovery, adaptation, and resilience in Cowichan.
Small businesses and entrepreneurs form the core of Cowichan’s economy. These range from storefront businesses, manufacturing industries, agricultural, professional services and so much more. If you operate a business or are self-employed, #cowichanstrong is here for you.
To learn more visit www.cowichanstrong.ca and subscribe for updates and participate in the ongoing dialogue.
To keep businesses informed and up-to-date Economic Development Cowichan has also compiled a Business Resource Directory with essential links here.
The Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) is actively monitoring the status of COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic and will continue to take appropriate precautions as necessary. For up-to-date information and resources please visit CVRD COVID-19 Reference Guide.
Please note links and information are changing frequently. Check your resources often and revisit links to view updated information.
- Government has reduced it’s threshold of a decrease in revenue for March 2020 compared to March 2019 to 15% to qualify for the CEWS (April and May remain at 30%).
- There is an additional amount that can be claimed for the employer’s portion of the contribution for EI and CPP.
- Businesses will also be able to compare their sales to the same month as last year or to January and February of 2020 for qualifying.
- You must apply through the “My Business Account” portal with Canada Revenue Agency, if you do not have yours set up you should start this process today.