- The web portal "Restore Your Economy.org" is an initiative of one of our partners, the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). This portal contains valuable resources and best practice information for public and private stakeholders seeking to rebuild their local economies after a disaster. A couple key resources to view are:
- For Government of Alberta updates: http://alberta.ca/index.cfm
The Disaster Recovery Program provides financial assistance to municipalities and their citizens who incur uninsurable loss and damage as a result of a disaster or event.This program is administered by the Alberta Emergency Management Agency, part of Alberta Municipal Affairs. For more information, check the web-site or call 1-888-671-1111.
The Community Initiatives Program (CIP) funded by Alberta Lotteries has funding for special needs, including disaster relief. Not-for-profit organizations needing disaster relief funding due to the flooding can apply to CIP immediately http://culture.alberta.ca/cip/
- This is a handbook that has been developed for small businesses and landlords from disaster recovery programs offered by the Government of Alberta through the Alberta Emergency Management Agency. http://www.alberta.ca/albertacode/images/DRP-manual-business.pdf
- Here are some tips from HIRA on how companies can handle issues that have resulted from the flooding http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs149/1101261529654/archive/1113952276971.html
- Small Business Rebuilding Program: Businesses with 21 to 50 full time employees (FTE) are eligible for funding through this program. It complements the DRP and Hand-Up programs.
- Hand Up Plan: Alberta Flood Recovery Loan Guarantee Program and Interest Rebate Program: provides immediate financial assistance for eligible small businesses, agricultural producers and not-for-profit organizations severely impacted by the floods in southern Alberta and the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. Applications are being accepted now until December 31, 2013. www.afsc.ca/Default.aspx?cid=3240&lang=1
- Industry Canada – Government of Canada Offers a loan guarantee program to secure small business loans against inadvertent non-compliance with payment terms for a range of reasons, including disasters. www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/csbfp-pfpec.nsf/eng/h_la02855.html
- Service Canada Work Sharing Program – Government of Canada Work-Sharing (WS) is an adjustment program designed to help employers and employees avoid layoffs when there is a temporary reduction in the normal level of business activity that is beyond the control of the employer: Call 1-866-891-5319
- Haskayne School of Business Flood Insurance 101:Haskayne senior staff and alumni are offering free advice through their online discussion board: haskayne.ucalgary.ca/flood-insurance-101
- Canadian Federation of Independent Business CFIB has experienced Business Resource counsellors who can connect you with government programs and other resources that you may need. www.cfib-fcei.ca/english/article/5243-business-affected-by-flooding-in-alberta.html
- The Unicorn Solutions: assistance fixing your PC, printer, resetting your POS, resetting your security camera or security system or setup your entire network, free of cost, with no obligation. Contact Harry at 403-400-5671.
- Trends Mobile & Web Solutions: free website updates to small businesses affected by the floods. For those small or home-based businesses that don’t have a website, Trends is offering to create a fully mobile “FindMe” website at no cost to help rebuild a customer base more rapidly. Contact Cynthia at 403-808-3413
- AFSC Alberta Flood Recovery Loan Program (AFSC AFRLP): provides an alternate, consistent and reasonable source of loan capital to those viable Alberta businesses that were directly affected by the floods to recover, rebuild and re-establish their business operations.
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