Work-from-home and innovative business models

Chatham-Kent Economic Development and Small Business Centre

In a time of drastic change not just locally, but around the world, businesses are being asked to look at how they can do things differently. With many people discovering they have some free time due to closures, take this opportunity to explore adapting your business model to improve your digital footprint and look at unique ways to become more resilient; but remember you don't have to do it alone. The team at Chatham-Kent Economic Development and the Small Business Centre are here to help businesses to discover opportunities to continue operations through work-from-home and innovative business models. 

Many of you will be familiar with the enhanced resources offered to businesses through our Small Business Centre by bringing on the Digital Service Squad. We can help your business explore tools such as:

  • Teleworking 
  • Online commerce
  • Webinars
  • Live streaming
  • Pay-wall content

From traditional brick and mortar stores, to service industry, and any other business who is looking at how they can improve their online presence – reach out to our Small Business Centre. We can help you with revising your business plan, understanding your options for online tools, and answer questions about the resources they may need. We're even here if you just want to run through an idea and get some honest business feedback. 

Federal Support For Small Businesses

Small and medium-sized businesses are the backbone of the Canadian economy. During this extraordinary time, the Government of Canada is taking strong action to help Canadian businesses as COVID-19 is affecting them, their employees and their families.

Are you a small business owner who is facing the possibility of having to close your business? The Government of Canada has announced the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) to help with the loss of income. 

Business continuity plan and templates for entrepreneurs

A well designed plan will help you minimize the risk that an emergency poses to your employees, clients and suppliers, the continuity of your business operations and your bottom line

Food and Service Industry Recommendations from CK Public Health

NOTE: For the latest information from CK Public Health, please click here to visit their website.

The following information has been shared with Chatham-Kent Economic Development from CK Public Health. In terms of directions for food and service premises the overall messaging about risk mitigation strategies in public spaces includes:

  • Individuals who have travelled outside of Canada in the past 14 days need to self isolate at home (so businesses can ask patrons that question when they enter and ask them to leave and go home if they have)
  • Have hand sanitizer available for patron usage
  • Prevent aggregation of patrons while waiting for food (encourage social distancing)
  • Disinfect commonly touched surfaces throughout the premises routinely (debit/credit machines, door handles)
  • Encourage diligent hand hygiene practices among staff (hand washing with soap and water or using alcohol based hand sanitizer)
It is our hope that individual businesses will assess their practices and apply these principles appropriately.