This is an uneasy time for Canadians. While for many of us daily life is chugging along, there is a lingering uncertainty around the potential impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19), which is having devastating consequences across the globe. For entrepreneurs, there are many additional layers of uncertainty around things like supply chains and export, business closures, remote working and employee illness.
While your local pharmacy may be out of hand sanitizer, the one thing there is no shortage of is information, and misinformation, around the virus and its potential for business owners. To help get Canadian entrepreneurs information that is relevant to them, we have compiled a list of links to pertinent videos, webinars and articles. We hope these are useful.
- March 12 Webinar: EDC: Coronavirus (COVID-19): Managing the impact on global supply chains
- The expanding coronavirus (COVID-19) threat – Peter G. Hall, Vice-President and Chief Economist Export Development Canada – EDC
- UPDATED FAQs: What Canadian exporters need to know about COVID-19 – EDC
- COVID-19: Small businesses need to prepare, not panic – Financial Post
- COVI-19 Update (Checklists, Guides and Tools) – Greater Vancouver Board of Trade
- COVID-19 Small Business Survival Guide – CanadaOne
- Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers – Centers for Disease Control (US)
- 8 steps for planning your emergency and disaster plan – BDC
- How to manage a small business during the coronavirus crisis – The Story Exchange (US)
- Coronavirus and small business: keeping you and your employees safe – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB)
- Responding to the risk of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the workplace – Government of Canada, Occupational Health and Safety
Remote Working: Obviously this isn’t an easy choice, or even a practical option, for many businesses, but it is something to give thought to. This checklist from CanadaOne is a good tool to get you thinking about what your business might need to consider.
- Canadian companies ramp up coronavirus precautions with travel restrictions, work-at-home options – Financial Post
- How to self-isolate during the coronavirus – CBC
And for those “half glass full” people: