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A hub for entrepreneurs adapting to a new normal

What now?

It’s the question entrepreneurs are asking — regardless of industry, region, or business size — as we all attempt to navigate a new normal. In partnership with Cisco and the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), we’re connecting you to leading entrepreneurs and sharing advice and resources to help you manage — both personally and professionally — during this unprecedented time. 

Together, we’ll make it through.

What now?

It's the question entrepreneurs are asking — regardless of industry, region, or business size — as we all attempt to navigate a new normal. 

Adapting quickly has become critical, and there’s no better way to figure out how to do it than learning from each other. 

In partnership with Cisco and the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), we’re connecting you to leading entrepreneurs across the country who will be sharing their strategies for managing — both personally and professionally — during this unprecedented time.  

Through virtual events and articles written by entrepreneurs, you’ll get candid advice on finances, connectivity, brand messaging, pivoting, and more. And don’t miss the resource links that can help you right now — with practical advice and tools for accessing capital and keeping your company working virtually. 

Together, we’ll make it through. 

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In 2004, sisters Mandy and Rebecca Wolfe took a leap of faith and opened up Mandy’s Salad Bar, Montreal’s first-ever “create-your-own gourmet salad” restaurant. Sixteen years later, the co-owners have built a mini empire that includes eight successful locations with local and international expansion in the works for 2020. But when Covid hit, business as usual came to a standstill and growth plans were effectively put on pause. What happened next? Tune in on Wednesday, June 10th, to find out first-hand how this dynamic duo is navigating one of the hardest hit industries, rebounding from the initial impact, and adapting their business model for the new future of food services.

This will be an English event with French closed-captioning available.

In 2004, sisters Mandy and Rebecca Wolfe took a leap of faith and opened up Mandy’s Salad Bar, Montreal’s first-ever “create-your-own gourmet salad” restaurant. Sixteen years later, the co-owners have built a mini empire that includes eight successful locations with local and international expansion in the works for 2020. But when Covid hit, business as usual came to a standstill and growth plans were effectively put on pause. What happened next? Tune in on Wednesday, June 10th, to find out first-hand how this dynamic duo is navigating one of the hardest hit industries, rebounding from the initial impact, and adapting their business model for the new future of food services.

This will be an English event with French closed-captioning available.

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Linh Truong and Hana James are the innovative founders of The Soap Dispensary and Greenhouse Juice Co. respectively. Considered essential services, both owners have been able to keep doors open over the last few months, but have had to drastically adjust operations to adapt to a new environment. From Vancouver and Toronto, they shared how they’re successfully incorporating new virtual and delivery solutions and most importantly, continue to service their customers with the products they need most.

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What Now: How Entrepreneur Joanna Griffiths Is Adapting to a New Normal

Joanna Griffiths is the award-winning founder of Knix, an online apparel brand that also has two brick and mortar stores in Toronto and Vancouver. When Covid forced doors to close, Joanna had to find new ways to digitize upcoming projects and keep brand momentum. She shared how she’s successfully incorporating new virtual solutions and most importantly, leveraging her brand for positive social impact.

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What Now: How Entrepreneur Debbie Fung Is Adapting to a New Normal

In 2007, Debbie Fung co-founded Yoga Tree Studios, an award-winning brand with five locations offering 2000 classes a month. When Covid forced doors to close, Debbie had to quickly digitize her services and keep her community connected. She shared her forecast for the fitness industry, and offered advice to all SMEs working to digitize community services.

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What Now: How Entrepreneur Jamie Hoobanoff Is Adapting to a New Normal

Jamie Hoobanoff  founded The Leadership Agency in 2017 with a mission to help fast-growth startups build their workforce — and now she’s a fast-growth entrepreneur herself. Jamie shared how she’s adapting her award-winning B2B company,  and gave advice to all business owners searching for HR guidance.

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Resources and tools

MENTAL HEALTH

Making Your Well-being a Priority

Compiled by BDC, find practical advice for time-pressed entrepreneurs and links to outside resources to help you take care of your mental health and the health of your loved ones. Learn more »

Free Access to Inward Strong

Cisco is sponsoring three months of access to Inward Strong, a comprehensive wellness program featuring personalized, on demand video coaching, evidence-based tools and techniques, as well as forum and email support. It’s 100% anonymous, with no registration or credit card needed. Sign up »

Virtual Webinars Focused on Mental Health

In partnership with Life Recovery Program, Cisco, BDC and Women of Influence are offering webinars to help entrepreneurs with mental wellness and resilience. Click on the image to register, or to watch past webinars. 

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REMOTE WORK

Free Webex Meetings

With free 90-day licenses of Webex with unlimited usage, no time restrictions, and support for up to 100 participants. Learn more »

Free Security Offers

Protect your remote workers with free security technology and expanded usage at no extra charge. Learn more »

Remote Work Hub

Get the right resources and tools to help you stay productive while working remotely. Learn more »

Working Smarter Anywhere

A blog with practical advice and tips on working from home. Learn more »

Business Continuity Webinars

Sign up for a live webinar (duration 45-60 minutes each) with subject matter experts to learn how Cisco technology can be used during the COVID-19 pandemic for various virtual scenarios. Learn more »

FINANCES

Financing Options

Two financing programs are available as part of the Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP): The Canada Emergency Business Account and SME Loan and Guarantee program. Both initiatives will be administered by private-sector financial institutions. Learn more »

Additional Relief Measures for Businesses

Government of Canada’s Economic Response Plan to COVID-19

List of relief measures available to businesses. Learn more »

Canada.ca/coronavirus

Resources for Canadian businesses owners. Learn more »

EDC COVID-19 support for businesses

Partnership between EDC and financial institutions to support businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more »

BDC COVID-19 Relief Measures Guide

A compilation of federal and provincial government support measures for business. Learn more »

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