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Monday, 16 March 2020 00:00

ELNOS Update re: COVID-19

 

The ELNOS building remains open, but please call the business you wish to visit before coming to the building to make yourself aware of any office closures or precautionary measures. The ELNOS Office on the 3rd floor is open and will be staffed on reduced hours; however we are closed to walk-in traffic. If you need to speak with someone, please call the office at 705-848-0229 (toll free: 1-800-256-7299) or email William Elliott at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thank you for your patience and understanding,

-The ELNOS Team

 

Update re: Bursary Applications

Due to the uncertainty regarding the end of the school term, we are re-evaluating the deadline for the Bursary Applications. We will provide a revised deadline once we have more information, but for now please continue working on your applications and check back for updates. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the office! 

 


 

 

ELNOS Office Update re: COVID-19

The ELNOS building remains open, however, for all inquiries to the ELNOS office on the 3rd floor, please email or call the office at 705-848-0229 or toll free: 1-800-256-7299. For inquiries relating to all other offices in the building, including the Family Health Team, please call before coming to the building to make yourself aware of any office closures or precautionary measures. Thank you for your patience and understanding,

-The ELNOS Team

 

Business Resources: COVID-19

Many businesses are being affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, so we would like to share some resources compiled by EDAC and AWIC to help you through this challenging time. BDC is also offering a free webinar on March 25th at 12PM.

 

·     Government of Canada – Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

·     Government of CanadaCOVID-19 Outbreak update

·     Government of CanadaCOVID-19 Resources for Canadian Businesses

·     Canadian Chamber of Commerce - COVID-19 Updates

·     World Health OrganizationCOVID-19 Update

 

1.  Visit the website for businesses for information about supporting your employees and your business. It will be constantly updated as the COVID-19 crisis evolve.

2.  Download the Canada Business App to find tailored supports to address your specific needs and questions about COVID-19.

3.  Consult the Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s pandemic preparedness guide to help prepare you business in the days and weeks to come.

4.  Contact your bank. Canada’s banks have made a commitment to support businesses and individuals through these difficult times in a responsible, fair, and compassionate way. To help provide some stability for businesses through this time of uncertainty, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) is lowering the Domestic Stability Buffer requirement, releasing more than $300 billion of additional lending capacity for Canadian financial institutions.

 

UPDATES ON COVID-19

Information on Covid-19 in Algoma - Algoma Public Health
http://www.algomapublichealth.com/disease-and-illness/infectious-diseases/novel-coronavirus/

If you haven’t already, you can also signup for updates via email here:
http://www.algomapublichealth.com/disease-and-illness/infectious-diseases/novel-coronavirus/contact-us/

Learn how the Ministry of Health is helping to keep Ontarians safe during the 2019 Novel Coronavirus outbreak. Find out how to protect yourself and how to recognize symptoms.
https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus

SUPPORTING LOCAL BUSINESS

Here's how you can support local businesses during COVID-19 pandemic.
https://www.sootoday.com/local-news/heres-how-you-can-support-local-businesses-during-covid-19-pandemic-2174108

Coronavirus is hurting small businesses. Here’s how to help.
https://globalnews.ca/news/6688839/how-to-support-local-businesses-during-coronavirus/

EMPLOYMENT INSURANCE

How to apply for EI sickness benefits and the new emergency worker fund.
https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/how-to-apply-for-ei-sickness-benefits-and-the-new-emergency-worker-fund-1.4858089

WORKING FROM HOME

This Guide has been put together by Tamarack Institute to highlight the benefits of remote work, address the challenges and to provide guidelines for making remote work successful.
https://www.tamarackcommunity.ca/hubfs/3%20Tamarack%20Remote%20Guide.pdf

Some good tips to consider for remote meetings.
https://blog.techsoup.org/posts/8-tips-for-holding-virtual-meetings-during-the-covid-19-pandemic

LEADERSHIP

In fast-moving and uncertain situations, many leaders face questions they may not even have answers to. You need to communicate early and often with your key constituencies throughout a crisis.
https://hbr.org/2020/03/communicating-through-the-coronavirus-crisis

Leadership in a crisis: Responding to the coronavirus outbreak and future challenges.
https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/organization/our-insights/leadership-in-a-crisis-responding-to-the-coronavirus-outbreak-and-future-challenges


 

 

A Note from the ELNOS office re: COVID-19

The ELNOS building remains open, though many businesses within the building are taking various precautions in light of current events. We encourage you to contact the office you intend to visit in advance of travelling to the building to make yourself aware of any closures or precautionary measures being taken at this time. The Family Health Team has posted the following message for their patients:

Due to the current situation with COVID-19 we are encouraging all patients to stay home and help stop the spread of illness. All non-essential appointments will be cancelled -- this includes ear syringe and most injections. You will receive a call from one of our staff very soon. Where possible, our physicians and staff will connect with their patients using the telephone or other virtual methods. Please contact the clinic if you feel you need to be seen. DO NOT go to the Emergency Room unless it is an emergency. We appreciate your patience with us while we work through this.

 

 


 

New Beginnings...

This past December we said goodbye to two of our team members at the ELNOS office. We are thankful for the many years Sharon and Danielle dedicated to the ELNOS office and Board and wish the well in their retirement! 

As we commence this New Year, we welcome new members to our team! Renate is already hard at work keeping our financials up to date, and Becky is the new face that welcomes you to our office. We hope you'll be patient as they learn their new roles and how to best serve you.

Our website is also seeing some changes as we update our information. Visit our events page to see what's happening across the ELNOS region! 

 


 

ELNOS Introduces Low Interest Loans for Facade Improvements Projects

The ELNOS Board of Directors recently approved a new low interest loan program designed to compliment facade improvement programs such as the City of Elliot Lake’s Community Improvement Program (CIP).

Under the new program businesses will be eligible to apply for funding using the following basic criteria:

1. The project must be an approved facade improvement initiative, such as the City of Elliot Lake’s CIP program.
2. Loans will be made up to a maximum of $20,000 or 40% of the project cost.
3. The proponent must show a minimum 10% equity contribution to the project.
4. Loans will normally be repayable over 30 months.

The simplified loan application will consist of the submission of the confirmation of the project approval documentation and the project budget showing sources of funding.

ELNOS instituted the new program as an acknowledgment of the importance that facade improvements have on the overall look and economic well being of a community’s business area, and to encourage business owners to reinvest in their properties.

ELNOS is a unique community based business development organization established to promote business and employment in five area communities. This region consists of: the City of Elliot Lake, the Town of Blind River, the Township of the North Shore, The Town of Spanish and the Serpent River First Nation. We deliver our mandate through a variety of means such as loans, venture partnering, community economic development initiatives, and business advice.

For more information on the Low Interest Loan program, please contact William Elliott, General Manager, at 848-0229, extension 237, Monday to Friday between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..