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NDIT liaison program allows communities to provide regional business support services

Northern Development

Northern Development is offering a new regional business liaison program. This program encourages Community Futures Development Corporations, Chambers of Commerce, local governments, community economic development entities or regional destination marketing organizations to hire locally based talent to provide business support services for the region.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is causing overwhelming stress to many of our local business owners who are often unsure of where or who to turn to,” said Joel McKay, CEO of Northern Development Initiative Trust. “The regional business liaison program seeks to offset that stress and offer one-on-one business support to those who need it most in Northern B.C.”

Funding will be made available to support up to three regional business liaison positions per Northern Development region (Northeast, Northwest, Prince George, and Cariboo-Chilcotin/Lillooet), for a total of up to 12 positions for a one-year term.

Northern Development will fund 100 per cent of eligible expenses up to $75,000. This funding is a one-time offering to provide additional community resources to support small and medium sized enterprises during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Northern Development will approve RBL funding applications within one week of receiving a completed application form and the required attachments. Applications must be submitted by midnight on May 29, 2020 to be considered for funding.

For more information on eligibility and how to apply, visit northerndevelopment.bc.ca/regional-business-liaison.

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