Business Recovery Hotline
Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo's Business Recovery Hotline is a vital link for local business
24-hour, toll-free number provides information, identifies needs of local business owners
(Fort McMurray, May 31, 2016) - Businesses in the Fort McMurray area were equally impacted by the fires and subsequent evacuation, and they now have a key resource to assist them with their return to the region.
The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo with the support of Economic Developers Alberta and the Canadian Red Cross has launched a hotline that will operate 24 hours a day; seven days a week for the first two weeks. Called the Business Recovery Hotline, it is designed to provide business owners access to information resources. It also helps them to identify what their needs are to get their businesses operational after the devastating fire.
"We're committed to business in Wood Buffalo. Our businesses are the backbone of the region. They are critical economic drivers of our community, providing residents with vital goods, services and - above all - jobs," said Melissa Blake, mayor of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. "Our business owners are highly resilient, but we want to ensure that they access to the necessary tools and resources to help them as we move forward."
The number, 855-RMWB BIZ (855-769-2249), will provide updates for business and link them to local resources that will assist them with issues or concerns. The hotline will also be the point of entry for business owners to complete a business recovery survey that will distinguish the business community's distinct short and long-term needs.
"The Canadian Red Cross is proud to support the Business Recovery Hotline," said Jenn McManus, vice president of Alberta operations for the Canadian Red Cross. "Businesses are vital to all regions impacted by the wildfires, and this hotline will help identify the most pressing needs of business owners as they re-enter and re-establish in their communities."
Additional Business Resources
Business Link is Alberta's entrepreneurial hub. They are a non-profit organization that helps Alberta entrepreneurs start their own businesses.
Advisors are available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mountain Time at 1-800-272-9675 or online at businesslink.ca.
Small businesses affected by the wildfires are encouraged to access advisory services through The Business Link.
Advisers can provide information, answer questions, direct businesses to resources and connect them to experts who can help.
Below is a short list of the information and help Business Link can provide to business owners, without referring to other organizations:
- General business information
- Regulatory information
- Business registration questions
- Basic business plan reviews
- Some market research
- Inexpensive ($20 per 30 minutes) access to personalized meeting with lawyers, accountants, and marketing experts
Back to Business Recovery Centre
The Back to Business Recovery Centre is a one-stop shop for businesses returning to get local, municipal, provincial and federal resources to assist with recovery.
The centre will include a shared working space, office supplies and will connect business owners to service providers who can assist them during the recovery process. We anticipate businesses will require assistance in the following areas:: insurance, legal, financing, business planning, human resource planning, and mental health. We plan to continuously expand and assess the services offered as we learn the needs of the business community.
Our goal is to be operational by early June, and we are working hard to confirm resources and details to release to the public shortly. Please check www.choosewoodbuffalo.ca for the most accurate and up-to-date information.
Pricing in Effect for Accommodations
Message from the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo
June 2, 2016
Public Notice: April 30 Pricing in Effect for Accommodations
(Fort McMurray, AB - June 2, 2016) Effective immediately, the Regional Emergency Operations Centre advises that all hotels, lease properties, work camps and rental accommodation operators must maintain the prices that were in effect on April 30, 2016. This will remain in effect under the Provincial State of Emergency declared on May 4, 2016. Those landlords and property owners that are charging prices above April 30 prices will be investigated and enforcement action will be taken. We will be monitoring this issue closely. We hope that the spirit of goodwill and co-operation associated with the lengthy evacuation will continue as we begin to rebuild our city. Residents with concerns about increases in the cost of services should contact the PULSE line at 1-780-743-7000.
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