Burnaby Business Greenscape Design & Decor gets $10,000 Grant from Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Salesforce
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce announced the 62 $10,000 grant recipients from its Canadian Business Resilience Network Small Business Relief Fund today, including Burnaby-based Greenscape Design & Décor.
“Greenscape Design & Decor is so proud and delighted to have been selected as a recipient of a grant from the Business Resilience Network Small Business Relief Fund. We are committed to preserving the livelihood of our team members through creative thinking and focused strategies that will allow us to rebuild in a sustainable, inclusive, and community-minded way. This grant will allow us the opportunity to activate our ideas for growth in impactful and meaningful ways, and we are deeply grateful to the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Salesforce for helping community-oriented businesses survive and thrive during this time. Together, we will make a difference.” Says Corinne Kessel, owner of Greenscape Design & Décor.
Paul Holden, President and CEO of the Burnaby Board of Trade says, “Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, the Burnaby Board of Trade and the chamber of commerce network has been working tirelessly to support our local business community, advocate on their behalf, and connect them with information and resources. The Small Business Relief Fund from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce was just one more way to help Burnaby businesses, and we are thrilled to see Corinne and the Greenscape team receive support to bolster this local business and help them continue to serve our community.”
More than 1,100 small businesses across Canada applied for the 62 grants available. The lucky recipients were those that best demonstrated their financial strain, how the business will use the grant to change or innovate, how the change or innovation will sustain the business’s recovery and allow it to prosper, and how the grant will support the role each business plays in their community.
The fund was managed by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and made possible through the generosity of Salesforce (NYSE:CRM). The funding was designed to help small businesses across the country stay afloat and support their recovery efforts, paying salaries, retrofitting their workplaces and acquiring technology to adapt their business model. Salesforce has also provided grants to small businesses in Canada, the U.S., the U.K. and Australia, in addition to providing other resources.
“Reviewing the applications was both heartbreaking and inspiring. We saw how seriously small businesses across Canada have been hurt by the pandemic, but we also saw how determined these entrepreneurs are to preserve their employees’ jobs and to serve their customers and their communities. Today is a happy waypoint, not an end point, and we won’t stop finding new ways to help Canada’s businesses reopen and recover. We’ll be with them every step of the way,” said Perrin Beatty, President and CEO, Canadian Chamber.
“It has been incredible to see the resilience coming from Canada’s small business owners over the last few months. We know it hasn’t been easy,” said Margaret Stuart, Canada Country Manager, Salesforce. “The applicants have further demonstrated what we at Salesforce already knew to be true – that Canada is rich with innovation and entrepreneurial talent. We’re hopeful that these grants will provide essential support to small business owners as they return to work.”
A complete list of the winners can be found here.
About the Burnaby Board of Trade
The Burnaby Board of Trade (BBOT) is Burnaby’s most active business networking, advocacy and economic development organization. Working closely with the municipality, its member businesses, and various community stakeholders, the BBOT supports the growth of business both locally and internationally, and fosters a sustainable business environment through networking, education, advocacy and local and regional development. The Burnaby Board of Trade acts as a Catalyst for economic development in Burnaby, a Convener of business, community and political leadership and Champions for the businesses who make Burnaby their home. For more information about the Burnaby Board of Trade, visit www.bbot.ca.