Recovery plan helps small businesses

Emergency relief funding application deadline set for July 30

By Dawn Booth, Connect Weekly

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) and the Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) has made helping small businesses in Fort McMurray a top priority.

On June 10, an announcement was released giving thanks to the Canadian Red Cross for providing $1,000 to each small business that meets the eligibility criteria. One month later, the RMWB has now announced a deadline for business owners to complete the by-phone application by July 30.

“In just one month, approximately 1,900 small businesses have registered through the Wood Buffalo Business Recovery Hotline,” stated Amanda Haitas, Manager, Economic Development, in a release. “Our goal is to reach all small businesses in the region affected by the wildfire to ensure they are receiving the help they need.”

Though officials have been calling registered local businesses, they are asking owners to call the Wood Buffalo Business Recovery Hotline directly at 1-855-RMWB BIZ (1-855-769-2249) from Monday to Friday at 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The eligibility criteria for small business owners includes: registering their business with the Hotline representatives; having an active RMWB business license; being located/headquartered in a RMWB community; and being a business with 50 employees or less.

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