We've been having ongoing conversations in theL'Moor Beauty and Wellness Facebook Community, about grants, financial supports, and other business resources available to the hard-hit spa and wellness industry in Canada (although predominantly in Ontario, it's worth a few minutes of research to locate similar resources in your own province).
With a small investment of time and energy, you can access the support you need to reduce expenses and increase your income to build (or rebuild) a sustainable and profitable business.
The first and best way to learn about the options open to you and your business is to use your own network first. By registering for the weekly Esthies and Their Besties calls, you can connect to a like-minded community of smart business owners who share their insights to help each other solve problems and create growth.
If you find that the thought of applying for any of these grants or accessing resources is overwhelming, please know that we're here to help get you started. You can book a meeting with Bonnie at L'Moor to get some tips on the best way to move forward.
And now, take a deep breath and read about some resources that are here to help you!
A program for businesses with employees, where you can be reimbursed up to 50% of what you pay your employee(s) if you can show a reduction in business income. At this link you can apply for both wage and rent subsidies.
Reimbursement of training expenses that employees need to do their jobs. There are lots of opportunities, but the training can't be offered by product vendors, nor can business owners be reimbursed. This grant applies to college programs though!
This is a membership-based group with lots of free resources. They advocate on behalf of their members to improve government policies. Their work has been really valuable for business challenges throughout the pandemic. Among other programs, they offer funding to local chambers for the Shop Local program. Great networking opportunities too.
In a partnership between the Government of Ontario and Canada, this innovative program offers grants and resources to help businesses be BETTER online. Several businesses in our community have benefitted from this program!