At Community Futures Fraser-Fort George we believe that dreams, passion and a willingness to take risks builds communities and businesses, now and into the future. However, COVID-19 has made a significant impact in Fraser Fort-George region. Some businesses have found new ways to evolve and expand, they are doing better than ever! But many of us are struggling to adapt operations to the changing economic and health recommendations, maintain our regular clients and find it hard make ends meet.
That’s why Community Futures has responded with the “Fraser-Fort George Outreach Program” Over the past 12 months we have listened to businesses and non-profits in the Fraser-Fort George region to understand the impacts of COVID-19 and explored ways that we can work together to support our community to flourish, even in the COVID-era. Through this project, Community Futures Fraser-Fort George will:
- Listen deeply to the stories of 160 businesses and non-profit organizations from Mackenzie, Prince George and the Robson Valley, about the impact of COVID-19
- Link businesses and non-profit organizations to programs, services and resources
- Develop five “informed designs” – new project ideas to support communities to flourish
- Amplify the voices of businesses and non-profit organizations in the Fraser-Fort George
Regional Business Liaisons will be out in the communities to meet with local businesses and hear their stories. The information they gather will be analyzed and shared with community partners to begin a collaborative dialogue on how to support communities during and after the pandemic.
Update September 2021:
The research for the Regional Business Liaison program was concluded in Summer 2021. We are grateful to all of the small business owners who took the time to meet with the Regional Business Liaisons and share their experiences and stories.
A report of the main findings has been developed and can be found here. If you have any questions, please reach out to Krystin Dubuc, Projects Coordinator for more information.
COVID-19 has changed our lives in the North. Let’s work together to make our region an even better place to live, work and play!
If you are interested in sharing your story, contact our office to schedule an appointment with the Regional Business Liaison in your community today!