• SO Chamber Receives ETSI-BC Funding

    For Immediate Release, April 20, 2021
    [OLIVER, BC] Communities and businesses throughout the Southern Interior are receiving new support for much needed economic recovery. The Economic Trust of the Southern Interior (ETSI-BC) has announced the successful funding recipients of the Rural Business and Community Recovery (RBCR) Program and the South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce (SOCC) will receive funding to hire a Business Recovery Advisor.   
    “We were excited with the interest shown by communities and business support organizations throughout the Southern Interior to hire Recovery Advisors through this funding,” said Laurel Douglas, CEO of ETSI-BC. “We are delighted to provide this assistance in our region with support from the Province of British Columbia as it delivers on its StrongerBC Plan.”
    After careful consideration, the ETSI-BC adjudication team selected 20 successful applicants whose projects will create a total of 30 part-time and full-time Recovery Advisor positions to assist businesses and rural communities in the Southern Interior with COVID-19 economic recovery.
    As one of the successful applicants, the SOCC is eager to fill these positions and continue supporting businesses in our region as we work our way through this ongoing global pandemic.  We will work closely with the selected advisors and our partner communities to provide relevant and timely support in a variety of Business Retention, Expansion and Community Economic Development activities.  Our support services will be provided to businesses in Okanagan Falls Area D, Town of Oliver, Town of Osoyoos, Osoyoos Indian Band as well as the areas in between.
    “We are thankful that our small rural communities have received dedicated funds from ETSI-BC and the Provincial Government for the RBCR Funding,” shared Greg Sol, President of the South Okanagan Chamber.  “We encourage businesses to get connected with us and watch for communications regarding upcoming Business Recovery activities and initiatives that they can get involved with.  It is encouraging to see the determination, creativity and innovation being shown by our local businesses, non-profits, and entrepreneurs already and we are here to help our communities bounce back even stronger.” 
    In total, 59 communities in all nine ETSI-BC regional districts are being served by these RBCR-funded projects, including 10 First Nations communities. ETSI-BC’s CEO Laurel Douglas and her team were inspired by the applications.
    “In reviewing the applications, we saw innovation at the forefront as a key to economic recovery for communities,” said Douglas. “Our team is working closely with the recipients so their Recovery Advisors can engage and begin providing much-needed economic recovery support.”
    ETSI-BC is the Economic Trust of the Southern Interior, formerly known as the Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust (SIDIT). The organization was created by the Province of British Columbia on February 27, 2006. Through the SIDIT Act, the Trust was allocated $50 million to assist in the growth and diversification of the economy in the Southern Interior of B.C. The Trust is governed by a 13-member Board of Directors which includes local elected officials and provincial government appointees. Two Regional Advisory Committees of elected officials from the Thompson-Okanagan and Columbia-Kootenay regions also provide input. ETSI-BC’s service area spans nine Regional Districts ranging from Hope in the west, Clearwater in the north, the Alberta border in the east, and the U.S. border in the south. For more information, visit www.etsi-bc.ca.
    For More Information:
    Greg Sol, President, South Okanagan Chamber
    manager@sochamber.ca or 250-498-6321

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