COVID-19

To the BBI community:

The COVID-19 global pandemic has drastically affected the way organizations conduct business. Companies across the globe are looking at new ways of operating to reduce service disruptions as much as possible. We are also considering how we leverage technology to implement social distancing strategies and other best practices to ensure the well-being of our clients and community.

We continue to monitor the rapidly changing situation to provide support to our clients throughout this challenging time. Effective March 18th, our team is working remotely. Appointments and meetings have been moved online or via phone call to align with social distancing practices. Services and support for clients will continue as all team members are focused on the immediate needs of our clients. All services can still be accessed remotely, please reach out to Matthew Martel, Chief Operations Officer, directly if you have questions or are in immediate need of our services. We are constantly assessing the situation and adapting our practices as new information is delivered.

Thank you for your understanding at this time, let’s continue with the well-being of others in mind. If you have any questions, please contact us for more information.

Matthew Martel
Chief Operating Officer
martel.matthew@bbi.ns.ca


Immediate changes to our services

To help our community stay healthy and safe, we have made the following changes to our programming:

  • Our Winter Training programs have been moved online until further notice.
  • The Business is Jammin' Youth March Break camps were cancelled.

For up-to-date information, please please refer to our website or follow us on social media.

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Weekly updates

Our Entrepreneurship Team will be sending weekly summaries outlining important information and key announcements to help business owners navigate this challenging time.

Other valuable resources

As this unprecedented situation continues to develop, we encourage all partners to also keep an eye out for official updates provided by the government and other institutions.

Rent Deferral

Although it is not mandatory, the government is encouraging landlords to defer rent from their tenants. Access the Rent Deferral Agreement Program form.

Flexibility for Businesses Filing Taxes

  • Payment of any 2019 business tax amounts owing have been deferred until after August 31, 2020.
  • No interest or penalties will accumulate during this time.
  • Tax relief is automatically given to business-owners.

For more information, click here.


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