Yorkton business awarded $10,000 grant

Yorkton business SveinCo Developments  was among 62-recipients of a $10,000 grant from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s Canadian Business Resilience Network Small Business Relief Fund, announced Monday.

Marty Sveinbjornson, Owner of SveinCo Developments said his company is extremely honoured to be a recipient of the CBRN Small Business grant made possible through the generosity of Salesforce. 

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“As we all face our own unique challenges during this time, it is humbling to know that we have the continuing encouragement and support from the Canadian Business Resilience Network and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce,” he said. 

“As we prepare, adapt and persevere through our changing world and economies, our local business communities and the country as a whole will come out of this more resilient and stronger than ever.” 

Juanita Polegi, Executive Director of the Yorkton Chamber of Commerce was pleased that SveinCo Developments was selected as a recipient of the grant. 

“The Chamber provides information about programs such as this to its members and it is so gratifying to learn that a member has acted on the opportunity,” she said. “It shows that businesses from towns and small cities have the same skills and abilities as those in the larger cities.”

Polegi added that SveinCo is one of three businesses based in Saskatchewan selected for the grant

More than 1100 small businesses across Canada applied for the 62 grants available. The lucky recipients were those that best demonstrated their financial strain, how the business will use the grant to change or innovate, how the change or innovation will sustain the business’s recovery and allow it to prosper, and how the grant will support the role each business plays in their community.

The fund was managed by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and made possible through the generosity of Salesforce (NYSE:CRM). The funding was designed to help small businesses across the country stay afloat and support their recovery efforts, paying salaries, retrofitting their workplaces and acquiring technology to adapt their business model. Salesforce has also provided grants to small businesses in Canada, the U.S., the U.K. and Australia, in addition to providing other resources.

“Reviewing the applications was both heartbreaking and inspiring, We saw how seriously small businesses across Canada have been hurt by the pandemic, but we also saw how determined these entrepreneurs are to preserve their employees’ jobs and to serve their customers and their communities. Today is a happy waypoint, not an end point, and we won’t stop finding new ways to help Canada’s businesses reopen and recover. We’ll be with them every step of the way,” said Perrin Beatty, President and CEO, Canadian Chamber in a prepared release.

“It has been incredible to see the resilience coming from Canada’s small business owners over the last few months. We know it hasn’t been easy,” said Margaret Stuart, Canada Country Manager, Salesforce in the same release. “The applicants have further demonstrated what we at Salesforce already knew to be true - that Canada is rich with innovation and entrepreneurial talent. We’re hopeful that these grants will provide essential support to small business owners as they return to work.”

A complete list of the recipients can be found here.

The Yorkton Chamber of Commerce represents over 450 businesses and is governed by an elected 16-member Board of Directors.

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