With the ongoing and rapidly changing COVID-19 situation, please be advised that the Belle River – On the Lake BIA office at the Lakeshore Town Hall is closed,
Currently, the BIA Office Coordinator is working from home and will continue to respond to email and voice messages in a timely manner.
Please use our business directory listing to contact any business to inquire about their current hours of operation and levels of service during the COVID pandemic.
On behalf of the Belle River – On the Lake BIA Board of Management and members, we extend our heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to all medical personnel, drug stores, restaurants, grocery stores, first responders, police, PSWs and all other essential businesses/services; please stay safe, healthy and strong.
Listed below are links to various resources and information
Windsor-Essex County Health Unit – Current statistics, restrictions, guidelines, information and resources – wechu.org
Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island – visitwindsoressex.com
Ontario – Prevent COVID-19 in the Workplace - Find sector-specific guidelines and posters to help protect workers, customers and the general public from coronavirus (COVID-19) in Ontario - ontario.ca/page/resources-prevent-covid-19-workplace
Business Resource Centre of Essex County (a Community Futures Development Corp) - Our Team is here to help you to start, grow or stabilize your business through guidance, referrals, and flexible repayable financing. Our Staff and Board of Directors are all active members of the communities we serve and have a vested interest in helping our region thrive through job creation and retention. We are INvested in Essex County. - ec-businessresourcecentre.ca
Safe Return To Business Toolkit for the Windsor-Essex Business Community – COVID-19-Toolkit-for-Small-Businesses-to-Safely-Reopen.pdf
Digital Main Street – A free digital “how to” guide to help you grow your business – digitalmainstreet.ca
Facebook for Business – facebook.com/business/resource
The Ontario Small Business Support Grant
The government has provided more than $1 billion in direct support to help eligible business owners affected by the COVID-19 restrictions. The grant provides a minimum of $10,000 to a maximum of $20,000 and can be used in whatever way makes the most sense for individual businesses; from paying employee wages, to offsetting the cost of rent, to purchasing inventory.
More than 78,000 Ontario Small Business Support Grant applications from small businesses across the province have been processed, representing more than $1 billion in support. Upon approval, successful applicants will receive payment within 10 days. Applications are still open until March 31, 2021 and a detailed step-by-step instructional video on the application portal is available to help guide applicants through the process.
Governmental Financial Support and Resources