Theresa Whitely and Ken Lister of Oceanside Yoga in Qualicum Beach receive an $800 cheque from the Rebound Oceanside program. (Photo submitted)

Rebound recovery program helps more than 50 PQB businesses remain open

Nearly $90K in aid received through Oceanside Initiatives plan

A plan developed by Oceanside Initiatives has helped more than 50 businesses stay afloat through the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Oceanside Rebound Recovery Program was developed to help businesses navigate closures, reopenings and funding. The program has received more than $90,000 in aid to the Parksville Qualicum Beach area.

The Oceanside Initiatives office opened just a month before the pandemic forced many businesses to close their doors. It is described as “a collaboration of community business stakeholders in the Parksville Qualicum Beach region focusing on business retention and expansion programs, data collection and analysis, as well as managing a co-working office space.”

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The program was developed to assist each business based on how COVID-19 was affecting them – everything from adapting sales, navigating digital markets and more.

“Many businesses needed help with the physical re-opening of their stores and offices,” said Corry Hostetter, economic development project manager. “After weeks of their doors being closed, and then a limited service ability under the Phase 2 and 3 guidelines, the financial burden to implement the health and safety regulations was impossible to bear and the Rebound Oceanside program was here to help.”

For more information about Oceanside Initiatives and the Rebound Program visit www.workpqp.com.

— NEWS staff

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