“I’m only wishing to go a-fishing; for this month of May was made”
– Henry Van Dyke

With the relaxation of guidelines around the reopening of parks, fortunately, we CAN go fishing! This gives us all a glimmer of hope that we will resume some semblance of “normal” and we are anxious to hear more on what is to come. However, it’s important to continue to practice social distancing – we cannot take advantage of these relaxation measures being tested at this time. Nova Scotia’s Deputy Minister of the Department of Business, Bernie Miller, made it clear that the plan to reopen the province is a five-phase recovery plan, and as of right now, we are in early stages. This is going to be a slow and gradual process with a view to protecting the health and safety of us all. The overarching goal will be to balance the risk with the need to increase economic and social activities for the health and well-being of everyone in our province. With that, we are entering this month with a feeling of hope laced with patience.

Our Board of Directors recognizes the economic stress and impacts the pandemic has had on businesses and we are always looking for more ways to assist our family business community. We are pleased to support businesses during this time and will be welcoming new family businesses into our membership at no cost until August 31st. This will allow members to access our most valued offering – to be a part of a peer group – and take advantage of tailored online programs and resource forums where they can share, learn and respond to this ever-changing business climate. Please share this with others who you think can benefit from our Association’s offerings.

I remain optimistic and am so appreciative of the support shown by our government and front-line workers. Companies and individuals are getting some financial relief with the many programs available to help us during this hardship. For those who applied for the CERB in the first few weeks, I want to let you know that you will need to reapply for continued support. Other relief programs are also being rolled out such as the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance for small businesses, student relief programs and recent federal funding to support farmers and food processors. All levels of government continue to assess and respond, and their efforts have not gone unnoticed.

As we all wait to hear how this new normal is going to play out, there are so many questions! What will the future hold for our members in the short and long term? What will the workplace look like? What will be the financial impact to Nova Scotians and Canadians? What economic relief measures are being taken? We are pleased to invite you to ask your questions to Mayor Mike Savage and MP Andy Fillmore on May 14 during our 11:00 am webinar. We’re hosting a live session for the family business community to take this opportunity to discuss their concerns and get answers from those directly supporting our Province. Please register for this webinar here.

Family Business Atlantic continues to listen to our members and connect them with advisors who are helping guide us through the uncertainties of COVID-19. We are into week five of our Staying Connected Webinar Series and I encourage you to take advantage of these free and informative sessions. Our next webinar is one you do not want to miss, Leadership in a time of crisis. Spend some time with Robert Patzelt and Peter Conlon from C-Level Executives who have faced company-threatening situations and who have successfully led their organizations through uncharted waters. Learn from their mistakes and from their successes. Visit our website to register for this Webinar and to view upcoming events.

Let’s stay connected and please let us know if there is anything we can do help serve you better. We look forward to seeing you virtually at upcoming events on May 11 and May 14. Until then, stay healthy, happy and safe!

Sincerely,
Amanée Mousavi

Amanée Mousavi

FBA President

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