Izzy gets $10K grant from Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Salesforce
Published on February 15, 2021
We’re excited to announce that Izzy has been chosen as a recipient of a $10k grant from Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Salesforce to help with our recovery efforts from Covid 19. During a time where we were struggling, the Chamber Network was here for our community.
Covid 19 resulted in the heartbreaking combination of a rise in domestic abuse, with the inability for survivors to access help. While we were experiencing our own financial hardships related to Covid 19, we felt it was imperative that we provide Izzy for free at a time when it was needed most. This grant will allow us to continue this program, and will also allow us to improve Izzy so we can get it out to more organizations that can benefit from its features.
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.
“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. “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.”
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