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The Next 90 days: Business Recovery on the Sunshine Coast
June 25, 2020, 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Free Online Business Forum | Thank you for participating!

On June 25th, we gathered for an important community conversation. If you missed it, there is still an opportunity to listen - register to receive the recording - learn - some great insights were shared - and most importantly, to be heard.

We are listening! It is critical for us to get back to business, and we want to understand what you most need now to help you do so. Your Sunshine Coast Business Recovery Task Force partners, and local elected officials, want to hear from YOU about how we can best help you in the next 90 days and beyond.

  • What does the future of business on the Sunshine Coast look like one year from now?

  • What do you need in the next 90 days from your community to feel steadied and prepared to get back on track under current conditions?  

  • How have you adapted or pivoted successfully and where do you need support?


Context-Setter & Conversation Starter

keith ippel
Spring is a global incubator, accelerator and advisory firm that helps impact entrepreneurs, investors and entrepreneurial ecosystem builders thrive.
With over 25 years experience as a leader in technology and impact businesses, Keith has accelerated companies and ecosystems and raised over $30m in angel investment and venture capital.
A global keynote speaker, teacher, and advisor, Keith focuses on strategic growth and global ecosystem advisory work.


bob sq


IGA Gibsons

Mark Y


Sunshine Coast Response Meals

brian smith


Rhiza Capital & Persephone Brewing Company

Charlene (1)


PowHERhouse, Moderator

You are an important part of this conversation. Lending your voice to this morning is key to ensuring that what needs to be done is heard, and where possible, gets done. Working together makes us stronger.

  • The forum kicked-off with a quick-start energizing keynote by Keith Ippel of Spring Activator.

  • Followed by three local businesses who will dive into how they navigated the most difficult obstacles for their businesses during the COVID-19 closure, and what they learned.

  • Finally, and most importantly, interactive breakout sessions were conducted to listen and learn in small groups for a solutions-focused discussion between businesses. 


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The following partners welcome you to this forum: the Sunshine Coast Business Recovery Centre and PowHERhouse Impact Media Group, and sponsors Community Futures, SCREDO and Sunshine Coast Credit Union.


Host: Charlene SanJenko, former two-term councillor, Co-Facilitator: Christina Benty, former two-term mayor. Story Tracker: Tina Overbury. Graphic Recorder: Sharon Marshall. Co-Facilitator: Hillary Samson.


About the Sunshine Coast Business Recovery Task Force:

  • Appointed on April 1, 2020 under the municipal emergency operations plan as a COVID-19 emergency response
  • A coalition of local finance and business organizations on the Sunshine Coast
  • Our Mandate:
    • Serve all local small businesses on the Sunshine Coast
    • Streamline COVID-19 business related information
    • Fill financial and non-financial gaps with unique products and services
    • Advocate on your behalf through the COVID-19 response and recovery
    • Provide online and in-person advisory services
Representatives from:
  • Sunshine Coast Regional Economic Development Organization (SCREDO)
  • Community Futures Sunshine Coast (CFSC)
  • Sunshine Coast Credit Union (SCCU)
  • Sechelt & District Chamber of Commerce
  • Sechelt Downtown Business Association
  • Gibsons & District Chamber of Commerce
  • Work BC Centre – Sunshine Coast
Activities to date: As a group:
  • Built and launched the online Business Recovery Centre
  • Launched email and telephone hotline to help connect businesses with local resources and supports
  • Launched the Buy Now Shop Later online gift card program to support small businesses during closures
Task Force members have also provided:
  • Emergency loans and financial aid
  • Marketing support and programs
  • Workshops for local businesses
  • Direct communication opportunities with our elected government representatives
  • Task Force partners to host online business recover forum to listen to what is most needed next by our local business community (June 25).

PowHERhouse continuously aspires to become a global leader in community development and tangible social impact to re-imagine a sustainable take care economy by convening like-minded leaders to accelerate collective wisdom-based solution-finding using a collaborative model, all for systemic change.