Alberta’s Minister of Economic Development, Trade, and Tourism paid a visit to the Town of Mayerthorpe on Thursday, as part of a province-wide rural tour of small businesses.
Minister Tanya Fir was joined by Mayerthorpe Mayor Janet Jabush, Lac Ste. Anne-Parkland MLA Shane Getson, and other local dignitaries on a tour of local businesses. Many of the businesses they stopped into had previously applied for and received the province’s Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant to help them during COVID-19.
The group started their tour at the Fallen Four Memorial and then proceeded to Crockett House Cafe, Mayerthorpe Hardware and Liquidators, Esther’s Healing Centre, and Pizza Napoli.
Minister Fir said the feedback she’s received from small businesses, including the ones she visited in Mayerthorpe, has been positive because the grant has been put to good use.
The owner of Esther’s Healing Centre in Mayerthorpe told the Minister and MLA Getson that money from the grant went to installing a protective glass shield around her secretary’s desk. The owners of Pizza Napoli said they will use the grant money to purchase a new fryer since their old one has broken.
Mayerthorpe Mayor, Janet Jabush said she was thrilled to have the Minister visit the Town and is pleased that the grant money has been helpful to business owners.
The Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant offers financial assistance to Alberta businesses, cooperatives, and non-profit organizations with fewer than 500 employees that faced restrictions or closures from public health orders, and experienced a revenue loss of at least 50 percent due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant was introduced on June 29th and is still open for businesses to apply for on alberta.ca.
Fir says so far the grant has paid out $37 million to over 20,000 applicants.