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New Business for Sale listed in SW, Calgary

Here is a New Business Listing at #address. If you would like further information or a tour of the site please call me at (403) 259-8210 #.

Here is a unique opportunity to purchase a business that combines an Organic Grocery Store with a full service restaurant.

The principle of Organic Food and “farm to table” cooking is leading the current restaurant and dining trend. People are increasingly focused on the type of food they are consuming and this is a very fast growing market segment of the retail food business. This business is comprised of a fully functioning grocery operation with Artesian baked goods, gourmet cheeses and meats, fresh produce and local meat products from throughout Alberta and BC. Inside the market is a small café serving fresh brewed coffee and espresso drinks, with baked snacks and sandwiches.

The full service restaurant is lovely and bright with great décor, a chef/owners dream, intimate and energy filled. There is the obvious focus on fresh, organic ingredients and daily creations. This is a great chance to take your culinary career to the next level and not only serve ala carte meals in the restaurant, but do prepared meals to go for people headed home to family with no desire to cook dinner.

Located on a VERY busy street, this a very unique opportunity that must be seen to be appreciated.

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STUNNING ROCKY MOUNTAIN VIEWS. This land has been in the same family since 1936. Not very often does a property of this type come to market. This 90.36ac has one of the most spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains in the area, from the potential building site, you get a 180 degree panoramic view, it is absolutely breathtaking. The attached photo's don't do the view justice, you need to see it in person. We are happy to set up an appointment for you to come out and view this once in a lifetime opportunity to 90ac that is 16km to Calgary and 33 km from downtown.
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Covid 19 Payroll Subsidy Info
For employers, we are getting more detail on the payroll subsidy:
https://www.singleton.com/2020/03/covid-19-the-canada-emergency-wage-subsidy/
  • $847 per employee per week or 75% of up to $58,700 salary, whichever is less
  • Still retroactive to March 15 (so far)
  • Expectation is that you don’t cut employee wages
  • Business must demonstrate/prove a minimum revenue loss of 30%
  • Federal government will be introducing severe penalties for abuse of the program
  • Application process expected to be announced within the next 2 weeks
  • No limit on business size

For those who were considering using the job-sharing option, this is now, for most businesses, a better option.


Next Steps:  I have started building detailed 90-day business financial plans for some of you.  This provides a specific list of actions based on your own financial P&L statements that includes estimating the impact of using the government programs and includes a list of other actions you can do to help your business weather the storm.  If any of you are interested in having this done for your business, contact me.

 

If any of you will need a business loan to survive a prolonged event, but would not otherwise qualify for a loan, there is money available from the government.  https://www.bdc.ca/en/pages/special-support.aspx.  


Small businesses with a payroll between $50K to $1M should look to the Canada Emergency Business Account https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/news/2020/03/additional-support-for-canadian-businesses-from-the-economic-impact-of-covid-19.html  As described in my emails last week, this if interest-free, $40,000 where you can be forgiven up to $10,000 if you pay it back before the end of 2022.


Here is a description of the application process and the questions you will likely be asked https://www.krp.ca/lending-rules-for-bdc-covid-19-relief-program-take-shape


This is the last week you have to re-plan your businesses for the next 2-3 months to stay in front of the situation.  If you don’t know what you need to be doing and how much of it you need to be doing, please contact me.   I want to see you all survive this event as best as possible!


Next 2 weeks, the focus will need to shift to full-implementation of that plan and start looking for short-term business opportunities with customers who are less impacted by COVID-19.  This is a very tactical that looks a lot like war-time situation management.   Even with a plan, the situation going forward will be fluid (some good, some bad).


Later in April,  your planning will need to focus on re-positioning your businesses to be ready to sling-shot out of this event! 

 

Please continue to pay strict attention to all of the hygiene/safety recommendations and emotional/mental health issues discussed here over the past two weeks!   Let’s do everything we can to keep our employees, customers, suppliers an colleagues healthy so we can all get back to work faster!


Pete Baran                           |       403-973-3531
Chief Business Mechanic  |       Blueneck Consulting Inc.
www.blueneck.ca

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COVID 19 - The Emerging "Stress Factor"

In talking to many of you this week, the number one emerging issue is stress.   The rapid rate of change being imposed on us, our employees, suppliers and customers is unprecedented.  The uncertainty regarding our health, both physical and financial, stemming from a dangerous virus racing around the globe is overwhelming many people.


The result is often emotional – anxiety, fear, and depression.  This in turn impacts morale and mental health, both yours and everyone you work with – the ones working on-site, the ones working remotely and the ones now on EI waiting to come back.


They need your leadership.  This is not the zombie apocalypse because we can do a lot to get this under control.  Four things to consider:


  1. Calgary and Edmonton are very different from New York or Milan who have 7.5-10,000 people per km2.  We have only 1,300 (natural advantage in physical distancing).

  2. Calgary and other Albertans are generally following physical distancing and self-isolation, except for a few ass-hole snow birds who now face fines of up to $750,000 and 6 months in jail if they don’t go straight home and self-isolate (today’s news).

  3. Alberta has been aggressively testing our people at four times the rate of Quebec.  We got ahead of this thing early.

  4. Toilet paper is on it’s way.  They are making more.


Human beings are hard-wired to be social. Remember to reach out to a friend, colleague, employee, customer or supplier to see how they are doing (phone, text, facetime, video meetings, email even).   There is no reason physical distancing needs to become human isolation. 


Here are three resources to help you deal with stressed out employees, colleagues, suppliers and customers.  More in the coming days:


  • Calgary Chamber of Commerce Webinar:

Employee Morale: Mental Health & Resiliency for your employees
Friday, March, 28, 2020 11:00 MST
Nicolas Beique, Helcim and Usman Tahir Jutt, Chirp Foods Inc. — O/A McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Limited, will discuss how to build resilient employees and support mental health through a crisis.



"When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on."

Franklin D. Roosevelt


Pete Baran                           |       403-973-3531

Chief Business Mechanic  |       Blueneck Consulting Inc.

www.blueneck.ca

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