The Pencil Box has picked up $10,000 thanks to the Canadian Business Resilience Network Small Business Relief Fund.
Owner Ramona Davidson says the grant will be used to pay down debts, as they are just getting back to business as usual after slowing down due to COVID-19.
“It’ll free up some cash, and help pay for PPE,” said Davidson. “The first thing that companies do is cut their advertising, so Coffee Talk was hit fairly hard.”
Despite the challenges, Davidson says The Pencil Box remained open through the pandemic, due to being an essential service with DHL operating at the store.
The Pencil Box is Chetwynd’s locally grown office supplies store, and has been operating since 1998, with Davidson creating the Coffee Talk Express to promote local businesses. The $10,000 grant was offered to only 62 small businesses across Canada, and more than 1,100 businesses have applied.
Restocking inventory is also a priority says Davidson, who’s waiting on suppliers to be back in business.
“We’re surviving. I have still have one staff member who’s not back to work yet,” said Davidson hopeful things will return to normal soon.
- with files from Tom Summer