With financial support from the city, eight non-profit organizations can provide technical support to Montréal companies that are experiencing difficulties due to the COVID-19 crisis and that need guidance as they reopen.
On April 9, 2020, the city launched a call for proposals to non-profit organizations to provide
technical support solutions to Montréal businesses, helping them to deal with the major
issues caused by COVID-19, particularly with respect to operations management, supply,
business model development, technical training and more. On April 30, the city confirmed
its support for three non-profits as part of the call for bids. Today, eight new non-profits with
technical support projects were approved.
School for Québec entrepreneurs
Previsio offers direct technical support for Montréal entrepreneurs through Webinars and a series of virtual learning activities. The project provides more than 420 hours of advisory support and a solution to address Montréal entrepreneurs’ questions and concerns around their financial forecast.
Conseil des industries bioalimentaires de l’Île de Montréal (CIBIM)
This customized support project for food processing companies aims to facilitate access to the retail market. The guidance they receive involves labelling standards, bar codes, packaging and invoicing. A dynamic digital platform will be developed to promote discussion, interaction and resource sharing. The project’s goal is to support some 100 companies.
Thirty small businesses will receive a complete diagnostic service around their IT security needs within the framework of remote working, implementation of simple technological solutions and guiding employees through selected solutions. Each small business will get 20 hours of personalized guidance.
La Guilde du jeu vidéo du Québec
Some 300 creative companies will get support and guidance adapted to the COVID-19 crisis. The project aims to provide access to specialized professionals and online programs to guide creative companies through solving problems, especially the stages of crisis management and implementing sustainable solutions.
Le Regroupement des jeunes chambres de commerce du Québec (RJCCQ)
A platform to link culturally divers Montréal entrepreneurs, the RJCCQ and young chambers of commerce will be developed in order to facilitate resource sharing and assist some 50 entrepreneurs with their supply issues.
Sous-Traitance Industrielle Québec (STIQ)
Support for some 100 businesses will be offered to identify new target markets, best practices for supply management, as well as various measures and financial support to ensure workers’ health during the pandemic.
The Endurance Fintech project will guide startups through their challenges and immediately provide the resources they need for their survival. Businesses will receive coaching, a time bank for guidance with service providers and new talent that will be recruited as part of the project
This project consists of offering tools, reference documents, workshops and practical support in the form of a risk evaluation clinic to 30 small businesses. The service will be provided in English with a view to helping English-speaking entrepreneurs to understand appropriate resources to support them.
Funding will soon be unveiled for other non-profit organizations whose technical support solutions can help Montréal companies.