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Small Business Relief Fund

Press Release
The Yellowknife Racquet Club gets $10K grant from Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Salesforce

(Yellowknife, NT) - June 29, 2020 - The Canadian Chamber of Commerce announced sixty-two $10,000 grant recipients from its Canadian Business Resilience Network Small Business Relief Fund today, including one of our members, the Yellowknife Racquet Club.

“We are honoured to be one of 62 recipients of the CBRN Small Business Relief Fund Grant. The money made available to our company will enable us to further develop protocols and practices to keep our staff and members safe during these difficult times,” said Kelli McKim-Barter, General Manager/Owner of The Yellowknife Racquet Club. “Every day, our best gets better!”

More than 1100 small businesses across Canada applied for the 62 grants available. The lucky recipients were those that best demonstrated their financial strain, how the business will use the grant to change or innovate, how the change or innovation will sustain the business’s recovery and allow it to prosper, and how the grant will support the role each business plays in their community.

Congratulations to chamber member, The Yellowknife Racquet Club on demonstrating extraordinary resilience and innovation in the face of an unprecedented time of crisis for businesses. I had a great work-out there this morning and have really enjoyed being back,” said Tim Syer, President of the Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce.

“The Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce is committed to compiling information and resources to help Yellowknife businesses navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. We encourage our membership to visit our resource page which is updated regularly.”

The Small Business Relief Fund was managed by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and made possible through the generosity of Salesforce. The funding was designed to help small businesses across the country stay afloat and support their recovery efforts, paying salaries, retrofitting their workplaces and acquiring technology to adapt their business model. Salesforce has also provided grants to small businesses in Canada, the U.S., the U.K. and Australia, in addition to providing other resources.

“Reviewing the applications was both heartbreaking and inspiring, We saw how seriously small businesses across Canada have been hurt by the pandemic, but we also saw how determined these entrepreneurs are to preserve their employees’ jobs and to serve their customers and their communities. Today is a happy waypoint, not an end point, and we won’t stop finding new ways to help Canada’s businesses reopen and recover. We’ll be with them every step of the way,” said Perrin Beatty, President and CEO, of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

“It has been incredible to see the resilience coming from Canada’s small business owners over the last few months. We know it hasn’t been easy,” said Margaret Stuart, Canada Country Manager of Salesforce. “The applicants have further demonstrated what we at Salesforce already knew to be true - that Canada is rich with innovation and entrepreneurial talent. We’re hopeful that these grants will provide essential support to small business owners as they return to work.”

A complete list of the winners can be found here.


For more information, please contact:

Deneen Everett
Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce

Phil Taylor
Canadian Chamber of Commerce

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In the Media:

Yellowknifer. (June 29, 2020). Racquet Club receives $10,000 grant from Canadian Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved from:

CKLB. (June 30, 2020).Yellowknife Racquet Club awarded $10K grant to combat COVID-19. Retrieved from:


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