CCBF Victoria is the first chapter to re-open.
Tuesday, June 16
7:30 a.m., White Spot
SURVEY SAYS ....
COVID-19 has strengthened
the faith of CCBF members
The impact of COVID-19 on the Canadian Christian business community is more spiritual than it is economic.
The Canadian Christian Business Federation (CCBF) conducted a national survey of its members and affiliates over the past three weeks to determine the effect of COVID-19 on individual business leaders and their businesses or organizations. There were 310 responses.
The survey results point out that self-isolation -- time at home -- has resulted in a strengthening of their faith, and that their strong faith is helping them cope with the social and economic impact of COVID-19.
The survey process was quite simple: We provided statements and asked whether or not they applied to them.
Exactly 40 per cent of those who responded to the survey said that the time at home had strengthened their faith or that their strong faith helped them weather the storm.
The largest single response came to whether or not employers had to lay off employees, with 27 per cent indicating that was the case.
Several saw this time away from the office as an opportunity to "re-think the way I do business" and to "connect with others for solutions to stay afloat.
But the impact of COVID-19 continues to take its toll. Three per cent said that it has taken "an emotional toll on me, my family and my employees" while 3 per cent are in need for a financial bailout. One per cent said they were forced to shut down their business.
27% We have had to lay off employees
24% This time at home has strengthened my faith
16% My strong faith is helping me weather the storm
11% I am connecting with others for solutions to stay afloat
7% It has caused me to re-think the way I do business
3% It has taken an emotional toll on me, my family and employees
3% It has no impact on our business
3% We really need a financial bailout
1% We have had to shut down our business
The CCBF will conduct a similar survey in June to see how priorities and perspectives have changed. We thank all those who took part in the national survey.
Several CCBF members are offering special services -- such free web design and reduced insurance rates.
Check out the latest under the Member Benefits tab.
Thanks to the coronavirus, and all its implications, the Kingdom Advancers conference has been postponed. We don't know how long this will take. We are looking at possible dates in June and even September.
Consider this: Imagine how ready we'll all be to leave our homes and offices and to gather as Christian business and professional leaders for a Kingdom Advancers celebration!
- Keith Knight
For further details, go to www.kingdomadvancers.ca .
ALL BREAKFAST MEETINGS CANCELED FOR NOW
(Listed alphabetically by city)
ABBOTSFORD, Wednesday, May 13 – Breakfast, 7 a.m., Ricky’s, Best Western Regency Inn, 32080 Marshall Road at Clearbrook, Abbotsford; Richard Beaulieu, facilitator.
BEAMSVILLE, Thursday, May 7 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Conversations Café and Bistro, 4995 King St. at Ontario, Beamsville; Bret Maukonen, facilitator.
BRAMPTON, Wednesday, May 13 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Sunset Grill, 10025 Hurontario at Bovaird; Rod Hoekman, facilitator.
BRANTFORD, Wednesday, May 20 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Sherwood Restaurant, Colborne Street E., Brantford; Keith Knight, facilitator.
BURLINGTON, Wednesday, May 6 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Skyway Diner, 645 Plains Road East, Burlington; Keith Knight, facilitator.
CALGARY NORTH, – Friday, May 22 -- Breakfast 7 a.m., Ricky’s Restaurant, 16 Ave. at 16 St. NW, Calgary; Al Gray, Hugh Pineault, facilitators.
CAMBRIDGE, Tuesday, May 26 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Country Girl Restaurant, 561 Hespeler Road, Cambridge; Keith Knight, facilitator.
CENTRE WELLINGTON, Monday, May11 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Gorge Family Restaurant, 82 Wellington Road 7, Elora; Don Moore and John Vanderstoep, facilitators
CLARINGTON, Wednesday, May 20 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Bowmanville Restaurant, Bowmanville; Ian Williams, facilitator.
COBOURG, Tuesday, May 5 – Breakfast 8 a.m., Buttermilk Café, 44 King Street, Cobourg; Joe Peristy, Harry Meester, co-facilitators.
COMOX VALLEY, Thursday, May 12 – Breakfast 7 a.m., White Spot Restaurant, 2299 Cliffe Ave., Courtenay; Amy Englemark, facilitator
EDMONTON, Thursday, May 28 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Ricky’s Restaurant @ Holiday Inn, 4485 Gateway Blvd (off Whitemud); Vic Smith, facilitator.
GUELPH, Tuesday, March 19 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m. Symposium Cafe, Stone Road West, Guelph; Keith Knight, facilitator.
HALIBURTON, Thursday, May 14 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Maple Avenue Tap and Grill, 172 Highland St., Haliburton; Dan Kenney, facilitator.
KELOWNA, Friday, May 1 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Perkins Restaurant, 2170 Harvey Ave.; Scott Burke, facilitator.
KITCHENER, Thursday, May 21 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Country Boy Restaurant, Manitou at Courtland, Kitchener; Keith Knight, facilitator.
LANGLEY, Thursday, May 21 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Ricky’s Restaurant, Ramada Inn, Hwy 10 and 192 St., Langley; Andrea Soberg, Joan Deeks, facilitators.
LETHBRIDGE, Tuesday, May 26 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Smitty’s Restaurant, 2053 Major Magrath Dr. S.; Keith Knight, guest speaker
LONDON, Wednesday, May 27 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Youth For Christ cafe, 254 Adelaide St. S., London; Norman Steele, facilitator.
MARKHAM, Wednesday, May 20 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Cora’s Restaurant, 9275 Markham Road, Markham; Anne Thornley-Brown, facilitator.
MILTON, Friday, May 22 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Cora Restaurant, 65 Ontario St. S., Milton; Keith Knight, facilitator.
NORTH YORK, Wednesday, May 20 – Breakfast 7 a.m., The Peoples Church, 374 Sheppard Ave. E., Toronto; Nestor Abdon, facilitator.
OAKVILLE, Friday, May 15 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., EggSmart, Metro Plaza, North Service Road, Oakville; Keith Knight, facilitator.
OTTAWA, Tuesday, May 26 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Summerhayes Restaurant, 1971 Base Line Road at Woodroffe, Nepean; George Zekveld, facilitator.
PETERBOROUGH, Thursday, May 21 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Jack’s Family Restaurant, 91 George Street North; Daniel Kenney, facilitator.
PICKERING, Thursday, May 28 – Lunch 12 noon, Cora’s Restaurant, 1755 Pickering Parkway; Andrew Shevtsov, facilitator.
RED DEER, Wednesday, May 27 – Inaugural Breakfast 7:30 a.m., ABC Restaurant, 2085 50th Ave.; Keith Knight, guest speaker.
SASKATOON, Wednesday, May 13 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Grainfields Family Restaurant, 810 Circle Drive, Saskatoon; Brian Lise, facilitator.
ST. CATHARINES, Wednesday, May 13 – Breakfast 7:15 a.m., Perkins Restaurant, Lake Street at QEW, St. Catharines; Paul Hilsden, facilitator.
VICTORIA, Thursday, May 19 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., White Spot, 3965 Quadra Street, Victoria; Garth Wardle, facilitator.
WATERLOO, Friday, May 1 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Stone Crock, St. Jacobs; Keith Knight, facilitator.
WELLAND, Thursday, May 21 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., East Side Diner, 268 East Main St., Welland; Bret Maukonen, facilitator.
WINGHAM, Friday, May 1– Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., Maitland River Community Church, 414 Josephine Street, Wingham; Brenda White, facilitator.
WINDSOR, Tuesday, May 12 – Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., The Lumberjack Restaurant, 475 Tecumseh East; Nadine Sookwah and Nicole Barron, co-facilitators.