In response to Covid-19, Navigate will be closing the Entrepreneurship Centre, MakerSpace, and Business Incubator until further notice in an attempt to limit the spread of the virus. All spaces will be closed to the public, effective Tuesday, March 17th.
Navigate is committed to taking proactive measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The health and safety of our clients, users, students, co-workers, families and communities are paramount as is helping to protect the most vulnerable members of our community and our healthcare professionals by demonstrating leadership in social distancing and working remotely.
Due to the hands-on nature and size of the MakerSpace, containing the spread of the virus via surfaces and social distancing is unattainable, and therefore the space must remain closed until further notice for the protection of our users and the community. Community partners and regular users have been informed of this decision and will be working on projects at home, with links and support to learn to program and to develop design tools.
With regards to the Business Incubator, our Voyager and Trailblazer clients have been informed of the decision to close for the time being and are in agreement to work from home until such time as it is deemed safe to return to the facilities. Clients will be collecting any essential items from their offices as soon as possible.
On the advice of our nation’s Chief Public Health Officer, Navigate employees are implementing a work-from-home plan, effective immediately. Navigate Managers will be available to assist clients remotely going forward and until further notice. (See contact information below.)
In an effort to continue to provide services to the business community, Navigate will work towards offering online programming and events where possible and virtual business support to clients. Upcoming events of this nature include:
- the Navigate Entrepreneur Ecosystem Series virtual sessions
- a virtual Maker Faire on Sunday, April 5 from 2-4pm where we will be doing components as an async digital version: virtual workshops, online sessions for maker project display and for early stage craft entrepreneurs; and a virtual fashion show displaying wearable technology.
Furthermore, Navigate will continue to closely monitor the many emergency measures that are being put in place to help small businesses during the coming weeks and months and will be sharing this information as it becomes available. We also invite you, our clients, to share with us any information or best practices you have discovered that can help your fellow businesses owners navigate these uncharted waters. We all have a role to play in supporting one another through these unprecedented times.
Adaptation and resilience are key skills in the arsenal of any entrepreneur, and together we are uniquely positioned to turn crises into opportunities for learning and innovation.
We urge you to stay safe and take care during these uncertain times and encourage you to follow the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador’s recommendations to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at https://www.gov.nl.ca/covid-19/ .
Thank you for your continued support and understanding.
The Navigate Management Team