What is Stay Innovating?
Stay In-novating profiles innovative small businesses in Canada that are finding creative ways to deal with the various challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Keeping business running, providing support to employees, adapting to a completely different customer’s experiences, these are only some of the topics that are the things we should bt talking about. This series was developed to promote and support our small businesses that deserve the spotlight for their excellent services and decisions during these times.
Hyr’s fully mobile app connects businesses and workers to fill any shift at any time. Did your dishwasher call out, or you need temp workers for your pop up store? Hyr’s tech allows businesses to post shifts or temporary staffing needs, and choose from experienced workers to fill in, and they take care of the rest including taxes, payroll and insurance.
Pre-March, Hyr’s business was focused on the retail and hospitality sectors. However, on March 10th with the start of the COVID-19 lockdown, 90% of Hyr’s business users had to close their businesses, or significantly reduce their operations.
That said, other essential businesses were seeing an increased demand for temp positions. In particular, grocery and delivery staff became highly sought after, as restaurants became takeout only and grocery store workers became “secondary frontline workers.”
More, Hyr realized the greater need for volunteers during these difficult times and launched a volunteer portal for non-profits to connect with their community of workers.
Hyr’s team quickly adapted their platform to allow both essential businesses and nonprofits to connect – quickly – to their community of 25k workers. The skilled hospitality and retails pros were/are able to quickly jump into these roles and earn much needed income at a time they need it most.
Thank you to our Official Supporters
We are thrilled to be supported by these organizations that truly care about advocating for the small business community and Canada:
Startup Canada is the national rallying community and voice for Canada’s 3.5 million entrepreneurs, representing more than 250,000 entrepreneurs and 50 grassroots communities. They are the network promoting, inspiring, educating, connecting, and giving a voice to Canada’s entrepreneurs; supporting them to start, operate, and scale businesses that build a better Canada for the world today and for future generations.
Next Canada is Canada’s strongest and most dedicated entrepreneurial network made up of 500+ top Canadian academics, entrepreneurs, investors, and founders. They accelerate their trajectory with access to education, mentorship, and funding.
RSM Canada LLP provides public accounting services and is the Canadian member firm of RSM International, a global network of independent audit, tax and consulting firms with more than 41,000 people in 116 countries. Their purpose is to deliver the power of being understood to our clients, colleagues, and communities through world-class audit, tax, and consulting services focused on middle-market businesses.
Canadian Chamber of Commerce has connected businesses of all sizes, from all sectors and from all regions of the country to advocate for public policies that will foster a strong, competitive economic environment that benefits businesses, communities, and families across Canada.