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One-Stop-Shop for economic recovery opening in downtown Lethbridge

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The Lethbridge Region Economic Recovery Task Force is opening up a one-stop-shop for local businesses to help out with information during this COVID-19 pandemic.

The physical location downtown will allow businesses in the area to meet with volunteer advisors regarding numerous topics surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on their stores and shops.

Task Force Team Lead, Stephen Mogdan says the goal is to support local businesses with answers to questions they have on things like re-opening and strategies to help them function better in this new COVID environment.

“Businesses can go online and fill out the waiver and intake form and then we set them up with one of our volunteer advisors. They have an initial free consultation to discuss concerns they are having and then our advisors point them to tools, resources or other professional business advisors to help them on their recovery journey,” says Bogdan.

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Some of the topics advisors can help with include financing and funding, legal advice, bankruptcy, staffing needs, insurance and more.

Businesses can set up a consultation by visiting Choose Lethbridge and filling out an intake and waiver form. They can also email or call 587-800-3356 for information and resources regarding plans and options for business recovery.

The one-stop-shop, opening Monday (Aug. 31) will be located in the Dr. Foster James Penny Building on 5th Street South.


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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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