Woodstock Chamber & Rural Oxford Economic Development Corporation launch a new COVID-19 recovery effort to help 100 local businesses


WOODSTOCK, ONT. – August 11, 2020: The Woodstock Chamber of Commerce and Rural Oxford Economic Development are announcing the launch of the SafeStarter kit program, a COVID-19 recovery effort designed to help businesses in Oxford County.

The SafeStarter kit program will provide 100 businesses an affordable PPE kit at a bulk order price, thanks to a $25,000 grant from the Oxford Economic Stimulus Fund (OESF) administered through Community Futures Oxford.

“As our community navigates the rules and costs involved with Stage 3 reopening of the economy, our hope is that the local sourcing and significant savings will help provide some relief for our businesses,” said Kim Whitehead, General Manager of the Woodstock Chamber of Commerce.

“This recovery effort was created in response to community need. Our plan was to deliver a simple, helpful, practical solution. We sourced bulk items locally so we could break them down and assemble 100 SafeStarter kits quickly to meet the current need,” said Ronda Stewart, Economic Development Director for Rural Oxford EDC.

The SafeStarter kits, each valued at $160, will be sold to businesses for just $60+hst, saving business owners time and money. Each kit contains 10 re-useable cotton masks, one box of 50 disposable masks, one face shield, 1L liquid hand sanitizer, 1Gal surface disinfectant (concentrate), four laminated Public Health signs, three circular floor decals, and a USB drive with COVID-19 and business resources.

“The review committee received a number of quality project applications for the Oxford Economic Stimulus Fund. We’re pleased that this SafeStarter kit initiative was approved and will be here to help local businesses in Stage 3,” said Lindsay Wilson, Community Economic Development Coordinator for Community Futures Oxford.

In order to help 100 Oxford County companies, a limit of one kit per business is in effect.

To order a SafeStarter kit, visit: or You can also reach out to your local contact at one of these great community partners: Tavistock Chamber of Commerce, Ingersoll Chamber of Commerce, Norwich Chamber of Commerce and Oxford Rural Entrepreneurs (ORE).


For more information:

Kim Whitehead                                                   Ronda Stewart                    

519-539-9411                                                     519-619-6895