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As the world continues to deal with the current COVID-19 pandemic, a number of Calgary companies, many which are alumni and current participants of the Trade Accelerator Program, have stepped up to help the Calgary community.

The team at Goodlawyer, which completed the TAP cohort this past December, is offering free 15-minute legal advice sessions for employers and employees who have been affected by the pandemic. It's also created a COVID-19 resources page to keep its companies and clients informed.

BoxOfDocs, another December 2019 cohort graduate, is focused on taking some of the stress off of the local government. The company is opening up its platform, which features hundreds of thousands of documents on policy, best practices and more, to government employees – for free.

It's not just tech companies that are making a difference. Bessie Box, which offers delivery of high-quality and locally-sourced meat and seafood, has made some small changes that are having a big impact on customers.

That includes adding extra packages for people to share with others who can’t go out and get food. The team, which graduated from TAP in November 2019, has also added contact-free delivery options and hired staff to support increased orders and deliveries.

Current TAP participants Hippo Hug make weighted blankets and specialize in products for the medical industry. The current TAP cohort which Hippo Hug is part of is currently on hold, but that’s not stopping the team from helping those in need. Hippo Hug is helping keep frontline healthcare workers safe by producing cloth masks as well as removable, washable covers for N95 masks, which will help extend how long those masks can be used. 

There are a number of other TAP companies offering a helping hand to our community, including:

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