Sep 29, 2020
Want to get main streets back up and running? Start with good data

From Victoria to St. John’s, COVID-19 has made life difficult for main streets across the country. Cities need to give struggling retail and commercial businesses a helping hand. But to make the right decisions when it comes to economic recovery, Andy Yan says, they also need good data. To that end, Yan helped create the Main Street Data Primer: A Resource for Policymakers, Main Street Stakeholders and Urban Researchers...

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Sep 29, 2020
B.C. charities face increasing demand, erosion of funds in wake of COVID-19
Nathan Caddell

Richard Pass likes to say that “serious illness doesn’t care that there’s a pandemic.” What was already a sometimes difficult job as chief executive of nonprofit Ronald McDonald House BC and Yukon has gotten much tougher. The organization, which relies on donations...

Sep 29, 2020
Burnaby startup becomes the first in Canada to receive N95 authorization
By the Editors

It didn’t take long for Vitacore to make an impact on the world. The startup, founded early this year by some of the brains at Burnaby-based Strata Engineering, has already become the first Canadian company authorized by Health Canada to...

Sep 28, 2020
Canadian tech companies follow Unbounce’s lead toward equal pay
Nathan Caddell

Today, a host of Canadian tech leaders announced their intention to join forces by signing a pledge to prioritize gender pay equality. The Pay Up for Progress initiative is the brainchild of Vancouver-based landing page creator Unbounce, which recently analyzed its own...

Sep 25, 2020
2020 BC Food & Beverage Awards celebrate local producers, get tipsy with top honour
By the Editors

The 2020 BC Food & Beverage Awards gave us plenty to chew on as they celebrated a dozen winners on September 24. But the top prize at the annual shindig, hosted by industry group BC Food & Beverage (BCFB), went to a local dram. Sheringham Distillery’s Seaside Gin won the Gold Award for Product of the Year. Founded in 2015 by chef-turned-distiller Jason MacIsaac and his wife, Alayne MacIsaac, Sooke-based Sheringham also makes akvavit, vodka and coffee liqueur. Last year...

Sep 24, 2020
BC Liberals lean on business leaders to fill candidate spots across the province
Nathan Caddell

This is a pivotal election for the BC Liberal Party. After coming in as the favourite and narrowly missing out on forming government last time around, the party comes into this contest as the presumptive underdog. The current government, led by...

Sep 24, 2020
Does your company qualify for SR&ED tax credits? Don’t leave money on the table
Richard Hoy

As economic chaos breeds consolidation, COVID-19 has forced many businesses to shelve their formal research and development work. So the fact that, since the pandemic began, I’ve seen twice as many companies as usual seeking innovation-related tax relief for the...

Sep 24, 2020
Hootsuite realizes partnering with ICE is not a good look for a B Corp, cancels contract
Stacey McLachan

Hootsuite, a Vancouver-based social media software company with over 1,000 employees worldwide, announced today that they will be cancelling a controversial contract with the U.S. government's Immigration and Customs Enforcement office (ICE). We typically do not make public facing statements about...

Sep 22, 2020
Once again, no B.C. companies make LinkedIn list of top Canadian startups
Nathan Caddell

We here at BCBusiness understand that a large part of our role is to cover organizations from this province that do notable things. It’s literally in our name. Sometimes that results in us pointing out when B.C. companies make prestigious...

Sep 21, 2020
Vancouver Startup Week 2020 offers a hiring fair, a hackathon and much more
By the Editors

The organizers of the seventh annual Vancouver Startup Week weren’t going to let a pandemic spoil their plans. The 2020 instalment, which kicks off this Friday (September 25), has gone virtual as it continues its mission to build connections among entrepreneurs, investors, leaders and friends in the Metro Vancouver startup community. VSW’s long-term vision: to make Vancouver the most attractive city anywhere for leaders of emerging businesses...

Sep 18, 2020
For B.C. commercial real estate, COVID-19 creates winners and losers
By the Editors

COVID-19 hit the province’s commercial real estate market where it hurts, but the deals have kept flowing this year. As the pandemic took hold, investment in B.C. commercial property suffered its worst first half since 2015, according to a new midyear report by Avison Young. Tracking industrial, office and retail deals valued at more than $5 million, the real estate services firm found that 84 transactions worth a total of $1.5 billion wrapped in the first six months of 2020.

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