Oct 18, 2021
Chamber Plan Provides Mental Health Resources for Employers
Jessica Kirby

BCBusiness + Chambers Plan Employee Benefits Loneliness and isolation are at an all-time high—so is the impact on employees and their family members. Chamber of Commerce Insurance Plan can help. “The Chambers Plan has always been a grassroots, community-based organization that sees the importance of taking care of small businesses and helping them...

Sep 28, 2021
The pandemic ignited an already strong medical equipment industry in B.C. But entering the sector remains tough
Ryan Stuart

At the height of the worldwide shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) last year, outdoor gear specialist Mustang Survival realized it could help. Mustang makes the majority of its flotation devices and waterproof clothing overseas. But the Burnaby-based company manufactures its...

Sep 13, 2021
Entrepreneur Of The Year 2021 winners: Alison Taylor and Trevor Johnston succeed by helping the helpers
Nathan Caddell

“I think it’s interesting when people ask kids what they want to be when they grow up. Because they know, like, four professions,” Alison Taylor says. “They know what their parents do and what their teacher does and whoever else...

Sep 13, 2021
Entrepreneur Of The Year 2021 winner: Carl Hansen engineered AbCellera’s rise to biotech powerhouse
Nick Rockel

They may not know it, but thousands of people who escaped death from COVID-19 owe a debt of gratitude to Carl Hansen and AbCellera Biologics. “Last year, we had the opportunity to show the world the power of the technology...

Jul 9, 2021
30 Under 30: Alex Miller created an internationally popular pelvic exercise program for women
Nick Rockel

Life Story: If you attend group fitness classes in Vancouver, you might recognize Alex Miller as an instructor. Miller, who spent eight years working at numerous local studios, also started a business teaching mindful movement to kids aged five to...

Jul 9, 2021
30 Under 30: Nishal Kumar scored a Dragons’ Den deal for saving days from being wasted by nights
Nathan Caddell

Life Story: Nishal Kumar was pushed into studying medicine in university by his love for the TV program House and its eponymous foul-mouthed genius of a doctor. But it wasn’t to be—after three years in chemistry and biology at UBC, the...

Jul 9, 2021
30 Under 30: Alexandria MacFarlane built a community around her skincare line
Nick Rockel

Life Story: Even as a child in Abbotsford, Alexandria MacFarlane was highly entrepreneurial, selling old toys and Halloween candy to other kids. Having watched her mom and dad run businesses—a bridal store and a defence technology manufacturer, respectively—she knew she’d...

Jul 9, 2021
30 Under 30: Peter Shahbeigi is making it easier to get medication with Flash Health Technologies
Nathan Caddell

Life Story: Peter Shahbeigi sold his first company—“a Nokia wholesaler, back when Nokia was king of the world”—when he was 12 years old growing up in Iran. The son of two doctors, he came to Vancouver in 2012 and sold...

Jun 23, 2021
With help from Arlene Dickinson, Aura Nutrition is looking to rebound from COVID-19
Nathan Caddell

It would have been easy for Kate Marshall to throw her hands up in the air and let Aura Nutrition die out after the COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc on the all-natural food and supplement provider she runs with three partners. The...

Jun 18, 2021
B.C. organizations step up to help end period poverty at work and home
Saphiya Zerrouk

Half of the world’s population will experience a period—which means that all of those people need to buy menstrual hygiene products and use them monthly. For some, that isn’t an option. It isn’t just a problem for developing countries. In B.C.

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