Pallavi Rao

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Dec 24, 2021
Leadership 2021: Catalyst Community Developments Society president Luke Harrison has navigated COVID by building empathy and trust with his team

Luke Harrison, president of Catalyst Community Developments Society, had the unenviable task of taking the reins in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Harrison leads a team of 15 at the Vancouver-based not-for-profit real estate developer, which works with other...

Nov 23, 2021
Leadership 2021: Planned or unplanned, organizational change should be purposeful, says expert Mumtaz Chaudhary

Mumtaz Chaudhary preaches what she practises—ensuring that organizational change goes smoothly and successfully. Chaudhary made some big changes herself in 2006, when she launched what now called Pragilis Solutions with her husband, Shaheen Chaudhary. There’s been no shortage of work for...

Nov 4, 2021
The 2021 Top 100: Winners + Losers

So who gained—and lost—the biggest percentages of revenue in a year unlike any other? Revenue change: 2,947.1% Net income: $448,000 (converted from USD)Net income change: NA The Vancouver-headquartered mining company tops the list of gainers with a whopping 2,947-percent increase in revenue for 2020.

Oct 26, 2021
Women entrepreneurs reluctant to access financial support: survey

As if the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t tough enough, many Canadian women entrepreneurs have been going it alone financially. That’s one of the takeaways from a national survey of female business owners by Women’s Enterprise Organizations of Canada (WEOC), which found that more...

Aug 23, 2021
BlocPal International sets sights on a public listing in the near future, in line with its "vertical integration" strategy

Digital payment apps are a dime-a-dozen, no matter where you are in the world. It makes sense then, that Vancouver-based BlocPal International is leaning hard into those apps’ success in a cash-less future. The company, which develops digital platforms for merchants...

Jul 30, 2021
Farmers markets could be the perfect entrepreneurial lab for small business, say industry advocates

When you think of farmers markets, you might not see them as key economic drivers of small businesses and an indispensable part of food supply in B.C. But that’s what they are. “I think COVID really blew the lid off [farmers...

Jul 19, 2021
Vancouver real estate analytics company launches its version of Zillow's Zestimate

American real estate startup Zillow turned many heads on this side of the border when its Zestimate tool—which allows users to see the predicted value of homes—launched in Canada in 2018. Vancouver-based company Offerland is hoping for a similar result with its...

Jul 7, 2021
Metro Vancouver housing market takes a breather after breaking sales records in March: report

Although Vancouver suffered rising temperatures toward the end of June, the heat wave in the local housing market has cooled off from its record-breaking performance in March and April. June residential sales in Metro Vancouver totalled 3,762, an 11.9-percent decrease...

Jun 28, 2021
B.C.’s population growth slowed in 2020, but housing market remains unaffected: report

Fewer immigrants managed to call B.C. their home in 2020, according to a new report. B.C.’s population growth declined by a third last year, with the province welcoming only 56,757 new residents, the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia (CPABC)...

Jun 22, 2021
First-year fee waived for small business to get LGBT+ friendly accreditation in June

In B.C. and across the country, Canada’s LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce (CGLCC) is waiving the first-year fee for the first 50 small businesses that sign up for its new Rainbow Registered certification program, which honours Pride Month this June. Small businesses...

Jun 16, 2021
Student-led investment group bets on beloved coffee shop in Downtown Eastside

Student impact investors from the Vancouver Social Value Fund (VSVF) have helped raise $200,000 to finance a struggling coffee shop in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. East Van Roasters, located at 319 Carrall Street, risked permanent closure after its parent company restructured. That’s...

Jun 14, 2021
Vancouver tech company wins $200,000 award from Department of National Defence

Metaspectral, a B.C. company specializing in deriving real-time insights from high-resolution imaging software, has won nearly $230,000 from the Department of National Defence’s Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) program. The program saw 210 participants submit 283 proposals for...

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