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Apr 6, 2020
Survey reveals COVID-19’s devastating impact on B.C. businesses

We all know the COVID-19 crisis is bad for business, but a recent survey highlights just how much damage the pandemic has already inflicted on B.C. companies and their employees. The poll of 1,900 businesses shows that in the past two weeks, about half have suffered revenue plunges of 75 percent...

Apr 6, 2020
National Internet agency offers free cybersecurity to small businesses during COVID-19

At the best of times, cyberattacks are a major threat to businesses of all sizes. The COVID-19 pandemic has left companies even more vulnerable to hackers as their employees adjust to working remotely. With that in mind, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) is now offering small businesses in B.C.

Apr 2, 2020
Getting creative in a pandemic: Mustang Survival goes to gowns

“Survival” has taken on a different meaning in the past couple of months, and a well-known B.C. company that uses the word in its name has pivoted accordingly. Burnaby-based Mustang Survival has been creating high-end outerwear, life-jackets and other gear...

Apr 1, 2020
Introducing our 2020 Women of the Year

As a strong supporter of B.C. women in business, we figured we had a handle on the key players and up-and-coming talents. Then we put out the call for the first Women of the Year Awards—and learned that this province...

Apr 1, 2020
Nonprofit offers funding and other support for SMEs pursuing COVID-19 solutions

These are tough times for small and medium-sized businesses in B.C. and across the country. But if you’re an SME with an idea that could contribute to the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, a new program can help you spring into action. Mitacs, a government-funded national nonprofit that aims to foster...

Mar 30, 2020
A COVID-19 isolation playlist, from our quarantine to yours

There’s no shortage of bad news these days, but we’re doing our best to stay upbeat. Here are 20 songs the editors have been cranking while isolated (as loud as our families will allow, at least). I may not have the...

Mar 30, 2020
What you need to know about federal and provincial support for B.C. businesses and workers during the COVID-19 pandemic

**Updated on April 4. Please check back for further updates as new information becomes available** As businesses and workers throughout B.C. struggle with plunging revenue and job losses from the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal and provincial governments have stepped up with multibillion-dollar relief efforts.

Mar 30, 2020
Tips for staying sane in a pandemic from... Ampersand Distilling co-founder Jessica Schacht

Born and raised on Vancouver Island, Jessica Schacht is co-founder of Ampersand Distilling Co., a family-owned small-batch distillery in Duncan. She and her husband, Jeremy (an engineer by trade), launched the business because they share a love of craft cocktails.

Mar 27, 2020
Calling all tech startups: There’s still time to enter the New Ventures BC Competition

The business world may be in rough shape, but B.C. startups in need of funding can take heart that a long-running provincial contest remains very much alive. The New Ventures BC Competition for early-stage tech companies, marking its 20th anniversary, is...

Mar 27, 2020
Announcing the winners of the BCBusiness Women of the Year Awards

Everyone knows that B.C. is home to some exceptional female business talent. Our new Women of the Year Awards aim to recognize the very best. The finalists for the inaugural competition, who hail from organizations large and small across the province...

Mar 26, 2020
Tips for staying sane in a pandemic from... Talk Shop Media co-founder Sara Padidar

After graduating from UBC, Sara Padidar started out in the magazine industry before (wisely) exiting to launch her own public relations company and co-found Talk Shop in 2011. Padidar, who has worked with clients like Ford Motor Co., Starbucks Corp. and Toyota...

Mar 23, 2020
Tips for staying sane in a pandemic from... Maple Organics founder Rosy Atwal

A graduate of Western’s Ivy Business School, Rosy Atwal worked as a brand manager for companies like Nature’s Path Foods and Sleeman Breweries before she founded wellness outfit Maple Organics in 2016. The Surrey-based business, which dubs itself Canada’s “first organic pharmaceutical...

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