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May 7, 2021
Meet the winners of the 2021 Small Business BC Awards
Saphiya Zerrouk

As the pandemic works its way through B.C., local entrepreneurs need some good news—and all the support they can get. In that spirit, Small Business BC has announced the winners of its 18th annual competition, who were honoured at a virtual...

Apr 22, 2021
New BC Chamber of Commerce boss pledges support for COVID-afflicted businesses—and constructive change
Nick Rockel

The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us three things, according to Fiona Famulak. “Firstly, that we need each other more than perhaps we expected,” says the new president and CEO of the BC Chamber of Commerce. “Secondly, that we need to collaborate...

Apr 20, 2021
Shift Happens: Cultural appropriation won’t win your business any fans
Guy Saddy

Your company has rebranded with a colourful new logo. However, after incorporating the design into all of your materials, you get a call from a First Nations academic who says you’ve ripped off traditional West Coast Indigenous symbolism. What should...

Apr 9, 2021
For Canadian entrepreneurs, going green is a personal mission: report
Nick Rockel

Canadian business owners believe shrinking their environmental footprint is the right thing to do, even if they have to pay the tab. That’s one of the key findings in a new national study by Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC). For A...

Apr 1, 2021
Female B.C. CEO helps lead a global push to advance women in business
Nick Rockel

Quick, name a few male CEOs who founded the company they lead. Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, Tobi Lütke—there’s no shortage of dudes. OK, now name some female founding CEOs. Not so easy, hey? Shahrzad Rafati is the right person to help change that...

Mar 31, 2021
Futurpreneur’s new Black Entrepreneur Startup Program provides funding and support for young business owners
Alyssa Hirose

In response to the disproportionate barriers to success experienced by Black entrepreneurs, national nonprofit Futurpreneur Canada just announced a new financing program tailored for young Black business owners. The Black Entrepreneur Startup Program offers $5,000 to $60,000 of loan financing to successful applicants. This new funding collaboration with Royal Bank of Canada and Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) aims to “foster greater equity and diversity among Canada’s entrepreneurs, with enhancements that will help address the systemic barriers to capital...

Mar 23, 2021
Who will triumph at the 2021 Small Business BC Awards? Meet the contenders
By the Editors

From Richmond to Terrace to Canoe, local small business have soldiered on in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2021 Small Business BC Awards just celebrated those efforts by announcing a total of 30 top five finalists in six categories. Despite COVID challenges, the competition received a record 937 nominations representing 558 small businesses in 88 communities. (Some entrants were nominated in several categories.) Nominees had until March 8 to gather as many votes as they could from the...

Feb 11, 2021
Opinion: B.C. employers must step up and support women’s mental health
Genesa Greening and Mike Schilling

The disparities of COVID-19’s impact are stark and shocking. Here in B.C. and around the world, the pandemic has disproportionately impacted women and worsened the inequalities they already faced. Women’s participation in the Canadian job market has fallen to its lowest level in three decades. Between February and October of last year, more than 20,000 women fell out of the workforce, while 68,000 men joined it. Almost one year into the pandemic, women continue to bear the brunt of unpaid...

Feb 4, 2021
Q&A: Riaz Meghji says the pandemic has turned bosses into broadcasters
Nick Rockel

Maybe you can relate to Riaz Meghji’s story of his lonely childhood as a socially anxious introvert who seemed destined not to fit in. “I was a shy kid,” the veteran broadcaster and television host recalls of growing up in North Delta. “And when I looked around, I felt like I didn’t have my place, I didn’t have this sense of belonging.” In Grade 10, that all changed for Meghji when he watched his brother perform in an improvisational theatre...

Jan 27, 2021
Kelowna’s Candice Loring is on a mission to advance Indigenous businesses and communities
Nathan Caddell

After graduating from UBC Okanagan with a bachelor’s degree in business management and a minor in psychology, Candice Loring spent some time working in finance in West Kelowna before she went back to school. Well, kinda. Loring switched career paths to...

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