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Aug 10, 2020
New study holds lessons for small businesses hoping to pull through pandemic
By the Editors

As COVID-19 transforms the business world, a new study shows how it’s reshaping main streets in our major cities. The Block Reports survey puts seven commercial hubs in B.C. and Ontario under the microscope. The authors looked at data such as business closures, foot traffic pre- and post-COVID, the proportion of independent businesses and the size of the local residential population...

Aug 6, 2020
5 questions with Tom Conway, president and CEO of Small Business BC
Michael McCullough

1. You were on the job not quite a year when the COVID-19 crisis hit. Did that help prepare you for what was to come? I’m so grateful that this crisis, if it had to happen at all, occurred in my...

Jul 23, 2020
Forget your referral program (and 8 other tips for recruiting a diverse workforce)
Alyssa Hirose

So you want to make diversity a priority in your business—that’s awesome. It’s work that needs to be done, but it needs to be done right. We chatted with Tess Sloane, co-founder of Eleven Eleven Talent, a Vancouver-based global recruitment...

Jun 30, 2020
Opinion: Don’t go bargain-hunting for employees
Ben Baker

At the start of the year, working from home was considered a luxury for the privileged few. COVID-19 changed that. The pandemic created both a catalyst and an environment where convention got thrown out the window and technological innovation came to the forefront, enabling remote workforces to be productive and even thrive...

Jun 19, 2020
A business plan for the end of the world
Frances Bula

Emad Yacoub has survived downturns before. It was very rough during the 2008 world meltdown triggered by the collapse of the U.S. housing market. But even in the worst of times, his Glowbal dining empire, which today consists of nine...

Jun 10, 2020
Tips for buying or selling a small business during COVID-19 and beyond
Nick Rockel

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted just about everything—and buying or selling a business is no exception. For some insight into where things are headed, we asked Pino Bacinello, founder and president of Pacific M&A and Business Brokers, which has offices...

Jun 2, 2020
Vancouver consultant shares out-of-office responder for black entrepreneurs
Nathan Caddell

In the wake of the murder of George Floyd in Minnesota and the worldwide protests that have followed, a Vancouver entrepreneur is reminding their fellow black business owners that it's OK to not get back to everyone. Cicely Belle Blain of...

May 27, 2020
Opinion: What if the Earth stopped spinning?
Ben Baker

Titles won’t get us through this crisis; however, people with insight, creativity, the ability to develop trust and the courage to move forward will. People around us right now are starving for leadership. They’re unsure of where they are, let alone what the future holds. They need reassurance and guidance to help them stop grabbing their knees and rocking back and forth, so they can get up and walk toward the unknown with confidence...

May 21, 2020
Tips for staying sane in a pandemic from... CuePath Innovation’s Bruce Nunn
Alyssa Hirose

When he’s not kayaking, drinking wine or playing lead guitar in his classic rock cover band, Bruce Nunn shreds up the local technology industry stage. Nunn leads sales and marketing for CuePath Innovation, a Vancouver-based health-care tech company that delivers...

May 15, 2020
Wholehearted Leadership Opinion: Leadership is a contact sport
David MacLean

Decades ago, I coached football. Years before that, I played football. Sometimes I joke that I used to be a really good athlete about 30 pounds ago. Football is a true contact sport. Hitting—physical contact—is a major part of the game. Hitting isn’t incidental to football; it’s the point.

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