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Mar 27, 2020
Getting creative in a pandemic: Electric Bicycle Brewing cleans up nicely
Nathan Caddell

You can’t have a beer in Electric Bicycle Brewing’s colourful tasting room right now, but the brewery hasn’t shuttered operations. Besides opening an online store where customers can grab hazy pale ales and IPAs, the East Vancouver outfit has pivoted...

Mar 26, 2020
6 local businesses offering services for free during COVID-19
Alyssa Hirose

Everyone is feeling the crush of COVID-19, and now’s the time to share resources, information and support. These local businesses are offering their services for free during the pandemic—so your route planning, accounting and dog diagnosing are a little bit...

Mar 26, 2020
Getting creative in a pandemic: Welk’s General Store goes to Google
Nathan Caddell

Welk’s General Store sells food, sure, but it would be something of a stretch to call the most interesting retailer on Vancouver’s Main Street an “essential business.” Cricket bars and kombucha aren’t exactly necessary for survival. For many in the...

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

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 25, 2020
A risk management guide for your business during COVID-19
Nick Rockel

As everyone keeps saying, there’s no playbook for the COVID-19 crisis. But you can take steps to manage the financial and other risks to your business—and even seize new opportunities. For some advice, we turned to two partners with PwC...

Mar 24, 2020
Yes, COVID-19 is an economic crisis. But more important, it’s a public health emergency
Nick Rockel

“I’ve never been in the business of forecasting, but now even less so,” says Iglika Ivanova when asked about the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. “We are going to see a lot of disruption,” adds the Vancouver-based senior economist and public interest researcher with the Canadian Centre for Policy...

Mar 23, 2020
Your voice as a business leader has never been more important: The dos and don’ts of leadership communications in the time of COVID-19
Caroline Carter

We’ve all received them: the steady stream of brand emails responding to COVID-19. While some offer valuable information, the pile-up of bland, repetitive messaging amounts to inbox hell for lots of us. Even the occasional “Letter from the CEO” can...

Mar 20, 2020
COVID-19 crisis communication for small businesses: advice from a PR pro
Alyssa Hirose

There’s rarely any downtime in the world of public relations, but the COVID-19 pandemic is kicking crisis communications into overdrive for small businesses across the country. On Monday, March 16, Vancouver-headquartered Reformation made a big move: on Instagram, Facebook, Linkedin and...

Mar 19, 2020
How to keep it together while working from home: a timeline
Alyssa Hirose

With seclusion encouraged from morning till night, our homes are starting to feel like cages—and gym closures aren’t helping the self-isolation slump. We asked Lieke ten Brummelhuis, an associate professor of management at SFU’s Beedie School of Business and Scott Lear, the Pfizer/Heart and Stroke Foundation Chair in Cardiovascular Prevention...

Mar 19, 2020
Have to travel for business during the COVID-19 pandemic? Read this first
By the Editors

With much of the world in self-isolation as the COVID-19 pandemic gathers steam, travel is the last thing on most people’s minds. But what if you absolutely need to hit the road—and take to the skies—for business? We asked two...

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