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Feb 26, 2018
2018 Small Business BC Awards announced
By the Editors

The 15th annual Small Business BC Awards were given out over the weekend at the Vancouver Convention Centre, with 10 winners taking home prizes as the best in their category. The competition began last October, when the public nominated more than 600 companies. From there, businesses were encouraged to gather as many nominations as...

Feb 23, 2018
Two Economies, One Province: Lightship Works brings cloud computing to the town of Elkford
Nick Rockel

Elkford may be home to just 2,500 residents, but like any community, it needs to keep track of a variety of assets. Since 2015, the picturesque East Kootenay district municipality has been doing that with software from Lightship Works Inc. The Kamloops-based...

Feb 22, 2018
Two Economies, One Province: Railtown Cafe and FortisBC light it up
Nick Rockel

When Dan Olson launched Railtown Cafe with fellow chef Tyler Day in 2012, the premises they took over ran on electricity. As their Vancouver restaurant and catering business grew to four locations, the pair switched to natural gas from FortisBC—not just for stovetops...

Feb 21, 2018
Winners and losers in B.C.’s budget announcement
Nathan Caddell

Last year’s provincial election was so close that no matter what the government decides to do, someone will be disappointed. So it is with the February 20 budget announcement by the governing NDP-Green coalition, which, depending on who you ask, is either...

Feb 21, 2018
Two Economies, One Province: Kalesnikoff Lumber and Leslie Forest Products make wood work
Nathan Caddell

Sometimes places just have the perfect name. Take the West Kootenay settlement of Thrums, for example. The word “thrum” refers to a continuous humming sound, and anyone who has made the journey along Highway 3A between Castlegar and the region’s...

Feb 19, 2018
Two Economies, One Province: Mining giant Rio Tinto gets help from the BC Innovation Council
Nathan Caddell

A partnership based on getting people to a specific location only started because Carl Anderson got lost. Last February the president and CEO of the BC Innovation Council (BCIC), was on a BC Growth Opportunities Tour in the northwest of the province...

Feb 19, 2018
Two Economies, One Province: A distillery and a grain cleaning co-op work together across B.C.
Nick Rockel

Before Sherry Jiang immigrated to Vancouver in 2004, she was a physician in the northeastern Chinese city of Dalian. Deciding not to pursue medicine in Canada because it would take too long to get a licence, she also noticed that members of the Chinese community had a hard time finding...

Feb 14, 2018
Wholehearted Leadership Opinion: 4 kinds of leaders
David MacLean

Do you know what kind of leader you are? Do you know the difference between how you are naturally wired to lead and how you choose to lead? There are myriad models explaining the various kinds of leadership styles, management roles...

Feb 13, 2018
DIY Management: How to handle office romances
Felicity Stone

1. Accept human naturePeople spend so much time at work that it’s inevitable they become friends, Pau notes. “What’s the difference between becoming best friends versus becoming boyfriend and girlfriend?” she asks. Anderson points out that there’s nothing inherently wrong...

Feb 6, 2018
Second annual Pitch for the Purse competition enters final round
Nathan Caddell

Valerie Song enters an upstairs room at the Vancouver Club and eyes a pitcher of water. Filling a glass, she takes a massive swig. “I needed that,” Song gasps between gulps. “I’m also feeling…hungry.”No wonder. Less than an hour ago...

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