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May 31, 2021
Work from home? Or back to the office? This B.C. tech firm has a post-pandemic fix
Saphiya Zerrouk

Itching to get back to the office or enjoying the commute from bed to your at-home workstation? Traction on Demand might have the perfect in-between for employees who want to ditch the loungewear and start interacting with the outside world again. Feedback...

May 21, 2021
Shift Happens: Making employees get their COVID shot is a prickly proposition
Guy Saddy

Yay! COVID-19 is finally retreating. But we’re still a long way from normal. As the owner of a consumer-facing business, you need to ensure workplace safety for customers and coworkers. Should you demand that employees show proof of vaccination before...

May 20, 2021
Want to keep employees happy? Pay them on time: survey
Olivia Armstrong

Manjit Minhas knows how important is it for employees to get paid on time. “Twenty-one years ago, [my brother and I] had a breakdown in our own payroll. We were late two payrolls in a row, and I heard about it...

May 10, 2021
Blackbird Security: Our business is protecting yours
Jessica Kirby

BCBusiness + Blackbird Security Inc. When it comes to business security, excuses, compromises and cookie-cutter solutions are out of the question. The only way to optimize this essential service is through personalized, solutions-based programs that fit individual needs. This is the methodology that Vancouver-based security company Blackbird Security was founded on. Blackbird Security’s...

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...

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