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Sep 22, 2020
Vancouver Startup Week 2020 offers a hiring fair, a hackathon and much more
By the Editors

The organizers of the seventh annual Vancouver Startup Week weren’t going to let a pandemic spoil their plans. The 2020 instalment, which kicks off this Friday (September 25), has gone virtual as it continues its mission to build connections among entrepreneurs, investors, leaders and friends in the Metro Vancouver startup community. VSW’s long-term vision: to make Vancouver the most attractive city anywhere for leaders of emerging businesses...

Sep 1, 2020
BC Chamber of Commerce shares its blueprint for a more competitive, innovative and inclusive economy
By the Editors

No one can accuse the BC Chamber of Commerce of thinking small. The BC Chamber recently went public with its Economic Recovery Submission, a three-part plan it shared with the provincial government in July. Covering everything from taxes and renewable energy to affordable housing and Indigenous economic reconciliation, this detailed proposal aims to help small and medium-sized businesses survive and thrive in the wake of COVID-19.

Sep 1, 2020
It's a Good Thing: Autism creates some challenges for employment, but also some opportunities
Matt O'Grady

Awareness about autism—and the range of conditions that fall under its umbrella—is a relatively recent thing. The word first appeared in 1938, when Austrian pediatrician Hans Asperger used it to describe a pattern of developmental behaviour in children—posthumously referred to...

Aug 25, 2020
Support Local BC campaign hits the $400,000 mark
By the Editors

A digital platform helping B.C. small businesses survive the COVID-19 pandemic just reached an impressive milestone. Since it launched in April, Support Local BC, which sells gift certificates to roughly 1,330 companies provincewide, has racked up $400,000 in sales. The effort...

Aug 21, 2020
As businesses rehire in COVID’s wake, urban centres feel the squeeze
By the Editors

For businesses in B.C. and across the country, two new surveys reveal a slow but steady recovery from COVID-19. But thanks to the pandemic’s impact on office life and global tourism, urban companies face an especially tough battle. Almost 60 percent of Canadian businesses that laid off staff during the pandemic are...

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...

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