Small Business

Pedestrians stroll along Spring Garden Road in Halifax on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. A new retail shopping event has arrived, encouraging consumers to support local, independent businesses during the holiday season. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

‘Nightmare on Main Street:’ After a tough year, campaign urges consumers to buy local

Only 38 per cent of retail businesses are reaching their usual sales levels

 

Candice Woloshyn prepares her flower beds for the next season at her ‘Dirty Girl Flowers’ farm in Merville. Despite the pandemic, Woloshyn was able to sustain her homegrown business as community members opted for regular deliveries of fresh cut flowers. Photo by Binny Paul/ Campbell River Mirror.

Vancouver Island flower farmers were blooming as the pandemic wilted everything else

Floriculturists saw increased subscriptions as fresh flowers became a ‘sight for sore eyes’ during isolation

 

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North Vancouver Island businesses achieve international success with Export Navigator

North Vancouver Island businesses achieve international success with Export Navigator

How small businesses are finding new customers in changing times

  • Sep 21, 2020
North Vancouver Island businesses achieve international success with Export Navigator
A new survey from CFIB found that a mid-range estimate shows 21,000 small businesses at risk of closing in B.C. (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)

21,000 small businesses in B.C. at risk of closure due to COVID-19: survey

Sectors like hospitality hardest hit, while others like agriculture and construction remain more stable.

A new survey from CFIB found that a mid-range estimate shows 21,000 small businesses at risk of closing in B.C. (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Gate House Theatre based in Port McNeill is one of the organizations that received funding from ICET to purchase outdoor theatre equipment. (Photo courtesy, Gate House Theatre/Facebook)

Arts and tourism projects on Vancouver Island receive funding for restart initiatives

Port McNeill’s Gate House Theatre and Cumberland Lake Wilderness Society receive latest funds from Island Coastal Economic Trust

Gate House Theatre based in Port McNeill is one of the organizations that received funding from ICET to purchase outdoor theatre equipment. (Photo courtesy, Gate House Theatre/Facebook)
Shelley Greenup has run Trousers for 23-plus years but has decided it’s time to close up. Photo supplied

Clothing store in Courtenay closes doors after 23 years

Trousers owner Shelley Greenup says the time was right to say goodbye

Shelley Greenup has run Trousers for 23-plus years but has decided it’s time to close up. Photo supplied
B.C. Jobs Minister Bruce Ralston (right) introduces small business task force members, Cybel Negris, CEO of Webnames.ca, Shahraz Kassam, owner and CEO of Shamin Diamonds and Michael Hwang, founder of Amicus Lawyers, May 2, 2018. (B.C. government)

Taxes, housing pressures measured in B.C. small business survey

Minister Bruce Ralston seeks input from business owners during June

B.C. Jobs Minister Bruce Ralston (right) introduces small business task force members, Cybel Negris, CEO of Webnames.ca, Shahraz Kassam, owner and CEO of Shamin Diamonds and Michael Hwang, founder of Amicus Lawyers, May 2, 2018. (B.C. government)
B.C. Jobs, Trade and Technology Minister Bruce Ralston. (Black Press files)

B.C. NDP names small business task force

Trio to tour province looking for economic growth input

B.C. Jobs, Trade and Technology Minister Bruce Ralston. (Black Press files)
B.C. Finance Minister Carole James (Hansard TV)

NDP matches B.C. Liberal tax cut promise

Small business income tax relief retroactive to last spring

B.C. Finance Minister Carole James (Hansard TV)