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Community Futures Consulting Grants for Women Entrepreneurs Program

Krystin Dubuc // Community Futures Fraser Fort George It is no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted women in business. Across the country, and around the world, female entrepreneurs were more likely to lose contracts, lay off staff, or close their business as they were more likely to work in sectors that saw greater impacts such as retail, personal services, and arts and recreation. Women led businesses have also had a harder time recovering compared to male-led businesses and are still facing many of the same challenges that were present at the beginning of the pandemic. In response

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Five tips to get better recruitment and retention mileage

Tamara Shaw // COVID-19 Business Recovery Recruiters, Work BC Welcome to December, the fastest moving month in a really long year. We have experienced significant economic changes in such a short time frame. The changes are so large, it is difficult to remember what life was like pre-pandemic. Businesses have been looking for opportunities to streamline the way business is done; from evaluating services and products to assessing teams and roles to ensure the most efficient delivery of services is happening, while eliminating inefficiencies wherever possible. We have been reminded over the past year that recruitment and retention is a

What’s in store for the 2021 #TrueNorth Business Development Forum?

Kendall Robertson // Prince George Chamber of Commerce The Prince George Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the return of the #TrueNorth Business Development Forum on January 25th, 2021! The event is once again sponsored by LNG Canada. #TrueNorth focuses on providing tools to build a strong and prosperous Northern BC. Given the challenges experienced in 2020, this coming event may be the most important to date! This year’s theme is “Leadership through Recovery”. What to Expect This year, the #TrueNorth Business Development Forum will take place virtually from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.  Keynote speakers include David Irvine

#SupportPG this 2020 Holiday Season

Kirstyn Wallace // Tourism Prince George Glowing in the heart of Northern BC, Prince George is the largest city in the upper ⅘ of the province and is a bustling urban centre. To help make your holiday shopping easier, we’ve put together a quick 2020 guide full of local businesses and artisans you can find across the city. For those who deserve to be pampered Create something extra special with a handpicked basket of locally made goodies from Blissful Bubbles, Golden Rays Apothecary, and vendors from The Market Place and the Farmer’s Market. Or go with an easy win, and

Plaid Friday Returning on November 27th!

Colleen Van Mook // Downtown PG Calling all downtown shoppers and diners to Celebrate Plaid Friday with Downtown Prince George on November 27th! Plaid Friday started in Oakland California as a shop local campaign that encouraged friends and family to do their holiday shopping in a more leisurely way rather than the frenzy sometimes associated with Black Friday.  It has caught on in many communities all over North America and in Prince George we are celebrating our 5th Annual Plaid Friday campaign.  People ask, “So what’s with the plaid anyway?” Well, the plaid pattern represents weaving of the individual threads

Recruiting During COVID-19

Tamara Shaw // COVID-19 Business Recovery Recruiters, Work BC Conducting business during a pandemic is something no one in 2020 had been trained to do. The experience is unprecedented in current business theory and approaches. We all had to quickly identify hidden opportunities, markets, and under-served areas within our business scope to ensure the ongoing viability of our focus. As the pandemic extended and continues with no solid end in sight, there is a need to continue identifying avenues to lean and streamline the work we do and the way we provide our service. COVID-19 Business Recovery Recruiters (CV19BRR) is

Airport Authority Steps Up Community Involvement During Pandemic

Lindsay Cotter // Prince George Airport AuthorityIt was just a few weeks into the COVID-19 pandemic, and as a result of international travel bans, we at the airport were seeing flights and passenger numbers drop drastically. The Prince George Airport Authority (PGAA) was grasping with this new reality as we tried to navigate our way through a worldwide pandemic.  Passenger numbers plummeted to 96% compared to the same month last year. It was something we had never seen, experienced or knew how to navigate. The PGAA is a not-for-profit organization, without passengers and flights, we have very little revenue.  However,

The 35th Annual Business Excellence Awards Gala Coming Soon to a TV Near You!

Kendall Robertson // Prince George Chamber of Commerce The 35th annual Business Excellence Awards is fast approaching and given the circumstances of 2020, the event will look differently this year.  The Prince George Chamber of Commerce has partnered once again with Northland Nissan and the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group to bring you the same awards show we all know and love, however, this year you can tune in to CKPG TV from the comfort of your own home on October 12th at 5, 6, and 11 PM! This year’s theme is “Response, Recovery, and Resiliency”, a nod to the hardships

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Is your business financially fit? 3 tips to tone it up.

Bobbi Carpino // Women’s Enterprise Centre When I first made the bold move to start a business, I put a lot into it.  I spend countless hours developing my products and services, branding, marketing and getting the word out to my customers. “I did it,” I thought. “I’ve created a business and people like what I have to offer!” But wait… now I have invoices, expenses, I’m charging taxes— that shoebox is filling up with receipts, I have bills to pay. The financial side of my business began to feel overwhelming.  And, it turns out, I’m not the only business

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2020 Downtown Fallfest – new ways and more days!

Colleen Van Mook // Downtown Prince George Fall is a time to celebrate the changing of the leaves and to embrace that slight chill in the air. Last year, we were so excited to see how Prince George folks filled our downtown streets on the wonderful Downtown Fallfest Saturday in September. Although the 2020 event will look different, we did not want to lose the opportunity to promote downtown and to give our community a chance to celebrate the autumn season. We have turned Downtown Fallfest into a month-long celebration and a way to support our great downtown businesses –

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