Category: Business Innovation

Supporting women’s mental health in the workplace

Mary Lu Spagrud // Canadian Mental Health Association – Prince George/Quesnel Branch The World Health Organization (WHO) defines mental health as, “a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to their community.” Women are being impacted in the workplace. Many jobs that have been relentlessly altered by the pandemic, including service and hospitality, travel, and retail, which tend to have a higher number of women working in them. Professional women have also been taking

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Workcations: the home office revisited

Tracey McBride // Tourism Prince George Close your eyes and think about the home office! For the lucky ones, it could be a spare room they converted to a work space with a desk, and a door that closes. But the alternatives? Perhaps the dining room table is doing double duty as a desk. Or you have to spread out on the couch. Maybe it’s a portable table set up in the basement. Then there are the distractions. The kids not understanding that you are actually working and it can’t be play time all day. The dogs losing their minds

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How to support local restaurants, pubs, and cafes while dining-in is suspended

Christina Doll // City of Prince George While this was welcome news for our neighbours to the south where spring has truly arrived, it felt a bit like winter in Prince George when the new rules came into place. But true to our community spirit, the owners and managers of our many amazing food service establishments rolled up their sleeves, put their heads together, and figured out how to open their patios earlier than normal. And when the City waived permit fees for sidewalk patios followed by an extension of the restrictions on indoor dining to the end of May

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How Women Entrepreneurs Are Driving Change

Bobbi Carpino // Women’s Enterprise Centre As Prince George’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence for Women’s Enterprise Centre, I’m excited to be joining the celebrations for this year’s International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8. This year’s theme is looking at challenging norms so we can achieve a more inclusive and equal future. After all, women in business are driving change in our community and beyond! Here are a few areas in which some incredible process has been made for and by female entrepreneurs: ● Women are exporting more than ever! The share of women entrepreneurs that export increased from 5.9% in 2007 to

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


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

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

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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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Introducing the Fraser Fort George Outreach Program for local businesses

Krystin Dubuc // Community Futures Fraser Fort George (with contributions from Amelia Merrick) The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to place pressure on our local businesses and organizations, which will have longstanding consequences that are just starting to emerge now. To help understand these consequences, Community Futures Fraser Fort George (CF) has launched a new program designed to provide business support during the pandemic.  The Fraser Fort George Outreach Program, with funding from the Northern Development Initiative Trust Regional Business Liaison program and Western Economic Diversification COVID-19 contribution, was launched on September 1, 2020. This 12 month program will

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