Category: Business Innovation

Preparing to grow your business

Sherri Flavel // Community Futures Fraser Fort George Small Business BC reports 98% of all BC businesses are small businesses and, BC outperforms all other provinces in small business growth.  Small business is big business in BC!  When serving small businesses in Prince George over the past several years there have been notable increases in businesses growth and expansion activities.  Businesses are taking that next step to grow in different ways and for different opportunities… Market share expansion – capturing a bigger share in their current market area Moving into new markets – growing into new geographic locations including exporting

4 Paws Pure Pop Up Shop

Women’s Enterprise Centre mentoring program an excellent support for local business owners

Jacquie McLean // Women’s Enterprise Centre Gwen and Mel Arrowsmith are proud owners of 4 Paws Pure in Prince George, which specializes in Canadian-made products and raw food for pets. Passionate about supporting Canadian-owned businesses and artisans, they believe that pets can live a long and healthy life with the right food and pet products. They genuinely love doing business in Prince George because of the sense of community and have built genuine connections with their customers. When customers walk through the doors and start talking to the couple, they quickly realize the wealth of knowledge they have about their

Tasty eats on wheels: Local food trucks to support

Christina Doll // City of Prince George The food truck scene is growing in Prince George, along with people’s appetite for new and tasty eats to try out. If you’re a fan of chasing down food on wheels, this blog will help you find whatever delicious bites you’re in the mood for any day of the year. Glazed – Food Truck If you have a sweet tooth, you need to check out Glazed. The owners of this food truck sling freshly made doughnuts and coffee out of a brightly decorated truck. The smell of fresh baked doughnuts is guaranteed to

Supporting employees’ mental health

Shirley Hogan // Canadian Mental Health Association For many owners, managers and supervisors, the thought of supporting employee’s mental health can seem quite daunting. Many feel overwhelmed and even frustrated that this is yet another thing they need to consider in their already full day-to-day schedules. However, once unpacked, supporting employee’s mental health is not as daunting as it first appears and saves both time and money in the long run. We all have mental and physical health For years we have been talking about safety in the workplace. Whether we are discussing lock out procedures or desk ergonomics, the

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

Patio at the Alpine Pub

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

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