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5 Indigenous owned businesses to support

Christina Doll // City of Prince George In recognition of National Indigenous People’s Day on June 21st, we are highlighting 5 Indigenous-owned businesses along with The Aboriginal Business & Development Centre (ABDC) services that are available to Indigenous entrepreneurs looking for varied levels of support in getting their business ideas off the ground. The entrepreneurs behind these businesses all had the vision and drive to build their own success stories. They offer a variety of goods and services that range from specialized products to education and training. You can find more Indigenous businesses based in Prince George to support this

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Tourism Week in Canada – how can you support tourism businesses?

Colin Carson // Tourism Prince George This year, Tourism Week in Canada takes place May 23-30, 2021. Normally, Tourism Week consists of promoting travel and encouraging visitors to our communities. Obviously, this year is different. Canada’s tourism sector is facing a particularly difficulty time. For Tourism Week 2021, we want to make sure that we support all tourism businesses and show why tourism is important to communities like Prince George. When we talk about tourism it’s important to remember that it’s an industry of industries. People visit a destination for a variety of reasons. They come to see friends and

How to Support PG while treating your mom to something special this Mother’s Day!

Kendall Robertson // Support PG Mother’s Day 2021 is right around the corner and there are a ton of wonderful local gift options available in Prince George! If you’re having a hard time choosing something to show the special lady in your life how much they mean to you, we’ve made it easy for you! Keep reading to learn about a few ways to #SupportPG this Mother’s Day.  Specials and sweet treats Northern Lights Estate Winery – Take advantage of Northern Lights Estate Winery’s Mother’s Day takeout packages! Options include charcuterie, tacos, or beef bourguignon and two choices of dessert!

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Support Prince George arts: Help save Omineca Arts Centre

Kate Ames // Omineca Arts Centre Support your local artists and help save Omineca Arts Centre by tuning into their Friday Fundraising Facebook Live Show April 30th from 7-10 (by donation)! Get ready for a night out…in! Almost like the good old days, because on Friday the 30th, Omineca Arts Centre, Gypsy Entertainment Group and Atmosphere Entertainment are going live with their new late night talk show: Off the Rails Comedy Show! Why we need your support This fundraiser was born out of a desperate need for self-expression and a drive to survive the rolling lockdowns. Before Corona, Omineca Arts Centre was known

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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What is Tourism – How Can I Help?

Tracey McBride // Tourism Prince George Destinations around the world compete for your visitation and the economic, social, and community benefits that go with it. During the pandemic, the global tourism industry flatlined and it went from being one of the fastest growing industries and major economic sectors in the world to losing revenues of up to $1.2 trillion in 2020 with over 100 million jobs at risk. Women make up 54% of the tourism workforce, and youth workers are among the most at-risk categories. Some sectors like the airline industry have experienced up to 98% losses in demand and

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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

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What to expect when buying a house during a pandemic

Chrisie Berry // Prince George Airport Authority Who buys a house during a pandemic? Apparently, we do.  Trading in vacation plans for housing hunting The original plan for 2020 was to go to Disney World in September; however, the universe had other plans for us. When it became obvious that a trip to Orlando in the fall was not going to be an option, we switched gears and used our holiday savings as a basis for a down payment on a house. We were unsure what house hunting during a pandemic would look like but were up for the adventure. 

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