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#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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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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7 ideas you can use to plan a beautiful day

Mary Lu Spagrud // Canadian Mental Health Association – Prince George Branch In these times of stress and uncertainty, we need to ensure we are taking care of our mental health. An important part of maintaining optimum health is to practice self-care.  Self-care is finding time to care for ourselves and doing things that bring a sense of connection, energy, rejuvenation and a sense of contentment. Many of these feelings can be met by doing something that makes you happy. Here are seven ways to increase happiness, and to start the process of planning your own beautiful day. 1. Strengthen

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Tee it up in Prince George!

Originally published on Tourism Prince George Colin Carson // Tourism Prince George Surrounded by the wild north, Prince George boasts six distinct golf courses and ample opportunities to play. Nestled in between valleys and running through natural northern forests, golfers can choose between a variety of play styles and terrain. You’ll soon find yourself on the edge of the city playing among wildflowers and local wildlife or centered in the core of the city valley, with amenities only minutes away.   Aberdeen Glen Book a Tee Time Located less than ten minutes from downtown, this premier course is the longest course in the

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