Small Business

The coronavirus and the drastic measures put in place by government officials to try to control its spread had a severe toll on many small businesses. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

B.C. pilot program launches to help small businesses weather COVID

1,000 entrepreneurs across the province will be chosen to receive free help from experts

 

Pedestrians stroll along Spring Garden Road in Halifax on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. A new retail shopping event has arrived, encouraging consumers to support local, independent businesses during the holiday season. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

‘Nightmare on Main Street:’ After a tough year, campaign urges consumers to buy local

Only 38 per cent of retail businesses are reaching their usual sales levels

Pedestrians stroll along Spring Garden Road in Halifax on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. A new retail shopping event has arrived, encouraging consumers to support local, independent businesses during the holiday season. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
Fox Mountain Urban Upcycle owner Sheri Marsh has seen her new business grow since opening in December 2019. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)Sheri Marsh (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Fox Mountain Urban Upcycle owner Sheri Marsh has seen her new business grow since opening in December 2019. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)Sheri Marsh (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Bill and Cheryl Brown of Cariboo Water. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Bill and Cheryl Brown of Cariboo Water. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
The Heeler offers an array of unique items including Sid Dickens tiles. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
The Heeler offers an array of unique items including Sid Dickens tiles. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
D&D Passports offers a large collection of crystals. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
D&D Passports offers a large collection of crystals. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Brian Sawyer has enjoyed turning his business into a full-time music store. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Brian Sawyer has enjoyed turning his business into a full-time music store. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Allcraft Kitchens En’ Counters owner Jim O’Neill, officer manager Sandi Jessee, cabinet builders and installers Mike Borgfjord and Hayden Dahlman. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Allcraft Kitchens En’ Counters owner Jim O’Neill, officer manager Sandi Jessee, cabinet builders and installers Mike Borgfjord and Hayden Dahlman. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Cindy Chappell opened The Bean Counter Bistro in April 2010. (Photo submitted)
Cindy Chappell opened The Bean Counter Bistro in April 2010. (Photo submitted)
Jessie Lens, owner of Lush. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Jessie Lens, owner of Lush. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
There are presently 1,072 active business licenses in the city of Williams Lake. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
There are presently 1,072 active business licenses in the city of Williams Lake. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
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Cariboo and Northeast businesses achieve international success with Export Navigator

Cariboo and Northeast businesses achieve international success with Export Navigator

How small businesses are finding new customers in changing times

  • Sep 21, 2020
Cariboo and Northeast businesses achieve international success with Export Navigator
A new survey from CFIB found that a mid-range estimate shows 21,000 small businesses at risk of closing in B.C. (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)

21,000 small businesses in B.C. at risk of closure due to COVID-19: survey

Sectors like hospitality hardest hit, while others like agriculture and construction remain more stable.

A new survey from CFIB found that a mid-range estimate shows 21,000 small businesses at risk of closing in B.C. (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Vanessa Riplinger, Williams Lake and District Chamber of Commerce executive director, (left) with moderator Ryan Brink, was one of several speakers who updated the community at a tailgate talk held Thursday, June 11, at the TDC parking lot, organized by the Williams Lake Hiring Initiative. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

Williams Lake businesses fear lack of customers, employees: chamber president

Vanessa Riplinger says lack of employees already existed due to 2017 wildfires, now after COVID-19

Vanessa Riplinger, Williams Lake and District Chamber of Commerce executive director, (left) with moderator Ryan Brink, was one of several speakers who updated the community at a tailgate talk held Thursday, June 11, at the TDC parking lot, organized by the Williams Lake Hiring Initiative. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Gift card program helps support Love Northern BC businesses amid pandemic

Gift card program helps support Love Northern BC businesses amid pandemic

Gift card purchases will provide cash flow for small businesses hit by closures and curtailments

Gift card program helps support Love Northern BC businesses amid pandemic
B.C. Jobs Minister Bruce Ralston (right) introduces small business task force members, Cybel Negris, CEO of Webnames.ca, Shahraz Kassam, owner and CEO of Shamin Diamonds and Michael Hwang, founder of Amicus Lawyers, May 2, 2018. (B.C. government)

Taxes, housing pressures measured in B.C. small business survey

Minister Bruce Ralston seeks input from business owners during June

B.C. Jobs Minister Bruce Ralston (right) introduces small business task force members, Cybel Negris, CEO of Webnames.ca, Shahraz Kassam, owner and CEO of Shamin Diamonds and Michael Hwang, founder of Amicus Lawyers, May 2, 2018. (B.C. government)
B.C. Jobs, Trade and Technology Minister Bruce Ralston. (Black Press files)

B.C. NDP names small business task force

Trio to tour province looking for economic growth input

B.C. Jobs, Trade and Technology Minister Bruce Ralston. (Black Press files)