COVID-19: Financial Supports for Businesses

Categories: COVID-19

Use this COVID-19 Financial Supports for Businesses resource to find updated information for businesses and their workers impacted by COVID-19. *last updated September 8, 2020

Use these resources to find business continuity information and a checklist of considerations for your small business to help minimize the impacts of COVID-19. Business Continuity & COVID-19 Small Business Resources This resource available in the following languages: Korean Punjabi  Simplified Chinese Traditional Chinese

2020 was a record-breaking year for the number of nominations, with 61 diverse communities receiving nominations, encompassing every region of British Columbia. These winning communities demonstrate their strong support for their local small businesses by adopting business-friendly practices in their region. The 2020 Open for Business Awards Winners are: Small Category (under 5,000 residents): WINNER … Read More

The Open for Business Awards celebrate communities that have created a business-friendly environment, allowing small business to flourish. During the nomination period an unprecedented number of local governments and Indigenous communities were nominated from across B.C. The 2020 Open for Business Awards finalists are: Small Category (under 5,000 residents): ·       District of Ucluelet ·       Village of Harrison … Read More

Spotlight On Ogopogo Tours

Categories: Thompson Okanagan

Darren Sweet grew up in Penticton and spent most of his life in the Okanagan. Struggling with an anxiety disorder, Darren held over a hundred different jobs, and never really felt like he fit in anywhere. Ogopogo Tours, an environmentally sustainable tour operator based in Summerland, B.C., has given him a new lease on life … Read More

Spotlight On Spearhead Inc.

Categories: Kootenay

Ted Hall grew up in North Vancouver and became immersed in the worlds of construction and design as a teenager when his parents hired a well-known Canadian architect to design a home. Eventually, a Danish construction team was hired to build the home. Ted admired the skill, training, and discipline of these individuals – so … Read More

Spotlight On The Drama Class

Categories: Lower Mainland/Southwest

Born and raised in Vancouver B.C., Michele Partridge was introduced to classic films and musical theatre at a young age. Still, Michele was very shy at school until she discovered drama class in grade 9, and knew that this is where she belonged. Although she found her craft at a young age, Michele insists that … Read More

Spotlight On Westcom Plumbing and Gas

Categories: Vancouver Island/Coast

Mary-Anne Bowcott grew up on a hobby farm in Sooke, B.C., where hard, physical work came naturally. Tough times early on meant that Mary-Anne needed an opportunity to make a higher wage and gain financial independence. Securing a job in the trades gave Mary-Anne the means to survive on her own while completing her schooling. … Read More

Spotlight On Fukasaku

Categories: North Coast & Nechako

Dai Fukasaku was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. After leaving Tokyo, Dai lived in 13 different towns and cities throughout the United States and Canada before settling in Prince Rupert, B.C. He was drawn to Prince Rupert for it’s friendly and generous people, beautiful nature and the fresh, local seafood. Dai became interested in … Read More

Spotlight On OVERhang Education Centre

Categories: Cariboo

Growing up in a Montreal suburb, Lauren Phillips felt more at home in the outdoors, hiking, paddling, and camping with family and friends. At a young age she joined Scouts Canada which gave her the opportunity to grow into leadership roles while participating in outdoor activities. Eager to find a career that would give her … Read More