Economic Supports for Businesses

Categories: COVID-19

Access economic recovery and financial benefits for your business, industry, non-profit organization or community group from the federal and provincial governments.  

Spotlight on Sparkgeo

Categories: Cariboo

Will Cadell studied engineering and subsequently remote sensing in his native Scotland. He only had access to basic software, so he wrote his own programs. When you see a gap, you can decide to ignore it, or you can decide not to. He started thinking about starting his own organization during the economic crisis of … Read More

Spotlight on Seaton Forest Products LTD.

Categories: North Coast & Nechako

Andy was first exposed to sawmills while working on a ranch in 1973 after moving to B.C. from Ontario. He officially started his career in sawmills 15 years ago when he saw one for sale and has been building them ever since. View the full interview: Seaton Forest Products LTD. Website: Seaton Forest Products LTD.

Spotlight on Rain Forest Fabrics

Categories: North Coast & Nechako

Growing up, Sarah was always around fabric and she started to sew when she was eight. Sarah bought the local fabric store she had been working at from the owner in 2019 and Rain Forest Fabric was born. One year later the building the store was in burned to the ground. Now she has started … Read More

Spotlight on One Feather

Categories: Vancouver Island/Coast

Lawrence Lewis is a member of the We Wai Kai Nation on Vancouver Island. For years he worked to grow Indigenous communities, help them protect their rights and title, and enhance cultural and social values and priorities. He had a vision to create technology solutions for First Nations to use. His company is now able … Read More

Spotlight on MisMacK Clean Cosmetics

Categories: Thompson Okanagan

Missy has been a professional makeup artist for over 16 years. She grew up in Salmon Arm, B.C. and then moved to Vancouver, B.C. to study makeup artistry at the Blanche MacDonald Centre. Missy wanted to work with clean products, the professionally performing products she found didn’t meet her standards so she made her own. … Read More

Spotlight on Fenix Advanced Materials

Categories: Kootenay

Don Freschi studied chemical engineering and started his career in B.C. doing research for Teck. He became fascinated by semiconductors and all the specialty materials that were needed to create them. His career flowed from working as a researcher, to a consultant and then he became an entrepreneur producing those specialty materials. Fenix Advanced Materials … Read More

Spotlight on Big Bros Barbershop

Categories: Lower Mainland/Southwest

Big Bros Barbershop is unique because they are one of the very few brick-and-mortar spaces dedicated to trans wellness and where you can buy gender-affirming products in person. They have clients and visitors from across the lower mainland and sometimes internationally, including families with young trans teens. View the full interview: Big Bros Barbershop Website: … Read More

Spotlight on Wayward Distillery

Categories: Vancouver Island/Coast

Dave’s first career was in the Canadian Armed Forces and Air Force. The military supported him to think about what he wanted to do after completing his service. His travels had helped refine his palate with rum from Jamaica, beer from Belgium and wine from France; and Dave decided he wanted to become a distiller. … Read More

Spotlight on Twirling Umbrellas

Categories: Thompson Okanagan

Growing up during the ‘dot com’ era, Chris translated his interest in cars into developing an automotive website. As he worked his way through university, his website became more successful and he learned to code and design more complex websites. He started making websites for friends and family, and soon stumbled into the world of … Read More