Thursday , 20 July 2017

Author Archives: Marilyn Zink

New CEO of Economic Development Corporation Wants Nanaimo’s Story Told

The new CEO of the Nanaimo Economic Development Corporation says Nanaimo has a story that needs to be told. John Hankins, who started his new position Jan. 4 at NEDC, says the local economy can improve by sharing more of what Nanaimo has to offer. “There’s some really good things going on here,”  says Hankins.  “We have some very good ... Read More »

Snuneymuxw and First Nations Bands Provide Clean Energy Projects

Snuneymuxw First Nation in Nanaimo is one of 14 First Nations bands working to provide clean, green energy with support from the B.C. Government. The government is now accepting applications until the end of January for the first round of funding from the First Nations Clean Energy Business Fund (FNCEBF) to support greater participation in the clean energy sector. In ... Read More »

BC Ferries Rate, Household Bills Expected to Go Up in 2016

BC Ferries rates may go up next year along with a number of other bills.That’s according to the Canadian Taxpayers Federation,  which states B.C. Ferries has been granted permission to raise rates by 1.9% next year. B.C. residents can also expect to see higher bills for medical insurance, the Insurance Corporation of B.C.(ICBC)  and B.C. Hydro. MSP rates are going ... Read More »

Agrifood Industry Gets Support for Innovative Products

A ‘sushi quinoa’ is one of 16 new projects B.C.’s agrifood industry is receiving $900,000 for to support innovative products, practices and technologies. The funding comes from the governments of Canada and British Columbia’s commitment under the Growing Forward 2 agreement to provide up to $13.4 million between 2013 and 2018 through the Canada-B.C. Agri-Innovation Program. The projects include: The ... Read More »

Qualicum Business a Top 10 Finalist in Small Business BC Awards

The Qualicum marketing firm Modern Marketing Advantage is a Top 10 finalist in the Small Business BC Awards. The business owned by Celeste Walmsley is a finalist in the category for Best Online Marketer. It provides websites, social media services and marketing materials such as business cards, banners and postcards. Walmsley says her business is a new startup from May ... Read More »

Nanaimo Economic Development Corporation is Looking for Directors

Nanaimo City Council’s nominating committee for the Nanaimo Economic Development Corporation (NEDC) is accepting nominations for exemplary leaders in the community to actively participate on the  NEDC’s board of directors. The NEDC was created by the City of Nanaimo to provide economic development and tourism services to the greater Nanaimo area. The directors are responsible for setting strategy and directing ... Read More »

Cowichan Women’s Society in Top 10 for Small Business BC Awards

A Cowichan women’s resource society has been nominated to be in the top 10 for Small Business B.C. Awards. Cowichan Women Against Violence Society, CWAVS, has been nominated in the Community Impact Society for their work in helping women in the community. Executive Director Jane Sterk says they are “really happy” to be a finalist for their work in the ... Read More »

Food Trucks Get More Places to Operate in Nanaimo

Food trucks in Nanaimo will have more places to do business thanks to changes in the business licence administered by city hall. Nanaimo councilors gave second reading to the Business Licence Amendment Bylaw that allows food trucks and trailers to operate in more locations and on specific city streets. “Prior to this we didn’t have any availability for food trucks ... Read More »

Sun Life Financial Moves to North Town in 2016

Sun Life Financial is moving to a new office at North Town Centre due to rapid growth in the industry. Susan Mann, financial resources office manager, says the company is moving in the New Year with the office due to open Feb. 1. The office is currently located at 5800 Turner Rd. and is moving to a larger, more open ... Read More »

Keeping it Simple Makes Carpet Cleaning Business Successful

Bending over backwards and keeping it simple is just something George Hinchliffe does as owner of Premier Carpet Cleaning. This time of year with the holidays fast approaching, he will often do that to accommodate a customer’s request. “I seem to bend over backwards to accommodate people,” says Hinchliffe. “I’ll come early in the morning or late in the evening ... Read More »