Friday , 21 July 2017


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 »

Nanaimo Economic Development Corporation Appoints New CEO

Nanaimo, BC.  –  The Nanaimo Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of John Hankins as Chief Executive Officer. Hankins will start his new position on January 4th, 2016. “We are very excited about working with John, and feel that his blend of private sector and economic development experience will make him a valuable asset ... Read More »

Government Support for Small Business Hosted at Expo

Small business people can look for government support at the Small Business Information Expo on Tuesday, Nov. 24 at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre. This free trade show connects business people with government support programs. It helps business people learn about various funding and training possibilities available to them and is being hosted by the Public Works and Government Services ... Read More »

Nanaimo Ranked as Better for New Business Growth

Nanaimo is being ranked as a better place for entrepreneurs as the city has moved up the scale in attracting new business. Kim Smythe, CEO of the Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce, says small business still drives the local economy. The newly released 2015 State of the Island Economic Report during the Economic Summit shows that new business formations and ... Read More »

12 Nanaimo Businesses Nominated for Small Business B.C. Awards

Twelve Nanaimo businesses have been nominated for the 13th annual Small Business B.C. Awards. Small Business BC, the province’s premier resource centre for entrepreneurs, opened nominations and voting for the 13th Annual Small Business BC Awards on October 1. The Small Business BC Awards are the most visible awards program in BC for small business owners and entrepreneurs with businesses ... Read More »

New Comic Book and Video Game Store is a Success

by Kelly Whiteside For 12 years, James McIlwraith and Scotty Rivest talked about starting a business together. This year, they decided to make their dream a reality. The announcement for the new specialty store came at the beginning of February. On September 18, The Two-Headed Giant, a comic book and video game store, opened their doors to the public. Their ... Read More »

Gabriola Chamber to Investigate State of Economy

by Kelly Whiteside Gabriola Island’s Chamber of Commerce is launching a project this fall to determine what the island’s business community looks like and what local businesses need to grow and thrive. The Chamber has partnered with Wave Consulting Ltd. for this new project. The goal is to build and sustain a thriving island-based economy that is firmly rooted in ... Read More »

Grants Offered for Northern Community Projects

by Kelly Whiteside The Northern Community Economic Development program is offering grants for economic development initiatives in Parksville, Qualicum Beach, and surrounding areas.  Projects must clearly demonstrate economic benefits to one or more of the communities participating in the program in order to be eligible. The Regional District of Nanaimo’s (RDN) Board has a vision for a strong, thriving, and ... Read More »

Nanaimo Books Additional Cruise Calls for Next Season

by Kelly Whiteside This year, Nanaimo hosted three cruise ships, including the Celebrity Infinity on June 5, the Silver Shadow on July 15, and the Celebrity Solstice on September 21. After this successful tourist season, six cruise ships were scheduled to visit Nanaimo in 2016. The decision to double the number of cruise ships stopping by the harbour city came ... Read More »

Ferry Fares to Rise in April

by Kelly Whiteside Ferry fares will begin to rise in April. Between 2016 and 2020, there will be a 1.9 per cent per year maximum increase in price. Thanks to the $30 million jump in net earnings from last year, the fare increases are able to stay at or below projected inflation rates. Ferries commissioner Gord Macatee said that answering ... Read More »