Friday , 21 July 2017

People in Business

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 »

Driven to Give Program Raises $10,000 for Haven House

Excitement ran high as people gathered to watch the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB) and Steve Marshall Ford Lincoln present a cheque for $10,000 to Nanaimo’s Haven Society. The money was raised at a “Driven to Give” test-drive event held on September 24 in Nanaimo and presented on Nov. 6. Lincoln Motor Company developed the “Driven to Give” program ... Read More »

Nanaimo-Ladysmith MP Sheila Malcolmson Starts Her New Job

Sheila Malcolmson, the newly sworn in NDP MP for Nanaimo-Ladysmith, is welcoming the Liberal win as potentially good news for the Central Island. Malcolmson says she welcomes the Liberals lead by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as being good news for issues facing the Central Island area. “I’m very happy to be working with the Liberals over the Conservatives,” says Malcolmson. ... 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 »

Market Update by Integral Wealth

The major stock markets are down around the world, having dropped over the past few months with the losses intensifying over the past few weeks.   Global concerns around Greece started the negative trend followed by the sharp decline in the Chinese stock market triggering a steep sell off .  The TSX now sits where it did at the start of ... Read More »

Share the Warmth

Pye Design is organizing their second annual Share the Warmth coat drive as the cold sets in and we move into fall and winter in Nanaimo and the Central Vancouver Island. “We collected over 90 coats last year,” explained Amy Pye, owner of Pye Design and Marketing. “We are hoping to double the amount this year.” “The coats are sent to the ... Read More »

Legalshield: Protection for You and Your Business

Kalon Goodrich, Regional Manager of LegalShield on Vancouver Island, agreed to meet with our marketing coordinator, Shana Watson, to educate her on the benefits of becoming a LegalShield member. Kalon, how did you become involved with LegalShield and become the Regional Manager for Vancouver Island? Seven years ago, I was working as a real estate investor. I had rarely worked ... Read More »

ACMe Food Co. Closes Tonight

by Kelly Whiteside ACMe Food Co. has announced their sudden closure. Today is the last day for the local family-owned downtown restaurant that has been around since 2009. In late August, restaurant hours were cut to exclude Mondays, but the complete closure comes as a shock to many Nanaimo residents who have been recommending the restaurant to visitors for years. ... Read More »