Category Archives: Chamber of Commerce

The Empty Position

Interesting walking around town and the malls seeing the help wanted signs in the windows.  It started as the summer season approached and now is becoming more prevalent as the businesses start the ascent to the Christmas season. The economy … Continue reading

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A Challenge of Business

Recently, we were invited to go to Penticton with friends.  The appeal was not only to be with our friends but to simply get away from perhaps our comfort zone and enjoy an escape from routine. The challenge was the … Continue reading

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How Do I Keep Up?

I am often asked by entrepreneurs starting small business, “How do I keep up with what is happening in the business? This is not a simple question to answer as it depends on your communication style, level of knowledge on … Continue reading

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The Times They are a Changin’

It wasn’t that long ago that Nanaimo had trouble attracting visionaries who would invest in the economic well being of the city.  This has changed in the last few years partially due to the geographic location, improved transportation access through … Continue reading

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What will it take?

Working with entrepreneurs is fascinating!  Some have had an idea percolating for years before they decide to put it into action.  Others have so many ideas and no focus that allows them to start.  Some don’t know they have an … Continue reading

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A Hand Up

Small business is the backbone of British Columbia employing 1 million workers or 40% of the working population and accounts for 33% of the GDP.  By definition small business is a business of fewer than 50 employees.  In 2015, 79% … Continue reading

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Find Your Voice

It is interesting how we, as the public, have become numbed to what is happening around us.  Mass shootings, changes to tax laws affecting small business, massive hydro increases, auto insurance increases, and unnecessary spending at all levels of government. … Continue reading

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