Small Business

The coronavirus and the drastic measures put in place by government officials to try to control its spread had a severe toll on many small businesses. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

B.C. pilot program launches to help small businesses weather COVID

1,000 entrepreneurs across the province will be chosen to receive free help from experts

 

Jennifer Vespaziani and her husband Matthew Grant have started a new end-of-life business called Hold Space, offering solutions to families coping with the process of death. (Aaron Hinks photo)

White Rock couple launch virtual memorial service, end-of-life doula company

Alternative service offered for people approaching end of life

 

Pedestrians stroll along Spring Garden Road in Halifax on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. A new retail shopping event has arrived, encouraging consumers to support local, independent businesses during the holiday season. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

‘Nightmare on Main Street:’ After a tough year, campaign urges consumers to buy local

Only 38 per cent of retail businesses are reaching their usual sales levels

Pedestrians stroll along Spring Garden Road in Halifax on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. A new retail shopping event has arrived, encouraging consumers to support local, independent businesses during the holiday season. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gives a COVID-19 update in front of Rideau Cottage on Wednesday, June 17, 2020. (CPAC)

Trudeau meets with Downtown Surrey BIA

Monday’s digital meeting was closed to the media

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gives a COVID-19 update in front of Rideau Cottage on Wednesday, June 17, 2020. (CPAC)
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A new survey from CFIB found that a mid-range estimate shows 21,000 small businesses at risk of closing in B.C. (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)

21,000 small businesses in B.C. at risk of closure due to COVID-19: survey

Sectors like hospitality hardest hit, while others like agriculture and construction remain more stable.

A new survey from CFIB found that a mid-range estimate shows 21,000 small businesses at risk of closing in B.C. (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Cloverdale Chamber director Scott Wheatley wants to the City of Surrey to rethink its plan to charge huge fees for temporary outdoor patios. (Photo: Malin Jordan)

Cloverdale Chamber director wants City of Surrey to reconsider sky high patio fees

Potential fees could run into the thousands of dollars

Cloverdale Chamber director Scott Wheatley wants to the City of Surrey to rethink its plan to charge huge fees for temporary outdoor patios. (Photo: Malin Jordan)
Harry & Sons barbershop in Cloverdale on May 26, 2020. (Photo: Malin Jordan)

Cloverdale barbershop featured at London Drugs

Retail giant now selling products for local shop Harry & Sons

Harry & Sons barbershop in Cloverdale on May 26, 2020. (Photo: Malin Jordan)
From left: Sage Kimzel during his prize-winning ride on Sick Rhymes during the Cloverdale Rodeo in 2019. (Photo: Grace Kennedy) A Clovie award. Cloverdale Market Days is seen in 2019. (Photo: Ryan Alexander McLeod)

No decision on postponing Cloverdale Rodeo yet or Cloverdale Market Days; Clovies postponed

Scott Wheatley postpones annual Clovie Awards; Rodeo and Market Days still up in the air

From left: Sage Kimzel during his prize-winning ride on Sick Rhymes during the Cloverdale Rodeo in 2019. (Photo: Grace Kennedy) A Clovie award. Cloverdale Market Days is seen in 2019. (Photo: Ryan Alexander McLeod)
The 2020 Clovies awards, hosted by the Cloverdale Chamber of Commerce, will honour the best of Cloverdale businesses. The awards gala is scheduled for April 23. (Cloverdale Chamber of Commerce)

Cloverdale Chamber names Clovie award nominees

Surrey’s most prestigious awards to be handed out April 23

The 2020 Clovies awards, hosted by the Cloverdale Chamber of Commerce, will honour the best of Cloverdale businesses. The awards gala is scheduled for April 23. (Cloverdale Chamber of Commerce)
B.C. Jobs Minister Bruce Ralston (right) introduces small business task force members, Cybel Negris, CEO of Webnames.ca, Shahraz Kassam, owner and CEO of Shamin Diamonds and Michael Hwang, founder of Amicus Lawyers, May 2, 2018. (B.C. government)

Taxes, housing pressures measured in B.C. small business survey

Minister Bruce Ralston seeks input from business owners during June

B.C. Jobs Minister Bruce Ralston (right) introduces small business task force members, Cybel Negris, CEO of Webnames.ca, Shahraz Kassam, owner and CEO of Shamin Diamonds and Michael Hwang, founder of Amicus Lawyers, May 2, 2018. (B.C. government)
B.C. Jobs, Trade and Technology Minister Bruce Ralston. (Black Press files)

B.C. NDP names small business task force

Trio to tour province looking for economic growth input

B.C. Jobs, Trade and Technology Minister Bruce Ralston. (Black Press files)
B.C. Finance Minister Carole James (Hansard TV)

NDP matches B.C. Liberal tax cut promise

Small business income tax relief retroactive to last spring

B.C. Finance Minister Carole James (Hansard TV)