Local Business

(From left to right) MP Brad Vis, PowerWood managing director Jake Power, MLA Kelli Paddon and District of Kent Mayor Sylvia Pranger prepare to cut the ribbon to celebrate PowerWood’s grand opening in Agassiz on Wednesday, July 7. See more photos online at www.agassizharrisonobserver.com. (Adam Louis/Observer)

PHOTOS: PowerWood’s grand opening celebrated in Agassiz

The company was established in Coquitlam in 1995

Fraser Valley Charcuterie recently launched out of Boardwalk Cafe on Essendene Avenue in Abbotsford.

Abbotsford charcuterie-only business now open

Meat-and-cheese boxes sold out of Boardwalk Cafe on Essendene Avenue

Mark Siemens of Siemens Farm, one of three locations featured in a virtual agriculture tour hosted by the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce during the week of June 7 to 11.

Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce hosts virtual farm tour

Three locations featured as part of series during week of June 7-11

Mark Siemens of Siemens Farm, one of three locations featured in a virtual agriculture tour hosted by the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce during the week of June 7 to 11.
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Engineering couple buzz from corporate jobs to honey farming in Mission

Husband-and-wife team at Viewcrest Farms leasing land from District of Mission for more beehives

Honey  /  Kevin Mills Photo
BE Power Equipment in Abbotsford has received the prestigious Canada’s Best Managed Companies designation. (Submitted photo)

Abbotsford business named one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies

BE Power Equipment receives prestigious national designation

BE Power Equipment in Abbotsford has received the prestigious Canada’s Best Managed Companies designation. (Submitted photo)
A lumber planer has been installed at the former Metric Modular site as PowerWood works on moving from Surrey to Agassiz. Established in 1995, the red cedar product manufacturer will have plenty of room to grow in Agassiz, said co-owner Jake Power. (Adam Louis/Observer)

Surrey cedar processor PowerWood moving to Agassiz

The company ships red cedar projects all over the world

A lumber planer has been installed at the former Metric Modular site as PowerWood works on moving from Surrey to Agassiz. Established in 1995, the red cedar product manufacturer will have plenty of room to grow in Agassiz, said co-owner Jake Power. (Adam Louis/Observer)
The first cruise ship of the 2019 season – the Celebrity Eclipse – docks in Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)

Tourism spending in Canada dropped by almost 50 per cent in 2020

Tourism-related jobs dropped by almost 29 per cent

The first cruise ship of the 2019 season – the Celebrity Eclipse – docks in Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)
Victoria’s Fairmont Empress hotel closed for three months in late 2020, early 2021, to undergo renovations in leveraging slower hotel traffic because of COVID-19 restrictions. A new report from Statistics Canada find many businesses in the accommodation and food services sector are bracing for another tough year. (Courtesy of Fairmont Empress hotel)

Survey finds Canada’s hospitality industry has low expectations for year ahead

Almost 87 per cent of businesses in accommodation and food services report lower revenues in 2020

Victoria’s Fairmont Empress hotel closed for three months in late 2020, early 2021, to undergo renovations in leveraging slower hotel traffic because of COVID-19 restrictions. A new report from Statistics Canada find many businesses in the accommodation and food services sector are bracing for another tough year. (Courtesy of Fairmont Empress hotel)
Abbotsford’s 360 Collision Centres earned the Outstanding Community Service award from the ARA BC for the success of the Wings and Wheels event earlier this summer. (Tyler Olsen/Abbotsford News)

Abbotsford’s 360 Collision Centres wins award

ARA BC presents local business with Outstanding Community Service award

Abbotsford’s 360 Collision Centres earned the Outstanding Community Service award from the ARA BC for the success of the Wings and Wheels event earlier this summer. (Tyler Olsen/Abbotsford News)
Nature Pickin’s Market won the Outstanding Support Award at the 2020 Abbotsford Business Excellence Awards. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

Abbotsford’s Nature’s Pickin’s Market wins Outstanding Support Award

Local business showed exemplary response to ensure safety of customers and employees during pandemic

Nature Pickin’s Market won the Outstanding Support Award at the 2020 Abbotsford Business Excellence Awards. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)
Paul Sweeting, the owner of Ravens Brewing Co., helped lead his company to success during the pandemic. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

Abbotsford’s Ravens Brewing Co. wins Innovation Excellence Award

Local business pivoted in an innovative way to meet the unique demands of the COVID-19 pandemic

Paul Sweeting, the owner of Ravens Brewing Co., helped lead his company to success during the pandemic. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)
Abbotsford’s Patna Sweets and Restaurant has been awarded the Frontline Excellence Award at the 2020 Abbotsford Business Excellence Awards.

Abbotsford’s Patna Sweets and Restaurant wins Frontline Excellence Award

Local business recognized for its leadership and grace to aid Abbotsford during the pandemic

Abbotsford’s Patna Sweets and Restaurant has been awarded the Frontline Excellence Award at the 2020 Abbotsford Business Excellence Awards.
Abbotsford’s Zone Garage Fraser Valley won the Community Contribution Award at the 2020 Abbotsford Business Excellence Awards. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

Abbotsford’s Fraser Valley Zone Garage wins Community Contribution Award

Local business wins big at the 2020 Abbotsford Business Excellence Awards

Abbotsford’s Zone Garage Fraser Valley won the Community Contribution Award at the 2020 Abbotsford Business Excellence Awards. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)
The best in Abbotsford business was recognized on Thursday morning.

VIDEO: 2020 Abbotsford Business Excellence Awards

Best in local business honoured on Thursday morning in virtual ceremony

The best in Abbotsford business was recognized on Thursday morning.
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Six thoroughbred horses seized from Mission property in BC SPCA animal-cruelty investigation

Horses suffering from malnutrition, dental issues, parasites, skin issues, hoof injuries

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The Quality Hotel on North Parallel Road in Abbotsford has been rebranded as the Clarion Hotel and Conference Centre. (Submitted photo)

Quality Hotel in Abbotsford rebranded as Clarion Hotel and Conference Centre

Wanson Group announces that location has undergone a full renovation

The Quality Hotel on North Parallel Road in Abbotsford has been rebranded as the Clarion Hotel and Conference Centre. (Submitted photo)
Fraser Valley Regional District office on Cheam Avenue in Chilliwack reopening with restrictions in place as of Oct. 16, 2020. (Paul Henderson/Chilliwack Progress file)

FVRD to reopen corporate office on a limited basis

Fraser Valley Regional District visitors will be screened and asked to maintain physical distancing

Fraser Valley Regional District office on Cheam Avenue in Chilliwack reopening with restrictions in place as of Oct. 16, 2020. (Paul Henderson/Chilliwack Progress file)
Sam Rytter paints a parking bollard in front of a strip of businesses off Mill Street on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020. He’s been volunteering with elbow grease for the past several Sundays to spruce up downtown Chilliwack. (Jessica Peters/ The Progress)

Volunteer cleaning crew using elbow grease to improve downtown Chilliwack

Sunday morning cleaning sessions tackle drug mess, excrement, chipping paint around business area

Sam Rytter paints a parking bollard in front of a strip of businesses off Mill Street on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020. He’s been volunteering with elbow grease for the past several Sundays to spruce up downtown Chilliwack. (Jessica Peters/ The Progress)
Abbotsford mortgage broker Geoff Lee and his team at GLM Mortgage Group recently won a top industry award. (Submitted photo)

Abbotsford mortgage broker and team win top industry award

GLM Mortgage Group receives gold for Best Customer Service

Abbotsford mortgage broker Geoff Lee and his team at GLM Mortgage Group recently won a top industry award. (Submitted photo)