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

 

Eternity Medical Equipment’s ECAN95 masks have received Health Canada approval and CSA certification. (Eternity Medical Equipment photo)

B.C. company makes 1st Canadian-made mask to receive official CSA certification

Eternity Medical Equipment producing N95-equivalent masks out of Campbell Heights facility

 

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Vancouver, Victoria among top 10 tech markets in Canada

Tech education and industry continue to boom in B.C.

 

Church’s Texas Chicken is one of the new businesses going into Cottonwood Centre, seen here on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Church’s Chicken being added to Chilliwack’s fried chicken options

Sardis restaurant will be 17th in B.C. for Texas-based fast food chain

Church’s Texas Chicken is one of the new businesses going into Cottonwood Centre, seen here on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Business owner Kristen Russell. Lia Crowe photography

Secrets and Lives and The Seven Sins with Kristen Russell

An interview with Bayside Goods boutique owner

  • Dec 28, 2020
Business owner Kristen Russell. Lia Crowe photography
Arbutus RV owners Rose and Craig Little. Photography by Lia Crowe

Sales surge for Arbutus RV

Recreational vehicles on a roll for province’s largest RV dealer

  • Dec 25, 2020
Arbutus RV owners Rose and Craig Little. Photography by Lia Crowe
The BC Marketplace is a website promoting small businesses in B.C., and encouraging people to shop locally. (Screenshot)

Small businesses encouraged to join B.C. Marketplace website

Online resource encourages shoppers to stay local to help boost B.C. economies

The BC Marketplace is a website promoting small businesses in B.C., and encouraging people to shop locally. (Screenshot)
The Zebra group's Rus Collins - Photography by Lia Crowe

Secrets and Lives With Rus Collins

Zebra Group designer talks creativity, painting and baking during Covid-19

  • Dec 14, 2020
The Zebra group's Rus Collins - Photography by Lia Crowe
Devon Bird - Lia Crowe photograph

Fashion Forward With Devon Bird

Moden Boutique owner expands her business during Covid-19 with Moden Essentials

  • Dec 10, 2020
Devon Bird - Lia Crowe photograph
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.
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)
Swimco announced recently it is shutting all of its stores in Canada, including in Langley. (Swimco website)

Canadian-owned swimsuit chain bankrupt

Swimco had been in creditor protection for several months

Swimco announced recently it is shutting all of its stores in Canada, including in Langley. (Swimco website)
Abbotsford aerial view

Programs help local businesses in wake of COVID-19

Local Business Restart Project offered in Abbotsford and Chilliwack

Abbotsford aerial view
A Mountain Equipment Coop, MEC, sign is seen on a store front in Montreal on Tuesday, June 18, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Struggling outdoor equipment retailer MEC opposes efforts to pause sale to Kingswood

MEC said it’s urgent for the sale to close before the retailer sees ‘significant weekly cash flow losses’

A Mountain Equipment Coop, MEC, sign is seen on a store front in Montreal on Tuesday, June 18, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
The Rialto theatre in South Surrey – which opened in 1994 – has closed its doors after the building’s landlords increased rent by 200 per cent. (Aaron Hinks photo)

Surrey’s Rialto Theatre shutters after 200% rent increase imposed

Owner says he’s devastated by the closure of the 26-year-old business

The Rialto theatre in South Surrey – which opened in 1994 – has closed its doors after the building’s landlords increased rent by 200 per cent. (Aaron Hinks photo)