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BUSINESS SUPPORT HOTLINE

The City of Quesnel partnered with Community Futures North Cariboo to continue business support via a business support hotline. In 2021, your business may receive a call from the Businnes Support Coordinator to help you navigate throught the current supports available to you. If you require support, please email clawrence@quesnel.ca for a prioritized call.

Love Quesnel logoLove Quesnel is an online marketing program promoting locally owned, independent businesses in Quesnel. This one-stop business website promotes a shop local ethic, while connecting users to information on local shops and services.

The program offers a customized webpage through www.lovequesnel.com. Each business webpage features first-rate photography and professional business writing. It’s only $100 to join (a one-time cost) and we’ll help market your business through the Love Quesnel platform.

As part of a larger “Love Northern BC” movement funded by Northern Development Initiative Trust, the program is designed to help communities throughout central and Northern BC strengthen their competitiveness, retain dollars in the local economy, and support locally owned, independent businesses.

Am I Eligible?

FAÇADE IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM

This program provides grants to property and business owners in eligible areas to renovate, restore, or redesign retail and commercial building facades and storefronts in Quesnel.

The goal of the Quesnel Façade Improvement Program is to encourage owners or commercial tenants to invest in building façade upgrades that create a more interesting and appealing streetscape, attracting customers, clients, visitors and businesses to the commercial areas of the city. The program promotes private sector investment, increases assessed property values, and stimulates the local economy. Façade improvements also help building owners attract and retain commercial tenants, and promote the marketability of retail and commercial businesses.

Eligible façade improvements may include: new lighting, exterior architectural features, new windows, façade painting, new siding, entrances and doorways, and awnings.

The City of Quesnel will provide a 50% reimbursement grant up to a maximum of $5,000 per building/project to improve the facades of eligible commercial buildings. Minimum project value is $2000. The application is easy, usually with a quick approval timeline.

Apply today!

Community Resources

Quesnel & District Chamber of Commerce

335 E Vaughan St, Quesnel, BC, V2J 2T1
T: (250) 992-7262 E: qchamber@quesnelbc.com  W: www.quesnelchamber.com

The Quesnel and District Chamber of Commerce has been the voice of business in Quesnel since 1910. Striving to be influencers creating the environment for business success and prosperity, it offers networking events, advertising and promotional opportunities, employer/employee benefits packages and professional development. Become a member and take advantage of these great opportunities!

NEWSLETTERS

Include events in the weekly Visitor Centre newsletter and stay informed with the monthly Chamber newsletter.

MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY

At no additional cost, be included in the Chamber listing section of the annual CJ Directory.  

VISITOR CENTRE BROCHURE RACKING

Free placement of business brochures in the Quesnel Visitor Centre.

Community Futures North Cariboo

335 A Vaughan St, Quesnel, BC, V2J 2T1
T: (250) 992-2322 E: info@cfquesnel.com W: www.cfquesnel.com

Whether you are considering entrepreneurship, buying a business or improving your existing operations, Community Futures is committed to helping your business succeed.

BUSINESS LOANS

Community Futures provides loans for business start-up, expansion and improvement.

BUSINESS COUNSELLING

Community Futures assists business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs with business analysis and business planning. They also provide business information, guidance and referrals. Services are free and confidential.

BUSINESS INFORMATION

Pamphlets, worksheets and links to business resources are available through the Community Futures office and on their website.

BUSINESS TRAINING

Community Futures offers regular workshops on a variety of topics aimed at helping you to succeed in business.

BUSINESS SUCCESSION

Community Futures will help you to understand your exit options, get your business ready for sale, and ensure your business is exposed to the right target market, maximizing its value when you sell.

SOCIAL MEDIA SUPPORT

Through one-on-one sessions, Community Futures can help you improve your Facebook and Twitter pages to improve marketing for your business.

Businesses supported by Community Futures grow faster and last longer – Statistics Canada Independent Review.

Quesnel Downtown Association

101-246 St. Laurent Ave, Quesnel BC, V2J 2C9
T: (250) 991-0527 E: qda@goldcity.net W: www.downtownquesnel.com

The Quesnel Downtown Association focuses on the beautification and marketing of downtown to make it an excellent place in the community to visit, shop, and play.

South Quesnel Business Association

PO Box 4324, Quesnel BC, V2J 3J3
T: (250) 225-5865 E: southquesnel@gmail.com W: www.southquesnel.wordpress.com

The South Quesnel Business Association supports the marketing and revitalization of South Quesnel.

West Quesnel Business Association

Box 4242, Quesnel BC, V2J 3J3
T: (250) 255-8225 E: wqbainfo@gmail.com W: www.quesnelwestvillage.com

The West Quesnel Business Association is committed to making the West Village a great place to live, shop and play.

UNBC South-Central

100 Campus Way, Quesnel, BC V2J 7K1
T: (800) 627-7528 E: sc-info@unbc.ca W: www.unbc.ca/south-central

UNBC South-Central campus offers a number of undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as certificates and diplomas.

College of New Caledonia

100 Campus Way, Quesnel, BC V2J 7K1
T: (250) 991-7500 E: quesnel@cnc.bc.ca W: www.cnc.bc.ca/quesnel-campus.html

The beautiful city of Quesnel is proud to host CNC’s second-largest campus. Students enjoy our community and the well-rounded lifestyle we share. Programs include Nursing, Social Work, Industry Training, University Transfer, and Academic Upgrading. We also prepare students for trades in our West Fraser Technical Centre, which won the Governor Generals’ Award for Architecture.

Work BC

488 McLean St, Quesnel, BC V2J 2P2
T: (250) 992-7691 E: reception@quesnelemploymentservices.com
W: www.quesnelemploymentservices.com

Work BC assists all persons to meet their employment-related goals and achieve increased independence and self-reliance. They offer a free service for job postings, which are emailed to a client list and posted on their job board and social media platforms.

Work BC offers a meeting room space for information sessions to attract new employees and to conduct interviews. They also accept resumes to support recruitment for businesses.

Each year, Work BC holds a Job Fair, where employers have the opportunity to collect resumes and meet potential employees as well as network with other businesses.

WAGE SUBSIDY PROGRAM

This program provides temporary financial assistance to employers in the form of a wage subsidy, if they agree to hire a participant for at least 35 hours/week for 12 to 24 weeks. Up to 50% of the wage can be provided during that period.

UNPAID WORK PLACEMENTS

Clients who meet certain qualifications are eligible for short-term placements with employers, giving employers an opportunity to evaluate potential employees and make sure an individual would be a good fit.

Regional Resources

Northern Development Initiative Trust

301 – 1268 Fifth Ave, Prince George, BC V2L 3L2
T: (250) 561-2525 E: info@northerndevelopment.bc.ca W: www.northerndevelopment.bc.ca/

Northern Development Initiative Trust is a regionally operated economic development funding corporation for central and northern British Columbia. Northern Development operates independently from government and provides the funding and ability to identify and pursue new opportunities for stimulating economic growth and job creation within the region. Northern Development offers a range of funding programs suited to a diverse set of economic development priorities in central and northern British Columbia.

COMPETITIVENESS CONSULTING REBATE PROGRAM

This program provides a rebate to small and medium sized companies engaged in manufacturing, innovative technologies, resource processing, transportation,
distribution and their first line suppliers for external consulting services. A rebate of up to 50% to a yearly maximum of $30,000 can be recovered for the cost of external business consulting projects. Projects must focus on increased productivity, new or incremental revenues, profitability and/or job creation. Eligible companies must be privately owned, have fewer than 500 employees, revenues less than $100 million, and be headquartered within the Northern Development Initiative Trust region.

SMALL BUSINESS RECOVERY CONSULTING REBATE (SBR)

In response to the impact the forestry sector downturn and COVID-19 pandemic are having on businesses in central and northern B.C., Northern Development is offering the (SBR) Consulting Rebate program. This program is designed to help businesses reduce the barrier to accessing professional expertise and recover the costs of third-party consulting projects. These types of projects must focus on ways to sustain businesses during the current economic downturn. The SBR Consulting Rebate will reimburse small and medium sized businesses (operators) for contracted consulting services. Eligible companies must be privately owned, have fewer than 500 employees, revenues less than $100 million, and be headquartered within the Northern Development Initiative Trust region.

NORTHERN INDUSTRIES INNOVATION FUND (NIIF)

The NIIF program  provides  funding  for  small and  medium  sized  businesses in  eligible  industries  for applied research and development, new or improved  products, and services and testing of innovative equipment or technologies to support capital investment decisions. This program offers a rebate of up to 50% to a maximum of $50,000 per project. Eligible companies must be privately owned, have fewer than 500 employees, revenues less than $100 million, and be headquartered within the Northern Development Initiative Trust region.

Provincial Resources

Province of British Columbia

BC Bid

T: (800) 663-7867 E: bcbid@gov.bc.ca W: www.bcbid.gov.bc.ca

BC Bid lets you access, create, browse and compete on public sector business opportunities.

Front Counter BC

T: (877) 855-3222 E: FrontCounterBC@gov.bc.ca W: www.frontcounterbc.gov.bc.ca

Front Counter BC is a single window service for natural resource clients of provincial resource ministries and agencies to obtain all the information and authorizations they need to start or expand a business.

One Stop Business Registry

T: (877) 822-6727 E: OneStop.Help@gov.bc.ca W: www.bcbusinessregistry.ca

OneStop Business Registry provides online business registration and transactions.

Service BC and Government Agents

102 - 350 Barlow Ave, Quesnel BC, V2J 2C2
T: (250) 992-4313 W: www.governmentagents.gov.bc.ca

Province-wide access to government services including key government transactions for business – in person, online or over the phone.

Small Business BC

T: (800) 667-2272 E: askus@smallbusinessbc.ca W: www.smallbusinessbc.ca

Small Business BC provides comprehensive business information and planning resources for starting and growing a business in British Columbia.

 

Other province-wide programs

BC Hydro

T: (866) 552-4713 E: incentives@bchydro.com W: www.bchydro.com/powersmart/business/programs.html

BC Hydro offers a variety of programs to help improve your business’ efficiency, including incentives for making energy-efficient upgrades and opportunities to learn from experts. Visit their website to discover their programs and see what incentives your business is eligible for.

BC Venture Acceleration Program

W: www.bcic.ca/for-entrepreneurs/vap/

The BC Acceleration Program forms the largest technology acceleration program, and connects entrepreneurs with business experts and peers to help speed up the growth of their company. Eligible entrepreneurs are accepted for participation based on their product validity, drive and ambition, market opportunity and team talent.

Fortis BC

T: (888) 224-2710 W: www.fortisbc.com/rebates-and-energy-savings

FortisBC offers a variety of supports, programs and rebates that can help businesses reduce costs and greenhouse gas emissions.

WE’VE GOT EVEN BIGGER REBATES

Until December 31, 2021 (some exceptions), FortisBC is offering bigger rebates on select high-efficiency commercial equipment and products to help businesses lower operating costs and improve energy efficiency.  
www.fortisbc.com/evenbigger

GET FREE ENERGY-SAVING ADVICE FOR YOUR BUSINESS

FortisBC is partnering with GreenStep Solutions to help BC businesses save energy and operating costs, plus reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Via phone, or videoconference, your business can get information about FortisBC rebates on high-efficiency equipment, low-cost and no-cost tips and technical advice on topics such as turning down building systems.
www.fortisbc.com/smallbusiness

NEW HOME PROGRAM

Are you a builder? Until December 31, 2021, FortisBC has enhanced rebates to support builders and hoemowners to build high-performance homes. For builders who are pursuing Step 3, 4, or 5 to offset the costs of engaging consultants that will help identify cost-effective opportunities and innovations to develop high-performance homes, builders can receive up to $7,000. The incentive is available per detached home or unique unit in a multi-family complex (up to $50,000 in multi-family projects).
www.fortisbc.com/newhome

Innovate BC

E: info@innovatebc.ca W: www.innovatebc.ca

Provincial crown agency that connects entrepreneurs to funding, resources, and support. Innovate BC supports all size companies, across all sectors, all over the province.

Support Local BC

W: www.supportlocalbc.com

Support Local BC is an online gift certificate marketplace where 100 percent of the proceeds go directly to the business owners. Small, independently owned businesses that meet the criteria can be added to Quesnel’s page on supportlocalbc.com to sell gift certificates online. It’s free for eligible businesses to sign up.

Venture Connect

T: (855) 421-0082 E: info@ventureconnect.ca W: www.ventureconnect.ca

Venture Connect prepares businesses for a sale so they can be transferred to a new owner – keeping businesses in our communities. Whether you are looking to buy a business or sell one, Venture Connect can help.

Women's Enterprise Centre

T: (800) 643-7014 E: inquiry@womensenterprise.ca W: www.womensenterprise.ca

Women’s Enterprise Centre is BC’s leading resource for women entrepreneurs, offering skills development, business loans, free business guidance, business resources, mentoring, networking and events.

National Resources

Business Development Bank of Canada

Suite 150 -177 Victoria Street, Prince George, BC V2L 5R8 T: (888) 463-6232 W: www.bdc.ca

The Business Development Bank of Canada is the only financial institution dedicated exclusively to entrepreneurs. Their mission is to help create and develop strong Canadian businesses through financing, consulting services and securitization, with a focus on small and medium-sized enterprises.

Through their subsidiary – BDC Capital, they offer a full spectrum of specialized financing, including venture capital, equity as well as growth and transition capital.

Futurpreneur

T: (800) 464-2923 W: http://www.futurpreneur.ca/en/

Futurpreneur offers start-up financial and mentorship services to grow the economy one young entrepreneur at a time. Find free tools to start and run your business and join their growing community of entrepreneurs and experts to share advice, business tips and lessons learned.

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