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Love 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.
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.
Quesnel & District Chamber of Commerce
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!
CHAMBER LUNCHEON EVENTS
Grow your network, promote your business and hear from interesting speakers.
COMMUNITY ENTRANCE SIGNS
Advertise to visitors and residents alike at three locations: Highway 97 turn-off to Wells/Barkerville, Moffat Bridge Loop and LeBourdais Park.
Include events in the weekly Visitor Centre newsletter and stay informed with the monthly Chamber newsletter.
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.
12@12 LUNCH SESSIONS
Engage in conversation with other business owners and managers over lunch to help shape Chamber policy and advocacy pertaining to local business issues.
Community Futures North Cariboo
Whether you are considering entrepreneurship, buying a business or improving your existing operations, Community Futures is committed to helping your business succeed.
Community Futures provides loans for business start-up, expansion and improvement.
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.
Pamphlets, worksheets and links to business resources are available through the Community Futures office and on their website.
Community Futures offers regular workshops on a variety of topics aimed at helping you to succeed in business.
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
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
The South Quesnel Business Association supports the marketing and revitalization of South Quesnel.
West Quesnel Business Association
The West Quesnel Business Association is committed to making the West Village a great place to live, shop and play.
UNBC South-Central campus offers a number of undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as certificates and diplomas.
College of New Caledonia
The Quesnel CNC campus offers training and education on a variety of subjects including first aid, accounting, QuickBooks, and various safety courses among others. They also offer many skilled trade programs.
Quesnel Employment Services (QES) 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.
QES 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 the QES holds a Job Fair, where employers have the opportunity to collect resumes and meet potential employees as well as network with other businesses.
TARGETED WAGE SUBSIDY PROGRAM (TWS)
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.
Northern Development Initiative Trust
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 outsourced 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.
FOREST INNOVATION FUND
This Fund provides up to 50% to a maximum of $50,000 in grant funding. The fund is designed to support projects that focus on innovative technologies, optimize fibre utilization, stimulate new job creation or retention and create opportunities for economic growth. The program provides a rebate to businesses to offset the cost of consulting and consultant travel, third party research, capital costs for new technology or equipment for prototype testing. Contact Northern Development for more information and to determine eligibility.
SUPPLY CHAIN CONNECTOR DATABASE
This database is the primary search tool for industrial service and supply business in central and northern B.C. In order to connect local businesses with major project procurement opportunities, the Supply Chain Connector offers easy access to a fully searchable database of businesses throughout the region. Whether you are looking for qualified businesses to send a tender package, or seeking to procure supplies or services, or looking for a joint venture partner, the Supply Chain Connector will make it easy for you to connect with the right business. Registration on the database is free.
Province of British Columbia
BC Bid lets you access, create, browse and compete on public sector business opportunities.
Front Counter BC
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
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
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 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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.