Resources for Quesnel Businesses
LOVE QUESNEL PROGRAM
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, 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.
QUESNEL & DISTRICT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
335 E Vaughan St, Quesnel, BC, V2J 2T1
T: (250) 992-7262 E: [email protected] 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!
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.
COMMUNITY FUTURES NORTH CARIBOO
335 A Vaughan St, Quesnel, BC, V2J 2T1
T: (250) 992-2322 E: [email protected] 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.
Services available include:
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.
WEST QUESNEL BUSINESS ASSOCIATION
Box 4242, Quesnel BC, V2J 3J3
T: (250) 255-8225 E: [email protected] W: www.quesnelwestvillage.com
The West Quesnel Business Association is committed to making the West Village a great place to live, shop and play.
QUESNEL DOWNTOWN ASSOCIATION
339 Reid St, Quesnel BC, V2J 2M5
T: (250) 991-0527 E: [email protected] 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: [email protected] W: www.southquesnel.wordpress.com
The South Quesnel Business Association supports the marketing and revitalization of South Quesnel.
100 Campus Way, Quesnel, BC V2J 7K1
T: (800) 627-7528 E: [email protected] 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: [email protected] W: www.cnc.bc.ca/quesnel-campus.html
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
488 McLean St, Quesnel, BC V2J 2P2
T: (250) 992-7691 E: [email protected]
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
301 – 1268 Fifth Ave, Prince George, BC V2L 3L2
T: (250) 561-2525 E: [email protected] 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 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.