BC Chamber Insight Jan 2012: business news and links

January 2012

Site C Project – Procurement Process & Business Opportunities
BC Hydro held a round of business information sessions in five cities around the province this past fall to highlight the Site C Dam project.  A key theme for businesses is the opportunities available. Businesses can benefit, either as direct contractors to BC Hydro or as part of a larger team participating in a work package.  Additionally, procurements will be conducted in an open, fair and competitive process.  Businesses should review materials on the Site C website  to familiarize themselves with the project, and they should sign up to the Site C Business Directory. This will provide registrants with email alerts for procurements – once they are posted on BC Bid – and the directory would also be shared with all successful contractors.

Cities Summit
Developing cities in a manner that combines economic opportunity and sustainability is the 21st century’s greatest challenge.  It is also an unprecedented business opportunity for those that move quickly to shape this new reality. The Cities Summit, hosted by Vancouver, will assemble entrepreneurs, major financial institutions, corporations and forward thinking mayors in February 2012. It is designed to explore the creative, business-oriented opportunities required for a sustainable and prosperous urban future.

Communities in Bloom
Each year over 30 British Columbian communities use this dynamic program to increase their desirability for visitors, investment and residents.  Communities in Bloom influences positive results by enhancing the visual appeal and environmental practices of streetscapes, neighbourhoods and greenspaces. Participants collaborate with citizens, local government, business and service clubs to focus on specific evaluation criteria.

9th Annual Successful You Awards
This province-wide contest recognizes and celebrates the important contributions of BC’s entrepreneurs to their local communities and the wider global economy. The awards contest is free to enter and open to all new and existing small businesses across BC The top 10 finalists for each category have been selected, and winners of the awards will be announced at the Awards Ceremony  on February 28th, 2012 at the Pan Pacific Vancouver.

Province launches online budget simulator-My BC Budget
VICTORIA – Finance Minister Falcon has launched a new website that invites British Columbians to balance the budget for 2013-14. The My BC Budget website  lets people see the effect of raising and lowering revenues and spending, and send in their solutions to the finance minister with comments.

Hiring credit for Small Business (HCSB)
The 2011 federal budget created a hiring credit for small business (HCSB), a one-time credit intended to stimulate new employment and support small businesses.  The HCSB gives small businesses relief from the employer’s share of employment insurance (EI) premiums paid in 2011.

Importer/Exporter Profiles: Statistics Canada
A profile of Canadian Exporters, 1996 to 2009 – A Profile of Canadian Importers, 2002 to 2009 highlights, tables or full reports.

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