Should I Be Thinking About Buying an Existing Business During COVID-19?

Sadly, in today’s COVID-19 climate, many small businesses are struggling. As someone who has been thinking about making the journey into small business ownership you are probably wondering if this is the right time to be looking to acquire an existing business for sale. Two of the first questions for many who are considering buying

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Coworking Spaces as the New Hub for Richmond’s Startups, Small Businesses, and Entrepreneurs

Photo credit: En Lab Coworking Space “Decentralization of workforce” and “startup culture” have been popular terms circulating in the past decade, but what do these concepts actually look like in practice? The COVID-19 pandemic has forced thousands of large companies around the world to restructure their hierarchical structure and change their office layout. Work-from-home measures

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Steveston Village Temporary Road Changes and Parking Map

Credit: Tourism Richmond The village of Steveston, already one of the Lower Mainland’s most popular destinations, is even more shopper and visitor friendly thanks to changes to make it a safer, more pedestrian accessible location. The City of Richmond has implemented changes to traffic patterns in August that expand the sidewalks and allow more space

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City of Richmond COVID-19 Economic Response & Recovery Report

In addition to ensuring public health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, supporting local businesses and economic recovery is a top priority for the City of Richmond. This report outlines some of the actions taken, underway or planned to help mitigate the permanent loss of businesses and jobs in Richmond, and to support economic recovery.

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Richmond-Made PPE and COVID-19 Safety Supplies

With the re-opening of many businesses, PPE and safety supplies are in high demand. Below is a compiled list of Richmond-made medical and personal protective equipment required to combat COVID-19. If you are a Richmond manufacturer or supplier of these products, or you are in the process of retooling to manufacture these crucial products, please

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Alternate Distribution Channels for Local Businesses

The closure of brick and mortar stores resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic has forced local businesses to pivot from their everyday ‘business as usual’. This new way of life has led local businesses to find alternate means to distribute their products. Below is a list of options available for your local small business when considering

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Online Business Directories in Metro Vancouver

During a time when all Canadians are being asked to stay at home, many Metro Vancouver businesses have remained open by providing essential services, adapting to e-commerce or by finding a safe way to serve their customers. In order to support these small and medium enterprises, various free online business directories have been created amidst

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Support Local Business

Support Local Business Some local businesses may be temporarily closed or operating under adjusted hours of business. Please call ahead before visiting. Open for Business in Richmond, BC Discover which Richmond businesses are keeping their doors open—in person or online. Let’s continue to offer our support to local businesses who are keeping their doors open

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Richmond Food Recovery Network – Take the #FoodShare Pledge

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we invite local food businesses with surplus food to join us and take the #foodshare pledge, you’ll be helping those in need of food, at this unprecedented time in history. When you take the pledge, you’ll be able to donate your surplus to over 100 charities and nonprofits, through

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Richmond COVID-19 Community Task Force

Co-Chaired by the City of Richmond’s Mayor Malcolm Brodie and the Chair of the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, Fan Chun, the mandate of the Richmond COVID-19 Community Task Force (RCCTF) is to provide a forum for Richmond community stakeholders, including all levels of government, to regularly connect during the COVID-19 pandemic, to share relevant information

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COVID-19 Sector Specific Resources

The following resources have been compiled to help businesses prepare for and respond to disruptions due to COVID-19. Please note, this list is not comprehensive and will be updated as more information becomes available. Agriculture Government of Canada announces $50 million to quarantine temporary foreign workers arriving to Canada (Government of Canada) Resources for farmers

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Call for Richmond Manufacturers and Suppliers – Help with Canada’s COVID-19 Response

This page will be updated regularly with key information on how your business can get involved by supplying or manufacturing essential goods and services to help government combat the coronavirus. Richmond-Made PPE and COVID-19 Safety Supplies Many Richmond businesses have quickly pivoted to offer safety products and services related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Others were

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Connecting Displaced Workers with Jobs in Demand

Looking for employment? We know that many workers, especially in the tourism, hospitality, aviation and service industries, have been temporarily displaced in this economic downturn. Below is a collection of job boards and job listings for some local companies that are still hiring amidst the COVID-19 crisis. Please note that this list is not comprehensive

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Pandemic Preparedness for Business – COVID-19

COVID-19 │ Pandemic Preparedness for Business In addition to the work of the health care industry when a pandemic hits, businesses play a critical role in protecting the health and safety of employees, and limiting the negative impact on the economy and communities. They also need to have business continuity plans that will minimize the

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Richmond: Our Path to a Bright Future – Mayor Malcolm Brodie’s 2020 Annual Address

Presented on February 26, 2020 On November 10, 2019, our City marked its 140th anniversary of incorporation as a vibrant, growing urban centre filled with unprecedented opportunity and possibilities. We are now well into the second year of the current City Council term and our role is ever more complex as we meet current challenges and

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Richmond Business News – February 2020

 Photo: dnata catering February’s Business in Richmond monthly e-newsletter covers the full spectrum ranging from increased transportation, a look into the legacy of the 2010 Olympics, to squid ink fondue. TransLink adds more trains to its Canada Line fleet The new trains will increase service by 15 per cent during peak hours. The Province •

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Top 3 Strategies to Get Grants for your Business

Grant funding is often misunderstood, especially when it comes to government grant programs that support business growth. The key to applying successfully for grants boils down to three core strategies, and if leveraged well throughout the year, could result in thousands of dollars of savings, often for business activities that you are doing anyways. Plan

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Richmond Business News – January 2020

Hot Pot in Richmond, BC. | Photo: Tourism Richmond Richmond’s world-renowned food scene was once again brought into the spotlight as Eater named the city one of the top places to eat in 2020. Check out the top Richmond business stories for January below: MDA Acquired by Northern Private Capital (from MAXAR) for $1 Billion, Company Headquarters

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Sector Profile – R&D Top Priority for Richmond Cleantech Businesses

The BC Cleantech sector is one of the fastest growing segments of British Columbia’s economy, contributing to a cleaner and more sustainable world. Research and Development (R&D) continues to spark greener innovation within Richmond’s very own Cleantech sector. The inaugural BC Cleantech Awards will feature BC organizations at the Globe 2020 Conference to celebrate the

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Sector Profile – Get to know Vancouver International Airport

Image: The Spirit of Haida Gwaii: The Jade Canoe, Bill Reid, 1994 Located right in Richmond, Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is Canada’s second busiest airport, welcoming a record 25.9 million passengers in 2018. Fifty-six airlines serve YVR, connecting people and businesses to 125 non-stop destinations in Canada, the U.S. and around the world. For the past

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