Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Taking Stock -- North Coast Business Scene March 2017

The highlight for the commercial sector in March was one celebration, whether it was from a number of Grand openings for local business, or at the celebration of Business Excellence hosted by the Chamber of Commerce at the Lester Centre.

The Chamber gala did make for the social event of the month, with many of the city's' business owners, their family and friends taking in the Awards that recognized those enterprises that have caught the attention of North Coast residents.

Among some of the other business themes we followed last month were opportunities for education, as well as a look at an annual business challenge in the Northwest.

Job opportunities and a chance to be part of a focus group also made news in March as the business sector started to come to life, shaking off a cold and wet winter to look towards spring and more opportunities in the community.

Some of our observations on the Commercial and economic scene in the region for March can be found below:


Job seekers were quick to take a look at our item heralding a few job opportunities made available this month with the City owned communication company CityWest.

Prince Rupert's business community gathered at the Lester Centre in March, celebrating the achievements of those in the community who found success in this years Business Excellence Awards.  

The awards show was on the mind of Prince Rupert City Councillor Blair Mirau, who took some time to celebrate the Prince Rupert Chamber of Commerce awards, offering his congratulations to all involved as part of the March 6th Council session.

An opportunity to share your thoughts with Northern Savings was announced with the Prince Rupert based financial institution hosting a number of focus groups in April.

The Thrive North Business challenge is on the horizon, with Challenge officials outlining what's ahead for the annual competition.

Executives from Terrace based radio station CFNR were in the nation's capital in March, making their case fort the First Nation's based radio station bid for a broadcast licence for the Vancouver area.

With the renovations complete, MacKenzie Furniture celebrated the Grand Re-opening of their 1st Avenue West location last month.

And opportunity to explore what business has to offer is available with the Northwest Aboriginal Canadian Entrepreneur program. It currently is taking applications for its upcoming Spring/Summer cohort, the popular business program is set to start its upcoming session on April 25.

Filipino residents, or those looking to explore some of the themes from the Philippines are making the Pinoy store on Third Avenue West a destination, with the recently opened location gaining a growing number of visitors.
For those that travel to Terrace, that community's popular craft brewery the Sherwood Mountain Brewery has applied to Terrace council to expand the  number of customers that they can have on their premises.

You can keep up to date on the ebb and flow of the Prince Rupert commercial scene through 2017 from our Taking Stock tracker archive which can be reviewed here.

A full review of the the trends and developments in business for 2017 can be found on our Commercial Sector archive page here.

 We imagine we probably have missed a few here or there, so if you know of a business having opened, or seen the Going out of business sign appear somewhere in the area, drop us a line at our email account of

Or send us a short message through our twitter feed of @CharlesHays

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