Consultant Heddy Bing addresses local businesses at the Community Futures-hosted workshop. Tracey Roberts photo

Community Futures brings in consultants for local businesses

The consultants ran a workshop and one-on-one meetings with local business owners

North Cariboo Community Futures recently brought in two retail consultants to work with Quesnel businesses.

Ten local businesses participated in the program, including one from West Quesnel and nine from the downtown area. The businesses attended a two-hour workshop on May 27, hosted by Heddy Bing of Urban Spaces Design in Vancouver and Jill McKnight of South Coast Casuals. Bing covered merchandising and window and store displays, while McKnight talked about how to grow their businesses.

Following the workshop, Bing took the business owners on a walk down Reid Street, where they discussed all of the window displays they saw. During the next few days, Bing and McKnight met with each business individually, spending two and half to three hours speaking with them and addressing their individual needs.

Greg Lawrence, the general manager of North Cariboo Community Futures, says they decided to bring in the consultants after meeting with the local business associations and asking what they needed.

“We have a program, the Community Futures in Quesnel along with the Community Futures in Williams Lake and Ashcroft, that we’ve partnered together on to access some money for the Wildfire Business Transition Program. So for all of the businesses in that region that were impacted in the 2017 wildfires, we have training dollars that are available.

“And so we had met with the [Quesnel] business associations and said ‘there’s some money available. What would you guys like to do with it?’”

After deciding to bring in the consultants, members of the Quesnel Downtown Association (QDA) put out the word and found other businesses to join in.

Donna Jacobsen, president of the QDA and co-owner of Spa Rivier, agrees the program was a great success.

“It was fantastic, and I haven’t talked to one merchant [who participated] who wasn’t happy and didn’t learn a lot.”

She added that she’s hoping it’s something they’ll be able to do again in the future.

READ MORE: Quesnel and District Chamber of Commerce holds AGM

Like us on Facebook

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

COVID-19: University of Northern B.C. moves to virtual grad celebration

The College of New Caledonia and Thompson Rivers University have cancelled their events

COVID-19: Northern Health moving into next phases of pandemic planning

Northern Health is working closely with the First Nations Health Authority

‘It’s job No. 1 right now’: B.C.’s Harmac Pacific providing pulp for critical medical supplies

Bryan Reid Sr. of Williams Lake said they received a call of thanks from Canada’s Chrystia Freeland

COVID-19: Central Mountain Air suspending flights, effective April 11

The airline is suspending scheduled flights through to June 7

UPDATED: Rocky Mountaineer delays season until July 1

The popular luxury train had previously suspended operations through April due to COVID-19

UPDATE: Canadians awake to extra COVID-19 emergency benefit money, feds clarify changes

The CRA and federal officials are working to clarify the confusion around payments

B.C. sorting medical equipment sales, donation offers for COVID-19

Supply hub has call out for masks, gowns, coronavirus swabs

B.C. records five more deaths due to COVID-19, 45 new cases

A total of 838 people have recovered from the virus

Major crimes investigating sudden death of North Okanagan child

The 8 year old was flown to Kelowna General Hospital and died hours later

Easter Bunny added to B.C.’s list of essential workers

Premier John Horgan authorizes bunny to spread “eggs-ellent cheer” throughout province

Travellers returning to B.C. must have self-isolation plan or face quarantine: Horgan

Premier John Horgan says forms must be filled out by travellers

More than 400 animals have been adopted amid pandemic: B.C. SPCA

People are taking this time of social distancing to find a loyal companion through the animal welfare group

B.C. secures motel, hotel rooms for COVID-19 shelter space

Community centres, rooms reserved for pandemic self-isolation

Most Read