Local Business

Gibraltar Mine (Photo courtesy of Ledcor)

Mining Month: A celebration of dedication and resiliency

May is Mining Month, as proclaimed by the Province of B.C.

  • May 28, 2020
Gibraltar Mine (Photo courtesy of Ledcor)
William, Robert and Douglas Rummel on the boardwalk in front of their Barkerville Historic Town and Park business, Mason and Daly General Merchants. (Northern Development photo)

Northern Development success story: A modern change for a historical store

Barkerville business launches e-commerce site

  • Apr 4, 2020
William, Robert and Douglas Rummel on the boardwalk in front of their Barkerville Historic Town and Park business, Mason and Daly General Merchants. (Northern Development photo)
The Quesnel Bakery, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Quesnel and Subway held a celebration on Reid Street in September 2019 to celebrate their new look, which was completed with help from the 2019 Façade Improvement Program. (Quesnel Cariboo Observer file photo)

Quesnel businesses can apply for 2020 façade improvement grants

In 2019, the City helped five businesses through the Northern Development Initiative Trust program

The Quesnel Bakery, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Quesnel and Subway held a celebration on Reid Street in September 2019 to celebrate their new look, which was completed with help from the 2019 Façade Improvement Program. (Quesnel Cariboo Observer file photo)
Quesnel’s new Digital Today digital marketing team will be offering free digital services and support to Quesnel and area businesses using technology such as Zoom video conferencing. (Photo submitted by Community Futures North Cariboo)

Quesnel’s new Digital Today team ready to offer free digital marketing support to businesses

Digital Today members have taken a 12-week Digital Marketing Bootcamp through Community Futures

Quesnel’s new Digital Today digital marketing team will be offering free digital services and support to Quesnel and area businesses using technology such as Zoom video conferencing. (Photo submitted by Community Futures North Cariboo)
Icon Homes owner Joe Hart and wife Wendy accept the Canadian Home Builders’ Association award for Best Custom Home under $500,000 during a ceremony in Prince George on March 7. (Submitted Photo)

Quesnel home builders win Excellence Award

Icon Homes wins the Canadian Home Builders’ Association award for Best Custom Home under $500K

Icon Homes owner Joe Hart and wife Wendy accept the Canadian Home Builders’ Association award for Best Custom Home under $500,000 during a ceremony in Prince George on March 7. (Submitted Photo)
COVID-19. (Centres for Disease Control and Prevention photo)

Quesnel-area businesses asked to share impacts of COVID-19 in new survey

Community Futures North Cariboo is urging local businesses to have their say by 6 p.m. PST March 18

COVID-19. (Centres for Disease Control and Prevention photo)
Jeremy Tresierra serves and sells Moonshine Coffee at the Quesnel Farmers’ Market May 18, 2019. The new vendor booth is sponsored by Community Futures North Cariboo. Visiting the Farmers’ Market is one tip Hannah Deane of Community Futures North Cariboo offers for supporting local businesses. (Observer file photo)

Column: Five ways to support local businesses in Quesnel

Hannah Deane of Community Futures North Cariboo shares how you can help small businesses thrive

  • Mar 14, 2020
Jeremy Tresierra serves and sells Moonshine Coffee at the Quesnel Farmers’ Market May 18, 2019. The new vendor booth is sponsored by Community Futures North Cariboo. Visiting the Farmers’ Market is one tip Hannah Deane of Community Futures North Cariboo offers for supporting local businesses. (Observer file photo)
Kat Gellerman brings years of experience in the food business to her new store, Chef Sense Supplies, in downtown Courtenay. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Edible straws one B.C. entrepreneur’s latest weapon in war against plastic

Kat Gellerman has spent more than 20 years working in the food business

Kat Gellerman brings years of experience in the food business to her new store, Chef Sense Supplies, in downtown Courtenay. Photo by Mike Chouinard
New grants announced by the ministry of forests, towards projects that will help convert wood waste into pellets and pulp products. (Black Press file photo)

Over $2 million in funding given to projects for wood waste recovery

These grants were announced in Prince George Thursday and have been given to four projects.

New grants announced by the ministry of forests, towards projects that will help convert wood waste into pellets and pulp products. (Black Press file photo)
Interfor’s Adams Lake division is applying to take over the Canfor timber rights from the Vavenby sawmill that’s closing this month, which is predicted to be good news for Adams Lake mill employees. (Dave Eagles/Kamloops This Week)

Canfor shareholders reject Pattison’s takeover offer

Lumber company says offer had just 45% support from minority shareholders

Interfor’s Adams Lake division is applying to take over the Canfor timber rights from the Vavenby sawmill that’s closing this month, which is predicted to be good news for Adams Lake mill employees. (Dave Eagles/Kamloops This Week)
Barkville Brewing Co.’s exterior.                                OBSERVER FILE PHOTO

Quesnel brewery goes all-in on green beer rings

Test batch of compostable four-pack beer can carriers well received by customer base

Barkville Brewing Co.’s exterior.                                OBSERVER FILE PHOTO
Last year’s Quesnel and District Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence award winners, many of whom are small businesses. This year’s awards will be presented Oct. 26.                                 Observer file photo

Small Business Week is around the corner

Support by taking pics at your favourite local shop and posting with #ShopSmallBiz from Oct 20-26

Last year’s Quesnel and District Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence award winners, many of whom are small businesses. This year’s awards will be presented Oct. 26.                                 Observer file photo
BCIT’s Vince Jones (second from right) and his students speak with a CN Rail rail representative (Photo by Ronan O’Doherty/Black Press Media).

Career fair a success for many

700 job hunters visited the Black Press Extreme Education and career fair in Prince George Oct. 11

BCIT’s Vince Jones (second from right) and his students speak with a CN Rail rail representative (Photo by Ronan O’Doherty/Black Press Media).
Business as usual for two Maple Park Mall stores

Business as usual for two Maple Park Mall stores

IG Wealth Management and Carlos Fish and Chips are still open during mall renovation

Business as usual for two Maple Park Mall stores
Black Press’ Extreme Education and Career Fair is taking place in Prince George Oct. 10.

Community connections: Black Press Media to host Prince George education and career fair

There will be many of opportunities for both employers and potential employees…

  • Sep 23, 2019
Black Press’ Extreme Education and Career Fair is taking place in Prince George Oct. 10.
College of New Caledonia’s Quesnel Campus is undergoing a trades facility expansion, which will include a new high-pressure steam boiler, an expanded computer simulation lab, a new welding lab, a new atrium and additional yard space. Photo courtesy of Mike Seehagel

CNC Quesnel’s new power engineering facility expected to be ready for 2020 programs

The college is waiting for a part for the boiler, which is being manufactured in Italy

College of New Caledonia’s Quesnel Campus is undergoing a trades facility expansion, which will include a new high-pressure steam boiler, an expanded computer simulation lab, a new welding lab, a new atrium and additional yard space. Photo courtesy of Mike Seehagel
Amy Quarry would like to expand Long Tables zero-waste initiatives if they win the FedEx Small Business Grant.                                Ronan O’Doherty photo

Long Table shortlisted for FedEx Small Business Grant

Quesnel grocer was among 75 applicants chosen from 2,000 acrosss Canada

Amy Quarry would like to expand Long Tables zero-waste initiatives if they win the FedEx Small Business Grant.                                Ronan O’Doherty photo
Sarah Lynn shows off some of her favourite purses in Blackbird & Co. Mercantile.                                Lindsay Chung photo

Blackbird & Co. Mercantile focuses on local, ethical products

New downtown store also offers a coffee and dessert bar

Sarah Lynn shows off some of her favourite purses in Blackbird & Co. Mercantile.                                Lindsay Chung photo
Tom Brooks works in his shop, BC Shoe Repair, in the Maple Park Mall. Brooks purchased the store and learned the trade from Zdenko Sarac. Lindsay Chung photo

New face, old trade

Tom Brooks has bought BC Shoe Repair in Quesnel after two years of training under the former owner

Tom Brooks works in his shop, BC Shoe Repair, in the Maple Park Mall. Brooks purchased the store and learned the trade from Zdenko Sarac. Lindsay Chung photo
Gardening FAQs with Richbar Golf and Gardens

Gardening FAQs with Richbar Golf and Gardens

Tips on raspberries, spuds and asparagus

  • May 11, 2019
Gardening FAQs with Richbar Golf and Gardens