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Cowichan Food Hub to strengthen regional food security and innovation

Cowichan Food Hub to strengthen regional food security and innovation

Food processors and beverage producers in Cowichan can look forward to more opportunities to innovate and grow their businesses with the announcement of a Cowichan Food Hub coming to the region. Cowichan Green Community (CGC) and Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) have partnered to secure up to $750,000 in funding from the Province of British Columbia’s Stronger BC economic recovery plan for the development of a food and innovation hub. CGC’s Garden Education Centre site on Beverly...

Cowichan Food Innovation Program

Cowichan Food Innovation Program

Photo Credit: Tourism Cowichan UPDATE: Join us for a virtual info session on March 17th at 10am to learn more about the Cowichan Food Innovation Program.   Creating a Flavourful Cowichan Are you looking to build your community through food entrepreneurship? Do you have an incredible business idea that you’d like to develop towards launch,...

Funding supports BC businesses to launch or grow online

Funding supports BC businesses to launch or grow online

The new Launch Online Grant program is designed to help eligible small- and medium-sized BC businesses adapt to changes in consumer behaviour and pivot to market their products online. People have increased their reliance on online shopping with over $305 billion in e-commerce sales in Canada in 2019. E-commerce sales are projected to have doubled through 2020 and are expected to increase further in 2021. Launch Online provides funding to BC-based business to create an online shop and/or...

Virtual Town Hall Explores Connectivity Funding Opportunity for Thetis Island

Virtual Town Hall Explores Connectivity Funding Opportunity for Thetis Island

Update: A recording of this meeting can be found here: https://youtu.be/u3lGROLyzjU On Thursday February 4 at 6.30 pm, Economic Development Cowichan (EDC) will host a virtual town hall for Thetis Island community members to explore a last-mile (Internet) connectivity opportunity. In Canada, Broadband Internet is now classified as a basic telecommunications service, establishing universal speed targets of 50/10 Mbps download/upload to households and businesses.  Yet, 40.8% of rural communities...

Cowichan regional dashboard sheds light on progress towards recovery

Cowichan regional dashboard sheds light on progress towards recovery

In response to the unprecedented economic and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the region, Economic Development Cowichan has developed a regional recovery dashboard of indicators to track progress towards recovery. The report reveals that some sectors of the Cowichan regional economy have been hard hit by the pandemic, while others are doing well. Tourism in particular has suffered over the last ten months. While employment levels across Vancouver Island have rebounded well, some...

Prepare your business for a successful recovery or expansion with the Tech Resiliency Program

Prepare your business for a successful recovery or expansion with the Tech Resiliency Program

Are you a tech or innovation company looking for some guidance to “level up” in 2021? The Tech Resiliency Program (TRP) can help. TRP is a no-cost, no-obligation program for qualified companies that connects you to Subject Matter Experts and Executives in Residence to help you maintain and grow operations, build resiliency, and prepare for a successful recovery or expansion in these trying times. Tech and innovation startups and established companies that are innovating with new...

Free training program for Ag-Food entrepreneurs and aspiring supervisors

Free training program for Ag-Food entrepreneurs and aspiring supervisors

Small Scale Food Processor Association (SSFPA) has developed a unique online employment training opportunity. The Ag-Food Entrepreneur & Supervisor Training Program is targeted towards ag-food entrepreneurs looking to start a new business and those currently working in the ag-food industry who wish to advance into a supervisory role. Food and agriculture make up a significant portion of the regional economy in Cowichan, and demand for local food is growing. This program helps participants...

New WorkBC Wage Subsidy Helps Businesses Hire New Employees and Re-Hire Laid Off Workers

New WorkBC Wage Subsidy Helps Businesses Hire New Employees and Re-Hire Laid Off Workers

WorkBC has launched a new and improved Wage Subsidy that provides funding for eligible employers to subsidize wages for new hires and re-hires for up to 24 weeks. The WorkBC Wage Subsidy program is an opportunity for employers to re-hire laid off employees, hire new employees and connect with WorkBC clients looking for work experience and job opportunities. The new program allows employers to apply in two ways: either with an individual they have already identified for the position (such as a...

Cowichan Circular Economy Virtual Lunch n’ Learn

Cowichan Circular Economy Virtual Lunch n’ Learn

Learn the basics of the Circular Economy concept and how it can increase economic opportunity and resilience in Cowichan. Join Synergy Foundation, Duncan Cowichan Chamber of Commerce, and Economic Development Cowichan for a virtual lunch n' learn exploring a vision of a thriving circular economy in Cowichan and across Vancouver Island. This event takes place virtually on Thursday, January 28, 2021 from 12 – 1 pm. As an island community, we import most of our goods and export most of our waste....

New Tech to Help Cowichan Businesses Manage Lineups and Waitlists

New Tech to Help Cowichan Businesses Manage Lineups and Waitlists

Community Futures Cowichan has partnered with Chambers of Commerce, Business Improvement Associations, and Tourism Cowichan to provide local businesses access to Wait Queue Management Solution, the most cost-effective and safest way for businesses to automate lineups during COVID-19. Wait Queue Management Solution by Kuusoft allows retailers, restaurants, and other businesses to create a virtual queue of customers waiting to enter their business. The web-based app updates waiting customers...

 

 

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Economic
Development
Cowichan

Economic
Development
Cowichan

135 Third Street
Duncan, BC
Canada V9L 1R9
[email protected]
T 250.746.7880
TF 1.866.746.2508