Final Report: Small Business – Doing Business with Government Project

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The final report for the Small Business – Doing Business with Government Project summarizes the feedback received from small business owners and representatives during the consultation process and the small business survey results. Based on that feedback, there are 12 recommendations for the B.C. government to implement to improve the process, tools, and supports for small business. The March … Continued

Nanaimo’s Carshare Co-op attracts donations

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Nanaimo: Nanaimo’s non-profit carshare co-operative is attracting increasing interest from others in the community. Nanaimo Nissan donated the labour and Nisson Canada the parts to rebuild the air conditioning on one of the co-op’s vehicles. Then the non-profit Energy Solutions for Vancouver Island kicked off the fundraising for a high-quality hitch and bike rack for … Continued

CCCBE Speaker Series – Dr. Marvin Brown, February 27, 2014

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CCCBE Speaker Series  – Dr. Marvin Brown A Civic Economy that Provides for Everyone Thursday, February 27th, 4:00 to 5:00 pm David Strong Building, C013   As we consider how to design ways of providing for neighbours in our local communities and strangers in our global networks, we need to re-think the relationship between property ownership … Continued

Partnership and Innovation Fund: Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation

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  The Ministry of Social Development provides funding for the delivery of community based initiatives under the Partnership and Innovation Fund. The Partnership and Innovation Fund is intended to increase the employment opportunities for unemployed British Columbians through the use of partnerships, shared information, technology and innovative practices. The Ministry of Social Development focuses on … Continued

Island Roots Market Co-op – Open House

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Tuesday January 21 4 to 8 pm Co-op Open House 625 Townsite.  If you are a local producer (farmer, other food producer or artisan) and want to sell product at this event please let Brian Fisher (email know your space and other requirements as he will be making those arrangements. There will be no “table” fee for … Continued

Social Enterprise Catalyst: Showcasing Vancouver Island Social Enterprises

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Showcasing Vancouver Island Social Enterprises We’re excited to announce Vancouver Island’s very first Catalyst event- a showcase of Vancouver Island Social Enterprises coming this April 2, 2014 at the Belfry Theatre. Catalyst is an opportunity for social enterprises on Vancouver Island to pitch their best ideas and biggest challenges to a panel of expert judges in order to … Continued

BC credit union wins Central 1 honour

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  A credit union in northern British Columbia which won a national innovation award last summer for using technology to serve members in remote communities, has received another honour – this time from Central 1.   North Peace Savings & Credit Union of Fort St. John, BC received Central 1’s Service Innovation Award for Technology Connects the North, … Continued

Living the New Economy 2013!

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The word ‘economy’ comes from the greek words Oikos and nomos – which, co-joined, became oikonomia, meaning ‘household management’. While we often hear references to maximizing profit and wealth in the context of “the economy”, originally the term was more grounded. It was about living within ones means, or about parsimony and thrift. In a … Continued