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Gibsons Chamber: Promoting prosperity

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In recent years, the vibrant, active Gibsons & District Chamber of Commerce has reached beyond its traditional boundaries with a new vision. A long-time proponent of strengthening businesses within our own community, this volunteer-led business group is now reaching out to build a network of relationships ‘from Langdale to Lund’, supporting Visitor Services, the Ferry ... Read More »

Sechelt Chamber of Commerce: Reasons to join

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The Sechelt & District Chamber of Commerce’s main role is to help your business or organization succeed. Not only do we focus on traditional business issues but also on the overall financial health and well-being of our community. We provide marketing and other informational services for our members as well as offer educational programs such ... Read More »

Why the tax rules changed for real estate sales

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If you packed up and sold your Home Sweet Home (a.k.a. your principal residence), there’s some new things to know when it comes to your taxes. Whether you moved down the street or across the country, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) wants to stay in-the-loop, so you’ll need to report the sale on this year’s ... Read More »

Elder abuse can involve financial manipulation

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June 15 marks World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, a day that is dedicated to increasing awareness and knowledge of elder abuse, through conversation and information sharing. One of the most common forms of elder abuse is financial which occurs when there is a manipulation, exploitation or misuse of an elder’s money or assets. Credit unions ... Read More »

Free job training offered

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The Open Door Group is accepting applications for the Jobs in Demand: Retail & Service Training Cohort.  The six-week full time training, funded by the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training starts on June 20 in Sechelt and is free to all eligible participants. Participants will receive training in small group workshops, on-site, and on-line, ... Read More »

Free tax return service for low-income earners

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The Community Volunteer Income Tax Program is sponsored by the Canada Revenue Agency and by the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority (VCH). The program operates from March 1 to April 30. Volunteers will complete simple tax returns, free of charge, for low-income clients.  Income limits:  Individual $30,000; Couple $40,000; Individual with a dependant $35,000, plus $2,500 ... Read More »

Calling all entrepreneurs

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Two upcoming workshops at FUSE Community Work Hub in lower Gibsons will provide entrepreneurs and professionals with practical skills, tools and resources to use in their day-to-day business lives. The Venture Forth Workshop Series, which runs on five Monday evenings from Feb.15 through Mar.14, is intended for early-stage or aspiring entrepreneurs who are ready to ... Read More »

MSP fees can be subsidized if family income below threshold

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With the Jan. 1 increase in MSP Premiums, British Columbia’s Seniors Advocate, Isobel Mackenzie, is urging seniors to check if they are eligible for full or partial payment of their monthly MSP Premium. “Some seniors are paying $900 per year for their MSP and many may qualify for a full or partial subsidy of this ... Read More »

Investing locally does not mean what you might think

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What does investing locally look like? It could mean leveraging the largest personal investment in our lifetime – our mortgages – and influencing where our financial institutions are investing them. We’re often told to affect change, or “vote” with our wallets, so why not vote with our investments? Credit unions are an excellent example of ... Read More »

Rowe: Please honour Gibsons’ small businesses

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During this year’s Small Business Week, Oct. 18 to 24, I invite you to mark the occasion with us, and I encourage you to give our local small businesses additional reasons to celebrate. So far this year, the Town of Gibsons has issued 472 business licenses. Approximately 83 per cent of these business responded to ... Read More »

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