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Working for the community: chambers of commerce

Chamber of Commerce Week, celebrated annually during the third week in February, recognizes the outstanding contributions that Chambers and Boards make to communities right across BC. Chamber Week 2016 is February 15 to 19. For the BC Chamber’s network of Chambers and Boards, this week is an opportunity to showcase Chambers’ activities and advocacy impact ... Read More »

Small business: watch the cash flow

Cash flow management can be one of the most complex challenges facing a business owner. That’s because it takes place on several levels at once – everything from accounts receivables and payables to inventory and expense control, to even bigger questions about your business model. “Good cash flow management starts with making financial projections and ... Read More »

A Focus on Financial Literacy

According to the latest figures from Equifax Canada, Canadians continue to pile on debt and now collectively owe more than $1.5 trillion dollars. Excluding mortgages, the average debt held by Canadians stands at $20,891 per person. The use of credit may be categorized as either strategic or unplanned. Strategic use of credit adds to your ... Read More »

Humanomics to show saving money is super

Tweens on the Coast are going to understand the value of saving money more than ever with an innovative rewards program from a local bank. “The Sunshine Coast Credit Union has deployed the Youth Savings program, where young people aged 11 to 12 if they deposit at the Credit Union they can get paid $125 ... Read More »

Bursaries from ICET for courses and conferences

Coastal Economic Trust is once again providing bursaries for up to 20 people to attend regional economic development courses and conferences. “A key strategic priority for our Board is to support community participation in economic development planning,” said Phil Kent, ICET Board Chair. “Providing bursaries to enable communities to attend conferences and courses ensures that ... Read More »

Add your Voice to Women’s economic planning!

Community planning for women’s economic well-being is now in it’s final phase and new feedback from local women is needed. Every woman living on the Sunshine Coast is invited to fill out the 2014 survey. “Whether you are a newcomer to the Coast or a long term resident, we want to hear from you and ... Read More »

Choosing a mortgage: considerations beyond a great rate

Whether you are purchasing a new home or leveraging the equity in your existing home, the features associated with your mortgage are important considerations. As appealing as a low mortgage rate can be, conditions that go along with that low rate can impact your options in the future. The key is being aware of these ... Read More »

Gas Tax Fund supports BC infrastructure

Federal funding available for BC communities A renewed federal-provincial Gas Tax Fund agreement will provide predictable, stable funding for public infrastructure as it governs the flow of federal funds to each province and territory over the next 10 years – and signals the transition to the New Building Canada Plan. The federal Gas Tax Fund ... Read More »

BC wood products get Shanghai’d

Five-year agreement promotes wood-frame construction and BC wood products British Columbia has signed a five-year agreement with Shanghai’s Pudong District to promote wood-frame construction and BC wood products to meet the Chinese district’s needs for energy-efficient, low-carbon buildings. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed by Forestry Innovation Investment, the Government of BC’s market development ... Read More »

SCCU on a mission for Humanomics

Nolan McKenna, pictured with Senior Branch Manager Vic Etcheverry, is the first Sunshine Coast youth to take advantage of the Humanomics Youth Savings Account; uniquely aimed at creating a nation of smart savers by matching the youth’s contributions, up to $125.  What’s Nolan saving for? “A few things,” he said, ” like repainting my hockey ... Read More »

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