Pictured: representatives of: Scotiabank

Vanderhoof’s Burrard Market Square wins top prize

Vanderhoof's Burrard Market Square has received a $10,000 prize for coming first in the employment category of the Small Business Big Impact Challenge, a competition put on by Scotiabank and the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).

Vanderhoof’s Burrard Market Square has received a $10,000 prize for coming first in the employment category of the Small Business Big Impact Challenge, a competition put on by Scotiabank and the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).

The announcement was made at the beginning of June and representatives from Scotiabank and the CFIB came to present the cheque to the square last Wednesday.

Burrard Market Square first opened in September last year and houses a number of different local vendors who are just starting their own businesses.

“We have created about 16 new jobs in the community and thats why we won the competition because the market has had a big impact in terms of job creation and self-employment,” said Fiona Lamprecht, Nechako Markets Development Society vice chair.

“It’s pretty exciting,” she said.

Lamprecht says the Nechako Markets Development Society, which runs the market,  hasn’t decided what to do with the money yet, but confirmed it would be invested into the Burrard Market.

Some ideas have been put forward for what to spend the money on such as an electronic sign at the front of the market or improved insulation for the building.

“The biggest cost that the businesses have right now is heating and the building is very old and inefficient – we need more insulation … so we might  look at a project like,” she said.

Lamprecht described the market as a business incubator and says the society wants to see businesses succeed and move on. One of the vendors within the market who runs a video rental store is just about to move into his own building.

“He’s actually moving to his own space … so the way we view it is he’s a success story,” said Lamprecht.

“Vendors here don’t have to worry about high rent – we have removed that barrier – they can come in and start right away with no start up costs,” she said.

 

Just Posted

Skeena Watershed reopened for recreational pink and coho

Four sections and tributaries remain closed

Vanderhoof mayor frustrated over province’s back-and-forth orders over river management

Rio Tinto was asked to suspend their summer temperature management program on Aug 2 and the order was reversed on Aug 8

Skeena-Bulkley Valley candidates react to finding Trudeau broke ethics law

The election campaign is heating up before the writ has even dropped

Traffic collision on Highway 16

Occupants of the car sustained non-life threatening injuries

QUIZ: How much do you remember about Woodstock?

Weekend music festival in Bethel, New York, was held 50 years ago

U16 B.C. fastpitch team named national champs

Girls went undefeated at national tournament in Calgary

Advocates ‘internationalize’ the fight to free Raif Badawi from Saudi prison

Raif Badawi was arrested on June 17, 2012, and was later sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in jail for his online criticism of Saudi clerics

Canadian entrepreneurs turning beer byproduct into bread, cookies and profits

Some breweries turn to entrepreneurs looking to turn spent grain into treats for people and their pets

Canada ‘disappointed’ terror suspect’s British citizenship revoked

Jack Letts, who was dubbed “Jihadi Jack” by the U.K. media, has been detained in a Kurdish prison for about two years

Chrystia Freeland condemns violence in Hong Kong, backs right to peaceful assembly

There have been months of protests in the semi-autonomous region

B.C. VIEWS: Log exports and my other errors so far in 2019

Plastic bags, legislature overspending turn out differently

Most Read