In this issue

Gear heads Cariboo Bound

Downtown Revitalization program helps spur development in Prince George

Haida Gwaii launches business procurement database

Haida Gwaii launches a business procurement database encouraging small business owners on the islands to sign up and connect with major contractors

Regional investment portals win wide acclaim

BC's Northwest, North Central, Northeast and Cariboo-Chilcotin Coast regions are being marketed like never before thanks to four regional investment portals that have won wide acclaim

Showcasing a world of opportunity

Kitimat back on its feet with billions in investment

Kitimat is back on its feet with billions of dollars in investment due to major energy, transportation and mining projects

Northern Development at a glance


$111

The millions of dollars in funding the Trust committed to 1,068 projects since its inception

5,154

The number of jobs that have been created

1,890

The number of funding partners the Trust has teamed up with to attract more than $1 billion in new funding to the region

73%

The percentage of investments in communities with less than 5,000 people

$200

The millions invested in new capital and training by supported companies

$39.8

The millions of dollars community grant writers have been approved for in funding since 2010

Haida Gwaii launches business procurement database

Haida Gwaii’s Misty Isles Economic Development Society (MIEDS) is helping businesses on the islands reap the benefits of major contracts.

Last year, MIEDS launched www.hgb2b.com – an information-sharing portal for small businesses on Haida Gwaii, which includes a procurement database that helps major contractors connect with local businesses that have specific expertise.

Mary Lou Schroeder, an administrative assistant with MIEDS, said the database collects skills and relevant business experience information from local small businesses and makes it available to contractors on the islands.

Haida Gwaii is about to embark on a number of major infrastructure projects, including the Masset Airport and Queen Charlotte Hospital, which will bring new contractors to the islands.

Schroeder said the database would help connect off-island contractors with local businesses to ensure the people of Haida Gwaii reap the benefits of major projects.

So far, the feedback about the portal has been excellent, she added.

“The service providers are very supportive of it, and the contractors really appreciate having that information at their fingertips,” said Schroeder.

The web portal also contains program and services information for employers, skills training opportunities via the Hecate Strait Employment Development Society and a variety of reports and information produced by MIEDS.

[quote by=”Mary Lou Schroeder” position=”Administrative Assistant” company=”Misty Isles Economic Development Society”]The service providers are very supportive of it, and the contractors really appreciate having that information at their fingertips[/quote]

Local small businesses, whether they offer equipment, land, rooms or technical support, are encouraged to visit the site and add their information to the procurement database.