Local suppliers get into shape for major industry

May 8, 2013

Do local businesses have what it takes to prosper from the $70 billion in planned major investments coming to central and northern British Columbia? Can a small contractor get involved in major procurement contracts?

These are some of the questions that Renata King, Director of Business Development at Northern Development Initiative Trust and boot camp facilitator asked participants of the contractor-supplier boot camps held in early April in Dawson Creek and Mackenzie, B.C. The boot camp provides local businesses with the information they need to become part of the local supply chain for major industry. Attendees were briefed on the state of major industry in central and northern B.C., opportunities and obstacles to local procurement, and the process for getting their businesses ready and qualified to work on major projects planned and underway in the region.

“The purpose of this workshop is to support local businesses to take their operations up a notch and become part of the local supply chain serving these major projects,” says King. “We want to help foster the conditions to keep more money in communities and make local businesses more profitable.”

The next step in highlighting local businesses and engaging with major industry procurement is the development of a region-wide searchable database (Supply Chain Connector) of contractors and suppliers ready to do business. Businesses will be able to upload their corporate information at no cost beginning in June 2013.

Interested in bringing the contractor-supplier boot camp to your area or in finding out more about the Supply Chain Connector? Contact Northern Development for more information!

Stay tuned for upcoming boot camp dates in Quesnel, Lillooet and Williams Lake.