Time running out to nominate PQB businesses for achievement awards

Business Notes: News from the local business community

Nominations remain open for the Parksville and District Chamber of Commerce Business Achievement Awards.

The chamber awards provide the opportunity to honour the outstanding achievements of individuals and businesses in the community. The chamber encourages nominations for individuals or a business you love in any of the seven categories that include: Young Professional of the Year; Small Business of the Year; Not for Profit of the Year; Outstanding Workplace – Employer of the Year; Large Business of the Year (More than 10 Employees); Service Excellence Award; and new this year, Tourism & Hospitality – Destination PQB.

The deadline to submit a nomination is Feb. 6.

You may nominate online or request a registration form. Nominations forms can be found at: www.parksvillechamber.com/events

The awards ceremony will be held March 19, 2020 at the Parksville Community Centre.

Hostetter named as economic development co-ordinator

The Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce board of directors recently announced that Corry Hostetter has joined the team as an economic development co-ordinator/project manager.

The position provides project management for the delivery of a job creation partnership project through to the end of the year. The focus of the project will be to implement the regional strategic economic development plan and is funded through the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction.

Hostetter brings a wide range of knowledge and experience to Parksville Qualicum Beach.

She is the former executive director of the Downtown Nanaimo Business Improvement Association, past president of Business Improvement Areas of British Columbia, a current director of the Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce and chair of the NCC Government Affairs Committee.

Working with the Parksville chamber, Hostetter will establish an economic development structure for the PQB region with a focus on business retention, expansion and attraction.

‘We believe we have found an excellent candidate and with her experience and proven ability to develop relationships and marketing strategies, Corry will be focusing on implementing a regional economic development plan and opening a new office in the downtown core. We’re very excited that the office space we found will provide co-working space and meeting rooms for local businesses to use,” said Kim Burden, chamber executive director.

Food truck business opens brick and mortar location in Parksville

Extreme Eatz Food Trucks announced the opening of its ‘Bricks ‘n’ Mortar’ location at #5-155 Morison Ave. in Parksville.

It offers scratch-made baking and breakfast from 8 a.m. and lunch starting at 11 a.m. It is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Saturday, offering pickup and take out. For information, call. 250-586-2559

Special purchase hearts help support wildlife in Australia

From Feb. 1-14, proceeds from all special purchase hearts bought at Parksville’s Robert Held Art Glass will be donated to WIRES, a wildlife charity offering rescue and care service 365 days per year.

Currently, they are assisting with some of the 800 million animals affected by the wildfires that have ravaged Australia.

For more information, call 250-586-4353 or visit www.robertheld.com.

— NEWS Staff

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