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Photo courtesy of Career Centre                                 Peter Christensen and Heidi Abbott. Abbott wants to use art therapy as a tool to help further people’s career goals.

New Parksville program aims to connect job-seekers with their passion through art

Free workshop series at the Career Centre eases stress of job search

Photo courtesy of Career Centre                                 Peter Christensen and Heidi Abbott. Abbott wants to use art therapy as a tool to help further people’s career goals.
Mary Fox, Ladysmith Artist is open for Digital Business (Submitted photo)

Push on to establish Vancouver Island as an arts powerhouse

Island-wide conversation underway on how the arts and culture can amplify economic development

Mary Fox, Ladysmith Artist is open for Digital Business (Submitted photo)
Michael Briones photo                                The Bayside Resort boasts of panoramic ocean views.

Bayside Resort now part of Choice Hotels Canada

Vancouver Island is now home to its first Ascend Hotel Collection property,…

Michael Briones photo                                The Bayside Resort boasts of panoramic ocean views.
Debbie Pickering, left, celebrates a big Keno win with A1 Convenience owner Jodi Rai. The Port Alberni store boasts of being the winningest store in British Columbia.                                SUBMITTED PHOTO

Port Alberni store sells another big lottery winner

A1 Convenience in Port Alberni has continued its winning lottery streak

Debbie Pickering, left, celebrates a big Keno win with A1 Convenience owner Jodi Rai. The Port Alberni store boasts of being the winningest store in British Columbia.                                SUBMITTED PHOTO
Parksville’s Jennifer LeBrun is creator, owner and producer of ULAT Dryer Balls and recently attended the G20 Young Entrepreneurs Alliance summit in Japan as a partner delegate. - Submitted by Jennifer LeBrun

Parksville entrepreneur attends G20 summit in Japan as first female partner delegate

Jennifer LeBrun is the creator, owner and producer of ULAT Dryer Balls

Parksville’s Jennifer LeBrun is creator, owner and producer of ULAT Dryer Balls and recently attended the G20 Young Entrepreneurs Alliance summit in Japan as a partner delegate. - Submitted by Jennifer LeBrun
McDonalds photo

McDonald’s introduces Nanaimo bar McFlurry

Frozen treat available for limited time as part of Great Canadian Tastes promotion

McDonalds photo
When did you last sit and read a newspaper? (Wiki Commons)

Don’t stop the presses: Report finds Canadian newspaper readership at all-time high

88% of Canadians read newspapers every week, highest since first Newspapers 24/7 Report in 2012

When did you last sit and read a newspaper? (Wiki Commons)
Submitted photo                                The Errington Volunteer Fire Department will be showing off one it’s two brand new fire trucks at a community party on May 4.

Iritex Pumps and Irrigation and Errington Fire Department host community party

Business celebrates move to new location at 976 Price Rd.

  • May 2, 2019
Submitted photo                                The Errington Volunteer Fire Department will be showing off one it’s two brand new fire trucks at a community party on May 4.
Karly Blats photo                                 Coombs artist Carley Smith creates necklaces using a micro-macrame design and stones.

Jewelry artist at QB art store

Using stones gifted to her from her late “rock hound” great uncle,…

Karly Blats photo                                 Coombs artist Carley Smith creates necklaces using a micro-macrame design and stones.
Morningstar Golf Club will undergo a review and enhancements. — File photo

Renowned golf course architect Furber visits Parksville’s Morningstar

Receiver-manager plans to review and enhance golf course

Morningstar Golf Club will undergo a review and enhancements. — File photo
Courtesy Locals Restaurant Facebook Page

Vancouver Island restaurant among Canada’s most sustainable eateries

Locals in Courtenay only B.C. or small city establishment to make the top six list

Courtesy Locals Restaurant Facebook Page
Sandy Herle of Close to You Ladies Fashion and Lingerie was named the Parksville Downtown Business Association’s new president for 2019-20. - Karly Blats photo

Parksville Downtown Business Association appoints new officers

News and notes from the PQB business community

  • Apr 8, 2019
Sandy Herle of Close to You Ladies Fashion and Lingerie was named the Parksville Downtown Business Association’s new president for 2019-20. - Karly Blats photo
PQBTA names new board of directors at annual AGM

PQBTA names new board of directors at annual AGM

More than 50 business and community leaders celebrated Parksville Qualicum Beach Tourism…

  • Apr 4, 2019
PQBTA names new board of directors at annual AGM
Federal budget puts businesses on the sidelines: PQB chambers

Federal budget puts businesses on the sidelines: PQB chambers

Chambers claim 2019 budget misses chance to fix flaws in economy

  • Mar 21, 2019
Federal budget puts businesses on the sidelines: PQB chambers
Winners and finalists from the Parksville & District Business Achievement Awards, held March 14 at the Parksville Centre. (Submitted photo)

Winners announced at Parksville Business Achievement Awards

Community honours its own at sold-out chamber gala

  • Mar 15, 2019
Winners and finalists from the Parksville & District Business Achievement Awards, held March 14 at the Parksville Centre. (Submitted photo)
Mercedes-Benz test-drives groundbreaking Vancouver Island facility

Mercedes-Benz test-drives groundbreaking Vancouver Island facility

Pilot run unloads cars in Nanaimo to test Western Canada’s first European vehicle processing centre

Mercedes-Benz test-drives groundbreaking Vancouver Island facility
Karly Blats photo                                 Shelly Heppner uses a 40-litre still for recipe development. Heppner is in the process of opening Bespoke Spirits House Distillery and Tasting Room on Stanford Avenue in Parksville.

Heppner to open distillery and tasting room in Parksville

Local woman has spent years researching the distilling process

Karly Blats photo                                 Shelly Heppner uses a 40-litre still for recipe development. Heppner is in the process of opening Bespoke Spirits House Distillery and Tasting Room on Stanford Avenue in Parksville.
TYSON WHITNEY PHOTO                                The Neucel Specialty Cellulose pulp mill in Port Alice has remained dormant since 2015. According to the union president, on Feb. 27, the remaining workers were all laid off.

Battered Port Alice pulp mill suddenly lays off remaining workers

All Neucel Specialty Cellulose employees working at the pulp mill were told to go home on Feb. 27.

TYSON WHITNEY PHOTO                                The Neucel Specialty Cellulose pulp mill in Port Alice has remained dormant since 2015. According to the union president, on Feb. 27, the remaining workers were all laid off.
The Dinghy Dock Pub is currently listed for $2.6-million. (Mike McKillican/Sutton West Coast Nanaimo)

Canada’s only registered floating pub for sale

Nanaimo’s Dinghy Dock Pub listed for sale for $2.6 million

The Dinghy Dock Pub is currently listed for $2.6-million. (Mike McKillican/Sutton West Coast Nanaimo)
The Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce and Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce have created a new joint policy committee. - Google image

Parksville, QB chambers create new joint committee

Aims is to craft policies to respond to regional business needs

  • Feb 5, 2019
The Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce and Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce have created a new joint policy committee. - Google image