The Parksville and District Chamber of Commerce just held their first official regional BIZ Walk last week (February 16-18). It was a resounding SUCCESS! So far this is the BIGGEST, most comprehensive, BIZ Walk to date in BC.

“Our local business communities are diverse and vibrant. Our energetic WWS walkers were delighted to be welcomed so warmly. It’s a WIN-WIN for all involved as it is an excellent opportunity to establish new and ongoing conversations. With active listening we get an accurate representation of the “business pulse” in our region. We greatly appreciate the support of the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation.” - Robynne Shaw, President of Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

 

The Canadian Federation of Independant Business says it's the quality of the entrepreneurs and businesses, not the policies of local politicians, that determine whether a city is an engine of growth.With that in mind, researchers at the Canadian Federation of Independent Business drew up a list of 12 indicators. Data for each of these indicators were drawn from surveys of CFIB members and studies compiled by Statistics Canada. The 12 indicators count such tangibles as the number of businesses started during the first half of this year, and gauge intangibles such as entrepreneurs' attitudes on the near-term business climate.For each indicator, the CFIB ranked each municipality from the highest score to the lowest. The results were then converted to an index by assigning the best municipality a score of 100 and the worst a score of 0. Those in between received a score proportionate to their rank. Final results were based on the scores derived using the indicators.A final point: How did the CFIB define "city" or "municipality"? The CFIB used Statistics Canada's "census metropolitan areas" and "census agglomerations." These focus more on economic units than rigid municipal boundaries. Canada has more than 100 CMA/CAs with populations above 25,000.CFIBs top places for start-ups (with score out of 100)1 Lloydminster -- 73.72 Parksville (B.C.) -- 61.73 Grande Prairie (Alta.) -- 60.74 Fort St. John (B.C.) -- 60.15 Saskatoon (Sask) -- 59.76 Kelowna (B.C.) -- 59.27 Sept-Iles (Que) -- 58.88 Fort McMurray (Alta.) -- 58.19 Moose Jaw (Sask.) -- 58.010 Regina (Sask.) -- 57.311 Toronto's 905 region (Ont) -- 56.6

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