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Companies flock to Prince Rupert's Coastal Business Resource Centre
A one-stop shop for business development on the North Coast is now open.
The Coastal Business Resource Centre (CBRC), located in the old TriCorp building on 2nd Avenue West, was packed on Oct. 17 for an open house to introduce both the facility and the many businesses that call it home.
"We only have one office left to rent to someone. There are 12 offices, but some tenants are sharing space so there are actually 23 companies renting space here," said Geoff Greenwell of Greenwell Asset Management, the managers of the building, noting not everyone was able to be a part of the CBRC.
"We tried to bring in companies that are complimentary to each other and have the skill set that will be necessary in the near future as more projects are announced."
In addition to the offices, the CBRC includes two large board rooms that can be rented by the hour to visiting and local businesses, something Greenwell said has been very popular so far. Another feature that makes the CBRC unique is that the utilities and phone/Internet are included in the price of the rent.
"There is not another packaged office space in town ... I knew it would be needed. There is not a lot of quality office space in Prince Rupert, There is some older spaces that need renovating, but a lot of larger companies don't want that. They want a Vancouver-style office that is turn-key," said Greenwell.
"There will be a huge demand for this as other projects come online."
While the current building is nearing capacity, Greenwell said there could be further expansion in Prince Rupert as demand dictates.
"We are looking at other properties in town to see what could be done," he said.
A listing and profile of businesses is available online at thecbrc.ca.