Prince Rupert conference to focus on business growth

An upcoming conference will help smaller-scale businesses benefit from the economic upturn about to hit the Northwest.

An upcoming conference will help smaller-scale businesses benefit from the economic upturn about to hit the Northwest.

Community Futures of the Pacific Northwest and the Hecate Strait Employment Development Society have partnered up to put on the Northwest Growth Conference (NWGC), set to take place on Nov. 21 and 22 in Prince Rupert.

“The whole point of the conference is to provide support for small and medium enterprises as we move into a hyper-economic state,” said Jasper Nolos, community economic development projects manager with Community Futures of the Pacific Northwest.

“We’re looking to help businesses grow with the economy.”

The NWGC will include a number of workshops relating to small business development in the face of major economic growth, such as growth strategy development, access to capital, industry procurement and more.

“There’s been a lot of focus on the labour market and skills training, but there hasn’t really been a lot in terms of helping small and medium enterprises to help them understand what their role is in this whole transition into a more robust economy,” said Nolos.

The event is open to small and medium businesses, investors, industry representatives and up-and-coming entrepreneurs looking to network and gain knowledge in business growth strategies from leading experts.

Starting at 7:30 a.m. each morning and running until 4:30 p.m., the NWGC will take place at both the North Coast Meeting and Convention Centre and in the B.C. Room of the Crest Hotel.

Those interested in signing up as a registrant or wishing to enter a booth into the conference’s trade show can do so by visiting the Hecate Strait Employment Development Society’s website.