BBOT News

Charlie’s Chocolate Factory Named 2018 Burnaby Business Hall of Fame Inductee


The Burnaby Board of Trade (BBOT) is pleased to announce that beloved local family business Charlie’s Chocolate Factory will be this year’s inductee into the prestigious Burnaby Business Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame induction is a special honour bestowed jointly by the BBOT and the City of Burnaby each year to a widely-recognized, […]

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BC Labour Snapshot: Businesses Challenged with Retention, Recruitment and Skills Mismatches


The Burnaby Board of Trade, through its membership in the BC Chamber of Commerce, is pleased to provide this BC Labour Snapshot.   From labour shortages to significant skills mismatches, British Columbians will ring in Labour Day against a backdrop of labour challenges — according to a recent BC Chamber MindReader™ survey done in partnership with the BC […]

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BBOT Voices Support for Norland Supportive Housing Project


The Burnaby Board of Trade (BBOT) supports the proposed supportive housing project slated for construction on Norland Avenue in central Burnaby as an opportunity to make a considerable contribution of addressing the issue of homelessness in the city.  The BBOT has issued a letter of support to the Mayor and City Council and spoke in […]

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New publication offers BC employers strategies to fill labour shortages


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New publication offers BC employers strategies to fill labour shortages August 14, 2018 – Vancouver, BC – With almost a million job openings expected in BC, employers need to do more to find and hire the talent they need. To help them, the Immigrant Employment Council of British Columbia (IEC-BC) has developed […]

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2018 Mid-Year Office Lease/Vacancy Market Report


BBOT member Avison Young has released its 2018 Mid-Year Office Market Report which provides information on vacancy rates, trends and notable completions in the Metro Vancouver commercial office space market. In Burnaby, vacancy dropped to 7% at mid-year 2018, down from 13.3% a year earlier, and marking the tightest office market in Burnaby since year-end 2008.  As […]

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5 Minutes for Business: GDPR an Example for the World? Be Careful of Fool’s Gold…


Now that Europe has implemented the General Data Protection Regulation and California announced that it would be taking action, the pressure is on the Canadian government to develop the right framework for our data economy. In this month’s edition of 5 Minutes for Business, we weigh in on the debate between data protection and data […]

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BBOT Offers Condolences on Passing of Kazuko Komatsu, Owner of Pacific Western Brewing


The Burnaby Board of Trade is saddened by the news of the passing of Kazuko Komatsu, owner of BBOT member Pacific Western Brewing. Those of us who had a chance of dealing with Kazuko over the years know she was a kind and passionate businessperson and the Burnaby and BC business communities will be less […]

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Read Paul Holden’s new business column: New Corporate Headquarters Flock to Burnaby —- Who Cares?


New Corporate Headquarters Flock to Burnaby —- Who Cares? BBOT President & CEO Paul Holden’s next business column in the Burnaby Now was published in the August 1st edition.  Read it below (click image to enlarge) to get Paul’s take on why it matters to everyone when corporate offices and headquarters choose to locate in […]

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BBOT Launches New Business Resource Guide


The Burnaby Board of Trade (BBOT) has launched a Business Resource Guide for new businesses which curates useful tips, templates, how-to’s and walkthroughs in a single location in an effort to try and make the process of starting a new business a bit easier for Burnaby entrepreneurs. The Business Resource Guide is available online as […]

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Read Paul Holden’s New Column in the Burnaby Now


Check out BBOT President & CEO Paul Holden’s new business column in the Burnaby Now.  Appearing once a month, Paul will be discussing business issues and breaking down in plain language why everyday people should care.   His first target:  When is a Junket not a Junket?   Read below his take on the value of building […]

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