On the Street: Entrepreneur training, Liquor Plus, Bike tourism

UVic to train northern B.C. entrepreneurs

The University of Victoria’s Gustavson School of Business has launched a new program with the Tribal Resources Investment Corp. to support people who want to start their own businesses. The Northwest Aboriginal Canadian Entrepreneurs program is in response to the “perfect storm” of economic opportunity forming in northwest B.C., said Frank Parnell, chief executive of Tribal Resources. The region has more than $50 billion worth of development projects on the drawing boards and new relationships forming between First Nations communities, government and business. “It is an honour to be invited to co-design and teach this unique community-based program,” said program director Brent Mainprize of UVic. Based in Prince Rupert, it will involve six weeks of classroom curriculum taught by Gustavson faculty, followed by 12 weeks of entrepreneurial mentorship. The program’s first intake, starting Tuesday, is already full, but people can apply to get on a waiting list for the next sessions this fall.

Liquor Plus steps up

The Victoria Highlanders announced a new partnership with Liquor Plus that involves advertising, hospitality and game-day experiences. Liquor Plus has been operating sine 2002 and has six locations on the Island. “Personally I’m a fan of soccer in the city and I wanted to be able to support the Highlanders vision of growing the game and providing an avenue for young players to be able to train in a consistent environment,” said Liquor Plus owner Brett Large. As part of the partnership, the Highlanders will create a new strength and conditioning program for players participating in the Prospects program. The fitness aspect will enable players to meet physical demands of competitive football at a higher level.

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Bike tourism

The Hotel Grand Pacific is launching a bike-lending program that allows guests to tour the city on two wheels. The Inner Harbour hotel acquired four Felt Cafe Series bicycles — some equipped with baskets and panniers for picnics at local parks and beaches — and said the program boosts the city’s reputation as Canada’s cycling capital.

Spa specialty

Andrew Flanagan of Spa Magnolia has completed certification in clinical oncology esthetics and is now able to provide safe, personalized treatments to people with cancer or recovering from the disease. Spa Magnolia is at 625 Courtney St.

— Times Colonist

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