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Making The Move

Many of Powell River’s new residents have become entrepreneurs and started new businesses such as 32 Lakes Coffee and Townsite Brewing, or have bought established businesses and emigrated from other countries. Others are telecommuters working by remote, enjoying the wonderful balance of work and life.

There are also companies that have recognized the value proposition that the City offers and have made or are seriously considering investment in the community.

The range of new developments stretches from sectors such as International Education, Food and Beverage Production to Aviation Maintenance and Repair.

A prime example of new development is Sino Bright Schools (SBS). SBS operates 11 campuses in mainland China and has committed to building a new private school campus and dormitories in Powell River for a first year enrolment of 400 students (Grades 9 to 12).

Besides the $30 million investment in the facility, the school will generate $10.5 million a year in new revenues annually and approximately 100 new jobs in the community. The development has also attracted interest from other foreign investors such as Starium Developments Inc who has purchased land in the Wildwood neighbourhood and is working to develop a Private International University in the City as well. 

Many new residents in Powell River, especially young entrepreneurs, are bringing new businesses to Powell River. Here are some great examples...

• Stephen Brooks invested in establishing the Townsite Brewing Company, which now sells its ale all across the province and has already garnered two industry awards.

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• In the Westview neighbourhood, Mike and Sara Salome, once managers of a trendy Vancouver Restaurant opened Costa Del Sol Cuisine in 2012 – a Latin flavoured and wildly popular restaurant, and then followed it up with a second restaurant Coastal Cookery in 2014. 
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• Margot and Nathan Jantz moved to Powell River from North Vancouver and established 32 Lakes Coffee, which sells small batches of fresh roasted coffees online and in local stores.
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Many of the people moving to Powell River are interested in food production. There are many opportunities to establish small farming operations in the region. That’s what Ezra and Gosia Carroll did when they migrated to Powell River. Myrtle Point Heritage Farm has a wide range of agricultural products that are sold locally and abroad.

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To learn more about food production in the Powell River area, check out the latest edition of ‘Home Grown Powell River’. 
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• Others have brought their job and career with them, choosing to telecommute rather than struggle to survive in an urban centre. Chris Matheson and his partner Uli Herl landed in Powell River 5 years ago and bought a house after a weekend visit. On the Monday morning visiting, Chris asked his employer if he could work remotely from the community. Now he travels once a month for team meetings while working from his home in the historic Townsite neighbourhood. 
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 If you are interested in starting your own business in Powell River, contact Community Futures as they have excellent Business Planning services and are a potential lender for getting things going. 
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There are many job opportunities in Powell River. From Trades to Manufacturing, and from Health Care to Customer Service, many businesses and organizations are looking for skilled professionals to fill vacancies. To view current job listings visit the regions WorkBC Centre ‘Career Link’ at
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To learn more about the Powell River economy, please take the time to review the Community Profile. The Profile provides extensive information on the Powell River area. You’ll find neighbourhood descriptions, population, demographic and economic statistics, and information on utilities, taxes, transportation and licensing.


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Another significant development in the community is its telecommunications infrastructure. Powell River is far ahead of other communities in North America as Telus Communications has invested $16.7 million on a Fibre Optics build throughout the City and parts of the region. As a result, residents and business now have access to 1 gigabyte per second service. This of course means that if your business or job is technology based, you will have no problems with accessing the speeds you need.


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