With all the new stores and restaurants that opened in Chinatown recently, Sing Tao Media Group Canada would like to share with its audience where to “eat, drink, play, and have fun” in today’s Chinatown. Who’s in a better position to show us around than Carol Lee, Chair of the Vancouver Chinatown Foundation?
Choice Communication started the planning process and, finally, on a nice spring day in May 2023, we began the tour with Carol Lee, Debbie Chen (reporter), Harrison Ha (photographer and videographer) and Helen Yu. We have planned the tour to cover eight businesses ranging from restaurants (multicultural cuisines), an herbal store, a tea store, a gift store, and a plant/home decoration store.
1. Chinatown BBQ - 30 E Pender Street
2. DD Mau - 145 E Pender Street
3. Phnom Penh Restaurant - 244 E Georgia Street
4. Kissa Tanto - 263 E Pender Street
This week is Small Business Week ( October 15 - 21, 2023 )
According to the Government of British Columbia, there are over 500,000 small businesses, constituting 98% of the total businesses in the province, meaning roughly one in 10 British Columbians are small business owners or entrepreneurs. In 2022, small businesses contributed 34% to B.C.’s GDP, the highest in Canada.
We've noticed that the past few years have been challenging for small business owners, not only due to global inflation but also because of rising interest rates and other factors.
So, how can we support these entrepreneurs, store owners, and restaurants through our small actions?
Here are five ways to support small businesses in the service industry:
Media roundtable is a personalized approach to build a relationship with the media, to engage, and to create a two-way dialogue. While a media Q&A or scrum happens at the end of a news conference is often one-directional, it is through a roundtable setting when the host has a chance to learn and listen to the journalists since they are basically “your eyes and ears on the ground”.
As we usher in the Lunar New Year which is celebrated by the Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean communities, it is important to remember how a company conducts its business in a culturally sensitive way goes a long way. In Canada, not only do we observe the official languages English and French, many businesses are using other languages as a way to tell their customers that they value their business.
With the biggest immigrant population speaking Chinese, Punjabi, and Tagalog, we certainly see businesses and stores putting up festive signs and decorations during Lunar New year or Diwali, for example. Like in our previous blog, we talked about the importance to speak to your audience in their language of choice.
Census 2021 provides some very interesting findings. In B.C., 27.9% of the population states that their mother tongue is neither of the official languages (English & French). Whereas in Vancouver, those who speak Chinese (including Mandarin, Cantonese, and other dialects) at home is as high as 39%.
Today is the 15th day of the first month of the year of Water Tiger which also marks the end of the celebration of the Lunar New Year. Incidentally, it is also referred to as the Chinese Valentine’s Day, which means, this year, the Western and Eastern Valentine’s Day runs consecutively. Does that mean double the romance?
This year’s LNY celebration has been festive and exciting at Choice Communication. Despite the pandemic, we ran two celebrations – one physical and one virtual – both were immensely successful and meaningful, with charity components.
Picture | Google.ca
Too often, people complain about Zoom fatigue or lack of attraction for people to stay in front of their computer or device for longer than the average attention span (which is shrinking as we speak). At Everything Goes Virtual, we think interaction is key!
The first-ever Virtual Charity Chinese New Year Cooking with Chef Denice Wai took place online while streamed live from a physical venue. It attracted much media attention because they appreciate the intricacy of it.
In pandemic times, especially with the social gatherings restrictions extended to January 8, 2021, it is more important than ever to stay connected with your colleagues, clients, friends, and families. Celebrate those special moments together, apart.
There are Zoom events that you want to exit after the first five minutes. And it’s easy to do on a virtual platform. Don’t pretend, I know you’ve done it before. You don’t have to excuse yourself or find the right time to leave, it’s just a click away for joining and leaving, and no one will notice especially if it is a big group.
There are also Zoom events that are engaging and you want to stay. What makes the difference?