Small business takes the spotlight in Duncan Friday

A celebration of small business in the Cowichan Valley is set for Friday in Duncan with the Duncan Cowichan Chamber of Commerce’s second Annual Business Showcase.

The event, set to take place at the Travelodge Silver Bridge Inn from 1-4:30 p.m., marks Small Business Week.

"Small businesses make up a major part of Cowichan’s business community and play a critical role in driving our local economy and creating jobs," said Julie Scurr, president of the Duncan Cowichan Chamber of Commerce. "Small Business Week is a great opportunity for our community to celebrate these hard-working businesses that bring great ideas and entrepreneurial spirit to our area."

The showcase will feature more than 30 Cowichan entrepreneurs with samples of their products and services. These will include everything from office technology to organic beds and bedding, health products, dog training and business services, said organizers.

It’s a great place to get ideas to support local businesses, something the Chamber is encouraging residents to do.

"Celebrate local small businesses this week by purchasing goods from local shops, dining at local restaurants, or buying local services," said Scurr.

Admission to the event is free, and there will be hourly prize draws, along with a grand prize for a Victoria getaway package.