The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako (RDBN) is pleased to announce the finalists in the RDBN Start-up Business contest. Entrants provided a business plan introducing their new business or business idea. The entries were judged on the strength of their business planning. The finalists chosen by the selection panel are:
  • Area 1 (Smithers, Telkwa, surrounding rural area): Cheryl McRae - Dog Digs
  • Area 2 (Houston, Topley, Granisle, surrounding rural area): Bizz McKilligan - Bizz’s Pet Grooming
  • Area 3 (Burns Lake, Southside, surrounding rural area): Kim Wiebe - Precious Moments Photography and Studio and Lisa Brown - LDFC
  • Area 6 (Fort St. James, surrounding rural area): Katrina Slorstad - Imperative Recycling
We were pleased with the number of quality entries we received, representing a wide range of businesses. We look forward to watching these businesses develop and appreciate the contribution each makes to our region.
We are grateful for the many businesses and organizations that have made this contest possible through their generous sponsorship. A full list of these sponsors and the prize packages is available at
For more information regarding the RDBN Business Forum please visit or contact Corrine Swenson at 1-800-320-3339.
Corrine Swenson
Regional Strategic Development Analyst