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Mar/Apr 2016

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Why independence matters

Jennifer Daffurn, Septen Financial - Banks are good at making money. Unfortunately for you, they make their money by getting you to spend it.

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You don’t need an IT department to get the most out of your technology

d Elizabeth Vannan, the BC Leader for MNP’s Technology Consulting team -Just because your business doesn’t have an IT department doesn’t mean you can’t make effective use of technology. Whether you are starting a new business or looking to improve how your organization uses technology, here are some tips to help you make the most of your IT investments.

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Insure Your Retirement

d Darlene Garat, Garat Financial Group - Not everyone is lucky enough to have a big pension waiting in the wings when they retire.

Other options typically used to create a portfolio for retirement income include mutual funds, stocks or rental properties.

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What to do if the Easter Bunny steals from you?

g Anthony La Bar, Shook, Wickham, Bishop & Field - March is here. The daffodils are blooming, the herring are spawning and Spring is right around the corner. And that means so is Easter.

Unless your children saw the movie Donnie Darko at a young age, they love the Easter Bunny. And why not?

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Keep your software up to date

g Ann Scott, Presley and Partners Chartered Accountants -What accounting software do you use? Most of our clients used to use Simply (Sage 50) for their business bookkeeping, whereas Quickbooks is a comparatively newer trend.

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Going Smart – why more multi-modal transportation options make economic sense

g Andrew Gower, Wedler Engineering - Recently, the City of Courtenay announced it would pull out of the regional “Go Smart Comox Valley – Integrated Transportation Committee.” This, I believe, is a mistake.

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Will the new mortgage down payment rules affect my home purchase?

g Mackenzie Gartside, Select Mortgage - In December, the finance minister announced a small change to the down payment requirement for CMHC-insured purchases between $500,000 and $1,000,000. 

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Chambers working across BC to support businesses

g Dianne Hawkins, Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce- February 15 to 19 was Chamber of Commerce Week – an opportunity for BC’s more than 125 Chambers of Commerce to showcase our hard work on behalf of businesses across the province.

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6 steps to your best writing ever 

g Ryan Parton, RP Copywriting- People often compliment me on my writing. Sure, it’s mostly my wife and my mother-in-law, but still. The point is, great writing – however loosely you define that term – doesn’t flow from the keystrokes of enlightened scribes like so many lavender-scented rainbows from the backsides of flying unicorns.

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The changing software landscape

g Matt Behrens, PrimeTek IT Solutions -The technology landscape for small businesses is changing.

We’re in the midst of a shift in the way many small businesses use technology to improve the way they operate.

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Are you at risk for caregiver burnout?

g Wendy Johnstone, Keystone Eldercare Solutions- My career in family caregiving began in my early 20s and it was a steep learning curve; helping my mother care for my Dad, who suffered a massive stroke all the while caring for my grandmother who was in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. 

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Please Don’t Go Fund Me

Sandy Poelvoorde, Boyd’s Funeral Services 

With the rise of social websites and communities, the proliferation of online requests for money has exploded. You can pretty much ask for money to cover everything from making potato salad to the next blockbuster movie. 

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Cyndi White: Grannies On The Go Senior Services 

Cyndi White
Grannies On The Go Senior Services
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Grannies On The Go Senior Services is a unique and personalized service for seniors in the Comox Valley, providing assisted transportation, help with errands and companionship to suit the individual needs of each client.

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Kyle Corey
Geek Tweaks Technology Solutions Inc.

Kyle Corey
Geek Tweak Technology Solutions Inc.

Kyle is a mobile computer technician that travels to your home or business to resolve your technical computer issues. Mac, PC, phones, printers, routers, TVs or any other device that you may be having problems with – Kyle’s the Geek who can tweak it back to perfection, while explaining it all in plain, geekless English.

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Grant Powers
Bank of Montreal

Grant is all about wealth management – working with your existing lawyer, accountant and other advisors to help you achieve your financial dreams. He believes in keeping things simple and your fees low. His investment philosophy is: Preservation of Capital, Reasonable Rate of Return and Tax and Income Efficiency (in that order).

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Ensure your home is protected from water damage

Caylyn Moyls, First Insurance -

In recent years, the Comox Valley has experienced some of the most intense rainfall events documented within the last several decades. As such, water-related insurance claims have been on the rise and industry data indicates that water is currently one of the top threats to your home.

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We make too much money

Ryan Parton, Business Gazette

Jean-Yves Duclos, Canada’s Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, has drawn attention recently for his interest in exploring the idea of a basic minimum income for all Canadians. I wholeheartedly encourage that exploration, but I also wonder if it’s time to pay some attention to the other end of the spectrum.

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RealStream acquires downtown Courtenay property

Comox Valley-based RealStream™ Income Properties LP has just acquired another local income property for its investors. 

Its latest investment, located at 519 Fifth St. in Courtenay, is consistent with RealStream™’s focus on finding high-quality, tenanted properties with expectations to hold those investment properties for at least 5 to 20 years.

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The Business Gazette asks . . .

What's the future of cars?

See what five North Island auto experts had to say . . .

 

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Courtenay salon named Island’s best retail business

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Level 10 Eurospa has some shiny new hardware to ad to its growing collection, having been named Retail Business of the Year at the recent Vancouver Island Business Excellence Awards.

“We’re thrilled and honoured to receive this award,” says Leanne Boyd, owner/operator of Level 10 since its inception in 1990.

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Two minutes with . . . Dana Hook, Healing Bliss Botanicals

Hometown: Courtenay, BC

Nickname: Healing Bliss

Celebrity crush: Captain America

Favourite TV show: Brooklyn 99

All-time greatest movie: The Princess Bride


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Word on the street:

"What's your favourite ad of all time?
Alternatively, which ad do you despise?"

 

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Professional Pets: Buffie

Woofys Pet FoodsYour Name & Company:
Marion Logan   - Invis West Coast Mortgages
 
Name: Buffie

Nickname: Mommy’s baby girl, & Buff- Dog


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Professional Pets: Merlin

Woofys Pet FoodsYour Name & Company: Impressions Custom Framing Ltd.

About your pet: male dog

Name:  Merlin

Breed: Great Dane

Age: 10

 

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Two minutes with . . . Darcie Wright

Name, company: Darcie Wright, S. McInnes & Associates Ltd.
(formerly Reynen Business Services Ltd.)

Hometown: Kelowna, BC

Nickname: Side order


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Colour will improve your business

Wondering how to pack more punch into your printed material? Nothing hits home like a splash of colour.

Colour is, and has always been, more effective than black and white. Period. It catches the eye and helps people connect with their feelings and emotions. Research has shown that colour improves brand recognition by more than 75%, helps sell up to 80% more and makes people more likely to pick up the piece.

Don Linder, AGS Business Systems

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Spotlight on the Trades


Nelson Roofing & Sheet Metal Ltd. Comox Valley’s 2015 Business of the Year

Nelson Roofing & Sheet Metal Ltd., a company that continually strives to improve its already stellar reputation, was honoured as the Comox Valley’s 2015 business of the year in January.

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Security: more than just a lock and key

As the only locally owned and operated full-service locksmith facility in Campbell River, Johnson Locksmiths knows how to roll up their sleeves, get their hands dirty and get the job done – day in and day out!

For over a decade, the company has built a solid reputation throughout Northern Vancouver Island, meeting every project – no matter how big, small or unique – with patience, promptness and the right tools to get it done.

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Axis Heating + Cooling: Delivering comfort, community & clean water

Freezing in the winter? Sweating in the summer? Or are you just tired of that boil water advisory that’s been frequenting the Valley?

Having worked in the business for decades, Axis Heating & Cooling owner Kristen Pronick has seen and solved just about any heating, cooling or water complication you can think of.

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Above & Beyond Tree Service
‘No tree too small; no job too small’

As far as living up to its name, Above & Beyond Tree Service certainly delivers. 

For nearly a decade, owner and founder Chad Lewis and his team of professionals have been working throughout the Comox Valley and Campbell River offering high-quality residential, commercial and regional tree services. Whether it’s manicuring a hedge, dangerous tree removal, bush clearing, stump grinding or view enhancement, each member of the Above & Beyond team is practiced and prepared to get the job done. 

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Temprite Climate Solutions
The North Island’s only Daikin Comfort Professionals

Lance Petty and his team of Red Seal certified technicians at Temprite Climate Solutions have a lot of confidence these days – as do their clients. That’s because they’re the only registered Daikin Comfort Professionals on northern Vancouver Island.

“Daikin is the world’s leading manufacturer of heat pumps and air comfort solutions,” explains Lance.

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Andrew Sharrock, Island Electric Ltd.

Andrew Sharrock is a man who likes to choose his own path, and it’s that quest for autonomy is what inspired him to create his own company, Island Electric Ltd. It’s also what led him back to the Comox Valley, his childhood home, after spending years abroad becoming a Red Seal FSR Class B Master Electrician.

With 10 years’ experience with general electrical and five years with solar photovoltaic installs, both off-grid and grid-tied, Andrew is able to handle all electrical needs from small cabins to large-scale commercial projects.

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RiverCity Domestics – the next best thing to more time in the day

These days, it seems there just isn’t enough time in a day. As a single mother with two boys, Natalie Brinston can certainly attest to that. That’s why she started RiverCity Domestics.

Her two main intentions with her new venture are to help seniors keep up with everyday household tasks and to help relieve stress and provide peace of mind to families and individuals who just can't seem to keep up with the high demands of daily life.

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Acounting Roundtable:

What’s the best way to track and deduct my vehicle expenses? Should I lease or buy? Should my vehicle be in my name or the company’s?

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Downtown Courtenay to Comox Valley: ‘Thank-you!’

The Downtown Courtenay Business Improvement Association (DCBIA) has warm words for the downtown businesses won top honours at the recent Comox Valley Chamber of

Commerce Community Awards, as well as for the community that has supported them.
“Of the eight Downtown Courtenay businesses or business owners nominated for awards, three won their respective category,” says DCBIA board member Mackenzie Gartside, who’s also on the Chamber board. “We’re exceptionally proud of them all, and of all the talented people we have downtown.”

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Fusilli Grill opens at new location

After more than two decades of serving hungry clients on Dogwood Street, Campbell River’s Fusilli Grill has moved to a brand new location in the Campbell River Lodge, located at 1760 Island Highway.

While the popular restaurant’s many regulars will notice several improvements with the new location, owner Ashley Belanko is quick to point out that the restaurant’s key promise will remain the same.

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FUTURE 15

On February 19th the Campbell River & District Chamber of Commerce celebrated their FUTURE15 event. What a great concept this event is! Campbell River is full of amazing people 19-45. They are role models, paving their own path and shaping the future of Campbell River. Below are a few of the winners and their visions for Campbell River.

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