The Inside Edge Business Gazette - Vancouver Island business news

 

Jan/Feb 2016

The Comox Valley Business Gazette and the Campbell River
Business Gazette are now the Inside Edge Business Gazette

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What happens when you Google ‘tech support’?

It seems simple enough. The printer won’t work so instead of unhooking it and running it down to the shop, or waiting for the technician to arrive, you Google, “Lexmark tech support.”

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How confident are you with your retirement plan – emotionally, physically and financially?

d Darlene Garat, Garat Financial Group - It’s ironic that many people believe they can retire on far less income than they managed to live on when they were drawing a paycheque, even when they barely managed payday to payday.

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Moving out during a separation – will you lose your rights?

g Peter R. Higgs, CR Lawyers- When dealing with a separation or divorce, a common question I hear is, “If I leave the home am I jeopardizing my rights?”

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Stop interrogating your customers on the phone. (And everyone is a potential customer.)

g Ann Scott, Presley and Partners Chartered Accountants - I can’t believe that receptionists are still asking the dreaded question, “Can I ask who’s calling please?” Really? Does it matter?  Are you screening calls?

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A New Year – a new Chamber of Commerce Strategic Plan

g Andrew Gower, Wedler Engineering - I’m going to beg the indulgence of Gazette readers yet again and don my hat as Chair of the Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce once more.

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2 Tips for going from renter to homeowner

g Mackenzie Gartside, Select Mortgage - Most often, home buying stress come from the unknown. (I missed the deadline? What deadline? How much money do I need for a down payment? When should I take it out of my RRSP?)

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Spotlight on some outstanding local business Leaders

g Avry Janes, First Credit Union & Insurance - On behalf of all of us at First Credit Union & Insurance, I wish to congratulate all of the outstanding nominees for the 2015/2016 Chamber of Commerce Community Awards. We are fortunate to have so many outstanding individuals in our community!

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Keep the heat on with these vital HVAC maintenance tips

g Kristen Pronick, Axis Heating + Cooling - Furnaces have gotten quite a workout trying to keep our homes and offices warm this winter.

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Strengthen the business community. Strengthen your business

g Dianne Hawkins, Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce- January brings a breath of fresh air and a time for new perspective on your business strategy.

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Direct mail gone wrong – How to lose customers fast

g Ryan Parton, RP Copywriting- If you’re going to execute a direct mail campaign, give your customers some credit.

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Don’t pay taxes – pay yourself!

g Lyle Feeney, Septen Financial-Do you hate paying property taxes? Do you feel that you could put your money to better use than the government?

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Make your intentions known before it’s too late

g Wendy Johnstone, Keystone Eldercare Solutions- All of us know the expression, "Where there is a will, there is a way." Perhaps we've even used it when we want to motivate someone (maybe ourselves). With determination, achieving anything is possible.

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Smile—it’s a funeral!

Sandy Poelvoorde, Boyd’s Funeral Services 

Once upon a recent time, when a death occurred in the average middle-class family, the drill was as follows: be sad. Really, really sad. Prostrate with grief preferred. 

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Welcome to the Inside Edge!

For five years now, the Business Gazette has been your local business publication.

In the Comox Valley you’ve known us as the Comox Valley Business Gazette. Those of you in the River City and north have known us as the Campbell River Business Gazette. In your hands right now, however, is the first edition of a brand new incarnation: The Inside Edge Business Gazette.

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Have your say about CR signs. Online survey seeks public opinion

nmiNeon, flashing, backlit, scrolling…what kinds of signs are suitable, where, and for what purpose in Campbell River? Help the City of Campbell River update its sign bylaw by sharing your thoughts.

“New technologies, and requests for new types of signs mean it’s time to update regulations around signs in our community,” says Kevin Brooks, the City’s development services supervisor. “We’re reviewing everything from permitted types, sizes and locations to how to streamline the process for sign permits — and we welcome public input.”

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Two minutes with . . . Susan McInnes, S. McInnes & Associates Ltd, owner

Hometown:  Campbell River, BC

Nickname:  Too many to list

Celebrity crush:  Johnny Depp

Most annoying celebrity:  Tom Cruise

Favourite TV show:  Once Upon a Time

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Word on the street:

"Do you think your business will do better, worse, or about the same in 2016? Why?"

 

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Professional Pets: Jaxs

Woofys Pet FoodsYour Name & Company:
Brian, Vic’s Vacs & Samson’s Eco Clean
 
About your pet:
 He is a kind and loving dog loves to meet and greet new people 

Name:Jaxs

Nickname:Jackie boy

Breed:Presa Canario cross Pitbull

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Professional Pets: Tessa

Woofys Pet FoodsYour Name & Company:
Janet Martyn, Independent Consultant with PartyLite Canada

 
About your pet: Tessa has her own Facebook page and handmade greeting cards under the name Tessa says...
 
Name: Tessa 

Breed: Shih Tzu

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Two minutes with . . . Tom McAllister, McAllister Advertising

Tom helps businesses decide which advertising options are most strategic based on their needs and budget. In most cases there is no fee for this service.

Hometown:  North Vancouver

Nickname: Tom

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An interesting way to make paying invoices easy

Say the word “accounts payable” to a business owner, and don’t be surprised if you’re regaled with nightmarish tales of paperwork gone wrong.

Out of all the tasks that make up the day-to-day running of a business, invoicing has certainly earned its reputation as tedious, error prone and labour intensive. Yet it’s often one of the most important parts of ensuring your business runs smoothly.

Don Linder, AGS Business Systems

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Next Wave member profile
Daris Tendler,
of Core Exercise Studio & Stretch Therapy

 

Daris provides a number of medical exercise classes for clients with chronic aches and pains, specific injuries and/or post-rehab strengthening. These classes include Cranky Hip and Knee, Cranky Back, Chronic Pain and Repeat Offenders. She’s also believed to be the only one in the Comox Valley offering Fascial Stretch Therapy, which helps gain range of motion along with many other benefits.

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Next Wave member profile
Michele Passey,
of Solid Rock Bookkeeping

 

Michele Passey is a home-based bookkeeper, offering full, mobile bookkeeping service wherever she’s needed. She offers a broad range of tailored services, all with the aim to help improve Your Bottom Line, boost your efficiency and keep compliant with CRA regulations.

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Ensure your company can benefit from the Capital Gains Exemption

Jamie Kungel, CPA, CA – MNP

The Capital Gains Exemption (CGE)is probably the best-known tax break provided to small business owners. 

The CGE is most commonly used on the sale of shares of a private company that is involved in an active business. Certain farming and fishing assets also qualify. For the 2015 taxation year, the CGE allows an individual to claim a deduction of up to $813,600; for capital gains related to the disposition of qualified farming or fishing property, the exemption increases to $1,000,000. Given that the tax savings can be as high as $230,000, it is a tax break that business owners will want to take advantage of.

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