Category Archives: Volunteering

Are They Really the Top 100?

One of my favourite magazines came out with its annual issue highlighting the ‘Top 100’ companies in British Columbia ranked by revenue.  The rise and fall in revenues over the past year is certainly one economic indicator within the various … Continue reading

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Business Visibility

How your business is seen by others can make the difference between success and failure.  I once complimented a friend who had a restoration company on how clean he kept his trucks.  They were white with company graphics and never … Continue reading

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It Doesn’t End with the Sale

So many business people seem to be content with the sale at hand and neglect to build the relationship with the customer or client. The sale is the opportunity to engage them in conversation, learning their needs and where you … Continue reading

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Pay it Forward

Pay it Forward Nanaimo has been operating for about 4 months now with great success!  The concept is simple – attend the event held at a local watering hole, put $10 in one container and your name in another and … Continue reading

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Vancouver Island Lifestyle

There are a great many people who think that it is only retirees who come to Vancouver Island.  While it is true many do, the island attracts families and empty-nesters as well. Some are drawn to the island because of … Continue reading

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Start-ups: Networking to Advantage

When working with those who are just starting to get a business off the ground I always stress the importance of networking.  As a result one of the common questions is, “Where do I network?” Although a common question, it … Continue reading

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Why Support Local Businesses?

We hear a lot about supporting local businesses, especially at Christmas time.  Why is this a good thing and why should we pay attention to it? In 2014 there were 382, 600 small businesses (less than 50 people) operating in … Continue reading

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