"Embracing the entrepreneurial spirit since 1998"
October 2012                                Biz Buzz
Vol. 15, No. 2
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2012/13 Board 
of Directors

Vice President

Past President
Larry Summers

Nancy Farey


Program Director



Yolanda MacLaren


New Members

Janice Armour

Investors Group


Lara Austin

RBC Dominion Securities


Linda Graceffo         

Sparkling Graphics

Fran Kwiecien
Woven Wool Wear

Bev O'Hara

Just Like Mom's

Michele Ruttkiewicz

Chew to Live


Chanci MacKenzie


Janet Campbell

BoneFide Dog  

Coats & Accessories


Lori Hurst



Cam Matthews

Vexam Magnetic  

Photos & Signs


Upcoming Events 

Build a Wealth
Vase With
TBA - November 
6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
at the Comox
Valley Chamber of Commerce 2040 Cliffe Avenue, Courtenay.
Join certified
feng shui
consultant  Terri 
Perrin,  Fine Art of Intention Feng Shui, for an
evening of
interactive and  
inspiring sharing  
of ancient feng 
shui wisdom, 
adapted for a 
modern world,  
with a focus on  
increasing your  
The $50 workshop fee includes all supplies to create your own Wealth Vase, as well refreshments and HST.

For full details,  
please visit
To pre-register
for this workshop:
Call 250-218
or  Email.

Bach Flower Circle 
Spend an evening with like 
individuals to talk Bach Flower Remedies -
different remedies, various topics, questions and answer session, and more. Everyone


October 2

'3 simple solutions

to reduce stress' 

7 - 9 pm 

Anco Motel,


$5 at the door

Email or call

250 331 3228

for more details.  


Prestige Video 


Larrie & Marg would like to let everyone know that if you  

wish to have your

HBSBA Spotlight presentation  

videotaped for use  

on your website, etc., they will be

pleased to provide that service for a

cost of $30.00 plus tax. The presentation

will be given to you on DVD.  

If you are doing a business presentation or seminar at

another location

and wish to have it

recorded, please  

contact them for a quote.


Award-winning musicians -Dan

Hill, Ron Irving,

and Steven


will present an  

evening of intimate

acoustic music at a house concert at

Two Eagles Lodge

on Wednesday,

October 10,

7:30pm.  Tix

are $35, available  

at Jack'd in


Please bring an appy to share; no corking fees. 

Two Eagles Lodge is at 6409 Island  

Highway South

(2km north of  

Denman Ferry).

50 seats max.  



after Oct 1.  

his house concert

is a prelude to the

four-day Vancouver

Island Music  

Business Conference

where these

amazing musicians

are returning

panelists. Two Eagles

Lodge is a sponsor of VIMBC.   

Around the

To find out what
networking events the Chamber of
Commerce are
putting on in October


Presidents Message  

Wow, what a month September turned out to be.  We kicked off the year with a great September meeting.  Terri Perrin, Fine Art of Intention Feng Shui, and Sean Murphy, Valley Healing Therapeutic Massage had the audience's full attention with their presentations. This was followed by some great power networking.

I was very pleased to see so many new faces and some past members joining the group.   


We finished the month with another successful trade show under our belts.   I must thank the following members for their hard work in making the 8th Annual HBSBA Small Business Expo such a success.  Marg Szafron (Prestige Video Transfer), Ruth Dilts (Rainy Day Books), Carolyn Touhey (Smart Biz Strategy), Sarah Brune (Inner Harmony Healing) and Angela Kroemer (The Mortgage Group).  These ladies worked very hard and it was my pleasure to work with them.  Many thanks go out to all the businesses who donated the raffle or door prizes.


I am so looking forward to our October 4th meeting at the Best Western as we spotlight 2 more members.  Carolyn Touhey, SmartBiz Strategy, our marketing guru, and Mark Erikson, Norse Code Technologies, as he introduces Twitter in his presentation.  You won`t want to miss their presentations so I hope to see you all there.  Remember to bring a lot of business cards as we will continue with our power networking session.  Next month we will be presenting our first Educational Event.


I would like to wish you and your families a very Happy Thanksgiving.


Donna Clairmont

CV Home-Based & Small Business Association


250-339-6785 - Email
Directors' Reports
Membership Report    

By the time you receive this newsletter, the Small Business Expo will be history!! We would like to thank all those who donated prizes for the raffle fundraiser as well as for the many door prizes given away. A huge thank you to Ruth Dilts of Rainy Day Books for obtaining  many of the excellent raffle and door  prizes. 


For upcoming meetings be sure you bring a pocketful of change as we are charging a minimal

fee of $1.00 for coffee and tea to help offset the costs.  In addition, we will have the 'hamper jar' available to receive donations for our Christmas hamper family at each meeting.  The Directors have decided that Val's fines should also go to the hamper fund - so we ask everyone to be generous.


At the upcoming meeting you will find a Suggestion Bag on each table along with writing materials. Please take time to write down your 'wish list' for future topics for our meetings, or suggestions of interesting speakers that you may know.  This is how your Program Director will know what type of topics are of the most interest to our members.  If you would like to speak on a business topic which might be interesting or informative for the members and guests, please contact Sean.


We also have put together a binder containing the business cards of all our members. Please make sure to check this book at each meeting to ensure that your latest card is there. Leaving extra cards will allow those who wish to contact you, or pass on your card as a referral will be able to do so. We also have a section for our guest cards, and a section for former members.


We had a great group at the September meeting. In addition, we welcomed several new members over the summer and early Fall.  This brings us to 70 members which includes our 2 Honorary Life members and 15 Lifetime members. 


Marg Szafron

Prestige Video Transfer



Program Report 

This month's presenters are Mark Erickson owner of Norse Code Technologies and Carolyn West-Price Touhey of SmartBiz Strategy


Mark Erickson is the owner of Norse Code Technologies,  which specializes in web development, marketing and social media. He will be speaking about how Norse Code can help local businesses promote themselves better through using his company's services.


Carolyn Touhey, a marketing consultant since Carolyn 1990, holds an MBA in marketing and also teaches marketing workshops and webinars for entrepreneurs. She specializes in helping start-ups, small businesses, and non-profits brand and market themselves -- avoiding the many do-it-yourselfer marketing pitfalls that cost time and money. She is co-owner of Two Eagles Lodge, an award-winning, waterfront B&B and vacation rental in Union Bay.

In addition to the two presenters, there will be networking opportunities for HBSBA members to give a two minute promotional speech about their business. 


We are planning on having some business round table discussions at future meetings and would like to know if any of our members have ideas for discussion topics. You can send your suggestions to me at GetRelief@ValleyHealingMassage.com 

Sean Murphy  


Web Report  

I encourage everyone to visit the website and see all the exciting changes to our site. Besides a new logo and name, we also have a new domain name www.CVEntrepreneurs.com. The www.cvhbba.com is still active and automatically forwards to our new location. Remember to save in your favorites, because eventually the old web address will expire.  


The website is continuously being streamlined to make it easier to find information. This includes new quick links on the right-hand-side for special events such as the recent Small Business Expo and upcoming Spotlight Speakers at our monthly meetings. In addition, under Members, besides a list of companies by type, I have added companies listed alphabetically by company name. Both of these lists are linkable to the member's business info. I've added company logos to make the company info more professional looking. If there is not a link for your company that is because I do not have info for that company's profile. If you need help setting up your profile info, please feel free to contact me at ginnym@shaw.ca.  


We want the website to work for our members and give them the exposure they deserve, so I will be adding another link that will be highlighting a monthly business to be determined by a business card draw at each monthly meeting.


Remember, you can post your business related events under the Member Announcements. Just create a new post, enter all the info and select the category Member News. Again, if you are having difficulty with this or any other function on the website, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Ginny Alliston

Ginny's Graphics & Web Design





Newsletter Report 

The deadline for Director's Reports, announcements or articles is the 21st of each month. Please email your
submission for the November newsletter by October 21. Of course submissions are accepted before the deadline also! 


Remember this is  your newsletter and if you would like to see any new features your suggestions are always welcome.

For the production of this newsletter, I would like to thank Carolyn Touhey and Val Little for their assistance.

Sarah Brune  

Inner Harmony Healing 

250 331 3228 - Email   
Upcoming Educational Event


Mark your calendar as we present our first HBSBA

Educational Event  scheduled for Wednesday, November 7th at the Chamber of Commerce Board Room on Cliffe Ave in Courtenay.  Our keynote  speaker will be the dynamic Beth Campbell Duke.  Her talk will be "3

Simple Secrets of Smart Business Professionals". Tickets will be available for purchase at our October 4th meeting for $10.00 each. 


During '3 Simple Secrets of Smart Business Professionals' Beth Campbell Duke will cover 'the what', 'the why' and 'the how' of the personal branding process. As business professionals, we all know the importance of getting our message out through our networks, but do you know the critical steps you absolutely must take before you connect with your networks? Mark your calendars for November 7, get your ticket, and join us for an interactive 2-hours.     


Business Profile 
Each month a business card is drawn for this feature.

Angela Zumbo, BBA, AMP  
Accredited Mortgage Professional

The Mortgage Centre Comox Valley

I am an experienced Mortgage Professional with over 7 years in this dynamic industry, which combines nicely with my business degAngelaree to give me the knowledge base essential to understand the unique financial needs of each client.  I am dedicated to making the mortgage application process as easy as possible, and to building life-long relationships with all my clients, providing not only mortgages, but financial advice and guidance.


After having worked at The Mortgage Centre Comox Valley for several years, taking over the business earlier this year was a natural progression.  Since March, our office has grown from a team of two to a team of six, including both Residential and Commercial Mortgage Specialists.  Our Mortgage Professionals are located in strategically places across Vancouver Island, ensuring that every island resident has access to our full menu of mortgage services.  We even have an agent in Kelowna, serving BC's Okanagan Region!


The Mortgage Centre Comox Valley is a full-service mortgage brokerage, offering residential, commercial, and alternative lending solutions. Whether you are purchasing, renewing, refinancing for any reason, seeking credit advice or looking for a reverse mortgage, we have a solution. We are also very excited to have Trevor Cook (aka "Mr. Insurance") shares our office space - an experienced insurance broker and financial advisor - which compliments our services nicely.

When you think "Mortgage", think "The Mortgage Centre" - your GO TO place for mortgage information.

For more information or to contact our office, please visit our website: www.mccv.ca