"Embracing the entrepreneurial spirit since 1998"
November 2012                                Biz Buzz
Vol. 15, No. 3
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Educational Event
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2012/13 Board 
of Directors

Vice President

Past President
Larry Summers

Nancy Farey


Program Director



Yolanda MacLaren



At the November meeting there will be a jar for cash donations at the greeter's table.  

Some hot points about Twitter for Small Business


1) Get Started. Understand how Twitter works so your business can actively and effectively join the conversation. Learn how to tweet, how to optimize your profile, and how to bring your account to life.


2) Engage Your Audience. The content converts people into customers and customers into advocates. Listen first. Develop your 'voice'. Make it a habit. Tweet something sharable.


3) Amplify Your Impact. Grow your audience to extend your reach. Promote your Twitter @Username. Use your followers to get more followers. Work with others. Put Twitter Promoted Products to work. Measure your impact.

Mark Erickson

Upcoming Event   

Bach Flower Circle 

November 6 

'3 strategies for a sound sleep' 

7 - 9 pm 

Anco Motel,


$5 at the door.

Everyone welcome. 

Email or call

250 331 3228

for more details.  


Sean Murphy of
Valley Healing Therapeutic Massage is please
to introduce "Work
Well" to help
employees to reduce absenteeism and increase
More information on
this initiative can be found on the
HBSBA website

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.  

Presidents Message  
Wow, what a year this is turning out to be!  We have had some very interesting spotlight speakers
and some very powerful networking at each meeting.  I look forward to each meeting to learn more about our members and guests.


At our last meeting we decided to ask for your help by placing a suggestion bag on each table.   I'm happy to say that many of you contributed some great ideas on how to improve our meetings and events.  Your board and I will do it's best to implement your suggestions and we hope you will continue to use these suggestion bags to help us further improve our organization.


Remember to get your ticket at the November meeting for our first Educational Event featuring Beth Campbell Duke as she talks on "3 Simple Secrets of Smart Business Professionals".  Tickets are only $10.00 each.


Now with less than 8 weeks to Christmas and one of the busiest times of the year I hope that you will join us for our annual Christmas Party on December 9th at Two Eagles Lodge.  More details below from Russ our Social Director. 

I hope you all had a great October and I look forward to seeing you all at the November 1st meeting.  


Donna Clairmont

CV Home-Based & Small Business Association


250-339-6785 - Email
Directors' Reports
Membership Report   We had a great turnout at the Oct meeting with 18 guests attending, and  now have 71 members to date.


At the November 1 meeting we will be drawing for a free membership.  Last year we had a "Bring a Guest Campaign".  Members who brought a guest who then joined our Association would have their name entered for the draw.  There were some members who had more than one entry.  Good luck everyone.

Nancy Farey

Interiors by Nancy

Program Report 

At our November 1 meeting, the "power networking portion" of the meeting will allow each person to provide a two-minute summary of his or her business and what represents a good lead for that business.   


To facilitate easy networking, "runners" will get a stack of the business person's cards before each one starts to speak.   As the speaker completes the presentation, audience members can raise hands and will immediately be handed the speaker's business card before the next presenter starts.  This will make it easy to connect during the post-presentation part of the meeting or for follow-up at another time.


In addition to the power networking, there will be two spotlight presentations by members Rina Knoesen, owner of Architectural Design by Rina Knoesen and Kathy Seymour, owner of Getting In Touch.  In addition, the Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce will provide a short presentation on the Chamber, with focus on member benefits, including the availability of the Chamber website and Facebook page to help members grow their businesses.  This presentation will be by Dianne Hawkins, Executive Director, and Terri Perrin, Marketing Coordinator for the Chamber.


Rina Knoesen has been providing architectural designs for homeowners since the 1980s.  Some of her projects are renovations or additions, and others are new construction. She works with clients on Vancouver Island and around the  World.   


Kathy Seymour, a healing arts practitioner, has been working with individuals to feel healthier, relieve pain, andlive happier lives by combining a variety of modalities-Reiki, aromatherapy, Shiatsu, Jin Shin Do, chair massage, reflexology, and others.


Sean Murphy  



Newsletter Report 

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


Calling for content...

Do you have any hot tips that you would like to share with your fellow members... marketing, graphic design,

social media, technology, money managing, health etc. or what have you learned over the years for your business to succeed?  Submission accepted any time. Everyone who contributes will have a link to their website.

Sarah Brune  

Inner Harmony Healing 

250 331 3228 - Email    
Social Report

 Annual Christmas Party 2012  


Location: Two Eagles Lodge B&B, Union Bay.

Date: Sunday, December 9

Cost: $15 / member or guest


Game before dinner, Blind Gift Exchange after dinner.

PA system / music / MC services courtesy of  

AudioXcellence DJ Services.



Please bring:

A pot luck dessert / appetizer / salad

A wrapped gift under $10, if you wish to participate in the Blind Gift exchange.

A beverage of you choice. 


Donations of canned or boxed food items will be collected for the food bank for those less fortunate.

Your assistance in helping tidy up after the party is appreciated.


Tickets available at the next meeting and until December 1, 2012



There will be no sympathy for any of our guests who drink to excess and drive home. If you plan on drinking your limit, consider contacting Carolyn at Two Eagles to obtain overnight accommodations. The rooms are reasonable and very comfortable.


Another option is to use Operation Red Nose, who will see you safely home and will drive your vehicle for you as well. Generous donations to them are recommended.


Russ Ball

Audio Excellance



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.