"Embracing the entrepreneurial spirit since 1998"
April 2013                                Biz Buzz
Vol. 15, No. 8
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President's Message
Member Profile
Networking Tips
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2012/13 Board of Directors

Vice President

Past President
Larry Summers

Nancy Farey


Program Director






Make Your 2 Minutes Memorable






What my biz will do for someone?


Paint Picture With Examples If Not Clear or Multiple Types of Service/Products


Your Competitive Edge or Point of Differentiation

...A Good Lead For Me Would Be...

Describe an ideal customer or job to "paint the picture"


Name &

Company Name

Slogan if you have one and it's memorable


Carolyn Touhey

SmartBiz Strategy   


By Dawn McRae, Custom Gourmet Chef

Beets with Orange and Almonds

8-10 beets
3 oranges, juiced
1 orange, zested
1/4 cup unsalted butter
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
1/3 cup slivered almonds, toasted
1/2 orange, to garnish
2 Tbs fresh tarragon, to garnish

1. Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Trim the leaves off the beets, leaving about an inch of stem. Set the beets in a roasting pan. Bake until the skins are crinkled and loose and a sweet beet smell permeates the kitchen. Takes about 1 - 2 hours depending on the size of beets.

2. Peel the beets and cut into 3/8-inch cubes. Place the orange juice, orange zest, beets and butter in a shallow saucepan or a skillet. Cook over a low to medium heat for 15 minutes - stirring occasionally - then raise the heat to high to reduce the cooking liquid, about 2 minutes.  The beets should be coated with an orange glaze, Taste. Salt if necessary, and add plenty of freshly ground pepper.

3. Turn into a warm serving dish and top with almonds. Squeeze the orange half over the cooked beets and garnish with the tarragon. Serve immediately.

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Marg Szafron of
Prestige Video Transfer
is pleased to announce
that she has been
re-elected to the
CV Chamber of
Commerce Board for
a second term.  She
looks forward to
providing a liaison
between the CVHBSBA and the Chamber again, and
serving the business
* On Brookes Place
*  A Spring Cottage
*  A Soothing
*  A Home away
 from home
*  A restful
*  A treasure to
*  A perfect retreat
*  A place worth
checking into
*  A waiting you....

Memories are made
of this!
Hostess: Debaura Hall

Divine Connections
Educational Network               
 ~ Your Incredible
Power Within~
 ~  Paving the Way
~  Self Hood
~  Self Love
~  Self Care
~  Self Esteem
~ Self Awareness
~ Self Connection
~  Self Expression
~  Self Empowerment
~  Self Renewal

The Adventure you
 have depends on
 the choices you make!
Life Coach & Mentor:
Debaura Hall

President's Message 

It has been a busy year so far but it's not over yet.  


This May we our celebrating 15 years as an association. Although our name has changed, we still meet to help and home based and small businesses in the Comox Valley. Be sure to mark your calendars for the May 2 15th Anniversary and Awards Gala. Both events are a special time to honour and celebrate who we are!  


There's still time to get your nominations in for the Awards Gala.  Who will you choose to be the winner for this year's Business of the Year Award or the Members Choice Award?  If you misplaced your nomination form you can go to our website cventrepreneurs.com under the tab EVENTS then AWARDS.  The event will be at the Best Western Hotel in the Beaufort Room on May 2nd starting at 7:30 pm with tea/coffee and appeys to follow.  While the room is being prepared for us the Board of Directors and all members who wishes to join us are invited to meet at 6:30 pm in the Chalk Lounge for a pre awards night beverage.  I hope you will come and join us in this celebration.


Would you like your business to be better known in the community?  If you answer is yes, then consider a position on the Board.  With our AGM fast approaching on June 6, now is the time to think about where you can contribute a few hours of your time to bring some new and exciting suggestions to the team.  Please stop and ask any of your current Board of Directors questions about their position.  Become a team player and have fun while you're doing it too.


Finally, we are looking for volunteers to help with the Canada Day Parade.  The theme this year is "As Canadian As...".  This is an opportunity to show what Canada means to you.  If you would like to be on the organizing committee please call or email me at 250-339-6785 or donna@clairmontdraperies.com


I look forward to seeing you all at the April 4th General Meeting where we are having another power networking session.  So remember to bring lots of business cards.  See you all there.


Donna Clairmont 

Clairmont Custom Drapes and Design 

250-339-6785 - Email
Directors' Reports

Membership / Vice President's Report:

Hi HBSBA Members


It's that time again - a reminder that if you have received an email notice that your annual membership fees are due we would appreciate receiving the funds ASAP. We had no new members in March, but did have a great group of guests at the meeting and we hope they return and consider becoming members. 


The Annual Awards Night is coming up on May 2nd, so please bring your nomination forms to the next meeting as there are large brown envelopes on the tables for these and only the Awards Committee see the forms.  You could also mail to our mailbox and if you mark the envelope as "nomination forms", Michelle will deliver them unopened to the Committee.


More information re the Awards Night will be coming soon, as it is our 15th Anniversary and we hope to make this a special night.


We are also looking for members to step forward & volunteer to let their names stand for the Board positions as it it time to pass the torch!!  We would like to have an election for at least some of the positions as this is what keeps our organization alive and growing. 
Marg Szafron/Nancy Farey   



Program Report 

Our April 4 meeting is Networking Night. Mix and mingle begins at 6 pm and the meeting starts at 6.30 pm.


Any business is welcome to attend. Each person will have 2 minutes to talk about their business. Carolyn Touhey of SmartBiz will start the networking off by talking about what makes a good promotional speech.


Sean Murphy  



Newsletter Report   

Please send in your submissions for the May newsletter by April 21. Of course submissions are accepted before the deadline! 


Sarah Brune  

Inner Harmony Healing 

250 331 3228 - Email 
Member Profile
A business card is drawn for this feature

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Terri Perrin brings a wealth of media and communications industry know-how to corporate clients in the Comox Valley and beyond. An award-winning writer with decades of experience in electronic, print and web-based communications, she takes pride in her ability to write creative and effective press releases, corporate profiles, websites and more. Terri is confident researching and writing on any topic. She can, and does, ... write about everything!


Terri Perrin has been self-employed since 1986 and, in addition to her freelance activities; she has worked both as an employee and on contract in a number of full- and part-time positions for many corporations and organizations. This experience has helped her develop a vast range of knowledge and expertise in everything from advertising and general sales, to writing for web, radio, TV and print, public relations, Power Point presentations, and more.


As well as having more than 2,000 articles published in various magazines and newspapers in North America, Terri has published two books and has also written hundreds of blog posts, several websites and dozens of press releases.


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Member of the Professional Writers' Association of Canada since 1984


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Networking Tips

10 Tips for Effective Networking


1) Consider any encounter with another person to be an opportunity to tell him/her what you do and vice versa- that's networking 101.

Don't just consider business events as a time to "network."  


2) Get business cards that are professionally designed and printed, so you can give them out anywhere. If your company name and other info on the card does not remind the recipient of what you do (such as Harris & Associates), consider re-doing your cards with some bullets and a slogan (or change the name if you don't have lots of equity in it).


3) Give business cards to employees to distribute. It's the cheapest form of advertising, empowers them to spread the word about your company, and it's good for morale.


4) Imprinted wearables (shirts, jackets) are good ice-breakers for people to ask what you do.


5) Set a goal before you go to a business mixer or networking events, such as "I want to meet at least 10 new people tonight" and work the room to meet that goal.


6) Prepare a comfortable description of your business in terms of BENEFITS, not function.


For instance, a bookkeeper could say she's a bookkeeper. But, she could also say, that she provides bookkeeping services so clients can save money with their accountants and have up-to-date information about their business to make sound management decisions for an improved bottom line and peace of mind.


7) Plant the seed in people's minds with something simple after you describe your business, such as, "A good lead for me is...."


8) Be sure you put notes on the cards you receive about any follow-up for the appropriate contacts, and be sure to do it, especially if you promise to send or do something.


9) Include the new contacts in your database so you can include them in outreach marketing efforts. Touch them at least 6 times per year with some form of marketing.


10) Keep a positive attitude about networking. In its simplest form, going to a networking event is like going to a party except with the agenda of making business connections. Some of the connections may never do business with you directly, but if they know of you and your benefits, they can at least refer you.


Carolyn Touhey is owner of SmartBiz Strategy--the HBBA's 2010 Business of the Year. She is also on the Board as the Marketing Director. She can be reached at 250-335-2342.