"Embracing the entrepreneurial spirit since 1998"
July 2013                                       Biz Buzz
Vol. 15, No. 11
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2012/13 Board of Directors

Vice President

Past President
Larry Summers

Nancy Farey


Program Director





Three Top Time Wasters
by Arthur A. Hawkins II

1. Procrastination & Excuses

If you don't start what you can't finish. Reach your goals and objectives by continually working towards them.  Don't put things off.  Never make things more than they are. Do not wait until the last minute. ACT!

2. Running Errands & Travelling

Plan ahead.  Arrange tasks in order of importance and need.  Make only one trip or as few as necessary.  Don't waste time making duplicate or unnecessary trips. Combine tasks and trips. Know what you need and who has it. Find a good time to get it.  Notify them, so they can be prepared and you don't have to wait.  Avoid heavy traffic times like rush hour.

3. Rushing

Oops, you forgot, now you must hurry. Something important just came up (at the last minute)... Don't try to do everything at once or wait until the last minute. List what must be done and the time it takes to do it.  Schedule and plan ahead but allow for the unexpected. Avoid costly mistakes and oversights of rushing.  Do it right the first time.  Slow down and take your time. Relax.

President's Message 

Here we are the end of another successful year.  I would like to thank:

Marg Szafron -  Prestige Video Transfer

Sean Murphy - Valley Healing Therapeutic Massage

Nancy Farey - Interiors by Nancy

for their hard work and dedication to the organization this past year.  I will greatly miss having them on the board of directors.  


Now I would like to welcome aboard:

Social Director -Angela Zumbo - The Mortgage Centre   

SecretaryHeather Cooper - Third Life Creations 

Membership  Director -Linda Graceffo - Sparkling Graphics 

Program Director - Janet Martyn - PartyLite   


Staying with us are:

Vice President - Russell Ball - AudioXcellence DJ Systems 

Treasurer Michelle Passey - Solid Rock Bookkeeping Services

Marketing Director - Carolyn Touhey - Smart Biz Strategy  

Website Director - Ginny Alliston - Ginny's Graphics & Web Design

Newsletter - Sarah Brune - Inner Harmony Healing  

Community Events Director - Yolanda MacLaren - Epicure Me 

Past President - Larry Summers - On The Wing Health


We have another great board of directors this year and I'm so looking forward to working with them all.


I hope you got to visit us on Canada Day where we had a booth at Lewis Park.  This was a great opportunity to promote the organization as well as an awesome opportunity to promote our own businesses.   


Our last event of the year will be the summer BBQ on July 28th at Two Eagles Lodge.  I hope to see many of you there.  Please continue to read for more information about the BBQ.


Now I would like to wish you all a happy and safe summer.  I look forward to seeing you September 5th as we kick off the 2013/2014 year.


Donna Clairmont 
Directors' Reports

Social Report

Summer BBQ details: 

Who:  All Members, Spouses, Families & Guests

Where: Two Eagles Lodge

When:  Sunday, July 28 starting at 4pm


What to bring:

-          Lawn Chair

-          BYOB

-          Dish to share*

-          Your Ticket**


The main meat course will be prepared by Steve and Carolyn at Two Eagles and is included in ticket price.


 *To ensure a good variety of dishes, please email Angela Zumbo to advise what type of dish you are bringing: Appy, Salad, Side Dish or Dessert.


 **Tickets are $15 each and must be purchased ahead of time from The Mortgage Centre Comox Valley.  Deadline for ticket sales is Wednesday, July 24.

Angela Zumbo - Phone:250 898 8821,

Email: zumbo.a@mortgagecentre.com


The Mortgage Centre Comox Valley is located at #108 - 2100 Guthrie Rd, Comox.  Open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.



Newsletter Report
Please send in your submissions for the August newsletter by July 22. Of course submissions are accepted before the deadline!
Sarah Brune  
Inner Harmony Healing 
250 331 3228 - Email 
Member Profile
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ORCA Marketing Group Inc. - Nina Anderson  

There are over 140 communities on the West Coast. Each one is unique, with its own personality, and with so much to offer! And, just like you, every community deserves to be seen, to be heard, and to be celebrated.

" We are passionate about the West Coast and about our communities," says owner, Nina Andersen. " From this passion, ORCA Marketing Group Inc. was formed. Our guiding principle is the following quote by Wes Jackson -  When people, land, and community are as one, all three prosper. "


Our vision is to nurture and celebrate the people, the communities, and the spectacular natural environment of the West Coast that we are privileged to call home. By uniting communities through our commonalities, we believe we can accomplish great things. Together.


ORCA Marketing Group Inc. is currently comprised of three websites. It is through innovative web design and functions that inform, entertain, and inspire, as well as creative advertising packages that work, that ORCA Marketing Group Inc. is able to celebrate each community and gives them a voice that says - "Look at me! "


BC Island Homes.com was purchased in 2011 and the website revitalized in 2012. BC Island Homes.com is an award winning 'For Sale by Owner' real estate website that has been successfully serving West Coast home owners now for 14 years. Our well designed website, full range of advertising options, and great customer service continues to bring in testimonials from happy home sellers, referrals, and a high turnover in inventory.


Your West Coast.com was launched on June 13, 2013. It is a comprehensive on line community business directory serving the West Coast. Your West Coast.com has a complete range of directories on its website including community information, accommodations, arts & culture, farms & food, festivals & events, recreation & leisure, as well as business & services. " The West Coast is unique and so are its people. There was a definite lack of cohesive information available out there. We believe Your West Coast.com has filled that void in the marketplace."


Your West Coast.com offers a range of advertising options for your business including feature ads that enable your business advertising to appear on BC Island Homes.com as well as on Your West Coast.com. " Another one of our unique advertising options that we are particularly excited about is that, when you purchase an ad on Your West Coast.com, you obtain a username and password. This enables you to manage your ad 24/7. And, this ability is very useful in our feature ads. When your business has a sale or promotion for example, you just upload your promotional design work, save, and your sales ad is on both our websites, on the internet, and working for you. No extra charges. No hidden fees.


BC Island Business.com is still in the design stage. BC Island Business.com will be a "For Sale By Owner" website for business owners. It will replace BC Business For Sale.com as ORCA Marketing Group Inc.'s goal is to remain West Coast focused. The website will also include articles, information, and resources for business owners.


Our goal at ORCA Marketing Group Inc. is the successful promotion of our West Coast communities as the best places in Canada to live, play, and work. Our trio of websites  meets that mandate. The result of our success will be the attraction of home owners and businesses alike to the West Coast, ensuring that our communities remain vibrant and healthy.


For more information about advertising opportunities, please feel free to contact us or go to one of our websites. Please like us on Facebook. We still require a few more likes!



ORCA Marketing Group Inc.