"Embracing the entrepreneurial spirit since 1998"
September 2013                                    Biz Buzz
Vol. 16, No. 1
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2013/14 Board of Directors


Vice President

Past President
Larry Summers
Linda Graceffo


Program Director



Community Events


Professional photo opportunity

Do you need to get a professional photo taken, or need to update the one you already have? If so we have arranged a photo shoot. 


Date: Monday, September 23

Time: 3 - 5 pm

Place: Little Red Church, 2182 Comox Ave, Comox


Lisa Graham of

If you are interested in this opportunity or have any questions please

email Sarah Brune. 


Linda Graceffo of Sparkling Graphics and Sarah Brune of Inner Harmony Healing are pleased to announce that they are both celebrating being in business for 10 years.


Chickens For Charity

Two Eagles Lodge B&B is again raising plump, juicy roasting chickens which will be ready for pick-up in early September.   

Stock your freezer for fall and winter.  A percentage of all pre-ordered chickens will be donated to the Comox Valley Hospice and Comox Valley Food Bank.  Please call  

Carolyn at  


to pre-order.  Chickens average $22-$28 each. 

President's Message 

Hello everyone, I hope you all had a wonderful summer, but now it's time to roll up our sleeves and get back to some serious networking.

Over the summer, we have been looking for a new location for our monthly meetings and we have found one.  Starting October 3rd our new location will be at the Florence Filberg Center in the Evergreen Room on the lower level.  The times will be the same with the doors opening at 6 pm for networking and with the regular meeting starting at 6:30 pm.  The location is central, great parking and the price was right.  But I'll still look forward to seeing you all on September 5th at the Best Western Hotel as we kick off the new season.

So keep on reading this newsletter to find out what's coming your way this year.

See you all in September.

Donna Clairmont 

Directors' Reports

Program Report
Our next meeting is on Thursday, September 5 at the Best Western Plus, Courtenay. Mix and Mingle at 6 pm and the meeting starts at 6.30 pm.


Heather Cooper of  3rd Life Creations is the spotlight speaker for September.  


The All-In-One Health Care Kit is a medical organizer.  It keeps a person's medical information organized and all in one place.  It can be expanded, changed and rearranged. It uses a color coding system that allows for more than one person's information to be kept in the same kit.


Heather was a nurse for 13 years.  Certified in critical care & coronary care, she worked in the ICU at Kingston General Hospital before a car accident forced her into retirement.  


She was the recipient of the 'New Business of the Year' award for 2013 from the SBA Association.  


The Keynote Speaker is:

Beth Campbell Duke, Principal, CampbellDuke Personal Branding


The 3 Things You ABSOLUTELY Need To Know Before Putting Your SuperPower To Work


Beth encourages people to take a new perspective on lifework by understanding that we each have the right, responsibility and the power to create our own success. She helps her clients uncover and leverage their strengths and create effective personal marketing strategies allowing them to build long term work life success.


As a member of Generation X, Beth is among the generation that first faced the shifts to the world of work she is now working on Career #3 having starting in the agricultural biotech sector, then retooling as a secondary teacher and now using her experiences to help others navigate a rapidly changing world of work.


However you define your current work situation, it's her hope that you find not just some useful tools in tonight's presentation, but walk away a lot more hopeful about the changes we're all encountering in today's labour market.


Janet Martin

Party Lite

250 702 3633 - Email 


Social Report
The first SBA Social Night is booked for Wednesday, September 18 at 5pm at Fluid Bar and Grill.  Come and join us for a fun, relaxing "Happy Hour" type event where we can all get to know each other better.


Please be sure to fill out the SBA survey

(either bring to the meeting or email to Donna Clairmont) as plans for the Christmas Party are in the works!


Angela Zumbo  
250 898 8821 - Email


Newsletter Report
Please send in your submissions for the October newsletter by September 19.  


Sarah Brune 
Inner Harmony Healing 
250 331 3228 - Email 
Spotlight on our Directors 

Linda Graceffo

Sparkling Graphics & The Writer Connection 

Member since Sept. 2012 but originally joined in Sept. 2003.

New to the exec.

In my spare time I like to take long reflective walks with my dog Maggy and enjoy yoga, pilates and reading.



Sparkling Graphics

The Writer Connection



Angela Zumbo,BBA, AMP

The Mortgage Centre Comox Valley

Member of SBA since September 2011.

First time serving on board for 2013/14 year as Social Director aka SBA Party Girl.

I am an animal lover and have a wonderful 14 year old kitty named Smudge.