"Embracing the entrepreneurial spirit since 1998"
January 2014                                 Biz Buzz
Vol. 16, No.5
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2013/14 Board of Directors

Donna Claimont

Vice President

Past President
Larry Summers
Linda Graceffo


Program Director



Community Events


Upcoming events

Come and experience a glimpse of PartyLite's  
New Winter/Spring Line



Thursday January 2nd at 7pm
Carmie's Cafe
2699 Dunsmuir Ave., Cumberland
Coffee, Tea and Snacks
Lots of Door Prizes and FREE product draws for attending
and bringing friends

Always wanted to Host a party, but don't have time to cook or clean.
Bring a group of friends and host your own party here.

Janet Martyn
250 702 3633 

President's Message 

champagne-streamers.jpg What's your New Year's resolution for 2014? 


Well I hope networking is on the top of your list.  Networking is the most powerful marketing tool to help build your business.  If you ask any successful salesperson or executive what helped them excel in their career their answer would be NETWORKING.


So to start your new year off on the right foot I invite you to join us on Tuesday Jan. 7 as we kick off 2014 with a bang.  Our keynote speaker, Terri Perrin owner of Terri PERRIN Ink and Fine Art of Intention will be talking on "Effective Email Marketing and the proposed Canadian Anti-Spam Law (CASL)".  Also we are having our first Open House as our members will have an opportunity to showcase their businesses.  Have a great week and I look forward to seeing you all on the 7th.


Happy New Year!


Donna Clairmont
250-339-6785 - Email 
Directors' Reports

Program Report
We are excited to have Terri Perrin from Terri Perrin Ink professional marketing services to start off a new year as the keynote speaker for our Open House on Tuesday January 7th 2014.


Terri will cover the proposed Canadian Anti-Spam Law (CASL), list building and how to avoid having your emails wind-up in electronic trash cans and SPAM folders.  
Whether you are a home-based entrepreneur, owner of a brick and mortar business (large or small) or part of a non-profit or community organization ... online or otherwise ... you will benefit from the information presented.


Members are encouraged to bring a small table top display (12 to 18 inches wide) showcasing their business with products, rack cards or a portfolio of your work in order for guests to experience the diversity of our membership.


The meeting, which begins at 6pm with networking, is at The Filberg Center (behind the Sid Williams) in the Evergreen Room (lower level).  


Janet Martyn
250 702 3633 - Email

Membership Report

It's a new calendar year and the SBA is starting it off with a "Biz Showcase" and "Open House" encouraging everyone to bring a guest. The date to remember is Tuesday, January 7 at 6:00 for the mix and mingle and the meeting will start shortly after. All members who attend will have a two foot space (no more) to set out their marketing materials. We encourage everyone to do this so we can showcase our diverse membership and entice our guests to see the benefits of becoming members! There is a great keynote presentation as well with a subject matter that we all need to hear.


We will also be introducing our "Community Partnership" program at this meeting with an email going out to the membership the week before the meeting. I would like to wish everyone a Happy and Prosperous New Year.


Linda Graceffo

Sparkling Graphics 

250 871 3323 - Email 


Social Report

Thank you to everyone that attended the SBA Christmas Party.  It was a fantastic evening with delicious food, fun entertainment, and an inviting atmosphere (kinda like Christmas!) and everyone had a good time.


wine-setup-grey-sm.gif The SBA Social Night is moving to Chalk. We will now be meeting the third Wednesday of each month, 5-7 pm at Chalk Lounge (Best Western, Courtenay).  The next Social Night is January 15 - mark your calendars and be there. 


Angela Zumbo   

The Mortgage Centre 

250 898 8821 - Email 

Newsletter Report

Please send in your submissions for the February newsletter by January 19.

Sarah Brune   

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

Larry Summers - On The Wing Health
I have been on the Executive for three years plus this year.
I believe I have been a member for eight years.
My hobbies are woodworking, gardening, and working with the air cadets as a tow pilot and glider familiarization pilot.
250 792 1222 - Email