"Embracing the entrepreneurial spirit since 1998"
February 2014                                 Biz Buzz
Vol. 16, No.6
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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

Comox Valley Health Show 
Sun, Feb 9 
9.30 am to 4.30 pm
Crown Isle Resort 
SBA members in attendance 
Sarah Brune of 
Inner Harmony Healing & Maureen Glowasky of  

Sun., Feb. 9 Health Experts Forum

10:00 a.m. - 12:40 p.m. at The House of Now

536A Fifth Street, Courtenay

Terri Perrin, fine Art of Intention  

Feng Shui, will be one of six speakers. She will address Feng Shui and Health. Learn more and pre-register at


Thurs., Feb. 13 CV Women's Business Network

5:30 - 9:00 p.m. at the Best Western Westerly Hotel

Terri Perrin, fine Art of Intention Feng Shui, will be the keynote speaker discussing how to 'Build Your Business (and Career) With Intention.'

Advance tickets only. Visit the CVWBN Website for details

Wed., Feb. 19 Make Room for Love & Romance

6:30 - 9:00 p.m. at The House of Now

536A Fifth Street, Courtenay

An evening of education and fun focused on romance for your master bedroom, your spirit and your body. One of the guest speakers is Terri Perrin, Fine Art of Intention. 

Preregistration required. Learn more on the Fine Art of Intention Feng Shui blog 



Neighbourhood Market

Saturday, Feb 22

10 am to 1 pm

5th & Harmston Courtenay.

For more info:

Ginny Alliston

Email or  

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President's Message
As January quickly slips by I hope you all have had a chance to reflect on what you have accomplished in 2013 and what you would like to accomplish in 2014. You've made some resolutions and drew up a new business plan to make this your best year ever.


We have another great keynote speaker lined up this  

month and two interesting Spotlight Speaker presentations. (See the Program Report below.) I look forward to another interesting and informative night. If you would like to be a spotlight speaker, please contact Janet Martyn to book you slot.


If you would like to donate a door prize or treats for any of our monthly meetings, they are always greatly appreciated.


I hope to see you all on February 6th at 6pm for another night of networking
Donna Clairmont
250-339-6785 - Email 
Directors' Reports

Program Report

We are excited to have Kara Foreman co-founder of IMAGINE, an on-line learning community, to be the keynote speaker for our February 6th meeting.


The presentation is entitled: "Creating Multiple Income Streams in the New Economy."


"The world of business is changing... fast," says Kara Foreman. "As entrepreneurs and small business owners, it is imperative that we keep up with current market trends and ensure that we're taking full advantage of opportunities to expand our client or customer reach. In today's market, if you are relying on one income stream, you're putting yourself and your family at risk."


This presentation will outline key principles that uber-successful business owners understand and utilize. She will also describe six alternative income streams that attendees can implement right now to create a more sustainable financial future.


The two 10-minute member spotlights for February 6th meeting will feature Michele Passey, owner of Solid Rock Bookkeeping, and Nancy Farey, owner of The Mustard Lady .


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


Janet Martyn
250 702 3633 - Email

Membership Report

We are back to our regular Thursday meetings at the Florence Filberg Center in the Evergreen Room lower level on Thursday, February 6. At our Open House in January we had a few members stand up and give reasons why they joined and continue to belong to the association. Members join for various reasons but here are a few benefits of belonging:  

  • informative talks on business related topics
  • monthly business profile draws for the website and newsletter
  • table at the back of meetings to put your marketing materials
  • monthly Constant Contact newsletter "Biz Buzz".

This association has a relatively low yearly membership fee for the amount of benefits it provides to its members. Have a good month and see you in February.


Linda Graceffo

Sparkling Graphics 

250 871 3323 - Email 


Social Report
wine-setup-grey-sm.gif We meet on the third Wednesday of each month, 5-7 pm at Chalk Lounge (Best Western, Courtenay).  The next Social Night is February 19 - mark your calendars and see you there. 


Angela Zumbo   

The Mortgage Centre 

250 898 8821 - Email 

Newsletter Report

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

Sarah Brune   

Inner Harmony Healing 
250 331 3228 - Email 
Business Profile
A business card is drawn at random for this feature.  

Maxine LeFlour

(250) 465-0533


Since 2008, I have been helping individuals and families with their life insurance needs and financial planning solutions. From purchasing your first home to planning your retirement, it helps to have a roadmap in place to help you get to where you want to be tomorrow.


Working with a network of highly skilled professionals in the Vancouver Island and surrounding areas, I am dedicated to creating an integrated wealth management solution for you that will enhance the quality of your life and that will protect your biggest asset which is yourself.


In addition to my financial planning training, I have completed the Canadian Accredited Insurance Brokers (CAIB) certification.


I believe in giving back to my community. Some of my activities include being a member of the Women's Business Network and speaking about the importance of financial planning at local high schools. I have been a resident of Vancouver Island since 2003, where I live with my husband and son. 

Norse Code Technologies Celebrates 15 Years


With custom web services, social media consulting, and photography, Norse Code Technologies is celebrating 15 years of service this year. Owner and CEO Mark Erickson originally began by turning his hobby in computer programming into a business in software development. He credits joining the (then) Comox Valley Home-based Business Association in 1998 for helping to get his business in operation. 


Since then, Erickson shifted to web and social media consulting and offers services in visual effects and flash animation for film and gaming. His future prospects  

include 3D Printing. Erickson is celebrating by offering 15% off new contracts OR 15% paid for referrals. Visit his website: at www.norsecodetechnologies.com and "Like" his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/NorseCodeTechnologies