"Embracing the entrepreneurial spirit since 1998"
April 2014                                 Biz Buzz
Vol. 16, No.8
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President's Message
Business Profile
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2013/14 Board of Directors

Donna Claimont

Vice President

Past President
Larry Summers
Linda Graceffo


Program Director



Community Events



Larry Summers


Sean Murphy

Elva Murdoch

Sarah Brune

Upcoming events

Hannes Hope

Spring Fling

MS Fundraiser &

ladies only event

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

5 pm to 9 pm

The Westerly,

Best Western Plus,


Cost: $9

9 Vendors will be

in attendance

Food and prizes

Shop and raise

funds for MS

For more info:

Nina Anderson

Event website 



Family Fun Event

Shamrock Gumbooters

4-H Club Petting Farm

Saturday, April 12, 2014

11 am to 2.30 pm

Courtenay and District


Admission by donation

split between the museum

and  4-H club


Easter Petting Farm

Shamrock Gumbooters

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Outside the CIBC at the

Comox Mall.

Admission by donation

 For more info:

Janet Martyn

250 702 3633




President's Message

Spring greetings to you all.


I hope you will all come to the April meeting to learn how to better manage stress in a quest for wellness and improved health.  Different from the normal meeting format, our health-related members have organized a great panel discussion with plans to present lots of information about traditional and complementary medicine to keep us healthy...and to answer your questions.


It is also the time of year to direct your attention to nominating member businesses for our annual awards ceremony.    Nominations are due by April 15, so please take a few moments to nominate a business or two so we can recognize our own at this wonderful event.   (And, mark your calendar to attend the ceremony, too.)


I'd also like to plant the seed--no pun intended--and ask you to consider a position on the Exec.  This organization is run by volunteers, with many of us serving for more than five years on the executive.   While consistency is good, the SBA needs your fresh ideas and energy.  There are various positions--from vice president to community events director--so check out the list of positions on the website and think about where you can best contribute your talent.  The time commitment is really not much more than a monthly board meeting.   


As any member of the Board will tell you, volunteering to be on the exec definitely results in stronger relationships and translates to increased business for each of us.  Why not fire off an email or phone call and ask any about their positions...and step forward to make the SBA everything you want it to be?


In closing, please know that I wish you a successful, busy spring season...but not so busy that you cannot attend SBA meetings and make more connections in our great organization.


Don't forget about the upcoming home show, too.   Many members are exhibiting there, so come say hello.


Donna Clairmont 

250-339-6785 - Email 
Directors' Reports

Program Report

Comox Valley Small Business Association is very excited to present an outstanding panel of health and wellness professionals who will share information and answer questions on the topic of "Coping With Stress to Minimize Illness and Take Control of Your Health". We are incredibly fortunate to have such a wealth of knowledge in our membership and that they are willing to share their expertize with the community so please encourage guests to take advantage of this event.


         Larry Summers, On The Wing Health

         Sean Murphy, RMT, Valley Healing Massage

         Sarah Brune, Bach Flower practitioner,

          Inner Harmony Healing

         Elva Murdoch, Reflexology by Elva.

         Maureen Glowasky, Aloe Vera Expert


The meeting begins at 6pm with casual networking, is in the Evergreen Room (lower level) of the Florence Filberg Center on Anderton Avenue, Courtenay (behind the Sid Williams Theatre).


Door prizes are welcome and encouraged as an additional way to promote your individual business.


Janet Martyn 

250 702 3633 - Email

Membership Report


Our association is unique in so many ways and here is a reminder of some of the benefits of belonging to it;

  No monthly meeting fees with a reasonable

   yearly fee.

  Monthly social nights

  Informative talks on business related topics

  "Spotlight Program" to promote your business

  Monthly business profile draws

  Networking and marketing opportunities

  A table at the back of the meeting room to put             your marketing materials

   Monthly e-newsletter "Biz Buzz" and

   An opportunity to post to the website www.cventrepreneurs.com or our Facebook page.


SBA Membership provides all of this plus, most importantly, the opportunity to build strong relationships with other like-minded business professionals.


Linda Graceffo

Sparkling Graphics 

250 871 3323 - Email 


Social Report


Next SBA Social Night is Wednesday, April 16 at 5pm, Chalk Lounge at the Best Western in Courtenay.


Nominations for the Annual SBA Awards are NOW OPEN!  Nomination forms will be available at the next meeting or by emailing zumbo.a@mortgagecentre.com. Plus, watch your email for a special mail out sometime this month.

Get your business recognized on Awards Night.  We are looking for businesses to sponsor appetizer platters at the event.  Please donate as much as you wish and a list of all donating companies will be displayed at the event.     

Donation offers can be emailed to zumbo.a@mortgagecentre.com. Thank you in advance for your generosity.


Angela Zumbo   

The Mortgage Centre 

250 898 8821 - Email 

Newsletter Report

Please send in your submissions for the May newsletter by April 19.  

Sarah Brune   

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

Nancy Farey - The Mustard Lady

 I love mustard and wanted something other than plain French's or even Dijon, which had a bit of a kick, but  not enough for me.  I had tasted one with a couple of fruits and thought it would be good as a glaze on ham.  So I added more dried fruit and let friends try it with sandwiches etc. That is my Many Fruited.  


I played around with more recipes and gave them as gifts. When I retired in June I began to be more serious about making more varieties.  Soon people were saying I should sell them. So I started selling at the United Mennonite Church in Black Creek last August, which turned out to be a good start. In October, I changed my business name and developed new branding, labels and a web site: www.TheMustardLady.ca 


Two sizes are offered: 110ml great for sample and 190ml. I now have eight varieties of mustards to choose from.


My main markets are at The Little Red Church 1st and 3rd Sundays and the Neighbourhood Market at St. John the Devine Church Hall the last Saturday of the month.  Check the web and Facebook for other places I'll be.


Phone: 250 792 3162 or 250 338 5147  

Email: GreatTaste@TheMustardLady.ca