"Embracing the entrepreneurial spirit since 1998"
May 2014                                 Biz Buzz
Vol. 16, No.9
In This Issue
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News Notes
Upcoming events
April's door prizes
President's Message
Business Profile
Spotlight on Board of Direcors
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2013/14 Board of Directors

Donna Claimont

Vice President

Past President
Larry Summers
Linda Graceffo


Program Director



Community Events


Member News Notes
Donna Clairmont and
Heather Cooper have both been featured in The Comox Valley Record this month.   Check them out...
Sarah Brune of Inner Harmony Healing was awarded 1st place at a recent health and wellness show in Parksville for being "The most knowledgeable and engaged exhibitor." 

Upcoming events

Two Eagles Lodge  is hosting a house  concert featuring



Shari Ulrich.

May 15, 7pm. 

Please bring a

donation for the

food bank box

and an appy or

dessert to share;

no corking fee. 

FMI: 205 335  

2342 or  


April's door prizes
were donated by the following businesses...

Jockey Person to Person
Two Eagles Lodge
Beverly Howden
Elva's Reflexology
Dove Designs
Valley Healing
Prestige Video Transfer
On the Wing Health
Clairmont Custom Draperies & Decor
Audio Excellence
Inner Harmony
The Mustard Lady

President's Message 



champagne-streamers.jpg It's party time at the Small Business Association.  I am so looking forward to our next meeting as we celebrate the achievements for some of our fellow members.  Good luck to all our nominees.


Once our Awards Night is over, our AGM is the only meeting left for the year.  


But, we are also involved in a couple community events over the summer.  The Small Business Association will be setting up a booth at Lewis Park on Canada Day July 1st.  Booth time runs from 10 am to 4 pm.  Setup starts at 9:30 am.


We are there to promote both the Small Business Association as well as promote the businesses of the volunteers who staff the booth.  If you are interested in helping out...and promoting your business...please contact me at 250-339-6785.

On a personal note, I have to say, "How time flies when you're having fun."


It has been an awesome 8 years for me to be on the board of directors.  I have been the membership director, community events director, and your president for the past 2 years.

I have made many new friends and have met other  business owners who have helped me grow my business. This organization has helped me grow both personally, as well as professionally, and it will do the same for you.

I ask you now to consider stepping forward and taking on a position on the board.  Please call me or any of the board of directors for information about the position that interests you. We'd love to have you on board with your enthusiasm and fresh ideas for the upcoming 2014/2015 year.

Hope you all had a great month and I look forward to seeing you all May 1st at our Awards Night.


Donna Clairmont 

250-339-6785 - Email 
Directors' Reports

Program Report

asst-party-hats.jpg The May 1 meeting is our Awards Night. Dress up for an evening out with your fellow entrepreneurs as we celebrate our successes.  Drinks, appetizers, music, and great people - it will have all the makings of a fun party!  Drinks are by $5 donation, so be sure to have some cash on hand.


The meeting, which 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



Membership Report
This month we are recognizing the outstanding members at our Awards Ceremony. This is always a fun time for our association. At our AGM in June, we will have a draw from the members who have brought at least one guest during the year.    All you have to do is bring a guest and drop in your business card. This lucky member will win a free membership for the next year starting October 1, a $95.00 value. The bowl at the front desk is getting quite a few business cards in it! Have a great month everyone.

Linda Graceffo

Sparkling Graphics 

250 871 3323 - Email 


Social Report

The next SBA Social Night is Wednesday, May 21.  Drop in between 5 and 7pm at Chalk Lounge in the Westerly.  Only two Social Nights left this year, don't miss out!


Angela Zumbo   

The Mortgage Centre 

250 898 8821 - Email 

Newsletter Report

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

Sarah Brune   

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

Prestige Video Transfer

Larry and Margaret Szafron

250 339 7244




"Preserve Your Cherished Lifetime Memories"

Prestige Video Transfer converts old visual & sound media, transferring it to professional quality DVDs that can be viewed, or listened to with today's electronics.  We work w/8mm/S8mm film, camcorder tapes, VHS, BETA, prints, slides, microfiche, records, audio tapes or most other forms of media.  Our clients benefit from the preservation of personal & business data, with personalized service.   We are available to aim our video cameras and shoot your business presentations, insurance documentation, special events. We can create personal family memoirs to leave for future generations.  


Prestige Video Transfer is an active member of the SBA, WBN, CVBN & Chamber of Commerce. 


We have been in business for 9 years, and believe that networking is a great tool for small business owners.   All work is done 'in-house' in the Comox Valley.

Spotlight on the Board of Directors

Carolyn Carolyn Touhey, SmartBiz Strategy (marketing consulting) and Two Eagles Lodge B&B--I have been a member of the SBA since 2008 and have served on the Exec for five years as the Marketing Director.  


I love outdoor play--skiing, photography, kayaking, boating, Jeeping--and I really enjoy entertaining.   Hanging with my 2-year old grandson is a new hobby, too, now that  

he lives in the Valley.  



250 335 2343