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Gibsons Butcher wins business award

Meat merchants Adam and Shannon Vanderwoerd pose in their shop, The Gibsons Butcher, winner of a Small Business BC award. At a Vancouver banquet Feb. 23, the Vanderwoerds picked up the “Premier’s People’s Choice” award, which comes with $1,500 and an all-access pass to programs and advice from Small Business BC. The citation read: “They ... Read More »

Beer fest at the Market

A Saturday afternoon crowd at the Gibsons Public Market Feb. 17 enjoys drinks from 19 breweries, cideries and distilleries at the fourth annual SC Craft Beer Festival. An afternoon and an evening session were both sold out weeks before, for a total of almost 500 beer fans. The event raised money for the SC Association ... Read More »

What’s good for herring is good for the Coast

Up and down the Sunshine Coast, herring habitat enhancements are underway. Herring? Habitat enhancement? What does that mean? Herring are a key species in the Pacific Ocean ecosystem. Herring are eaten by a wide variety of species: salmon, seals, sea lions, orca, herons, eagles and humans, to name just a few. Herring spawn off our ... Read More »

Local realtor turns published author

In his newly released  Setting A New Benchmark – The Straight Truth on Buying and Selling Real Estate in Canada, Tony Browton shares with us his insights into the art of buying and selling real estate. Although his advice and expertise can be applied to the real estate industry as a whole, his experience is ... Read More »

Money for ‘kids in agriculture’

Persephone Brewing Company will soon be taking applications through their Kids in Agriculture Fund for school projects that connect children to growing food. Persephone seeded the fund with two per cent of their gross December sales (providing about $5,000) and other donations. “It’s a small amount of money so we want to keep this process ... Read More »

‘Tower gardens’ a growing sensation

Just about any day is harvest time at Jes Urban Farms, which grows greens in “tower gardens” inside a greenhouse at Persephone brewery just outside Gibsons. Collecting the greens is co-owner Sharon Almeida and friend Mark Tervis. Almeida and her partner Troy Edwards are growing greens in 10 towers, harvesting the plants with their roots ... Read More »

Newest crop of LEAP-ers set to launch

Nine local entrepreneurs are preparing diligently to pitch and launch their businesses during Community Futures Sunshine Coast’s LEAP launch party at the Gibsons Public Market Thursday, Nov. 30. This fun and interactive evening designed to introduce new businesses to friends, relatives, potential investors, and future customers has become a tradition on the Coast, and part ... Read More »

Pushups for vets

Coast Builders RONA has announced its “leadership team” will be participating in the “22 Day Challenge” of doing 22 pushups a day for 22 days, in support of military personnel, veterans and first responders suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The pushups will start 11am Friday, Nov. 10 at the RONA stores in Sechelt ... Read More »

Now that’s a toy!

A boy with a really big toy – an industrial-sized power shovel – at the Lehigh annual open house September 9. It looks like Mom is trying to get him to come down, and it looks like he doesn’t want to. Although it rained Saturday morning, the gravel mine open house featured free food, games ... Read More »

LEAP into business success

Community Futures Sunshine Coast is seeking its 2017 fall cohort of entrepreneurs whose businesses will help address social, environmental, or economic challenges on the Coast and beyond. The Local Entrepreneur Accelerator Program (LEAP!) is an nine-week enterprise accelerator program for new business ideas. More than 30 past alumni have gone on to establish many of ... Read More »

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