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Ten Reasons to Love Webnames Email

Domain name with email
With Webnames email we have made it easy to associate your domain name with your email. We see thousands of businesses that have a website with their domain name and then use email from their service provider (ex. By using your own domain name for your email you can get a very easy to remember email address like for example. Every time you send an email it reinforces your company’s name and promotes your brand while making you and your business look more professional. Even if you are committed to using your third party email, you should consider using email forwarding to point your or email alias to your current email.

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Recognizing and celebrating the contributions of BC’s best small businesses

Winners of the 9th annual Successful You Awards were announced last night at an event at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Vancouver. There were about 400 people from the BC business community with former Vancouver Canuck Trevor Linden as keynote speaker. He gave a thoroughly entertaining speech about how much things had changed from 1988 when he started to 2008 when he retired. He has since become an entrepreneur with a successful development company with his brother and has started his Club 16 Trevor Linden fitness studios with a new one launching this month at the Vancouver Convention Centre. He admitted that this is his “freak out month.”

The formal part of the event was when Small Business BC recognized the achievements of 30 finalists (1 winner was chosen out of 5 finalists in 6 categories).

Above: All the top 5 finalists and award winners.

This year’s winners were:
Best Company: Williams and White
Best Concept: EightSix Network
Best Employer: Eclipse Awards
Best Green Business: Pemberton Valley Lodge
Best Online Marketer: Masc
Best Community Impact: Kids Physio Group

As a judge, I had the opportunity to review the applications for the Best Company category and watched the pitches of the five finalist companies. I was impressed by the innovation, dedication and passion each of the CEO’s had for their companies.

Congratulations to all the winners and finalists for their success.

Over 1 million people are employed by small businesses in British Columbia and 98% of all businesses in BC are considered Small Businesses (defined as 50 employees or less).

More information about the Successful You Awards
More information about Small Business BC

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Most Small Business Friendly Community Award

As a board member of the Small Business Roundtable of British Columbia, I’m happy to announce the launch of the “Most Small Business Friendly Community” award. The award is geared towards local governments who are invited to compete and demonstrate how they have implemented measures to support local business and attract new small business investment to their communities.

The importance of small business is paramount to the BC economy and the social health of each community. The award recognizes the leaders in local governments who foster the growth and success of small business.  Applications for the award will be evaluated based on measures the local government has implemented that are aimed at:

• Reducing regulatory barriers

• Enhancing small business competitiveness

• Recognizing Small Business’s contribution to their community

• Climate Action initiatives that support small business

One award will be granted in each economic region of the province. Up to three finalists per region will be selected and announced in August 2011.  The winners will be announced during Small Business Month in October.

Deadline is June 15 so act fast. To participate, please encourage your local government within British Columbia to complete the application form provided through the following link:

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How to Prepare for a Website Re-build or Re-Design

You’ve built your website, it’s been working well for a while, but it’s time for an update. Keeping your website the same for too long is like not updating the paint on your home. Eventually it starts to look outdated. Looking at your website as something that needs to be refreshed and updated is the best way to ensure you get the most out of your online presence.

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Small Business BC Successful You Awards – Top 5 Finalists for 2011

successful you 2011.pngOnce again, I am honoured to participate as a judge for the Small Business BC Successful You Awards for 2011. As a board member of Small Business BC, I’m proud to represent an organization which focuses on providing entrepreneurs and small businesses with resources, services and vital information that help them through their start-up phase and ignites their development and growth.

The Successful You Awards celebrates those companies and entrepreneurs that have demonstrated their success in a variety of areas. Congratulations to the top 5 companies in each of the following categories: Best Concept, Best Green Business, Best Company and Best Employer. I look forward to watching the business pitches in the final round of judging.

Join Small Business BC March 29, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Vancouver to find out the winners of each category. The keynote speaker will be Vikram Vij, a BC based entrepreneur and restaurateur who had grown his South Granville restaurant Vij’s into a highly recognized brand.

More information and tickets available at

And the Finalists Are …

Best Concept – TOP 5

1.      Raudz Regional Table (Kelowna)
2.      Ugi Fitness Inc. (Vancouver)
3.      Urban Foliage (Burnaby)
4.      Hapi Foods Group Inc. (Sechelt)
5.      Hear at Home Mobile Hearing Clinic Ltd. (North Vancouver)

Best Green Business – TOP 5

1.      Down to Earth Health Shop ( Fort Nelson)
2.      West Coast Helicopters (Port McNeil)
3.      Digitech Renewable Printer Cartridges (Vancouver)
4.      FrogBox Inc. (Vancouver)
5.      Walker Technologies (Courtenay)

Best Company – TOP 5

1.      Appnovation  Technologies Inc.(Vancouver)
2.      Trisko Talent Management Inc.(Vancouver)
3.      Innergy Corporate Yoga  Inc.(Vancouver, Lower Mainland, Kamloops)
4.      Quicktech Computer Consulting Inc. (Vancouver)
5.      Steeples Restaurant (Shawnigan Lake)

Best Employer – TOP 5

1. (Vancouver)
2.      Macdonald & Lawrence Timber Framing Ltd. (Cobble Hill)
3.      Bellevue Natural Health Clinic (West Vancouver)
4.      Seeds Natural Food Market (Cumberland)
5.      Tasktop Technologies (Vancouver)

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We’re going to be at the Toronto SOHO Expo at the Westin Harbour Castle on Wednesday, October 27th and we would like to see you!

SOHO is a Tradeshow and Conference for small and medium enterprises. It features amazing keynotes, seminar sessions, discussion panels, exhibits and is a networking opportunity.

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New Ventures BC Round 3 Results Are In!

Congratulations to all New Venture BC competitors advancing to the next round of the competition.
This year, Round 3 is different for NVBC. The top 16 companies are automatically advancing to Round 3 of the competition. The next 27 companies move on to Round 2.5 and will be assigned a temporary mentor to help hone their business pitch. These 27 companies will pitch to a jury on June 16 and nine companies will be selected to move on to Round 3. is a long time sponsor of the New Ventures BC Competition and also acts as mentor and part of the judging committee.

The 16 companies advancing to Round 3, listed in alphabetical order by company name:

Jostle Corporation
Locarna Systems, Inc.
Lumira Technologies
Novel Resonant Cavity Sensors
Purpose Wireless Ltd.
Quadrogen Power Systems, Inc.
Smart Antenna, Social Networking Discovery Engine
Sole Gear BioMaterials Inc.
StressMarq Biosciences Inc.

The next set of 27 companies are into Round 2.5 and will be assigned temporary mentors (nine companies will be selected to proceed to Round 3):

A GPU Software Company
Bet Smart Media Inc.
Catalyst oneMAR
Crowdsource Networks Inc.
Cubee: A Cubic 3D Gaming Platform
Cutting Edge Industrial Design
Dynamic Smoke simulations for Computer Games
EcoMeter by EnviroSpeak Media
Elvisonics Diagnostic Imaging,
EnergyCzar Solutions
First Light Technologies Ltd.
GreenScene AgriTek Inc.
Grin Technologies Ltd.
Reconfigurable Technology for Signal Processing
Replicate – Pure Mocap
Ronin Fuel Cell
Sol Frio
VP Process Inc.
Winsor Global Financial Inc.
Worlds first 2-stroke supercharger system
XacPac – The Virtual Packer
Zenterra Energy Inc.


Learn more about the New Ventures Competition.

View the New Ventures seminar series schedule. Seminars are open to anyone!
The next seminar is:

Perfecting your Pitch
June 1, 2010
Speakers: David Shore, Stirling Mercantile & Jonathan Bixby, Strangeloop Networks
Networking & Registration: 6:30pm, Seminar: 7:00pm
Location: SFU Segal School of Business, 500 Granville St (@ Pender)
Cost: $20 (How can you not afford to go!)


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Calling BC Entrepreneurs – The Successful You Awards, Deadline March 31, 2010

I’ve been a judge of the Small Business BC Business Plan Contest for a number of years and the 2010 Awards are now bigger and better.

Entrepreneurs are still encouraged to submit a business plan in either the Business Concept Category or the Business Growth Category; however the 7th annual Successful You – Small Business Awards now includes 2 new categories which are nomination based.

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Media Quick Tips for Small Businesses

My fellow Small Business Roundtable board member Garth Frizzell, CEO of Terra Cognita Software Systems Inc. has compiled 10 tips on how small businesses can prepare for media interviews that I want to share with readers. With the mass of media about to descend on Vancouver in less than a month for the 2010 Winter Olympics, I believe that these tips are especially timely.

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BC Small Business Roundtable Recommendations

I am extremely honoured to have been appointed to the Government of BC’s Small Business Roundtable.
Since forming in 2005, the roundtable has held over 35 consultations with more than 600 small business owners. The 24 members of the Roundtable represent small business organizations from every region of B.C.
The Roundtable presented its 4th Annual Report to Minister Iain Black at the Vancouver Board of Trade event on Friday October 16th. The report presents recommendations to government and the small business community on ways to improve B.C.’s business sector.
Below are Highlights of the Small Business Roundtable 4th Annual Report.
Recommendations to the small business community include:
* Strive to leverage government resources
* Take creative approaches to retaining staff
* Become involved in the local community
* Develop worker skills, and learn how to participate in the green economy
Recommendations to government include:
* Continue support for training and labour development
* Continue to reduce regulatory burdens on small business
* Continue to reduce tax complexity
* Continue to build on the success of B.C.’s international trade outreach to expand trade
The roundtable report acknowledges government’s support for small
business, including:
* Accelerating a reduction in the small business corporate income tax rate
from 4.5 to 2.5 per cent, saving small businesses an estimated $401
million over three years

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Cybele Negris Appointed to Gov’t of BC Small Business Roundtable Group

Cybele Negris, COO, has been appointed by Iain Black, Britsh Columbia’s Minster of Small Business, Technology and Economic Development, to the BC Small Business Roundtable.

With the most optimistic small business sector in the country, British Columbia continues to produce more new small businesses and the fastest pace of small business job growth in Canada.

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