Jul 10, 2020
Young Guns: Sean Burke's latest venture is about more than making money

In his 32 years, Sean Burke has made three big career moves. The first two were unmitigated successes. After graduating from SFU with both a bachelor’s degree in accounting and the basketball team’s all-time record for assists, the North Vancouver...

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Jul 10, 2020
6 B.C. businesses and others doing good during COVID-19: Domain deeds and survivor stories
Darian Kovacs

As another week passes during these strange times, we’re reminded of the various ways that local businesses have come together to assist one another. Whether it be donating to the causes that need it most or coming together to create...

Jul 9, 2020
Weekend Warrior: Investment executive Danny Popescu scales summits
Nathan Caddell

Danny Popescu attempted a 15-years-later revival of one of his life highlights this past January, and like Sylvester Stallone slipping back into Rocky Balboa’s trunks or Bruce Willis finding John McClane’s grin again, there were some growing pains. Having had...

Jul 8, 2020
Saje advice? The story behind the corporate takeover at one of B.C.’s best-known wellness brands
Nathan Caddell

One of Vancouver’s most successful business stories has come to an abrupt end. It all began in 1992, when Jean-Pierre and Kate Ross LeBlanc opened a small shop in North Vancouver dedicated to selling essential oils and skincare products. Since then, Saje...

Jul 7, 2020
After Very Good Butchers’ success, what other FrontFundr companies might pull a public move?
Nathan Caddell

If developing a genuinely good vegan burger wasn’t groundbreaking enough, Victoria-based Very Good Butchers achieved another first last month, when it became the first company listed on equity crowdfunding platform FrontFundr to go public. Very Good hit the Canadian Stock Exchange (under the...

Jul 7, 2020
It's a Good Thing: The cemetery industry sees a major plot twist
Matt O'Grady

Growing up in West Van, a teenaged Erik Lees pined for only one thing: “It was the late 1960s, man. I just wanted to go back to the land—to check out of the city.” He soon achieved that dream, moving...

Jul 3, 2020
Pot Shots: Cannabis is essential, so have people been panic-buying in the pandemic?
Guy Saddy

Gerry Butts, the former high-flying adviser to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, is in the news again. OK, not really—unless you count my cousin’s Facebook feed as a verifiable news service. (You could do worse.) On it, the finely surnamed politico...

Jul 3, 2020
8 B.C. businesses and others doing good during COVID-19: Hand sanitizer for all, pay-what-you-can meals and much more
Darian Kovacs

Entering a new month and a new phase of COVID-19 precautions, B.C. businesses keep finding ways to support each another. The decline in new cases means that companies are starting to reopen their doors and reconnect with customers. Despite that positive change, many are working at reduced capacity and with limited staff. With that in mind, we mustn’t forget to support local businesses and those who work tirelessly on the front lines. Know an organization that’s doing good in...

Jul 2, 2020
Herschel Supply undergoes layoffs as result of COVID-19
Nathan Caddell

After months of dealing with reduced margins thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, retailer Herschel Supply Co. was forced to reduce staff on June 9. Although the company wouldn’t comment on specifics, a source close to the matter told BCBusiness that 79 people...

Jul 2, 2020
After Hours: Three things to do in summer 2020
By the Editors

Internationally acclaimed Vancouver comedy troupe The Sunday Service hasn’t cancelled a show in 15 years, and even a pandemic can’t stop this chuckle train. Improvisers Ryan Beil, Caitlin Howden, Kevin Lee, Aaron Read and Taz VanRassel, along with musical director...

Jun 30, 2020
Meet the Burnaby food truck festival that doubles as a small business indicator
Nathan Caddell

On Saturday, June 20, about 700 people braved a torrential downpour to come to an unremarkable Brentwood parking lot. The former home of a car dealership was being transformed for the first of many biweekly food truck fairs, this one featuring...

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