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Jun 1, 2008
Micro-Loans: A Lending Hand
Peter Severinson

Single mom Claudia Segovia started her home business selling hand-sewn dolls to help pay for her son’s $800-a-month speech therapy. When the market of family and friends had been tapped, she decided to buy table space at a major yearly craft market. She needed a mere $1,200 – but where does a woman with no credit history go for a business loan?

Jun 1, 2008
VANOC: Ringing, Um, Endorsements
Jessica Werb

“Well, duh,” reporters chimed. In the BCBusiness office, the question was posed, “What’s next? BC Hydro being named the official supplier of electricity?” Wouldn’t you know it? Six days later, our electricity utility was announced as an official supporter of...

Jun 1, 2008
B.C. Forest Industry: Beetlemania
Susan Hollis

At only four to 7½ millimetres long – on par with a grain of rice – the mountain pine beetle has established itself as the Attila of our coniferous forest. According to a March 2008 report released by the Ministry...

Jun 1, 2008
Tough Love: The Bentalls and Philanthropy
Myles Murchison

Bob and Lynda Bentall spent 14 years and about $35 million on the Ailanthus Achievement Centre, a private educational centre for disadvantaged children in Vancouver’s east end before closing it down in 2004; it was, Lynda Bentall says, “pretty much...

Jun 1, 2008
Faking It: How to Live Like a King
Jessica Werb and Peter Severinson

It’s getting more and more difficult to live it up in this city. The cost of living has our disposable income shrinking almost as fast as the size of the average downtown condo; Vancouver is now Canada’s second-most expensive city...

Jun 1, 2008
Ruth Jones: The Dream Weaver
Anicka Quin

I’m here to see her studio and to touch her tapestries – more on that later­ – and she has just greeted me at the door with a warm smile. And a bird. In another setting, I might write off a bird lady as, well, weird. But given the ­medium...

Jun 1, 2008
Vancouver Investment: Silence is Golden
Tom Bradley

It was 17 years ago that I moved my business address from Bay Street to Burrard Street. In 1991 I left Richardson Greenshields in Toronto to join Phillips, Hager & North Investment Management Ltd. in Vancouver. I am still asked by my eastern friends and clients what it is like working on the Wet Coast. Is it a good place for an asset manager to be?

Jun 1, 2008
Changing the Innovation Game
Tony Wanless

One B.C.-based retailer scored a major innovation coup, and changed the retail game forever, when it figured out how to bring the in-store expertise sales model to a much wider community – anytime and all the time. Problem Electronics retailing giant Best Buy (BBY-N), which took over the B.C.-based Future Shop chain...

May 22, 2008
Vancouver Canucks Get Statistical
Tony Wanless

A big bomb dropped on the sports pages recently when it was revealed that the Vancouver Canucks hockey team was talking to a consulting company about providing statistical analysis to the team. Jokes aside, old die hard hockey fans rolled in their graves, or on their couches if their sticks are still on the ice, at the news.

May 1, 2008
Video: Bringing Baseball
By John Bucher

For better viewing, click the "full screen" button. The home team's locker room has a heavy blue door, and behind it an antique ceiling-mounted gas furnace blows heat. Inside, the Canadians' new general manager is milling about, waiting to have his photograph taken. Andrew Seymour is slightly built, with red hair...

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