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Dec 1, 2008
Nurse Next Door Professional Home Healthcare Services Inc.
BCBusiness D.B.

Number of Employees: 250 Head Office: Vancouver “We have a single mother in the call centre and her little boy spends an hour with us every day before he goes to daycare. Even during spring break we had a few little ones spend a day with us and no one minded”

Dec 1, 2008
Coastal Pacific Xpress Inc.
BCBusiness D.B.

Number of Employees: 450 Head Office: Surrey There’s little that will inspire staff more than letting them develop and move up through the ranks. That’s one of the main ingredients in Coastal Pacific Xpress’s upbeat corporate culture. The staff have a wide range of training courses open to them, many...

Dec 1, 2008
Blowing in the Wind
Christopher Pollon

There are few places on Earth where the forces of nature are on such violent, chaotic display as Hecate Strait, the narrow stretch of shallow ocean that separates the Queen Charlotte Islands from the B.C. coast. Winter low-pressure systems born over Alaska can push winds to 160 km/h, driving waves...

Dec 1, 2008
Boom, Bust, and Get Out
Lorraine Rieger McGregor

A business exit strategy can preserve your nest egg In Canada 1.7 million businesses are owned by baby boomers, that generation of people born in the heady, optimistic years between 1946 and 1962. About 70 per cent of those owners will attempt to sell their enterprises over the next five...

Dec 1, 2008
The Home Buying Launch Pad
Bob Rennie

All my father ever wanted was for his home, the 820-square-foot two-bedroom bungalow I grew up in, to be “clear title.” My parents bought that house on East 5th Avenue in 1953 for $7,500, and I remember like it was yesterday driving with Dad to the Royal Bank at Granville...

Dec 1, 2008
Reality Bytes
Dee Hon

It’s a hazy summer day when I tour the former Western Star truck factory in Kelowna with Brian Fry, vice-president of RackForce Gigacenter. As we talk, Fry’s teenaged son and his girlfriend skip down to the other end of the cavernous 150,000-square-foot building, practically disappearing into the horizon. Ghosts of...

Dec 1, 2008
Microsoft Canada Development Centre
Dorothy Bartoszewski

Number of Employees: 365Head Office: Richmond “Employees are made to feel that this is their company and that they are responsible for it. Leadership supports employees striking out and making positive changes for themselves and for others” It’s a story older than David and Goliath: while underdogs get the cheers, giants get...

Dec 1, 2008
Trouble Microbrewing
Susan Hollis

Few inventions have withstood the test of time as well as beer. Sipped by ancient pharaohs and Sumerian rulers over 6,000 years ago, the concoction has survived the Dark Ages, the Renaissance, Industrial Revolution and Prohibition. Many things go into beer’s complex creation, including malt, water and yeast, but it...

Dec 1, 2008
Michael Ainsworth
Peter Severinson

One month after the Ainsworth family was forced out of Ainsworth Lumber Co. Ltd. by shareholders, Michael Ainsworth found himself a new job. Once a vice-president listed among B.C.’s best-paid executives, he’s now selling gadgets to fire departments as the new CEO of Ara Safety. But to hear him talk...

Dec 1, 2008
Cactus Restaurants Ltd.
BCBusiness D.B.

Number of Employees: 2,000 Head Office: Vancouver “Cactus is a B.C. business and is growing like crazy. The opportunity to gain great experience is right here!” Restaurants under the Cactus banner have a reputation for their young and enthusiastic staff, and it’s easy to see why. With 20 restaurants in B.C.

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