December/January 2017/8

In this issue

Dec 15, 2017
DIY Management: How to write a business plan
Felicity Stone

1. Start with a template“Most business plans start with an executive summary, and that’s the first thing that people need to see,” Aveledo says, “but that is done at the end.” A template should include sections covering the business concept; operations (processes, equipment, location, permits, risks); sales and marketing (pricing, differentiation from competitors, sales methods); management (who’s on the team...

Dec 14, 2017
Lunch with UVic business school dean Saul Klein
Lucy Hyslop

For Klein, there’s no contradiction between doing well and doing good in the world Saul Klein can’t help repeating himself this lunchtime. Just into his second five-year term as dean of UVic’s Peter B. Gustavson School of Business, he’s talking about myriad international tenures over the past four decades and how they propelled him to his current pivotal role. Whether he...

Dec 11, 2017
New and Improved: The latest developments in the world of lifestyle, from shoes to eggs (and more!)
Felicity Stone

Clothing/ Native Shoes, the Vancouver “beast-free” shoe company started in 2009, is opening its first-ever retail location, at 14 Water Street in Gastown. In addition to Native’s core footwear, the shop will sell recent additions like the water-resistant Treklite boot collection and Monaco Velcro for kids (pictured). Beer/ Gooseneck Hospitality, the Vancouver-based restaurant group behind Lucky Taco, Bufala and Wildebeest, has launched a 150-seat beer...

Dec 8, 2017
A conversation with BC Ferries president and CEO Mark Collins
Nick Rockel

As he charts a course between connecting communities and boosting efficiency, the new head of the ferry system must also work with a provincial government that wants lower fares Mark Collins grew up in a ferry-dependent community on a ferry-dependent island: St. John’s, Newfoundland. During winters in the 1970s, the president and CEO of British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. recalls, store shelves...

Dec 7, 2017
U.S. company changing B.C.'s most popular winter escape
Scott Neufeld

On any given bluebird day this season, the slopes of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains will see a flurry of activity. Snowboarders and skiers will tear through fresh powder. Lifties will help riders smoothly navigate the ascent back up the hill. Everyone will scatter at the end of the day, landing at Splitz Grill or Creekbread or Araxi Restaurant + Oyster...

Dec 5, 2017
Poll: Is your business ready for natural disasters?

Given the number of natural disasters in North America alone recently, in October, BCBusiness asked Mustel Group to survey provincial businesses on how prepared they are. Of the 203 owners contacted, “four in 10 think that they do have a plan, but still that leaves six in 10 that have no plans, formal or informal,” notes principal Evi Mustel. Those...

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