Alyssa Hirose

Recent Posts on BCBusiness

Jan 21, 2021
Inventory: Made-in-B.C. wares to help you stay cosy during the cold winter months

Bowled Over Vancouver-based Pot Inc. mostly creates high-quality aluminum planters, but founder and landscape designer Todd Holloway also crafts vessels to hold a much hotter commodity (you guessed right, it’s fire). The steel Palano Fire Bowl can keep those safe...

Dec 11, 2020
Inventory: The B.C.-made furniture, accessories and comforts that help working from home

Tables Turned Cristian Arostegui G. and Adam Gilmer founded Caramba, a flat-packed furniture design company, this March. The pair were the only two stay-at-home dads in their Victoria neighbourhood, and their children’s friendship sparked a bond–then a business. The pair’s European...

Oct 30, 2020
Making It Work: Create a more equitable workplace with these tips from Cicely Blain

Diversity and inclusion is everyone’s business—and there’s lots of help out there. Take Cicely Blain Consulting, an inclusion consulting firm based in Vancouver. Blain, the company’s founder and CEO, and their team offer services ranging from equity and inclusion auditing to policy development to anti-racism staff training. In the past...

Sep 2, 2020
Vancouver’s Deqq Apparel partners with Joe Average to make wearable art that can’t be ripped off

At a Banff business conference more than a decade ago, a guy walked up to Vancouver tech entrepreneur David Gratton and literally offered to buy the shirt off his back. “It had an embroidered picture of an old airplane that...

Aug 26, 2020
B.C. 2.0.: Postsecondary institutions grapple with some major changes

University and college students are used to March feeling like a dumpster fire of stress–there’s final exams to study for and anxiety about graduation (on top of the pressure to score the least-underpaid summer internship). This year, faculty and administrators had...

Aug 26, 2020
B.C. 2.0.: Adaptable clothing companies pursue new markets in wake of pandemic

“One of our company values is to evolve. We just thought, OK, we’ve got to work with what we got—and once evolved, we can make things happen,” says CJ King, vice-president, omni-channel, of outdoor apparel brand Arc’teryx Equipment. The North...

Aug 26, 2020
B.C. 2.0.: It’s been all quiet on set in film and TV

Lights, check. Camera, check. Action? It’s complicated. Most physical TV and movie production was suspended in March, leaving many of the 70,000 people who make up B.C.’s film industry in their own personal horror flick. Brightlight Pictures, a North Vancouver–based...

Aug 26, 2020
B.C. 2.0.: Some restaurants have died. The survivors must adapt to a different dining-out experience

Pizzeria Tratto opened in Penticton in November 2019–“the worst time of the year in any city, unless you’re in Barbados,” quips owner Chris Royal. But despite launching in the chill of the off-season (in a small Okanagan city, no less)...

Jul 23, 2020
Forget your referral program (and 8 other tips for recruiting a diverse workforce)

So you want to make diversity a priority in your business—that’s awesome. It’s work that needs to be done, but it needs to be done right. We chatted with Tess Sloane, co-founder of Eleven Eleven Talent, a Vancouver-based global recruitment...

Jun 25, 2020
Local theatre companies face tough curtain call thanks to COVID-19

As pandemic precautions make isolation the new normal, the spotlight shines hot on businesses that generate revenue from bringing people together. The Arts Club, Canada’s largest nonprofit theatre company, has cancelled or postponed seven productions since March. Based in Vancouver...

Jun 11, 2020
30 Under 30: Sarah Sangha explores aromachology with Vellum Wellness

Life Story: Sarah Sangha knew from an early age that she wanted to be a journalist, and after earning a degree in political science from Kwantlen Polytechnic University in 2012 and a diploma in broadcast journalism from BCIT in 2014...

Jun 11, 2020
30 Under 30: Brooke Johansen makes you want to be the bridesmaid at Park & Fifth

Life Story: Brooke Johansen grew up in Port Coquitlam with her mother, father and younger sister. She graduated from SFU (coincidentally, where her parents met) with a degree in business in 2014, but starting one of her own wasn’t top-of-mind:...

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