Alyssa Hirose

Recent Posts on BCBusiness

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:...

Jun 11, 2020
30 Under 30: Michelle Tran is building an empire with Meraki Beauty Bar

Life Story: Michelle Tran’s first “job” was serving frozen yogurt at the Yogen Früz franchise her father owned. “I was seven years old, and I was too short–my dad would put down pineapple cans so I could stand on top...

Jun 11, 2020
30 Under 30: Sarah Henderson created housewares brand Hudson and Oak

Life Story: On her family’s farm in Abbotsford, Sarah Henderson grew up exploring the woods with her dogs and selling blueberries to farmers passing by on tractors. Henderson’s father is Indigenous; generations of systemic oppression, along with alcoholism on his...

Jun 11, 2020
30 Under 30: Alexa Suter harnessed the power of social media to create two companies

Life Story: When Langley-born Alexa Suter was 13, she discovered her love of storytelling. Scrawling in journals, spinning short stories and crafting poems throughout her teens led her to pursue an English degree at Kwantlen Polytechnic University–and to leave school...

Jun 11, 2020
30 Under 30: Frankie Cena's credentials aren't up for debate

Life Story: “My mom always says that instead of grabbing a hockey stick, I grabbed a microphone,” jokes Frankie Cena, who grew up in Burnaby. In Grade 7, Cena entered a mandatory public speaking competition and wound up snagging second...

May 28, 2020
Kelowna-based modular design company makes build-and-price tool available to the public

Ian Garrity and James Rosowsky, co-founders of Kelowna-based Built Prefab, have worked in modular home building for more than a decade—but until recently, their ventures have only been available to a very small (and very rich) population. “Our projects were...

May 21, 2020
Tips for staying sane in a pandemic from... CuePath Innovation’s Bruce Nunn

When he’s not kayaking, drinking wine or playing lead guitar in his classic rock cover band, Bruce Nunn shreds up the local technology industry stage. Nunn leads sales and marketing for CuePath Innovation, a Vancouver-based health-care tech company that delivers...

May 13, 2020
How to be your own bartender: "Quarantini" advice and a recipe

After nearly two months of accessing your work remotely, setting up video calls and doing every puzzle you can get your hands on, you deserve a drink. And not one of those sad high-balls crafted from the dregs of your...

May 11, 2020
Getting creative in a pandemic: Nala moves from pits to palms

“We are definitely not the first to think of this,” says Ada Juristovski, co-founder of Nala. “And if anything, it’s something we are proud to be part of.” The Vancouver-based skincare brand has specialized in natural deodorant since it launched in...

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