Alyssa Hirose

Recent Posts on BCBusiness

Jul 11, 2022
Inventory: 5 hot swimwear companies based in B.C.

Natasha Ashby founded Izumi Studio in August 2020, after the pandemic prompted her to pick up a new hobby—sewing. She makes each piece in Vancouver using recycled nylon, aiming to combat the fast fashion industry with suits that are made...

Jul 4, 2022
This Vancouver-based organization is offering a free MS Office plugin for Asian names

I’ve gotten used to folks not recognizing my last name—I grew up saying it in a Westernized way (he row see) and only started correcting people on the proper pronunciation in my late teens (hee row say). “It’s like the...

Jun 10, 2022
How two Indigenous entrepreneurs are using the retail and music industries to get land back, for real

Most recording artists can point to a specific moment in music that changed their lives. For Dakota Bear, it was the premiere of 8 Mile, the 2002 hip-hop drama starring Eminem. “I didn’t really listen to hip-hop until I watched...

May 13, 2022
Vancouver-based theatre company launches the first national queer and trans playwriting unit in Canada

“I think what the pandemic has taught us is that in Canada, mobility is the problem, not distance,” says Cameron Mackenzie, artistic and executive director of Zee Zee Theatre. The local company’s new national queer and trans playwriting unit will bring...

Apr 22, 2022
This mobile store is handing out essential supplies in the DTES (for free)

“There should not have to be a service like this, but it is so desperately needed,” says Charlie Hannah of Distro Disco. After years of working in and around the DTES, Hannah began holding supply drives for unhoused communities formed during...

Mar 31, 2022
Inventory: Local products to keep your home and the planet clean

Green bins are a vital part of responsible waste disposal in 2022, but the reality of countertop compost is a smelly nightmare (and fruit fly magnet). Taylor McCarten and Harmen Zijlstra launched BinBreeze, a Victoria-based company that turns industrial wood...

Mar 18, 2022
Hey, local makers: Now’s the time to enter the Made in Vancouver Awards

We’re coming at you today with a call from our sister publication, Vancouver magazine: their Made in Vancouver Awards are in full swing, and the deadline to apply is April 15. The Made in Vancouver Awards celebrate the city’s best makers.

Mar 10, 2022
Watch out, crypto investors: Canadian report finds fake virtual money to be the riskiest scam

Investing in crypto? That virtual money you’re hoarding might not be, well, real. Cryptocurrency fraud tops the 2021 list of riskiest scams in the country, according to the Better Business Bureau of Canada. Before last year, advanced fee loans was No.

Mar 8, 2022
Chip Wilson announces $100-million commitment to curing facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy

In a press conference on March 8, Chip Wilson announced a new project: Solve FSHD, a venture organization with the goal of finding a cure for facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy. Wilson has committed $100 million to this cause. Wilson (of Lululemon Athletica, Low...

Mar 7, 2022
YVR Screen Scene announces film screening and gala fundraiser for Ukraine

To show support and raise money for the people of Ukraine, local podcast YVR Screen Scene is hosting a gala fundraiser at the VIFF Centre. The evening focuses on a screening of Maidan, a 2014 documentary by Ukrainian filmmaker Sergey Loznitsa...

Mar 2, 2022
After getting laid off from her 20-year career due to the pandemic, this Vancouver woman is showing her daughter how to be a boss

Mirabela Muresan worked for the same luxury automotive business for more than two decades, but when the COVID-19 pandemic began in 2020, she was laid off. “I felt very vulnerable,” shares Muresan. “After dedicating my career and my life to the...

Mar 1, 2022
Small Business BC is hosting a bias-breaking panel for International Women’s Day

Next Tuesday, March 8, is International Women’s Day, and Small Business BC is celebrating with an all-star panel of local female leaders. The webinar, titled Breaking Biases in the Workplace, will take place online from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Moderating the...

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