Alyssa Hirose

Recent Posts on BCBusiness

Sep 13, 2021
Inventory: B.C.-designed clothing, toys and other goodies for babies and kids

Snooze Fest Coming from a luxury design background, Tammy Lo was looking for aesthetic neutrals when her sister was expecting her first baby in 2013. Unable to find any, she founded Richmond-based Nest Designs. Lo injects her own sense of style...

Jul 19, 2021
A look inside Ecologyst's new sustainable manufacturing facility in Victoria

As unique and diverse as we claim our home to be, there’s a few brands that really dominate the casual fashion world—especially in the summer. For activewear, it’s Lululemon. Birkenstocks have the sandal category dominated. And when the sun goes...

Jun 10, 2021
Inventory: These B.C. refilleries provide low-waste solutions for our everyday grocery needs

Nada has been providing package-free grocery items since it opened in Vancouver in 2015, but founders Brianne Miller and Alison Carr expanded into delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their partnership with Shift Delivery transports goods like flour, pasta and granola...

May 4, 2021
Inventory: These B.C. businesses run by Black entrepreneurs are walking the walk

Ring On It Devi Arts Collective was launched in 2013 by Bayoush Mengesha. The women-led Vancouver brand sells dainty, minimalist jewelry ideal for everyday wear. Each of their pieces is handmade using recycled or refined metals and ethically sourced gemstones, and...

Mar 31, 2021
Futurpreneur’s new Black Entrepreneur Startup Program provides funding and support for young business owners

In response to the disproportionate barriers to success experienced by Black entrepreneurs, national nonprofit Futurpreneur Canada just announced a new financing program tailored for young Black business owners. The Black Entrepreneur Startup Program offers $5,000 to $60,000 of loan financing to successful applicants. This new funding collaboration with Royal Bank of Canada and Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) aims to “foster greater equity and diversity among Canada’s entrepreneurs, with enhancements that will help address the systemic barriers to capital...

Mar 16, 2021
Inventory: These made-in-B.C. hand sanitizers are helping us keep clean in germy times

Good Spirits Ampersand Distilling was born in 2014 from a very passionate family: there’s Jeremy and Jessica Schacht’s love of craft cocktails, Jeremy’s father, Stephen Schacht’s, engineering training and Jeremy’s mother, Ramona Froehle-Schacht’s, organic farming know-how. They’re a dream team-turned-clean team, thanks to COVID. Their sani is as simple as it...

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...

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