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Nov 5, 2019
Young Guns: Alexa Suter harnesses the power of social media to run two companies
Nathan Caddell

If there’s any doubt about the immense power of social media, one needs only look at Alexa Suter. Back in 2013, when Instagram was still a shadow of what it has become, Suter gained notoriety as an influencer, commanding tens...

Oct 25, 2019
Pot Shots: Canada legalized recreational marijuana a year ago. What's next?
Guy Saddy

A few months ago, Muse Cannabis opened its doors, becoming the first retail cannabis store on Vancouver’s South Granville strip. At the launch, customers milled about glass cases filled with pipes, pre-roll carriers, rolling kits and the sexlessly safe, warning-emblazoned plastic containers in which cannabis is sold. The space is...

Sep 23, 2019
Systematize Your Brand

BCBusiness + Foxy Box Wax Bar For business owners, franchising is a fast track to scale your company into a successful enterprise, providing a beneficial support system as you enter the marketplace, especially for someone who has a passion for managing...

Sep 20, 2019
Inventory: Business clothes that work in and out of the office
Felicity Stone

BLAZER AHEAD Karen and Tanya Lee, friends who share a last name and were among our 2019 30 Under 30 winners, founded Lezé the Label less than a year ago to produce women’s workwear that is comfortable, sustainable and versatile, starting...

Sep 12, 2019
10 Things You Didn’t Know About... Fresh Prep Foods co-founder Becky Brauer
Felicity Stone

BCBusiness wrote about Fresh Prep Foods co-founders Husein Rahemtulla and Dhruv Sood when they were 30 Under 30 winners in 2018. Becky Brauer, a friend from Burnaby Central High School, joined the meal kit delivery company when it launched in...

Sep 6, 2019
On Trend: Milking B.C.'s non-dairy alternatives
Felicity Stone

Established as Soyaworld in 1994, Burnaby-based Earth’s Own Food Co. produces So Fresh, So Good and So Nice milks from almonds, cashews, oats and soy. Also in Burnaby, and started in 2015, Nuez Beverage Co. handcrafts nine flavours of nut milk from organic almonds and cashews without additives or fillers.

Aug 27, 2019
Opinion: Why Canadian businesses need to prepare for the California Consumer Protection Act (CCPA) and how they can comply
Rakesh Soni

As the world becomes more digital, data security and privacy regulations are a growing concern. And as Canadian companies grow internationally, it is becoming necessary to abide by other nations’ regulations. This is the case with the CCPA. The CCPA, or the California Consumer Protection Act, takes effect on January 1, 2020...

Aug 9, 2019
Inventory: Pet products from beds to bowls designed in B.C.
Felicity Stone

MATERIAL BENEFITS Teckelklub (German for “dachshund club”) products have been designed and sewn in Vancouver since 1998. Unable to find waterproof jackets for his own dachshunds, company president Andrew Kurkowski started with dog coats. There are now 16 models, plus half a dozen beds and blankets, including the Soho Burrow Bed...

Aug 1, 2019
10 Things You Didn’t Know About... Kiaro CEO Daniel Petrov
Felicity Stone

Kiaro—opening its 3,000-square-foot flagship cannabis store at Kingsway and Knight Street in Vancouver August 1—is not Daniel Petrov’s first marijuana venture. In 2011 he co-founded Delta-based Vodis Innovative Pharmaceuticals. Three years later he became executive vice-president of Aurora Cannabis, headquartered...

Jul 11, 2019
10 Things You Didn't Know About... Vitruvi Co-founder Sara Panton
Nathan Caddell

Sara Panton and her brother, Sean, started a blog and began tinkering with essential oils in 2013. Coincidentally or not, it appears the pair got in on the trend at the right time. Vitruvi, the Vancouver-based company they co-founded, is one...

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