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Nov 7, 2011
Creating a Car-Dealership Enterprise
Tony Wanless

For almost a century, the Canadian auto sales industry has been the shining example of local entrepreneurship in action. In every town and city, individual dealers own one or several showrooms. In Canada there are 3,300 car dealerships owned by...

Oct 6, 2011
Schooling Italia: Vancouver's Fashion Industry
Schenley Brown

Visiting fashion students learn a thing or two 
about la dolce vita in Vancouver. Fashion is born from a region’s distinctive character. That’s the take-away message from a group of Italian students who came to Vancouver for a lesson in fashion management.


Oct 1, 2011
Efficiencies Gained: Freybe Gourmet Foods
BC Hydro Power Smart

When the Freybe family constructed a new processing facility in Langley years ago, it did so under self-imposed green guidelines: the building material was 100 per cent recycled, and systems like rainwater collection were installed. “We’ve always felt we have...

Sep 6, 2011
B.C.'s Craft Beer Movement: The Breweries
Joe Wiebe

Cataloguing craft beer in B.C.: As demand for craft beer skyrockets, B.C.'s local brewers scramble to meet the demand. (Have we forgotten your favourite B.C. craft beer? Get in touch.)   Central City Brewing Co.

Sep 5, 2011
Big Pharma & What's Wrong With You
Steve Burgess

Finding the right medical terminology provides the perfect excuse to dispense expensive (and unnecessary) drugs. I have recently been diagnosed with CBB Syndrome. It’s pretty serious, I suppose. What I want to know is, when will the pharmaceutical industry spring into action and deal with my problem?

Sep 5, 2011
The Dark Art of B.C.'s Liquor Importers
Frances Bula

A handful of booze importers navigate a 
maze of international law, shipping logistics 
and customs regulations – all to make sure B.C. liquor stores and bars are stocked 
with our favourite foreign tipples.


Jul 1, 2011
The Economics of B.C. Malls
Chad Hershler

In the interest of full disclosure: I’ve never liked malls. 
 As far as I’m concerned, they’re all the same: stale air, contrived architecture and a barrage of overpriced storefronts. When I lived in east Van or Montreal or Toronto, nothing gave me more pleasure than hopping on my bike and...

Jul 1, 2011
On Guard Against Counterfeit Goods
Peg Fong

As the exploding market for 
counterfeit goods has proven, 
authenticity isn’t everything – 
even if you can spot it. The pale, hairless leg nudges mine again and my annoyance turns in an instant to excitement at the first glimpse of the bare skin above the sock. Another nudge and I lean in closer, mesmerized.


Jun 23, 2011
The Lure of Local and Organic Foods
Erin Millar


It’s the last weekend of April, but it feels like late summer harvest. Wooden crates of local heritage tomatoes (grown in greenhouses, of course), in colours from deep crimson to apple green, stand out among meticulously arranged displays of the...

May 25, 2011
Photos: Anna Kosturova's Bikini Empire
BCBusiness

Alyssa Miller wearing the Anna Kosturova crochet Lilli Skirtkini – similar to the one on the 2008 Sports Illustrated cover. The exposure – no pun intended – boosted her sales that year by 30 per cent.Alyssa Miller in Anna Kosturova Kosturova landed her first Sports Illustrated cover in 2008 when supermodel...

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