Small Business Profiles

A series of articles profiling small businesses on the Sunshine Coast, BC. The articles were first published in Just Business Magazine.

Family business with a twist – Gilligan’s Pub

Darren Inkster, Sechelt, BC

by Claudia Howard This article originally appeared in Just Business People Magazine It’s been a long and winding road for Darren Inkster since his days studying at SFU back in the late eighties. “Originally I planned on attending law school. I received my Bachelor’s degree in History and then studied criminology for two years. I began working part time at the pub as a server, … [Read more...]

Celebrity Chef in our midst – Spencer Watts

Spencer Watts, chef

by Claudia Howard This article originally appeared in Just Business People Magazine Spencer Watts has been a foodie all his life – enjoying Dim Sum and Sushi as a toddler. Mom Linda Watts couldn’t even slip a TV dinner by Spence when he was a child – although she cleverly once tried disguising one by removing the meal from the self-serve container and serving it on their … [Read more...]

Talaysay Tours – sharing history on the water

Candace Campo of Talaysay Tours, Sechelt, BC

by Claudia Howard This article originally appeared in Just Business People Magazine Candace Campo’s philosophy for operating Talaysay Tours, a cultural interpretive tour company based in Porpoise Bay, reflects her Shíshálh (Sechelt) Nation) heritage. “Our people have lived a communal lifestyle for centuries that supported and sustained our way of life,” explains Campo, “and … [Read more...]

The Stitching Studio – a stitch in time

Stitching Studio in Gibsons, BC

by Claudia Howard This article originally appeared in Just Business People Magazine A wedding gift from Pat’s mother inspired Pat and Gerry Watson to start The Stitching Studio, a Gibsons business that designs cross stitch patterns. Cross stitch falls within the family of Needle Arts that includes embroidery, knitting, tapestry, beading and quilting. In cross stitch a design … [Read more...]

Lehigh Northwest Materials – rock solid reputation brings success

Lehigh Cement in Sechelt, BC

by Claudia Howard This article originally appeared in Just Business People Magazine Lehigh Northwest Materials Ltd Little did we know that during our tour of the ‘CAL’ mine in Sechelt we would have a small mystery solved. Surprisingly good coffee was offered to us by receptionist Colette Craigan in the small lobby of the modest single story industrial building which … [Read more...]

Inside the Garden Gate Florist in Sechelt

Garden Gate Florist in Sechelt, BC

by Claudia Redfern This article originally appeared in Just Business People Magazine Some businesses are ‘happy’ businesses. That’s just the way it is. It isn’t that the business doesn’t have challenges, obstacles or stressful times it just means that the business revolves around happy times: weddings, birthdays, holidays and anniversaries. The floral industry is one of those … [Read more...]

Finlayson Goldsmiths – a gem of a family business

Ian Finlayson

by Claudia Howard This article originally appeared in Just Business People Magazine Tired of working in the woods for MacMillan Bloedel Ian Finlayson of Finlayson Goldsmiths thought he might enjoy a career making jewellery. “In 1973 I walked into a jewellery store in Park Royal, West Vancouver,” recalls Finlayson, “and asked them how to learn to make jewellery.” They … [Read more...]

Alumitubs – add water, sit back and relax

alumitubs

by Claudia Howard This article originally appeared in Just Business People Magazine The year was 2002. The location was Richmond, BC, the Aero-Flite aviation hanger at the airport to be exact. That’s where Alumitubs all began. Eric Holtz was (and still is) a licensed aircraft structures technician and aviation mechanic. After work Holtz found the energy to craft an innovation … [Read more...]

A Big Fish Tale

Tim Elliot of Greig Seafood BC

by Claudia Howard This article originally appeared in Just Business People Magazine Grieg Seafood BC employs over 60 people among their eight sea sites located on the Sunshine Coast and their processing plant in Egmont. The BC Company is part of the publicly traded Grieg Group based in Norway. Founded by Per Grieg Jr. the company has fish farming interests in Scotland, … [Read more...]

Coaching Women in Leadership Roles

Margaret Page of Beyond the Page coaching services

by Claudia Howard This article originally appeared in Just Business People Magazine Margaret Page, principal of Beyond the Page, a Sechelt based company offering business coaching services first heard about coaching in the spring of 2000. At that time Page owned a chain of salons and was interviewing a woman for the District Manager position. She thought the woman was a … [Read more...]