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Businesses depend on other businesses to thrive. Be it a website, printing supplies, packaging supplies, catering, or bookkeeping, a business cannot operate completely independently from other businesses. We at Radar Hill have created and maintain hundreds of websites, and this newsletter will focus on our clients whose clientele is other businesses. Essentially, this newsletter is from a business featuring businesses who focus on businesses.

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Organizations and Societies

Financial Services

Insurance

Lawyers

Printing and Supplies

IT Services

Consulting and Coaching

Property Management

Office and Retail

Catering

Leisure

 

Organizations and Societies

Victoria Real Estate Board

The Victoria Real Estate Board (VREB) is an association of Victoria area REALTORS®. Since it was founded in 1921, the Board has been a key player in the development of standards and innovative programs aimed at enhancing the professionalism and community standing of REALTORS®. The Board operates under its own bylaws and regulations and is dedicated to the concept of promoting interest in the purchase and sale of real estate in British Columbia and the concept of furthering the private ownership in real estate. In addition to operating the Multiple Listing Service® within its jurisdictional area, the Board also provides other membership services, education and community representation. One of eleven real estate board locates throughout British Columbia, the Victoria Real Estate Board helps make good REALTORS® better. Contact them at 250-385-7766, visit them at 3035 Nanaimo Street or see their website for resources: www.vreb.org

BNI Valley Voices

Valley Voices is a chapter of Business Networking International, an organization with over 220,000 members in 8,000 chapters around the world. Through weekly meetings, BNI helps build a strong network that fuels professional growth, in a positive, supportive, and structured environment. Valley Voices in Duncan provides its members with an excellent business support network, opportunities to educate members of the community about their services, and quality referrals that lead to increased business. Thousands of dollars’ worth of business is completed on a weekly basis and many important relationships are formed. For more information and list of members: www.duncanbni.com

Capital City Executives Association of Victoria

The Capital City Executives Association (CCEA) is the oldest business leads association in Victoria, as it was founded in 1921 and has been meeting continuously since then. It is a dynamic business organization comprised of key business leaders from the Greater Victoria area, whose goals are to improve business for our members and create a supportive community of Victoria’s business leaders. In the lunch meetings which are held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month at the Union Club, members exchange leads, network, build relationships and make connections. The CCEA members are known for their professionalism, dedication, and loyalty to one another, and to the leads program. For more information and to become a member see their website: www.cceavictoria.ca

Community Futures Cowichan

Community Futures is BC’s most important small business development organization, supporting entrepreneurs at all stages of their development throughout rural BC. They have a wide variety of services and tools available to help entrepreneurs and small business owners achieve their goals. Community Futures financing is available for the start-up, acquisition or expansion of a business. Their flexible loans can assist with projects, capital expenses, start-up costs, inventory and working capital. Compared with other traditional source financing options, the businesses of Community Futures’ clients grow faster and last longer. Community Futures Cowichan services Duncan, and South, West, and North Cowichan, including Shawnigan Lake and Chemainus. Call them at 250-746-1004, visit their office on 135 Third Street in Duncan, or to see all their business services: www.cfcowichan.ca

Downtown Duncan Business Improvement Area Society

The Downtown Duncan Business Improvement Area (DDBIA) works to improve and promote the Downtown Duncan area through programs, projects, marketing and events to increase the vibrancy and sense of community within the downtown core. With over 300 shops and services, Downtown Duncan has more of everything to see, taste and discover in just a few blocks. Downtown Duncan. Small…in a Big way: www.downtownduncan.ca

BC Policy Perspectives

Richard McCandless,a retired BC Government assistant deputy minister, has been a private intervenor in the BC Utilities Commission’s reviews of the rate increase requests for both the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia and BC Hydro. He owns and manages BC Policy Perspectives, a policy research facilitation website devoted to articles on BC policies, from BC Hydro, ICBC, and other government policies. To see the extensive content: www.bcpolicyperspectives.com

Financial Services

Asset Bookkeeping & Business Services

In 2008 Tracey Clements, an accountant and trained bookkeeper, began Asset Bookkeeping & Business Services in Duncan. Let them take care of your paperwork for you. They understand the needs of your business, and as such do more than just prepare your taxes by inputting them into an automatic program. They work with you and plan for your taxes, reviewing all aspects of a tax situation. They also offer monthly bookkeeping, financial statements, payroll, communication intermediary with your accountants, as well as act as your representative with Canada Revenue Agency. Contact them by calling 250-701-0404 or see here for more info: www.asset-bookkeeping.com

Gauer Olsen Accounting

Gauer Olsen Chartered Professional Accountants have provided tailored financial solutions to medical professionals and owner-managed businesses for almost 30 years. They focus in supplying businesses with personalized taxation and accounting solutions, all with the highest quality of service and advice. Call to discuss your accounting and tax needs at 250-385-9690, or for more info: www.gocpa.ca

FX Connectors

FX Connectors is a Canadian company based in Victoria, with offices in Vancouver serving clients across North America. They take pride in saving customers substantial amounts of time and money on their foreign exchange transactions, and have been a top provider of wholesale and retail rates to organizations and individuals for over 14 years. They offer wholesale rates because they deal with high volumes on a daily basis. They can help companies save money on foreign exchange transactions by monitoring certain rates and notifying clients when rates are most beneficial, and also offer same day free delivery and pick up service. Call them at 250-380-7888, visit the main office at Suite 106 – 1208 Wharf Street, or see the rates: www.currencywholesale.com

Palmer Leslie Chartered Professional Accountants

Palmer Leslie is a full-service accounting firm based in the Cowichan Valley. They offer a diverse skill set to assist with any accounting needs so that you can run your business, enjoy your family, realize your dreams, and live your life to the fullest. With an office located Duncan and one in Ladysmith, they offer convenience no matter where you live in the Mid Island. Their staff of professionals have a diversity of experiences and training and are often sent out for upgrading, training and professional development to ensure that they can also offer you their expertise in the latest knowledge and technology. Call their Duncan office 250-748-1426 and see the full list of services: www.palmerleslie.ca

Insurance

Airey Insurance Benefits

If you own your own business, getting insurance can be a hassle. Sometimes owner and employee benefit plans are not being implemented because the job feels overwhelming, or costs are a concern. However, at Airey Insurance Benefits they understand what is needed for your business and provide you with a solution that fits your needs and your budget. They want to show how easy it is to implement benefits that are affordable and are flexible, so call 250-386-3084, visit Suite 101-1137 Yates Street in Victoria, or see their website for list of services: www.aireyinsurance.ca

Coast Mountain Benefits

Coast Mountain Benefits Inc. provides Private Health Services Plans (PHSP’s) for Canadian businesses. PHSP can save a business thousands of dollars over employee group plans.  With PHSP’s there are no premiums.  The business simply sets an allowance for medical dental and vision expenses that it can afford and employees receive the benefits tax free, saving participants up to 75% in income taxes that would otherwise be paid to Canada Revenue Agency.  Costs never increase unless the business wishes to offer more.  The company is owned and operated by a Chartered Professional Accountant/Chartered Accountant and a tax expert in the area of PHSP’s. They have the expertise to ensure that your plan is structured and administered in accordance with the latest CRA legislation, rulings and case law. Contact them at 250-590-5747, visit them at #103-158 Hillside Avenue in Victoria, or see their website for more information: www.coastmountainbenefits.ca

Lawyers

Mullin DeMeo Barristers and Solicitors

Mullin DeMeo Barristers and Solicitors maintains one of the busiest real estate law practices in British Columbia. Every year Mullin DeMeo processes more real estate transactions than any other firm in the Victoria area. They also provide services in the area of development and construction law, corporate and commercial transactions, trademarks and copyright, and some family law matters. Contact them at 250-477-3327, visit them at 1626 Garnet Road in Victoria, or online at www.mdlawcorp.com

Sarah L. Klinger

Sarah Klinger is an experienced lawyer offering personal and practical solutions for personal injury, employment law and estate litigation matters. For employers and employees, she offers advice on employment agreements, severance packages, termination of employment, accommodation of disabled employees, and complaints of discrimination in employment. Contact her by calling 250-388-4075 (ext. 223) or see her website: www.slklaw.ca

Printing and Supplies

Mark’s Instant Sign Shop

If you need to grab people’s attention, indoors or out, then Mark’s Instant Sign Shop Ltd. in Duncan has a solution. They provide effective high-quality sign and graphic solutions. From custom sign design and production to sign installations, you get great value from their vibrant full colour signs, banners, decals and labels. Call them at 250-746-0120, visit them at 750 Jubilee Street, or see their website to view samples of their work: www.marksinstantsignshop.com

CopyCat Printing

CopyCat Printing in Duncan provides more than just basic printing and photocopying. Their services include photo restoration, fax services, wide format/oversized printing, resume consultation services, as well as providing digital services such as photo scanning, document scans to email, “as built” scans of oversized drawings, and archiving important papers or other files. Call them at 250-701-0582, go to their store at #7-5777 Trans-Canada Highway, or starting in September their new location at #5-5777 Trans-Canada Highway, or see the website for full list of products: www.islandcopycat.com

Victoria Box & Paper

Offering thousands of different products, Victoria Box & Paper is a leading distributor of paper, packaging and janitorial products on Vancouver Island. They do regular deliveries throughout the island, from Victoria to Campbell River, making it easy to get all your supplies recurrently. From bags, paper, containers, cups, cleaners, trays, they carry everything necessary for restaurants, groceries, or offices require. To get a quote call 250-544-1227 or see the website for the huge range of products offered: www.victoriabox.ca

Tran Sign

In 1993, after almost 50 years of being a manufacturer to supply all of BC’s roads and highways with uniform traffic signs, Tran Sign Ltd. expanded its portfolio to cater to a more commercial market. They continue their commitment to cities demands for quality signs and products, but now their services include full design, high resolution scanning, full colour illustration, logo design, and photo manipulation for a variety of products. Contact them at 250-478-9531, visit them at 2920 Jacklin Road in Victoria, or visit the website for more information: www.transign.com

IT Services

NIS Business Technology Solutions

NIS is a Victoria based IT company specializing in support for small and medium sized businesses since 2002. Their capable and consistent level of service has resulted in growing clientele, and because they maintain a mobile office they are able to perform most maintenance and support on site while also offering quick remote access for troubleshooting. From business email solutions, computer sales, antivirus protection, computer support, and Microsoft Office 265 installer, NIS provides resources, platforms, and proven procedures for IT solutions. You can stop worrying about technology by getting support from them. Just call 250-516-4151 or see their list of services: www.nisvictoria.com

Consulting and Coaching

Hooper Consulting and Privacy Consulting

Hooper Access and Privacy Consulting Ltd. is recognized as one of BC’s leading companies in the field of information access, privacy and information management. Providing consulting services for both the private and public sectors, they can help you establish and/or streamline your information access, privacy and information management program, as well as navigate the laws, policies and best practices that support it. In our current technology driven world, strong information access, privacy and information management processes must remain at the forefront to ensure data is maintained, accessed and protected where necessary. Call them at 250-595-3180 or for list of services: www.hooperconsulting.ca

Corcoran Consulting

Corcoran Consulting LLC has been helping those in the real estate industry for over a quarter century. They assist in the growth of the precise businesses they want, and enable them to become the CEO and Rainmakers of their Small business Real Estate and Mortgage companies. Corcoran Consulting takes proven systems and procedures to help you become what only you can determine, and who you should be within the infrastructure of your own company. Are you a master salesperson? Are you motivated by pushing papers? Are you driven by making it rain for your team? They have the tools it takes to get you to whatever it is you want, and to achieve and maintain a good work-life balance. To see all their coaching services: www.corcorancoaching.com

Property Management

Brown Bros.

Brown Bros. has provided solid, reliable service in meeting the insurance and property management needs of Victorians since 1918. Today, they still stress customer satisfaction, with a management team dedicated to carrying on the great family tradition. Their services for management of commercial and leasing property include annual insurance reviews, supervise and hire for repairs, collect rent, and deal with all tenant inquires. Contact them at 250-385-8771, visit them at 1125 Blanshard Street in Victoria, or see the website for more information: www.brownbros.com

Pemberton Holmes Property Management

Pemberton Holmes was first established in 1887, and is now one of the largest owned and operated real estate firms on Vancouver Island. They are selective about the properties they contract to manage so as not to jeopardize service to their clients, and have a proven track record in maintaining properties to increase their long-term value, while ensuring their efficiency on a day-to-day basis. Pemberton Holmes Property Management keeps pace with both the growth in the capital area, the changing needs of property owners, and today’s technology. If you need any commercial space, contact Gail McClymont for Commercial Management at 250-478-9141, or see their latest properties: www.thepropertymanagers.ca

Richmond Property Group

Richmond Property Group (RPG) Ltd. is a locally owned and operated commercial property and strata management company located in Victoria, serving Southern Vancouver Island and Salt Spring Island. They specialize in commercial property management (office, retail and industrial) to residential and commercial strata management, property maintenance, and facilities management. Their experienced team of licensed managers and professional staff can provide customized management, maintenance, and financial reporting for your commercial real estate investment or strata corporation. Contact them at 250-388-9920, visit them at #201-1537 Hillside Avenue, or visit the website for more information: www.richmondproperty.ca

South Island Property Management

South Island Property Management (SIPM) is an independently owned and operated full service property management company located in Victoria. By consistently providing quality customer service in every facet of their business, they are proud of the reputation they have achieved as a trusted name in Victoria for over 30 years – every member of their team is an experienced professional of the highest integrity. Contact them at 250-595-6680 or visit the website for more information: www.sipmltd.com

Office and Retail

Metchosin Centre

Located in the heart of downtown Metchosin, within walking distance of all that Metchosin has to offer, including the Municipal Hall, the Community Hall, General Store, MyChosen Cafe, the Galloping Goose Trail, and bus service, Metchosin Centre is unique commercial space. It currently houses the Broken Paddle Coffee House, Movement Dance studio, Nootka Rose Milling, Timberhawk Homebuilders, AcroVoice, and Zarine Vogel Counselling Services. Visit the Centre at 4480 Happy Valley Road or see the website: www.metchosincentre.ca

Grace Point Square

Grace Point Square is in the centre of Ganges on Salt Spring Island. Just footsteps away from the famous Saturday Market in Centennial Park, Grace Point Square offers a fantastic choice of restaurants, art galleries, shops, services and retail options. A shopping and business centre managed by Richmond Property Group, there is a retail or office space available for your business. For inquiries contact Richmond Property Group at 250-388-9920. You can visit Grace Point Square at 115 Fulford-Ganges Road, or check out the website for the latest events and info about Salt Spring: www.gracepointsquare.com

Catering

Sam’s Deli

Founded in 1972 by Sam Bawlf, Sam’s Deli has been providing Victorians and tourists alike with fresh delicious sandwiches for decades. Now owned by Kate Phoenix, who had been a fan of Sam’s for years, she is dedicated to maintaining what has made the deli so well known. They offer delicious platters, from sandwiches, salads, veggies, or baked goods, whatever is required for a great event. Delivery can be arranged with a minimum 72 hours’ notice, making it even easier to have the fantastic taste of Sam’s sandwiches right at your work place. For inquires call 250-382-8424 or see the website: www.samsdeli.com

Cheryl’s Gourmet Pantry

Since 1987 Cheryl’s Gourmet Pantry has been providing gourmet take-out, catering, picnic baskets, and cooking classes. Have your Open House expertly catered with a wide range of appetizer small bites, perfect for nibbling, or full buffet service. They also offer dishware, tent, linens rental, as well as any bar needs, or flowers and decorations. Have a superb event catered with only the finest freshest ingredients! For inquiries call 250-595-3212 or visit the website for their extensive menu: www.cherylsgourmetpantry.com

Cakes Etc.

Get an exquisite cake from Cakes Etc. and treat your staff! Using the finest quality ingredients available, such as chocolate imported from Belgium, dairy from Vancouver Island farms, and fresh fruit grown in neighbouring fields, their cakes and baked treats are sure to delight anyone and everyone trying them. For orders call 250-360-2390 or see the beautiful pictures and menu on the website: www.cakesetc.ca

La Roux Patisserie

Get customer orders from La Roux Patisserie Inc. for a special occasion! Or choose a selection from their large menu that focuses on French patisseries, from eclairs, macarons, tartes, and of course, croissants. They also offer delicious cakes that can easily be customized, so why not order one today? Call them at 778-265-7689, visit them at 519 Fisgard Street, or see their website: www.laroux.ca

Leisure

Fantasea Charters

Victoria’s ultimate party boat, The Fantasea is a 41′ Transport Canada certified yacht featuring heated upper deck and cabin, a licensed liquor bar, lots of comfortable seating, a great sound system, plenty of room for dancing. All this for up to 20 people, operating 12 months of the year along the beautiful Inner Harbour and local waterfront. Book for parties or corporate functions! Call 250-812-6044, and visit their website for more information and photo gallery: www.fantaseacharters.com

Beasley’s Fishing Charters

Book a corporate fishing package with Beasley’s for an excellent opportunity to experience a quick getaway and fish world-class waters. After all, what better way to improve corporate relations or entertain your clients and colleagues than to take them on a fishing trip, a relaxing scenic cruise, or even a marine wildlife tour? Boats are fully equipped, with bait and tackle, and include Captain Darren Beasley, or one of his close associates. They can accommodate up to 80 people, and specialize in Salmon and Halibut fishing, so book now! Call 250-381-8000 or see the website for their photo gallery: www.beasleysfishingcharters.ca

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About Caitlin O'Hara

Shawn’s daughter, Caitlin has been around Radar Hill her entire life, but only recently in a full-time professional manner. In 2016 she began managing the social media accounts, writing articles and newsletters, as well as being an administrative assistant when needed. When not in the office she enjoys cooking (including those samosas that have been huge hits at Radar Hill open houses) and travelling, and has recently moved to Scotland.

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