Small Biz

‘Sweetheart’ of a guitar gains industry nods

September
22
,
2016
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When it comes to celebrating success, Mike Miltimore knows all the right chords. Pride was front and centre Thursday as the Riversong Guitars founder marked a couple of major milestones — obtaining an international patent on their design...

'Reaching critical mass' all over again

August
12
,
2016
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Vinyl records once again represent the fastest growing segment of music sales, a surprising turn of affairs considering Emile Berliner spun the first flat disc on a gramaphone in 1888. No one could be more pleased with the resurgent trend than...

Farm welcomes new agri-tourism rules

August
2
,
2016
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At least one local agri-tourism business will be looking at potential for growth in new rules governing activities in the Agricultural Land Reserve. Tricia Sullivan, co-owner of Sullindeo Farm on Dairy Road, expressed surprise after hearing of...

Marina a catalyst for nautical renaissance

July
22
,
2016
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More accustomed to Shuswap waters, Clay Ganton had visions of a quieter pace — sort of like the Maytag repairman of Kamloops Lake — when he first took the job of managing Bruker Marina at Tobiano. That was last year and the notion was...

Digital design house celebrates first decade

July
6
,
2016
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A decade in business may not hold great distinction in some fields, but in the highly competitive and ever-changing graphic design industry it’s a major milestone. Jeff Kilduff, founder of Graphic Depictions Intelligent Design, is...

Awards promote efforts to grow small business

June
13
,
2016
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Applications are now being accepted for this year’s Open for Business Awards, which highlight the efforts of municipalities, regional districts and First Nations governments to grow small businesses in their communities and share their...

Controversy aside, wineries celebrate season

June
10
,
2016
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On the anniversary of its inception, Kamloops Wine Trail celebrates with an open house this weekend, June 11 and 12, at three local wineries. “As we move in to our second season for the Kamloops Wine Trail we wanted to acknowledge all those...

Mark-up rate eased for B.C. craft brewers

May
20
,
2016
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Local microbreweries, together with MLAs, are raising a glass to a lower mark-up rate for small and regional brews as of July. Effective July 3, the rate will be reduced by approximately 25 per cent to give craft breweries increased financial...

Food trucks head back to Gaglardi Square

April
14
,
2016
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Gaglardi Square will be food truck central this summer as the City updates its program for the mobile kitchens. A pilot program held in summer 2015 was well received by the public but the food and beverage sector downtown was not so pleased. More...

Growing more than food in Westsyde

February
1
,
2016
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Sheila MacKenzie isn’t sure which one of her employees nominated Rainbow’s Roost for a “best place to work” award, but the co-owner is glad to be in the running for the Small Business B.C. honour. The 21-hectare farm and...