LIFT Startups on the Island

LIFT Startups on the Island

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LIFT Startups is a collaborative business and marketing network on Vancouver Island. We're bringing entrepreneurs together to "hustle help" and we're making shift happen! Our podcast will feature interviews with members, visiting speakers, anyone who is interested in helping entrepreneurs grow their businesses.
Heather Evans talking about The Inner Fire - and Heather Evans. Another inspiring conversation with a Vancouver Island's entrepreneur!
Heather Evans owns and operates The Inner Fire with Heather Evans, providing self-care and empowerment coaching for women. Based in the Comox Valley, Heather works with clients on a local and global basis. Listen to the podcast to find out how Heather's approach to coaching is innovative and inspiring!  You can find out more by listening to this podcast. You can contact Heather by visiting The Inner Fire with Heather Evans on the LIFT Vancouver Island Local Business Directory at http://liftstartups.ca/listing/theinnerfire/ (BTW Heather has a great LIFT VIP Offer for Vancouver Island entrepreneurs who are part of the LIFT community - check it out!)  GET YOUR BUSINESS FEATURED ON VANCOUVER ISLAND'S LOCAL BUSINESS PODCAST LIFT Podcasts are one of the ways we're LIFTing entrepreneurs and local businesses on the Island. To get your business or venture featured in a LIFT Podcast see http://bit.ly/FMIaboutLIFTPodcasts FMI about LIFT see http://LIFTStartups.ca Find more LIFT Podcast interviews here: http://liftpodcast.ca/ Subscribe to LIFT Podcast via iTunes here: http://bit.ly/iTunesLIFTPodcasts Enjoy! ~ hpm,  Founder of LIFT Startups and the Vancouver Island Business Directory TOP 10, Innovation, Small Business BC Awards, 2019 Winner, Best in BC, Entrepreneur Promotion, Startup Canada Awards, 2018 Best Local Social Media Organization, Comox Valley Record Readers' Choice 2018, 2017, 2016
55:50
March 22, 2019
Helen Whitaker talks about Secure Vision Mobile Optical - and Helen Whitaker! A LIFT Podcast interview
Helen Whitaker owns and operates Secure Vision Mobile Optical. Based in the Comox Valley, Secure Vision Mobile Optical services a region stretching from Campbell River in the north, Powell River in the east, and down to Duncan and the Cowichan Valley in the south. A licensed optician, Helen's innovation is to bring her services into your home, place of work, where you go for coffee, or wherever is convenient for you. You can find out more about Secure Vision Mobile Optical by listening to this podcast, and by visiting Secure Vision Mobile Optical on the LIFT Vancouver Island Local Business Directory at https://liftstartups.ca/listing/secure-vision-optical/ If you're a LIFT member, be sure to check the directory listing for the LIFT VIP Offer, helping to make your glasses more affordable. GET YOUR BUSINESS FEATURED ON VANCOUVER ISLAND'S LOCAL BUSINESS PODCAST LIFT Podcasts are one of the ways we're providing award-winning promotional support for entrepreneurs and local businesses on the Island. To get your business or venture featured in a LIFT Podcast see http://bit.ly/FMIaboutLIFTPodcasts FMI about LIFT see http://LIFTStartups.ca Find more LIFT Podcast interviews here: http://liftpodcast.ca/ Subscribe to LIFT Podcast via iTunes here: http://bit.ly/iTunesLIFTPodcasts Enjoy! ~ hpm,  Founder of LIFT Startups and the Vancouver Island Business Directory TOP 10, Innovation, Small Business BC Awards, 2019 Winner, Best in BC, Entrepreneur Promotion, Startup Canada Awards, 2018 Best Local Social Media Organization, Comox Valley Record Readers' Choice 2018, 2017, 2016
27:05
March 6, 2019
Catherine Temple talks about GO Hiking Vancouver Island - and Catherine Temple
Catherine Temple is a serial entrepreneur living in Campbell River. Starting with tourism-based businesses, Catherine has expanded into servicing the North Island's growing local business sector with the GO Campbell River initiative. Most recently, she's translating her passion for the Island's outdoors into the GO Hiking Vancouver Island venture. Our conversation started with GO Hiking, rambled through Catherine's tourism businesses, delved into her health challenges, and finished with an inspiring vision for  Vancouver Island. Enjoy! FMI about GO Hiking Vancouver Island join the Facebook group discussion at http://facebook.com/groups/222350585311770/ FMI about GO Campbell River and to contact Catherine see http://gocampbellriver.com GO Hiking Vancouver Island is a LIFT Solution Sponsor. GET FEATURED ON VANCOUVER ISLAND'S LOCAL BUSINESS PODCAST LIFT Podcasts are one of the ways we're LIFTing entrepreneurs and local businesses on the Island. To get your business or venture featured in a LIFT Podcast see http://bit.ly/FMIaboutLIFTPodcasts FMI about LIFT see http://LIFTStartups.ca
41:31
February 13, 2019
Thealzel Lee talks about VANTEC
Thealzel Lee is the Founder & President of E-Fund and VP Operations for the VANTEC Angel Network in Vancouver. Thealzel will be pitching the VANTEC and E-Fund opportunities to Vancouver Island entrepreneurs at an upcoming BizOnDeck Focus Group workshop. I interviewed her about VANTEC as part of LIFT's work to bring "thinking BIGger" resources to our Island entrepreneur community. For more information on VANTEC see http://vantec.ca. ~ hpm, Founder of LIFT Startups and the Vancouver Island Business Directory Top 10, Best Innovation, Small Business BC 2019 Best in BC, Entrepreneur Promotion, Startup Canada Awards 2018 Best Social Media Organization, Readers' Choice (Comox Valley Record) 2018, 2017, 2016. Find more LIFT Podcast interviews here at http://liftpodcast.ca/. Subscribe to LIFT Podcast via iTunes here: http://bit.ly/iTunesLIFTPodcasts
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January 24, 2019
Dana Cannam talks about QMOD - and Dana Cannam. A LIFT Podcast episode.
Dana Cannam is a technology innovator. He's moved his company, QMOD, from the Netherlands to Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. Now he's working to put QMOD sustainable energy kits into the hands of students everywhere - to inspire new solutions to our energy challenges, to help build tech literacy amongst youth, and to help foster a new generation of entrepreneurs. You can find out more about QMOD via their LIFT Vancouver Island Local Business Directory listing. LIFT: An award-winning* promotional network for Vancouver Island entrepreneurs  The LIFT Podcast series is one of the ways LIFT is promoting Vancouver Island entrepreneurs.  Listen to more stories about Vancouver Island entrepreneurs, and others who are inspiring entrepreneurial success, on our LIFT Podcast series on the LIFT blog, or by subscribing via iTunes. If you're a LIFT member (Champion or higher) please set up a time for your LIFT Podcast interview. *Top 10, Innovation, Small Business BC Awards 2019 * Winner, Best in BC, Entrepreneur Promotion, Startup Canada Awards, May 2018 * Winner, Best Local Socal Media Organization, Comox Valley Record Readers' Choice Awards 2016, 2017, 2018 
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January 11, 2019
Sharon Marshall talks about Cree8iv Collaboration - and Sharon Marshall
Sharon Marshall is an inspiring force! She is founder and CEO of Cree8iv Collaboration - and Virtual eAdmin. In this podcast interview Sharon talks about her passion and her vision for creating employment and economic development opportunities for Canada's remote indigenous communities. She also tells us about hard lessons, and amazing results. You'll also hear about her favourite novel and her favourite business book. Find out more about what Sharon does at virtualeadmin.com and (coming soon) Cree8ivCollaboration.com. BE FEATURED ON LIFT PODCAST SERIES To be featured in a LIFT Podcast please apply to join our Vancouver Island entrepreneur community at http://applyandgetlifted.ca FMI ABOUT THE LIFT COMMUNITY For more information about our community, please see http://LIFTStartups.ca LISTEN TO MORE LIFT PODCASTS Find more LIFT Podcast episodes at http://liftpodcast.ca/ Subscribe to the LIFT Podcast series on iTunes at http://bit.ly/iTunesLIFTPodcasts WHAT IS LIFT? A community of Vancouver Island entrepreneurs and creatives, working together to grow the Island’s grassroots, entrepreneur-driven economy. In 2018 LIFT was awarded Best in BC, Entrepreneur Promotion, at Startup Canada Awards in Vancouver, for its innovative work as a marketing and business development network. LIFT offers: • Innovative networking and business development workshops • Award-winning social media marketing solutions (starting at about $1/day) • A "hustle the help" community - our members are helping each grow • Access to $4000+ in member-to-member discounts and offers, and • Great pricing - that gets even better with our current 25% off "first 300" discount. Get started by applying at http://applyandgetlifted.ca
32:36
November 11, 2018
Rosemarie Barnes talks about Confident Stages - and about Rosemarie Barnes
Rosemarie Barnes' cover image on the LIFT Vancouver Island Local Business Directory says it all: Speak to engage. Speak to succeed. Rosemarie is an international speaker, best-selling author, and "executive presentation trainer." She has a passion for helping people find the voice they need to succeed. We're excited to have Rosemarie in our LIFT community for several reasons. One, she's offering a 20% discount on "presentation training" to LIFT members. Two, Rosemarie is an example of Vancouver Island talent serving markets far beyond our local communities. In her case, she's working with clients across North American and in Europe. I talked to Rosemarie on October 26, 2018, shortly before her November 15 speaking and workshop engagement with the Comox Valley Women's Business Network. She told me about her business, why she started it, and her passion for the work she's doing. We also talked about her biggest challenges in life, her favourite books, and her favourite place to eat cinnamon buns on the Island. Rosemarie is a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers, the Public Speakers Association, and the National Speakers Association, Rosemarie has presented in theatres, boardrooms, conferences and in the bathroom shower. I hope you enjoy our conversation! If you're ready to join the LIFT community on Vancouver Island apply at http://applyandgetlifted.ca. If you're already a member and you're ready to have your business featured in a LIFT Podcast, please see this link for more information and to get LIFTed! http://j.mp/2uM8hQV ~ hpm Founder, LIFT 250-792-1408 hpm@liftstartups.ca *We do award-winning local business promotion for less than $1/day on the Island via the Vancouver Island Local Business Network & Directory* Apply today and Get LIFTed! http://applyandgetlifted.ca
40:59
October 27, 2018
Wendy Johnstone talks about Keystone Eldercare Solutions - and about Wendy Johnstone
Wendy Johnstone is an entrepreneur in the growing "seniors' services" sector. She is the owner of Keystone Eldercare Solutions and has a passion for providing quality support for families with aging parents and grandparents. In this episode of LIFT Podcasts I ask Wendy about her business, how she got started, her favourite reading as a child, and her favourite places to eat in the world. You can find out more about Keystone Eldercare Solutions at... http://keystoneeldercare.com To listen to more LIFT Podcasts please visit http://liftpodcast.ca/
44:38
October 25, 2018
Bob Wells talks about My Tech Guys - and about Bob Wells
Bob Wells is an entrepreneur. Has been since the age of 10 in Salmon Arm. Today he's known as the owner of My Tech Guys and as a community leader with a passion for service. Bob is also passionate about supporting entrepreneurs. That's why My Tech Guys is a LIFT Community Partner, helping us connect and promote entrepreneurs across the Island. In this episode of LIFT Podcasts I ask Bob about his business, the smartest thing he's ever done, his favourite books - as a kid and as an adult (some surprises here!). I also ask him about his commitment to community service. FMI about My Tech Guys see http://MyTechGuys.ca
48:41
September 24, 2018
Amie Webster: #HustleTheHelp Award Winner 2018
Amie Webster is a music educator, an entrepreneur, a mother of three young sons, and a social media rockstar. Amie is, in fact, the winner of the #HustleTheHelp Award in 2018, an award that acknowledges the outstanding work she's done to support other entrepreneurs in LIFT's Vancouver Island community. In this podcast we ask Amie about why she is so passionate about supporting other local businesses, and for some tips that others might use to win the award in the coming year. We also talk to Amie about Motif Music Studios, the business she shares with her husband, Jeff Webster. In the final section we talk about her current reading, favourite places to visit on the Island, and where she likes to eat. FMI about Amie and Motif Music Studios see http://www.motifmusicstudios.com/. ~ hpm, Founder, LIFT & The Vancouver Island Talent Economy Network http://wearevanisl.ca/
45:40
September 8, 2018
Liz Wootton talks about Human Nature Development - and Liz Wootton
Liz Wootton is an entrepreneur and former Director of Organizational Development. She owned and ran an award-winning bridal retail business in the UK for many years before moving to the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. She has a passion for getting the best out of people, which led her towards a career in business and personal coaching. She has worked in industries as diverse as optoelectronics, theatre, and automotive, and coached business leaders across the globe. She has been described as being "the perfect mix of genuine, encouraging and giving a kick up the behind when need be." She's also one of the "sharp pencils" in the LIFT community, and contributes significantly to business growth in our region. In this episode of LIFT Podcasts I ask her about her business, the scariest things she's ever done and how she's made it through, her favourite reading as a child, and her favourite places to eat in the whole world - among other things. Enjoy! ~ hpm, Founder of LIFT Startups
1:00:46
July 12, 2018
Terry O'Reilly talks about advertising, radio, and more - and Terry O'reilly.
In this episode HPM talks with Terry O'Reilly. Terry was co-founder and Creative Directory at Pirate Radio & TV, he's the host of the Under the Influence radio show on CBC Radio, and author of, most recently, This I Know: Marketing Lessons From Under the Influence. FMI see https://terryoreilly.ca In Part 1, Terry talks about how he got into advertising, why he's passionate about radio as an advertising medium, and why copywriters are the highest paid people in advertising - among other things. In Part 2, the focus is on Terry as an individual and as an entrepreneur. Listen to find out about his favourite book as a child, what he's reading today, and his favourite place to eat in the whole world. To listen to more LIFT Podcast see http://liftpodcast.ca/ Or, subscribe via iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/lift-startups-making-shift-happen-vancouver-island/id1363733599 Are you ready to be featured on a LIFT Podcast? Check out the details here: http://j.mp/2uM8h
1:14:29
June 27, 2018
Luke Aulin talks about RTOWN - and Luke Aulin!
Luke Aulin is the CEO and Founder of RTOWN, an innovative way for small and medium-sized businesses to excel in the digital and social marketing space. Luke talked to LIFT's Hans Peter Meyer about RTOWN, about their commitment to "local," how and why they've created a marketing solution that helps local create online presence, and about himself. Check out the podcast to find out about what Luke's reading now, the smartest thing he's ever done, his favourite place to eat - and more. Note: Luke is a mentor to LIFT and HPM. FMI about RTOWN see RTOWN.ca Follow Luke on Twitter @LukeAulin For more LIFT Podcast click here or subscribe on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/lift-startups-making-shift-happen-vancouver-island/id1363733599
1:00:34
June 13, 2018
Leif Jason talks about Mastermynde Strategy - and Leif Jason
In this episode of LIFT Podcasts we feature one of our LIFT Solution Sponsors: Leif Jason, owner of Mastermynde Strategy. Leif operates a digital marketing business in the Comox Valley, serving customers locally and far beyond. Leif is very active in enhancing the "interestingness" of the Comox Valley - from helping clients be more interesting online, to helping individuals, non-profit organizations, and businesses create a more interesting community. Find out more about Mastermynde Strategy at mastermynde.com, on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @mastermynde.
44:23
May 20, 2018
Jayesh Parmar talks about Picatic - and Jayesh Parmar
Jayesh Parmar is the Founder and CEO of Picatic, an online ticketing and events solution that includes a new product, Movement, aimed at community changemakers and non-profit organizations doing good work in communities around the world. Jay talked to LIFT's Hans Peter Meyer about Picatic, Movement, and about himself. Check out the podcast to find out about Jay's favourite books as a child, what he's reading now, the smartest thing he's ever done, his favourite place to eat - and more. Note: Jay is a mentor to LIFT and is one of the inspirations for our success. FMI about Picatic see http://Picatic.com.
53:54
May 3, 2018
James Flawith talks about Lil Worker Safety Gear - and James Flawith
In this podcast hpm talks with James Flawith. James talked about Lil Worker Safety Gear. Then we talked about James - being an entrepreneur, what he considers to be his smartest choice in life, his favourite books as a kid, what he'd do with $1M to support entrepreneurs, and his favourite place to eat in the whole world. James has been nominated and selected for several business-related awards in recent years, for good reason: he's an inspiration for many of us who are trying to make a difference in our communities. Thanks, James!
1:00:11
April 26, 2018
Angie Barnard talks about Nanaimo's The Network Hub & Angie
Angie Barnard is the Chief Motivating Officer of The Network Hub in Nanaimo, a PowHERhouse “Women We Celebrate” host, and a LIFT VIP. We talked about The Network Hub, and about Angie as an entrepreneur – including her scariest moments and how she got through them, her advice to Vancouver Island entrepreneurs, a “must enjoy” activity Vancouver Islanders, and her favourite place to eat in the whole world – and more. Enjoy! FMI about The Network Hub see thenetworkhub.ca/about/nanaimo FMI about Angie see her LinkedIn profile. More LIFT Podcasts Check out more LIFT Podcasts here – and subscribe via iTunes. About LIFT LIFT Startups is a collaborative business and marketing service based on Vancouver Island. We’re bringing entrepreneurs together to “hustle help,” grow their businesses and Vancouver Island’s next economy. Join us! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.
1:07:27
April 25, 2018
Amy Robinson talking about LOCO BC - and Amy Robinson
Amy Robinson is the founder of LOCO BC, an NGO that does research, education, and engagement to support local businesses in BC communities. FMI see http://locobc.com. In this podcast, LIFT's hpm asks Amy about LOCO BC, and about Amy Robinson the social entrepreneur.
48:27
April 20, 2018
Sandra Viney talks about Atlas Café - and Sandra Viney!
In this episode we feature Sandra Viney, co-owner with her husband Trent McIntyre, of Atlas Café. 20+ years ago Sandra and Trent opened Atlas Café in downtown Courtenay and changed the way we enjoy food in the Comox Valley. As well as creating one of the best dining venues on Vancouver Island Sandra and Trent have been LIFT Community Partners since 2015. Find out more about Atlas Café at http://atlascafe.ca and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AtlasCafe.ca.
46:39
April 19, 2018
Adam Speigel talks about BDC - and about Adam Speigel
Adam Speigel works with the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC). BDC has been helping Canadian entrepreneurs since the 1940s. In 2017 and 2018 BDC has helped sponsor specific LIFT Startups events. In April 2018 HPM talked to Adam about BDC, and about Adam Speigel. Tune in for Adam's comments about his failures and learnings, his scariest moments, what he'd do with $1M to support local entrepreneurs, and his favourite restaurants.
43:52
April 18, 2018
Talking with Jani Martinius of Panther Workwear
Jani Martinius owns Panther Workwear (pantherworkwear.ca). She's one of the young entrepreneurs who's growing a business in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. HPM interviewed Jani on April 9, 2018 about her business, her reading list, her favourite restaurants in the world, and more. If you're a LIFT member and you've been with us for 12 months or more, consider putting yourself in line for a LIFT Podcast interview. Simply send HPM an email at hpm@liftstartups.ca and we'll get to work on that. The LIFT Podcast series is made possible by the support of our 150+ member community, and LIFT Solution Sponsors like Sure Copy Courtenay, Mastermynde Strategy, 50th Parallel PR, Finneron Hyundai, Jabin Postal Films, Presley & Partners, and 98.9 The GOAT, and LIFT Community Partners Atlas Cafe, Island Word, My Tech Guys, McKinnon Photography, Island Soul Films, Investors’ Group, The Creator Space, & Douglas Magazine. Together, we're making shift happen on Vancouver Island! #WeAreVanIsl
38:54
April 10, 2018
Talking with Chin Hing Chang of Spring Activator about Spring - and about Chin Hing Chang
Chin is Head of Growth with global startup school Spring Activator. He was on the Island as part of MoneyFest2 in March 2018. We talked about the Making Sales Workshop he ran for LIFT. We also talked about Spring, entrepreneurship, and the ideas and practices that animate Chin Hing Chang. FMI about Spring see http://Spring.Is
42:58
April 4, 2018
Introducing the LIFT Startups podcast series
LIFT founder Hans Peter Meyer introduces the series, and invites you to join us for MoneyFest2 on March 29.
10:13
March 25, 2018
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