The Inside Edge Business Gazette

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May
25
Thu
Triple Heat Dance Presents ‘Ignite’ @ Sid Williams Theatre
May 25 @ 7:00 pm – May 27 @ 9:30 pm

Triple Heat Dance – Academy of Performing Arts is thrilled to present their 5th annual showcase performances featuring two exciting and diverse shows. Dancers, ages 3-18, will perform in a variety of dance styles including ballet, song & dance, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern and hip hop. These showcases will also highlight award winning group and soloist selections that are sure to excite. Showcase 1 and Showcase 2 are sure to be outstanding and entertaining performances for all ages.

SHOWCASE 1 Thursday May 25th 7pm & Saturday May 27th 1pm
SHOWCASE 2 Friday May 26th 7pm & Saturday May 27th 7pm

Back again…
Buy 3 tickets for one showcase and recieve a FREE ticket for the other showcase.

Both shows are not to be missed!!!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1347480531986868/

May
27
Sat
Comox Valley Farmers’ Market
May 27 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Each Saturday features a delicious recipe from the North Island Chefs Association – and of course all of the wonderful local producers of vegetables, meats, baking, preserves, fish and more!

See you at the Native Son’s Hall 9-12 every week from Jan 9 until April April 2nd and then outside at the Exhibition Grounds April 9th through the summer.

May
31
Wed
6th Annual Elevate Arts Festival @ Downtown Courtenay
May 31 @ 4:00 pm – Jun 3 @ 11:59 pm

A FREE festival of art, culture and ideas that takes to the streets May 31-June 3 2017 in the <3 of the Comox Valley! Celebrating 6 years of breaking down barriers between culture producers and culture consumers through street level DIY community collaborations.

The working theme for Elevate 2017 is “The Experiment” and creating a container for diverse perspectives, mediums and disciplines to engage and ask tricky questions about our community and world around us, to test hypothesis (however wacky) and to make (and celebrate) our mistakes and our discoveries.

"The Experiment" is ultimately what Elevate is. We developed this event with a deep desire to experiment with our practice as cultural presenters, and to engage widest community in this experiment. We entered the experiment willing to take risks and to make mistakes. We needed to test our theories about how, why and under what conditions the community would engage the arts, and what the barriers were to engagement. What if money was removed from the equation? Would that make a difference? Why? Why not?

We also needed to test theories about our own capacity to produce in a barrier free context, and to develop a sustainable model for an arts festival with an intentionally small budget and DIY production philosophy.

"The Experiment" also links our desire to connect art and science and to acknowledge those who work tirelessly to uncover the art, and wonder and beauty and possibilities of the universe, not through illusion, but through evidence based practice and experimentation that pulls back the veils and exposes universal understandings.

You are invited to be part of "The Experiment". To explore strange new worlds of art, culture and ideas and experiment with your own potential in animating community, activating ideas and engaging with your fellow travelers as we spin around the solar system on this big blue shiny ball.

WANT TO GET INVOLVED? That's how this whole crazy thing works! Email info@elevatethearts.com or media@elevatethearts.com today to visit the website for portals to the awesomeness…..

https://www.facebook.com/events/169749713522952/

Jun
3
Sat
Comox Valley Farmers’ Market
Jun 3 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Each Saturday features a delicious recipe from the North Island Chefs Association – and of course all of the wonderful local producers of vegetables, meats, baking, preserves, fish and more!

See you at the Native Son’s Hall 9-12 every week from Jan 9 until April April 2nd and then outside at the Exhibition Grounds April 9th through the summer.

Jun
5
Mon
LIFT BizDev Workshop for Comox Valley / Campbell River startups (now 2x a month!) @ Location changes monthly
Jun 5 @ 6:30 pm – 8:45 pm

Grow your business! This is a regular workshop for entrepreneurs working on growing or developing business. Part of the #WeAreYQQ / makingshifthappencomoxvalley.ca series of activities. See who’s “on deck” this month at http://weareyqq.ca/events

Every month the #WeAreYQQ Project hosts a roundtable, collaborate business development workshop, facilitated by hpm. Two businesses are workshopped, using the “Pirate Metrics” model as a guideline: AARRR = Acquisition of customers, Activation of customers, Retention, Referral, and Revenue.

Note: 1st Monday and 3rd Weds for nine months of the year (no workshops July, August, and December).

FMI about getting your business or project “on deck” with this transformative workshop, contact us via weareyqq.ca/contact/.

We also encourage you to request to join the #WeAreYQQ Slack team at https://weareyqq.slack.com/

And, more Comox Valley entrepreneur events are listed at www.meetup.com/weareyqq/.

BACKGROUND:
GOING ON DECK WITH THE LIFT BIZ DEV WORKSHOP

APPLY AT http://j.mp/ONDECK

1. Getting the most out of your time on deck

We’re doing something different and something special with these #WeAreYQQ bizdev workshops. Collaboration rather than competition is the new buzz word in the business and community economic development world. We’re doing that, and we’re getting attention from people outside of our region who are curious about what we’re doing.

Here’s why: When your business goes on deck you’re part of a unique and important experience. You’ll be receiving the attention of a room of people who want to help you grow your business, who want to see you become more profitable, better able to hire people, better able to be part of a growing entrepreneurial economy. And the cost for all this help? Almost nothing – less than $20 to cover some admin costs, the same as the people who are volunteering to help you grow your business.

Take advantage of this opportunity by:

– Showing your stuff. Give is something to touch, taste, experience.
– Having business cards or brochures with websites, Facebook pages, Twitter, Instagram, etc
– Having a hashtag / #tag ready so that when we post about your product or service it’s easy for you to find and RT, repost, comment on, etc.
– Inviting the right people to the workshop, the people whose feedback and insights will help move your business to the next level. Send them this URL right now so they can register.You’ll find your workshop registration page listed at http://weareyqq.ca/events and the Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/weareyqq/events.
– Thinking about these metrics, and being ready to talk about them (even if it’s to say this is where you need help):

– Acquiring customers
– Activating customers
– Retaining customers
– Referrals from and for customers
– Revenue model.
– Using the #WeAreYQQ Slack channel we’ll create for you. This is important. Your “on deck” experience can be ongoing if you choose to keep engaging Team #WeAreYQQ on Slack. Take advantage of the team. Contribute to the team. Help us make shift happen by making shift happen in your business!

2. Workshop format:

– You’ll get 5 minutes to pitch – and make an ask (very important) Be clear about your ask, what it is you need to level up/ get started/ grow your business. We will video your pitch, for your reference later. Bring an SD card or thumb drive so we can give the video clip to you immediately after the workshop.
– You’ll get 40 minutes to get feedback. Please bring a recording device (mobile, tablet, a collaborator as notetaker)

3. What I need ASAP: You can also provide this via the application form at http://j.mp/ONDECK

– 50-100 word description
– Your social / inter web connex: website, Facebook, Twitter, Insta, Flickr, YouTube, other
– Your give-back to the table, if any (give-backs are a way of saying thank you – and a great way to start building customer /client base)

4. Cost of workshop to your business
The cost for getting workshop attention is minimal (basically some admin cost), but your team will have to register if you haven’t already done so. $20 of this placeholder fee is returned to you when you show up. Be sure to pre-register. At the door is $40 with no cash back.

The workshops are catered with “appetizers” (when available we use Rahel’s Food: Middle Eastern Fusion, a business that launched with the #WeAreYQQ bizdev workshops in 2015). Cost ranges $100-150 depending on size of group. You are asked to cover 50% this cost.

Total cost to you: $150-250, depending on venue (this covers venue, some catering, and some administration costs). This cost can also be used as a “downpayment” on the LIFT PR / Marketing package (see #6 below).

5. Giving back to the startup community
The value to your business on deck is inestimable – potentially $1000+ worth of business coaching insights bundled into a minimal attendance charge. We want to keep the entry costs low, but we need to make this process sustainable. We therefore ask that you consider subscribing as a LIFT Champion, if you haven’t already done so.

Among other perks, you receive:

– free access to all #WeAreYQQ parties,
– free access to regular LIFT BizOnDeck workshops (business development, collaborative marketing, etc),
– discounts with Mastermynde Strategy, hanspetermeyer.ca, McKinnon Photography, Sure Copy, Aero Art Screen Printing, Matia Meyer Design, Ivan’s Truffles, and more. FMI see http://weareyqq.ca/subscribe/ (this is being updated regularly with new perks for members of Team LIFT subscribers; new perks may not yet be listed; if you’d like to add your business to the list of perks, be in touch; FMI see http://liftcomoxvalley.ca/subscribe/).

6. Post workshop support: follow up, the LIFT PR / Marketing Package
As an “on deck” business you are eligible for a unique LIFT marketing package. While many “on deck” businesses take advantage of this opportunity, it is not expected of any business that goes on deck. The package includes:

– an article (with photograph) in the Comox Valley Record;
– a YouTube video;
– a blog post with video on the WeAreYQQ.ca blog;
– a Facebook video post with article on the WeAreYQQ Facebook page;
– a short Instagram video;
– Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook marketing follow up for 3 months
– $50 “starter package” print discount with Sure Copy and $100 SEO / online marketing discount with Mastermynde Strategy (contact me if you want to take advantage of this option and I will alert Sure Copy and Mastermynde Strategy).

Regular cost of this marketing and PR package is $2000. For LIFT VIPs (subscribers) who go “on deck” $750 (minus any BizOnDeck workshop fees, see #4 above). For non-LIFT VIPs $1000 (minus any BizOnDeck workshop fees, see #4 above).

7. Follow up
I will also be following up with businesses that have been “on deck.” You will have pages of notes (or 45 minutes of recording – many businesses have recorded their 45 minutes on deck with phones or other recording devices). The next step is to create priorities. What are you next steps? What are your 3 / 6 / 12 month goals?

I’m also asking people to consider finding an Accountability Partner: someone with whom you’ll be sharing daily or weekly task lists.

FAQs
1. Your “ask” is what you want from the table – help with finding customers, naming a service, reaching out to new markets – whatever.
2. “Give back” is something to acknowledge the help you’ve received, that others have volunteered. It doesn’t have to be free services or discounted products. Think creatively about what you can “give back” that will help others (for example, you could “give back” to Team #WeAreYQQ by RT’ing all posts tagged #WeAreYQQ for a week or a month – or forever, because that’s how you roll, you want to support creatives and entrepreneurs in this region).
4. It’s not up to you to invite people – HOWEVER, I encourage you to make sure that the people you want there will be there. Your personal invitation means much more than my generic email, Facebook, Twitter invitations.
5. Accountability Partner: a person in the workshop you want to develop a working “accountability” relationship, someone with whom you sha

Jun
7
Wed
Power Lunch for LIFTVIPS
Jun 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Topic: How to get the most out of your LIFT Champion membership!
Cost: $10 / $5 cash back (light lunch included)
To register see http://liftcomoxvalley.ca/events/
Limit: 6
Must be a LIFT member.
Not yet getting LIFT VIP business benefits? Call hpm at 250-792-1408 to sign up today. Or visit http://bit.ly/LIFTmybiz and hpm will be in touch soon.

Jun
9
Fri
Vancouver Island HERB Gathering 2017 @ Innisfree Farm
Jun 9 @ 12:00 pm – Jun 11 @ 4:00 pm

2017 VANCOUVER ISLAND HERB GATHERING
June 9-11th 2017

This year again we have many of Canada’s leading Herbalists [and a few Americans] joining us for a weekend filled with green lore and learning.
Our theme is “Plant Medicine for the Future”. We will have many classes centered around deepening our connections with plants and people.
Teachers from all walks of herbal medicine will be joining the conversation, including growers, practitioners, school representatives, social activists, herbal thought leaders and more…

This is our 3rd time offering this very special event.
Many participants have said the Vancouver Island Herb Gathering is the most valuable herbal conference and information they have ever found. You don’t want to miss it.
Registration at https://herbgathering.org/registration-form/

Listen to a lecture, join a herb walk, meditate with the milk thistle, wander in the woods, gather round the campfire, do qi gong or yoga at dawn – you will be sure to have a fabulous, herbal weekend.

Check out the Highlight Video from 2015 on our home page

-A weekend of learning, laughing, tasting, botanizing, herbaling and feasting
-Over 20 Herbal teachers
-Over 40 different classes, demonstrations, and herb walks to choose from
-Saturday night Panel Talk and ceremony followed by a dance party
-Bring your tent and camp out on a beautiful 7 acre farm or stay in near-by motels or hostel
-Featuring delicious farm fresh food, herbal elixir bar, superfood treats and more
-The Great Herbal Sell, Swap or Give Away Blanket Market on Sunday afternoon
-Test your herbal skills in our “Herb Nerd Contests” taste-athon, sniff-athon, blind herb samplings and other challenges
-Special full day Growing Plant Medicine intensive on Friday
-Four ½ day intensives on Monday

Early Bird Tickets still avaialable for $197
Be sure to register at https://herbgathering.org/registration-form/

2017 VANCOUVER ISLAND HERB GATHERING INSTRUCTORS INCLUDE:
Garliq
Blaine Andrusek
Mary Boulding
Chanchal Cabrera
Natalia Correa
Jessy Delleman
Ryan Drum
Michel Duhaime
Colleen Emery
Sharie Hohn
Amanda Howe
Anita Kalnay
Alexandra Luppold
Marisa Marciano
Krista Poulton
Malcolm Saunders
Terry Willard
Yarrow Willard
Angela Willard
Katolen Yardley

https://www.facebook.com/events/1202043096559718/

Jun
10
Sat
Comox Valley Farmers’ Market
Jun 10 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Each Saturday features a delicious recipe from the North Island Chefs Association – and of course all of the wonderful local producers of vegetables, meats, baking, preserves, fish and more!

See you at the Native Son’s Hall 9-12 every week from Jan 9 until April April 2nd and then outside at the Exhibition Grounds April 9th through the summer.

Jun
14
Wed
Power Lunch for LIFTVIPS
Jun 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Topic: How to get the most out of your LIFT Champion membership!
Cost: $10 / $5 cash back (light lunch included)
To register see http://liftcomoxvalley.ca/events/
Limit: 6
Must be a LIFT member.
Not yet getting LIFT VIP business benefits? Call hpm at 250-792-1408 to sign up today. Or visit http://bit.ly/LIFTmybiz and hpm will be in touch soon.

Jun
17
Sat
Comox Valley Farmers’ Market
Jun 17 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Each Saturday features a delicious recipe from the North Island Chefs Association – and of course all of the wonderful local producers of vegetables, meats, baking, preserves, fish and more!

See you at the Native Son’s Hall 9-12 every week from Jan 9 until April April 2nd and then outside at the Exhibition Grounds April 9th through the summer.