Local Entreprenuers in the LIFT network make shift happen!

LIFT Podcast: 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.  

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LIFT Local – and Win!

Did you know that for every $100 you spend at a local business, $46 is recirculated back into the local economy? That’s one of the reasons LIFT is focused on local entrepreneurs and creatives: your businesses are the best way to achieve long-term economic stability and resilience in our Vancouver Island communities. That’s why every month we celebrate local by giving away prizes for Instagram “selfies with local business.” It’s easy to play: Find one of our participating businesses (see our directory); Take a selfie with an owner or staff member; Post it to Instagram with a few words about the business (eg. their website or Instagram @name), add the #LIFTVIP and #BCBuyLocal tags, and you’re in to win! How LIFT businesses benefit Think of this as an easy way to generate social media content about your business. Some tips: Invite your customers to play; Encourage your staff to engage customers to win; Encourage other LIFT VIPs play;

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LIFT Startups wins Entrepreneur Promotion Award (BC Region)!

Comox Valley networking group receives top recognition at Startup Canada Awards, Vancouver, May 30, 2018 LIFT Startups has been recognized as the ‘Best Entrepreneur Promoter’ in British Columbia. The organization received recognition at the Startup Canada Awards ceremony held in Vancouver on Wednesday, May 30th. This award comes at a time of exciting growth and innovation for the Vancouver Island networking community of 150 members. The Comox Valley-based organization is attracting local entrepreneurs and creatives from Victoria to Quadra Island. Founder and CEO Hans Peter Meyer says it’s because “LIFT is dedicated to providing dynamic and collaborative business and marketing solutions. These are appealing to Island entrepreneurs – especially those who are interested in growth.” This week the team is adding another benefit to help Island businesses: a map-based directory that will support LIFT’s business and community economic development mission. “There’s a lot of support for ‘local’ in our communities,”

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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. Contact Mastermynde Strategy mastermynde.com, Facebook @mastermynde Twitter @mastermynde and Instagram @mastermynde. More information about LIFT Podcasts More LIFT Podcasts are available here on our blog or subscribe via iTunes and get the latest podcasts delivered to your favourite listening device. If you’ve been a member of LIFT Startups for over 18 months, please put yourself in line for a LIFT Podcast interview. Details here.

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GrowWise Health in the Comox Valley. A LIFT business profile

The business of medical cannabis is growing – fast – and has many facets. One of these is patient and physician education about the science and the therapeutic benefits of medical cannabis. Toronto-based GrowWise Health provides this service. In 2017 Denise Ropp partnered with GrowWise Health to bring medical cannabis education to the Comox Valley and Vancouver Island. LIFT: What is the business of GrowWise Health? Denise: Medical cannabis is a new and exciting area, and there are a lot of unknowns, and lots of new research. Our role is to provide education and support – for both patients seeking help, and physicians who want to learn more. Your first step, when you visit our centre, is to meet with a physician who actually listens to you about what you are trying to accomplish with regards to your health. GrowWise Nurse Educators then provide education about medicinal cannabis: licensed producers,

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LIFT Podcast: Jayesh Parmar talks about Picatic, Movement – and Jayesh Parmar

Photo: © Karen McKinnon / mckinnonphotography.com 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 Picatic.com. FMI about Movement see this link to the Picatic blog. Find more LIFT Podcasts on our blog – or subscribe via iTunes.

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