Local Entreprenuers in the LIFT network make shift happen!

Apply now and get 2 free tickets to PitchFest3 + #WeAreYQQ After Party!

PitchFest3 is our annual showcase of Island startups and fundraiser for our local Startup Canada chapters. After a year of BizOnDeck workshops we invite up to seven entrepreneurs to pitch their business to a panel of three judges. You’re invited to join us for the Island’s only grassroots entrepreneur pitch event. Tickets are available online here – but first, here’s how you can get two tickets for free! APPLY TODAY TO GET TWO FREE PITCHFEST TICKETS LIFT won Best in BC for Entrepreneur Promotion at the Startup Canada Awards on May 30, 2018 in Vancouver. Then we launched what we think is the best tool for promoting grassroots entrepreneurs on the Vancouver Island: the Island’s first and only social media powered business directory. Our goal: to connect 1000 of the best community-minded, unique and innovative, local businesses on the Island. We’re inviting you to apply today for up to 60

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Keith Ippel’s top 5 tips for your Island business success

On September 27, 2018 LIFT is hosting its third PitchFest event. This event features six Vancouver Island entrepreneurs pitching for prizes to a panel of four judges, and kicking off with a keynote by Keith Ippel, founder and CEO of global startup school Spring Activator. Afterwards, our #WeAreYQQPartyCrew will be hosting another signature “definitely NOT your Dad’s networking event” party. I interviewed our keynote, Keith Ippel in 2017. This is a re-post of that interview with some additional notes at the bottom. FMI about PitchFest3 and to get your early bird tickets click this button… I’ve asked Keith to keynote because I think his value-focused approach to business will resonate with business owners in our region. He’s a four-time serial entrepreneur, and currently the CEO of Spring Activator, a global startup school based in Vancouver. Over the past 10+ years, he’s been an advisor and a mentor to many startups in tech,

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The LIFT membership category for Vancouver Island community organizations

Introducing the LIFT for Community Organizations membership package. Get listed, get your organization LIFTed with our award-winning promotional team. Sign up for monthly LIFT for Community Organizations membership here (saving 48% on the Basic LIFT membership) Sign up for annual LIFT for Community Organizations membership here (saving 67% on the Basic LIFT membership)   Why a LIFT for Community Organizations membership package? Community organizations – non-profits, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), ad hoc committees and collectives – are important parts of quality of life and economic development in our Vancouver Island communities. That’s why LIFT has created a new membership category just for NGOs: LIFT for Community Organizations. NGOs are in the business of creating better neighbourhoods, environments, schools, and a host of other services. Like other service-based businesses, NGOs need to be doing marketing, financial management, business development, networking, etc. LIFT can help. We want Vancouver Island community organizations to consider these benefits

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LIFT Podcast: 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. Her business, Human Nature Development, helps businesses on Vancouver Island and around the world. Find her on the Vancouver Island business directory here. Liz 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

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Congratulations to Andrea and Jabin – winners in our June LIFT Local promotion!

To find out how you can win see LIFTlocal.ca Thanks to these LIFT businesses for fuelling our local business campaign Atlas Café Bosley’s by Pet Valu Courtenay BodyNetix Coastal Coworking Derm Essentials Medi-Spa Hornby Island Soap & Skincare Inner Strength Acupuncture and Health Lupine Art Studio Laughing Oyster Books Panther Workwear Pure Audio Centre Ltd. Sure Copy Courtenay Toscano’s My Tech Guys, and The Waverley Hotel.

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Networking on Vancouver Island just got better (and easier). Here’s how.

Networking is one of the best things you can do to grow your business. But, if you’re like me, networking isn’t something that comes easy. Here’s how the Vancouver Island business directory makes that easier. By giving you a place to review businesses in our region you not only support local business, you are doing online networking. If you do nothing else today to network, leave a review for a business on the Vancouver Island business directory. Do it now. You’ll have an impact that no other networking can give. Here’s why.   It’s no secret: online reviews drive sales. Here’s the trick: giving online reviews is probably the most effective way of getting noticed and building a positive online presence. We built the Vancouver Island business directory for a couple of reasons. One of them was to make it super easy for you to get noticed. Giving reviews gets you noticed.

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