Local Entreprenuers in the LIFT network make shift happen!

Bob Wells talks about My Tech Guys – and Bob Wells. A LIFT Podcast.

In this LIFT Podcast I interview Bob Wells, owner of My Tech Guys. Bob is an entrepreneur and has been since the age of 10. Today he’s the very busy owner of My Tech Guys, servicing clients from Nanaimo to the mid-Coast. Bob is also known as a community leader with a passion for service – and a passion for supporting entrepreneurs. That’s one of the reasons My Tech Guys is a LIFT Community Partner: they’re 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, his involvement with Startup Canada, and how these connect to his business. Enjoy! ~ hpm, Founder of LIFT Startups and the Vancouver Island Local

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Keith Ippel keynotes PitchFest3 and #WeAreYQQ Party on Sept 27

What is PitchFest3? Throughout the year Vancouver Island entrepreneurs and creatives pitch for help to grow their businesses at 12+ LIFT business development workshops. Every year LIFT invites up to six of these entrepreneurs to pitch at the annual PitchFest event. This is the only annual pitch event that showcases the Islands local, grassroots businesses. This year’s event features a keynote by Keith Ippel, founder and CEO of global startup school Spring Activator. Spring has a mission to help entrepreneurs change the world through their businesses. That’s a great fit with the LIFT ethos of Island businesses helping each other grow businesses and sustainable local economies. Who’s pitching? So much of the startup focus is on “tech.” But while technology is sexy, most Island entrepreneurs are actually working on building businesses in almost every imaginable sector. This year’s PitchFest3 lineup is reflective of this diversity: Yarrow Willard of Wild Rose

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Talking with Amie Webster about Motif Music Studios – and winning the 2018 #HustleTheHelp Award!

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: The Vancouver Island Talent Economy Network: http://liftcomoxvalley.ca/listing/motif-music-studio/ Website: http://www.motifmusicstudios.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/motifmusicstudios Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/motifmusic Instagram: http://instagram.com/motifmusicstudios ~ hpm, Founder, LIFT & The

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What is Spring? Keith Ippel talks about helping Island entrepreneurs grow

Keith Ippel and the folks at Spring Activator are a huge resource for LIFT entrepreneurs and we’re excited to be working with them on helping Island entrepreneurs grow their business. And yes, we’re super excited to have Keith as our keynote for PitchFest3 on Sept 27, 2018. Buy Your PitchFest3 Tickets Now! (free for LIFT members) Thanks to Jabin Postal Films for putting this video together. Watch for more in the LIFT video series, featuring LIFT VIPs like Leif Jason / Mastermynde Strategy, Nazaneen Dizai / 50th Parallel Public Relations Inc, and more, with tips and insights on how to grow your business! Because #WeAreVanIsl ͏͏👊

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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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