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Trio of new businesses add diversity to Downtown Courtenay

Dragonfly Brittany and Andrew“It’s great to be downtown.” That’s the consensus of a trio of business owners who have recently opened locations in Downtown Courtenay.

Games & Grounds Coffee House, Dragonfly Community Acupuncture and Impeccable Jewellery are the newest faces in Downtown Courtenay, each offering distinctive products and services that complement the downtown core.

“We spent almost a year researching downtown, watching all the activities, parades and various things that go on before we decided to set up here,” says Brad Leith, who just opened Impeccable Jewellery on the corner of Fifth and Duncan. “I think there’s a real trend toward community building. People are looking for a place where they can find something different and establish relationships with businesses – you don’t get that in a mall or at box stores.”

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How to improve your SEO (Search Engine Optimization)

Darcy Lefebvre, RP Copywriting

d2Is the traffic to your website stalled? Is your website’s ranking in search engine result pages dropping faster than the snow level on Comox Glacier? Maybe it’s time to fine-tune your website’s content and start playing to the search engines.

 

SEO fundamentals and why knowing them helps improve SEO

Search Engine Optimization is the science behind improving the organic ranking of your website or page on a Search Engine Results Page (SERP) when someone performs a search phrase relevant to your business. Search engines use complex algorithms to determine your ranking, but essentially the engines determine your website’s ranking based on how popular it is and how relevant it is to the search phrase.

Popularity is mostly based on how many people have created inbound links to your content and how credible those links and websites are. Relevance is based on the quality of your website’s content and how well you’ve tailored your content for best possible SEO.

5 Tips to improve your SEO

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Comox Valley’s Next Wave business group serves up smiles at Sonshine Valentine’s lunch

Members of the Next Wave business group and the Sonshine Lunch Club volunteered their time on Friday to serve a special Valentine’s lunch to the Valley’s less fortunate.

Members of the Next Wave business group and the Sonshine Lunch Club volunteered their time on Friday to serve a special Valentine’s lunch to the Valley’s less fortunate.

For some, February is synonymous with chocolate and flowers, celebrating special relationships and looking forward to spring. For the homeless, mentally ill and others less fortunate, cold and rainy February is often the hardest month of the year.

When members of the Next Wave business networking group helped host a special Valentine’s lunch on Friday, February 12 through the Sonshine Lunch Club, their goal was to make February just a little brighter for the estimated 100-150 people who attended.

“A lot of people and businesses donate and do charity work around the holidays, but once Christmas has come and gone it’s often a case of ‘out of sight, out of mind,’” says Next Wave member Adam Duncan. “February can be pretty tough for the people who use the services of the Sonshine Lunch Club, so when they asked if we could do something for Valentine’s, of course we jumped on board.”

Not only did Next Wave members raise $600 and go out and buy ingredients and supplies, they donated an additional $150 to the Sonshine Lunch Club, the “soup kitchen” operated by members of St. John the Divine and St. Peter’s Anglican Church. Then they helped prepare the food, serve it and clean up afterward.

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Mookers offers triathletes a better way to analyze and compare your workouts

Free web site launched August 1 goes where no GPS analysis tool has gone before

Former Ironman competitor Mike Read developed Mookers from his home in Prince George, B.C.

Former Ironman competitor Mike Read developed Mookers from his home in Prince George, B.C.

Sure, triathlon can be a solitary pursuit. But doesn’t it feel good to let friends know when you’ve kicked their butts on a favourite trail?

A new web site called Mookers (www.mookers.com) lets you do just that, as well as analyze and compare your workouts every step – or pedal stroke – of the way. And just like the way running, swimming and cycling make you feel, Mookers is absolutely free.

Like other analysis sites, Mookers crunches the data from your Garmin GPS device and gives you a comprehensive report on your distance, heart rate, pace (for runs), cadence and speed (for rides) and any other metrics your device records. But that’s where the similarities end.

Mookers offers three never-before-seen features that make it a much more useful tool than existing sites: automatic route recognition, specific-point analysis and social sharing.

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Chad’s West Coast Grill & Bar opens Wednesday

 

Chad Huff webOne of the Comox Valley’s favourite causal dining destinations is about to get even better – more creative, more local and a lot more diverse.

Chad’s West Coast Grill & Bar opens its doors Wednesday at 4 p.m. at the corner of 29th Street and Kilpatrick in Courtenay. That’s the same spot local restaurateur Chad Huff has operated since 2010 under the banner of a major international casual dining franchise.

“Serving the Comox Valley as a franchisee has been an overwhelmingly positive experience, and yet my wife Julie and I are incredibly excited to be launching a destination that’s truly reflective of our community,” says Huff, whose new restaurant promises a place guests can “relax, have fun and just be themselves.”

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Enduro race hits Cumby trails Sept 7

 The Dodge City Enduro, the final race of the Island Cup mountain bike series, descends on Cumberland September 7.

The Dodge City Enduro, the final race of the Island Cup mountain bike series, descends on Cumberland September 7.

Comox Valley mountain bikers looking for one last challenge of the summer can mark their calendars for September 7. That’s when the Dodge City Enduro, the final local race of the 2014 Island Cup series, will light up the trails of Cumberland.

Invented in France 11 years ago as a “middle ground” between downhill and cross-country racing, an enduro race involves timed downhill sections and untimed climbs spread out over several stages.

“The rider with the fastest combined time over all the stages wins,” explains Mike Manara, president of the United Riders of Cumberland (UROC), which is hosting the event. “This is the type of riding most of us do here in Cumberland – we climb up and rip down. If you’re like most of us and can only afford one bike in the garage, it’s likely suited to this kind of race.”

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Courtenay salon named Island’s best retail business

 

Leanne Boyd, owner of Level 10 Eurospa, says she’s “thrilled and honoured” to have been named Vancouver Island’s Retail Business of the Year for 2016.

Leanne Boyd, owner of Level 10 Eurospa, says she’s “thrilled and honoured” to have been named Vancouver Island’s Retail Business of the Year for 2016.

Level 10 Eurospa has some shiny new hardware to ad to its growing collection, having been named Retail Business of the Year at the recent Vancouver Island Business Excellence Awards.

“We’re thrilled and honoured to receive this award,” says Leanne Boyd, owner/operator of Level 10 since its inception in 1990. “Our team works so hard to offer our customers top-quality services, and to be acknowledged as a top business on the Island is really exciting.”

Exciting, but not entirely uncommon for the award-winning business. The honour was just the latest accomplishment in a year that also saw Level 10 Eurospa recognized as Business of the Year by the Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce and celebrating its 25th year in operation.

Boyd attributes her success to three key things: excellent staff, committed customer service and staying on top of industry trends.

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Comox Valley accountant offers small business tips for navigating growth

Nicole Cahoon

Chartered Professional accountant Nicole Cahoon has sound advice for growing businesses.

All business owners want to succeed; growth is often a natural component of that success. Sometimes managing rapid growth, however, can be a challenge.

While keeping up with a growing business is generally a good challenge to have, local Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) Nicole Cahoon says that a few key steps can ensure small businesses stay on track during expansion while continuing to keep clients and employees happy.

And she should know; her accounting firm grew 53 per cent in 2015 alone.

“Without a doubt, the best strategy is to be proactive rather than reactive,” notes Cahoon, who had to relocate her growing business to a larger office on Comox Road in Courtenay just before Christmas. “It’s always better to manage growth rather than have to adapt to it. Stay on top of any changes that affect your business, be they technology, tax legislation or time-tabling, and make sure to leave time for your own professional development.”

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