Westshore Business
A fun chat with V2V Black Hops Brewery CEO Graham Hafey about their great beers!

A fun chat with V2V Black Hops Brewery CEO Graham Hafey about their great beers!

July 17, 2020

What a totally fun podcast Kelly Darwin and I had with Graham Hafey, CEO of V2V Black Hops Brewing Company. We had an in-depth discussion about the 8 fabulous taps at V2V. The top 3 sellers are: 

#1 - Brig Blond Ale

#2 - Sea King IPA

#3 - Victory Ale 

Other taps include the Langford Lager, the Nigh Shift Dunkel, the Gunpowder Stout, Barley Wine and Fire Hose Gose. We briefly chat about V2V's extraordinary growth in Alberta! We can't wait to chat again soon.

All levels of Government  - Round Table podcast

All levels of Government - Round Table podcast

June 1, 2020

In this episode we talk with Colwood Major Rob Martin, MLA for Esquimalt Metchosin Mitzi Dean and Member of Parliament for Esquimalt—Saanich—Sooke Randall Garrison.

We joined together for this podcast directly following the Colwood Recovery Roundtable Meeting which was attended by Government leaders as well as  Community and Business leaders and members.

This discussion focuses mainly on what we are calling the "beginning of the middle". How are people coping with a few more freedoms in BC's phase two as compared to Phase one and how will businesses adapt. 

We continue to talk about shopping, growing and supporting local and what that looks like and how that works. Also a significant topic of discussion is the cooperation we are seeing across Municipal, Provincial and Federal Governments along with the non partisan needs of small business owners. 

If you are interested in hearing how the different levels of Government are functioning thru this health crisis and what the business community is connecting and not connecting with when it comes to support and stimulus then please give this podcast a listen.

Kelly & John would like to sincerely thank Rob, Mitzi and Randall for their passion, commitment and leadership through these challenging times. We have often been surprised and humbled by your energy, concern and genuine optimistic outlook towards our communities and ourselves. Once again we are reminded how lucky we are to live where we live and how thankful we are to be in this community with these exceptional leaders.

Stay Safe, 

Kelly Darwin & John Juricic

Re-union show with Mike Wignall, Owner, Westbrook Consulting

Re-union show with Mike Wignall, Owner, Westbrook Consulting

May 25, 2020

We review the Westshore economy with a Langford based Civil Engineering leader (https://www.wbrook.ca/): 

  • they are busier than ever / construction is busier than ever
  • reviewing their digital office transformation (ZOOM, Microsoft Teams)
    • we review implementation protocols…brand new skills have been learned…a draft team meeting etiquette has been created
    • amazed at the staff productivity from home, but healthy, creative banter is missing…team morale could be impacted…we chat about staff coffees at Timmy's - can they be replaced online?
    • "only as strong as your staff" - look after them…Mike talks examples
    • a new workplace might remain hybrid (home & office)
  • business in Langford hasn't stopped
  • revenue has increased for many companies, including Westbrook
Lindsay Dault - Country Bee Honey Farm

Lindsay Dault - Country Bee Honey Farm

April 22, 2020

In this podcast with Lindsay, Co-owner of Country Bee Honey Farm (6440 West Saanich Rd) discusses:

  • their planned walking & pollinating tour
  • Lindsay reviews all the farm animals located at their business for folks to visit and enjoy
  • we had fun talking about lean-to's...
  • there are over 50 bee-hives at the farm 
  • we chat about Agri-Tourism development on the Peninsula
    • likely more stay-cations this summer
    • move to local food & support local
    • we talk about multi-ZOOM virtual dinner table meetings... :)

 

SOHO Summitt - Martin Newham, Membership Ambassador, Westshore Chamber of Commerce

SOHO Summitt - Martin Newham, Membership Ambassador, Westshore Chamber of Commerce

October 10, 2019

#SOHOsummitt - Kelly Darwin​ & I are broadcasting from the amazing SOHO Summitt in the glorious Elements Casino in View Royal - celebrating small business! Read the rest of this entry »

SOHO Summitt - Humaira Ahmed - CEO Locelle

SOHO Summitt - Humaira Ahmed - CEO Locelle

October 10, 2019

#SOHOsummitt - Kelly Darwin​ & I are broadcasting from the amazing SOHO Summitt in the glorious Elements Casino in View Royal - celebrating small business! Thanks to Chris Burdge​ for your vision and organization! We listen to the amazing Humaira Ahmed, CEO of Locelle.

SOHO Summitt - Linda Mackie Photography

SOHO Summitt - Linda Mackie Photography

October 10, 2019

#SOHOsummitt - Kelly Darwin​ & I are broadcasting from the amazing SOHO Summitt in the glorious Elements Casino in View Royal - celebrating small business! Thanks to Chris Burdge​ for your vision and organization! We listen to the amazing services being provided by Linda Mackie, conference photography.

SOHO Summitt - Jessica Woollard & Daphne Wood - Greater Victoria Public Library

SOHO Summitt - Jessica Woollard & Daphne Wood - Greater Victoria Public Library

October 10, 2019

#SOHOsummitt - Kelly Darwin​ & I are broadcasting from the amazing SOHO Summitt in the glorious Elements Casino in View Royal - celebrating small business! Thanks to Chris Burdge​ for your vision and organization! We listen to the amazing stories being provided by Jessica Woollard & Daphne Wood from the Greater Victoria Public Library. 

SOHO Summitt - Ingrid Vaughan - Leadership Coach

SOHO Summitt - Ingrid Vaughan - Leadership Coach

October 10, 2019

#SOHOsummitt - Kelly Darwin​ & I are broadcasting from the amazing SOHO Summitt in the glorious Elements Casino in View Royal - celebrating small business! Thanks to Chris Burdge​ for your vision and organization! We listen to the amazing services being provided by Ingrid Vaughan, Leadership Coach.

SOHO Summitt - Alexandra Dawes - Virtual CFO

SOHO Summitt - Alexandra Dawes - Virtual CFO

October 10, 2019

#SOHOsummitt - Kelly Darwin​ & I are broadcasting from the amazing SOHO Summitt in the glorious Elements Casino in View Royal - celebrating small business! Thanks to Chris Burdge​ for your vision and organization! We listen to the amazing services being provided by Alexandra Dawes of www.Virtualcfo.ca!

SOHO Summitt - Julie Lawlor

SOHO Summitt - Julie Lawlor

October 10, 2019

#SOHOsummitt - Kelly Darwin & I are broadcasting from the amazing SOHO Summitt in the glorious Elements Casino in View Royal - celebrating small business! Thanks to Chris Burdge for your vision and organization! We listen to the amazing services being provided by the Westshore Chamber of Commerce & ED Julie Lawlor!

SOHO Summitt - Nicole Bentham - Victoria Buzz

SOHO Summitt - Nicole Bentham - Victoria Buzz

October 10, 2019

#SOHOsummitt - Kelly Darwin & I are broadcasting from the amazing SOHO Summitt in the glorious Elements Casino in View Royal - celebrating small business! Thanks to Chris Burdge for your vision and organization! We listen to the amazing services being provided by Nicole Bentham @ Victoria Buzz!

SOHO Summitt - Brand 2 Sales.com

SOHO Summitt - Brand 2 Sales.com

October 10, 2019

#SOHOsummitt - Kelly Darwin​ & I are broadcasting from the amazing SOHO Summitt in the glorious Elements Casino in View Royal - celebrating small business! Thanks to Chris Burdge​ for your vision and organization!

This episode highlights the guys from www.brand2sales.com!

SOHO Summitt - Kris & Bria - Monk Office

SOHO Summitt - Kris & Bria - Monk Office

October 10, 2019

Welcome to our initial podcast from the very exciting SOHO Conferencde...many more to come. 

October 7th - Mayor Rob Martin from Colwood

October 7th - Mayor Rob Martin from Colwood

October 8, 2019

"Westshore Business" is honoured to be talking to Rob Martin, the Mayor of Colwood, for a second time this year! There are so many exciting things going on in Colwood these days it's hard to keep up. However, in our latest podcast, we were to chat about at least three of these activities: Read the rest of this entry »

Ocean Dennie - Coastal Offices

Ocean Dennie - Coastal Offices

April 5, 2019

Why are there 40ish companies currently leasing at the shared office spaces located at Coastal Offices? That's more than most, if not all, of all the shared office spaces in Lower Vancouver Island...why do companies like doing business in the Westshore? Hear more from Ocean Dennie, office manager with Coastal Offices.  

Business in the Westshore with Mike Wignall of Westbrook Consulting Ltd.

Business in the Westshore with Mike Wignall of Westbrook Consulting Ltd.

March 8, 2019

Welcome to our first episode of our new series on Business in the Westshore. Its our goal to highlight local businesses, talk about the challenges business owners in the Westshore face and generally discuss what is happening and how are the small business in our community. Read the rest of this entry »