My Little Sister (in the Big Sisters Study Buddy Program) and I came up with 26 easy ways to help the environment. We’re both pretty conscientious about our daily choices, but felt that there is always room for improvement. So, if you’re looking for easy ways to help the environment, here are 26 of them!
26 Easy Ways to Help the Environment
Throw away waste/recyclables/compost in their appropriate bins
Don’t pick plants or cut down trees just because you want to
Bring your own mug/thermos to the coffee shop
Use things made with recyclable materials as much as you can
Donate to environmental organizations
Walk, ride your bike, or use public transit
Watch nature channels and documentaries to learn more about the environment and how you can help
Don’t waste water
Turn off the lights and unplug outlets when you leave the room
Plant more plants!
Use revolving doors (they help conserve energy)
Don’t run water while you brush your teeth (you can use a cup of water instead)
Don’t use exfoliants with plastic microbes because they harm fish and wildlife
Pay your bills online
Use environmentally friendly lightbulbs
Don’t wash your hair frequently
Stir coffee with dry pasta instead of a stir stick
Use a dishwasher instead of washing dishes by hand and only run it when it’s full
Reduce or eliminate meat consumption
Use a refillable water bottle
Limit use of napkins (try using only one next time)
Don’t put glass in the trash
Eat + shop locally
Support + use renewable energy as much as possible
I don’t think I’ll have time to see all my VIFF 2016 must see films, but I’m excited for the festival nonetheless. The Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) is by far my favorite festival in Vancouver. Every year, I buy a six-pack pass for all my VIFF 2016 must see films, but it’s not nearly enough to catch all the flicks that peak my interest.
Here is my list of the top 11 VIFF 2016 must see films in Vancouver.
Top 11 VIFF 2016 Must See Films in Vancouver
Screenshot taken from VIFF.org.
All descriptions are taken from the VIFF website.
I have no affiliation with VIFF, just absolutely love it!
VIFF 2016 Must See Films 01 :: Julieta
After the raucous sex comedy of I’m So Excited and the psychological body horror of The Skin I Live In, Pedro Almodóvar brings us a vivid, female-driven picture that takes him back to a near-extinct genre: the heart-on-the-sleeve melodrama. Based on stories by Alice Munro, Julieta uses a familiar framework to house the director’s idiosyncratic style.
The prolific Czech director-writer duo Jan Hřebejk and Petr Jarchovský (Divided We Fall) return to top form with the compelling Slovak-language dramedy The Teacher. Set in Bratislava during the final decade of communism, it examines the abuse of power at a middle school. Zuzana Mauréry (named best actress at Karlovy Vary) tears into the part of a lifetime as a terrifying instructor who heads the local Communist Party and uses her pupils to manipulate their parents for her own personal benefit…
VIFF 2016 Must See Films 03 :: Franca: Chaos and Creation
hen fashion insiders want to visit the territory where fashion, art and provocation meet, they pick up Vogue Italia, considered the world’s most important fashion magazine. With Franca: Chaos and Creation, director Francesco Carrozzini has made an intimate portrait of his mother, Franca Sozzani, the legendary editor-in-chief of the magazine since 1988. Encompassing both the ridiculous and the sublime, her astonishing but often controversial magazine covers have not only broken the rules but also set the high bar for fashion, art and commerce over the past 25 years. From 2005’s infamous Plastic Surgery Issue in which photographer Steven Meisel documented supermodel Linda Evangelista’s “makeover” to the legendary Black Issue in 2008, which featured only black models and—despite industry prognostications to the contrary—sold out in America and the UK in 72 hours, Sozzani was unafraid to take the industry by the scruff of the neck and give it a good shake. As the film shows, she remains deeply committed to exploring subject matter off limits to most and occasionally redefining the concept of beauty in the process.
Adèle Haenel (Love at First Fight, VIFF 14) confirms her place in the firmament of French movie stars with a riveting turn in Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s (Two Days, One Night, VIFF 14) latest drama. She plays Jenny, a committed young Belgian doctor who, when not training interns and making house calls, cares for the poor and needy at the clinic where she works. One day she receives a call from the police: a woman’s body has been found on a nearby riverbank. Might Jenny have any information that could help with the investigation? With a shock, she realizes that the woman was someone she had turned away from the clinic due to the lateness of the hour. With her conscience preying on her, she makes some inquiries of her colleagues and realizes that few seem even remotely interested in the fate, or even the identity, of the woman, who was black and without papers. So, driven by guilt, Jenny decides to investigate for herself…
The dismaying practice of selling teenagers into marriage is thrust into the damning spotlight in Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami’s essential documentary. An Afghan refugee in Iran, 14-year-old Sonita aspires to be a hip-hop superstar like Rihanna. But such fantasies can’t fully distract her from the grim reality that she and her teenage friends all have prices on their heads. During breaks at school, she and her fellow refugees don’t talk about boys or pop culture trends, but how much their parents will get for them. When Sonita’s brother requires a dowry to pay for his own bride, her family decides that selling her is the best way to secure the necessary funds.
VIFF 2016 Must See Films 06 :: Lights Before Water
Made in collaboration with the Cree community of Waswanipi, Lights Above Water is an extraordinary documentary that is equal parts observational and poetic. Shot over the course of a year, co-directors Nicolas Lachapelle and Ariel St-Louis Lamoureux’s film follows a group of young children through their daily lives as they talk about their home, play, hunt, and dance (a moment that triggers a particularly memorable Rihanna music cue). The camera manages to keep a distance, allowing the children to guide the film and express themselves, privileging the viewer by immersing us in their world. Expressive stylistic flourishes and striking imagery imbue the work with a lyrical quality unusual for documentary. A generous and humane meditation on identity and place unfettered by an issue-driven hook or a conventional narrative, Lights Above Water (a colloquial translation of “Waswanipi”) is the rare sort of film that refuses to impose its own agenda while transcending categorization and refraining from delivering a simple message. In so doing, it becomes a beautiful work of art to behold.
Another robust and inventive drama from Pablo Larraín (No, VIFF 12; The Club, VIFF 15), Neruda, set in 1948 Chile, is more about the transformative possibilities of art and the power of cinematic storytelling than it is a biopic of the great poet, politician and diplomat Pablo Neruda (played here by Luis Gnecco). In fact, while the spirit of the poet hovers over every frame of the film, Neruda, the personage, takes a back seat to Gael García Bernal’s terrific performance as Oscar Peluchonneau, a somewhat inept yet self-aggrandizing police detective who, Javert-like, makes it his mission to hunt down Neruda once the poet is forced into hiding due to his communist beliefs. That we are never sure of Peluchonneau’s reliability as a guide through the proceedings is a deliberate strategy, as is the complex depiction of Neruda—the man is not accorded saint-like status by any means. For Larraín, the mere facts are secondary to the film artist’s ability to create worlds, and to celebrate the power of art. It is, after all, the poetry that really matters.
Local filmmaker Alex Lasheras arrives on the scene with this debut feature, a unique psychological thriller dealing with notions of self-identity and reality. When the eponymous heroine begins to experience hallucinations during what is supposed to be a romantic getaway with her pop-star boyfriend, fear and confusion test her ability to distinguish the visions from reality.
Re-teaming after 2014’s Clouds of Sils Maria, director Olivier Assayas and star Kristen Stewart journey into the uncanny with a terrific horror story that begins, innocuously enough, as the tale of Maureen (Stewart), an American in Paris who makes ends meet by assisting snobby and demanding supermodel-cum-fashion designer Kyra (Nora Von Waltstätten). Though ill-treated, Maureen gets her own back by surreptitiously making use of Kyra’s haute-couture outfits and camping out in Kyra’s luxury apartment when the designer is away. But Maureen is much more than just a mildly transgressive personal shopper: she is, in fact, a medium who makes forays into the psychic realm in an effort to contact the spirit of her twin brother Lewis, a lad who died of the same congenital heart problem Maureen herself suffers from. When one of her frequent wanderings through the creepy old Parisian house that she and Lewis grew up in seems to lead to a connection, Assayas ratchets up the tension with the finesse of a master. In her heartfelt attempts to contact the other side, just what has Maureen wrought?
VIFF 2016 Must See Films 10 :: The Phantom Detective
Weird and rather wonderful, Jo Sunghee’s take on gumshoe mysteries, hard-boiled noir and vast conspiracy thrillers is every bit as idiosyncratic as you might expect from his previous films—all of which have played in VIFF. It’s set in a retro world without mobile phones and modern tech, and stylised in ways that bring memories of the Hollywood studio heyday rushing in. But at the same time it’s as Korean as kimchi (the underlying paranoid fantasies about a power-elite have a lot to do with Korea’s authoritarian past), and it has a gentle streak running through it which offsets the cruelty and violence. In short, it’s a typical Jo Sunhee movie.
Anne Émond (Nuit #1) returns to VIFF with the startling and sensual true story of Nelly Arcan (born Isabelle Fortier), a young escort-turned-award-winning writer whose lurid life, skilfully penned accounts of her exploits and tragic death became a cause célèbre in Quebec. Arcan’s first novel Putain (Whore) caused a sensation and enjoyed immediate critical and media success. It contained enough similarities between the prostitute protagonist Cynthia and Arcan’s own experience as a professional sex worker to press the media’s buttons, making for instant celebrity in the Québec pantheon. Mylène MacKay delivers a memorable and steamy performance in the title role of Nelly, or, more precisely, the four faces of Nelly. There’s Nelly, the tell-all writer; Amy, the rapturous lover; Cynthia, the top-shelf whore; and Marilyn, the sparkling “glitterati.”
Have you heard of MovEnt? It’s a dance organization in Vancouver that brings beautiful, experimental productions to the community and they have a series of shows this week.
Dances for Small Stage
Photo by Derek Stevens.
Dances for Small Stage “showcases new and established dance professionals from Vancouver and across Canada on a ridiculously small stage, in an unconventional venue with a friendly cabaret atmosphere.” At the Anza Club this week, twelve dancers will perform original works for delighted audiences.
I sit on the Board of Directors for this awesome company and I have to say that the Artistic Producer and all dancers involved are a passionate group of people committed to their art. It’s truly inspirational to see them work.
Based on the best-selling Man Booker Prize-nominated novel by Irish-Canadian author Emma Donoghue (she also wrote the screenplay), this is the story of five-year-old Jack, who lives in an 11-by-11-foot room with his mother. Since it’s all he’s ever known, Jack believes that only “Room” and the things it contains (including himself and Ma) are real. Jack (Jacob Tremblay) has never stepped foot outside of this tiny shed he shares with Ma (Brie Larson) because it’s a prison built for them by Old Nick (Sean Bridgers), their kidnapper. Although based on the shocking case of an Austrian father who enslaved his own daughter and had children by her, all entirely captive, the novel and this film dispense with brutality in favour of imagination, and immense sympathy and sensitivity. Despite such a life, Ma refuses to let her son suffer from the truth, concocting an elaborate fantasy that would have him believe that theirs is the only world that exists and that nothing lies beyond the shed’s walls. When Jack’s finally ready to take part in a dramatic escape, Ma must explain, and they both must act, soon finding themselves in an overwhelming outside world that, ironically, is perhaps more terrifying than the prison they’ve abandoned.
VIFF favourites Charles Wilkinson and Tina Schliessler (Peace Out, Oil Sands Karaoke) complete their eco-trilogy with a paean to breathtaking Haida Gwaii and the spirited people who populate it. The natural beauty of this culturally rich archipelago has served as a backdrop for tragedies such as outbreaks of smallpox and the exploitation of natural resources. And yet, the Haida Nation remains undaunted, drawing on 14,000 years of tradition in preparing for a showdown over the Northern Gateway pipeline and planning for a more sustainable future.
Paula van der Oest’s feature is based on a shocking true story of injustice. When a baby dies on her watch, investigators turn their sights on nurse Lucia de Berk (Ariane Schluter). Discovering more suspicious infant deaths—and some strong but circumstantial evidence against the nurse—they arrest her and she’s put on trial before the nation. Labelled “The Angel of Death” by the media, de Berk is put through a crucible of fear and humiliation. Then doubts emerge about her guilt…
A slow-burn thriller with a sly sense of humour, Andrés Clariond Rangel’s film features a first-rate performance from Verónica Langer. She plays Susana, a bored housewife who becomes a desperate one, slowly turning from discontent to evil as we watch in alarm. Her husband’s a big-shot businessman who pays her no attention, her friends are rich snobs and her days are full of luxury—and empty of anything meaningful. Then one day she hires Hilda (Adriana Paz), a younger woman of humble origins, as a maid. Slowly her life changes: she starts to remember the leftist activism of her college days, and she starts to cling to her new maid more and more. Hilda goes from employee to obsession and, finally, to prisoner.
In 2009, the story of Yemeni teenager Nojoom Ali’s bid to legally extricate herself from an abusive, arranged marriage to a much older man (which took place when she was just 10 years old) made headlines. Khadija Al-Salami has beautifully adapted the subsequent bestseller into an emphatic drama that features a wonderful performance from Reham Mohammed as the young Ali, and a striking backdrop of Yemen’s astonishing mountain villages and ancient “skyscrapers.”
Shot clandestinely in Iran, at times with actors unaware that they were being photographed, Sina Ataeian Dena’s remarkable debut feature—the first in a proposed trilogy on violence in Tehran—sparks with a fresh, exacting compositional formalism not normally seen in underground Iranian productions. With an almost exclusive female cast, Paradise concentrates on the role of women in contemporary Iranian society.
Completed over four years on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, Chloé Zhao’s feature debut is remarkably assured and attentively detailed. Made with the cooperation of the Lakota people, who make a hard living in these marginalized Badlands, Songs My Brothers Taught Me rings with authenticity. The story concerns Jashaun (Jashaun St. John), a young girl torn between the strength of her roots and the allure of the outside world. Her older brother, Johnny (John Reddy), plans to abandon the reservation and move to Los Angeles with his girlfriend. When their estranged father passes away, Jashaun is tempted to investigate his mysterious cowboy lifestyle, leading her down an unlikely existential path of exploration to discover where she truly belongs.
Vietnamese cinema has become much more mature and sophisticated in recent years, and Phan Dang Di has been at the forefront of the advances. Ever since he wrote the script for Bui Thac Chuyen’s Adrift he’s pioneered a grown-up approach to the way that social and economic themes intersect with sexual and psychological themes, and his explorations of same-sex attractions have opened the door to a small flood of Vietnamese commercial gay features. But Phan himself remains some way ahead of the pack.
Luc Jacquet (the Oscar-winning March of the Penguins) returns to the Antarctic to trace the fascinating life and groundbreaking work of French explorer and glaciologist Claude Lorius, now 83. Lorious began journeying to the Arctic and then on to the Antarctic as a 23-year-old in 1955—journeys that Jacquet vividly re-creates here—where he and his teams would spend long periods in isolation, trying to uncover the secrets that lay frozen in polar ice. Eventually, Lorius discovered that, by drilling into ice and extracting cores from enormous depths, then examining and carbon dating the air bubbles trapped within, one could effectively test far back into time. The link between man-made greenhouse gases and climate change became irrefutable.
Before the Islamic Revolution banned solo performances by women, Iran boasted popular female vocalists like Delkash and Googoosh. No longer willing to see women’s voices silenced, musician Sara Najafi aspires to stage a concert in Tehran. Her brother Ayat helms this revealing documentary that details the bureaucratic obstacles and theological arguments that stand between her and such a seemingly simple goal. And while the women’s glorious songs lend the film uplift, it’s Sara’s courageous determination in battling institutional discrimination that truly inspires.
Have you ever sat under a beautiful tree in your favorite park only to see cigarette butts scattered around you? It’s such a drag, right? And gross.
Litter really grinds my gears and cigarette butts are up there on my most hated litter list. Is it really necessary to just drop your cigarette butt on the ground? Can’t you be a responsible adult and dispose of it safely?
What Up With All the Cigarette Litter?
Yesterday, I spent the day picking up trash for the Shoreline Cleanup and after two hours I picked up over 2,000 cigarette butts just myself. There were 60 other people there who each picked up close to the same amount, or more. We picked up other stuff too, but those butts really stood out as the most prominent litter.
Cigarette litter isn’t just limited to the False Creek area. According to Shoreline Cleanup 2014 stats, cigarettes and paraphernalia are at the top of their “dirty dozen” litter list. The difference between the number of cigarettes gathered and the number two item, food wrappers, is 253,794. IN fact, there were more cigarettes cleaned up than all the rest of the “dirty dozen” list combined.
What the eff is up with that?
Animals mistake cigarette butts for food. Cigarettes are toxic. When animals eat these butts it makes them sick and they can die.
In British Columbia this year, there were almost 2,000 forest fires. On average, 39 per cent of forest fires are human caused. Irresponsible disposal of cigarette butts contributes to this.
Look, I’m not asking that smokers quit smoking, though I highly advocate it, but that they have consideration for the people, animals, and environment around them.
Since it’s summer + I made a seasonal to do list last week, I’ve decided to compile a list of beautiful Vancouver hiking trails to explore before winter hits. I perused the Vancouver Trails site, that also has a handy map, to help fill out this list. The West Coast truly is a beautiful place + the goal is to visit all 11 of these spots!
11 Beautiful Vancouver Hiking Trails to Explore
Vancouver Hiking Trails 01 :: Stanley Park
Vancouver :: Easy
Stanley Park is the obvious Vancouver hiking trails choice! I was there last weekend, walking Beaver Lake Trail, and the air was so thick + humid it actually felt like being in a butterfly sanctuary. Having grown up in dry Alberta, this is a wonderful feeling. I assume I’ll be at Stanley Park quite often this summer.
Vancouver Hiking Trails 02 :: Pacific Spirit Regional Park
Vancouver :: Easy
Pacific Spirit Regional Park is a Vancouver hiking trail located near the University of British Columbia campus. I haven’t been to this park yet, but apparently it’s got over 750 hectares of forest.
Vancouver Hiking Trails 03 :: Grouse Grind
Vancouver :: Difficult
The Grouse Grind in the most popular of Vancouver hiking trails. It’s s a 2.9-kilometre trail up the face of Grouse Mountain with a 2,800 elevation gain. According to their site, the average hiker takes 1.5 hours to reach the top.
Vancouver Hiking Trails 04 :: Burnaby Lake
Burnaby :: Easy
The great thing about Burnaby Lake is that it’s accessible easily by the skytrain. It’s also the largest lake in the Lower Mainland and has a 10km hiking path that loops around the entire park area.
Vancouver Hiking Trails 05 :: Deer Lake
Burnaby :: Easy
Deer Lake is an easy, flat hike in Burnaby, near the Burnaby Lake hiking trail. It’s one of those Vancouver hiking trails you can bring your parents to for a light, brisk stroll.
Vancouver Hiking Trails 06 :: Capilano Pacific Trail
North Vancouver :: Easy
The Capilano Pacific Trail is 7.5km following the border between North + West Vancouver. Vancouver Trails notes that the trail takes you through beaches, rocky shores, steep canyon cliffs and rain forest.
Vancouver Hiking Trails 07 :: Baden Powell Deep Cove to Lynn Canyon
North Vancouver :: Intermediate
I’ve been to Lynn Canyon to collect spring water, but I’ve never ventured through the Baden Powell Deep Cove to Lynn Canyon. The hiking trail takes you through views of Deep Cove and Indian Arm as well as great canyon scenery of the Seymour River and Lynn Creek. The trail has different start and end points so you’d have to arrange for another ride, or get back through public transit.
Vancouver Hiking Trails 08 :: Dog Mountain
North Vancouver :: Easy
Dog Mountain is a short + easy Vancouver hiking trail, but offers spectacular views of the city. It’s only 5km return but located further into North Vancouver than other trails mentioned here.
Vancouver Hiking Trails 09 :: Eagle Bluffs
West Vancouver :: Intermediate
Eagle Bluffs is located above Eagle Harbour in West Vancouver and reportedly has delightful views. It’s an intermediate hike with a bit of a slope.
Vancouver Hiking Trails 10 :: Mount Gardner
Bowen Island :: Intermediate
Mount Gardner is out on Bowen Island and offers views of Howe Sound, the Sunshine Coast, West Vancouver, and Burrard Inlet. It’s a great addition to a day trip out to the calm island.
Vancouver Hiking Trails 11 :: Lighthouse Park
West Vancouver :: Easy
According to Vancouver Trails, Lighthouse Park is one of the most beautiful Vancouver hiking trails in West Vancouver. It’s got some of the largest Douglas Fir trees as well as breathtaking views of the water.
That’s my list of 11 beautiful Vancouver hiking trails to explore this summer. Leave a comment and let me know your favorite!
Bah humbug, it’s summer. Contrary to popular sentiment, the summer months are my least favorite of the year. How about let’s start raining again?! Hah.
Lucky for me, having summer as my least favorite season means that my least favorite season ain’t all that bad at all. Summer means plentiful patios, ice cream cones, nature walks and lazy lounging in the sun. It’s just all the damn people take up all the damn space and I get schweaty balls so move out of my way because I’m dehydrated and damp. (*Of course this is an exaggeration of my feelings. What I’m saying is that I favor rainy sidewalks to sunny crowds. I get cranky in the heat. Sorry!)
That being said, the Spring months were a tumultuous time for my personal life and grief has burrowed a home in my heart. Grief has gathered its rations, fashioned its twiggy sleeping nook and is ready to hibernate while the sun is at its peak. I’m tempted to follow suit. I miss those that I’ve lost and I want to pay my respects and honor them. There are no words from this humble writer that can express the gratitude, love, respect, wish, warmth and prayer that I have for those that have passed. So, I will leave it at that and tell you that I’ve decided not to give in (or at least try) to the hibernation and make a list of all the fun things to do in Vancouver this summer. Vancouver is amazing in the summer and I am so blessed that this is my least favorite season.
I love this city. One of the best parts about living in Vancouver is the plethora of great events and all the best Vancouver venues that host them. I’ve compiled a list of the top five best Vancouver venues to host events. The great thing about these Vancouver venues is that whether you’re going to (or hosting) an event or not, they’re all worth visiting.
Top Five Best Vancouver Venues to Host Events
Best Vancouver Venue 01 :: Hot Art Wet City
If you haven’t been to Hot Art Wet City then you need to go asap. Seriously. Not only do they feature neat art on the walls, but they host a variety of events to entertain your fancies. This week they’ve got Dr. Sketchy’s with Mr. Diva, Naked Girls Reading and Kyle Bottom’s Comedy Bucket. Run by Chris Bentzen, Hot Art Wet City is one of the best Vancouver venues for hosting events.
Best Vancouver Venue 02 :: The Cobalt
The Cobalt is one of those best Vancouver venues that pushes boundaries. I love this place for its sexy parties that include NSFW (Hip Hop Meets Striptease,) the Gay Agenda, Mr. + Miss Cobalt Drag Competition, Snag (Live Painting Art Raffle) and all the other shit that goes on there! It’s pretty cool, so go.
Best Vancouver Venue 03 :: Biltmore Cabaret
Let’s face it, the main reason Biltmore Cabaret is one of the best Vancouver venues is because of their weekly Kitty Nights striptease. I mean, come on, you gotta go! They also host bands (such as Timber Timbre tonight,) comedy and dance parties. It’s always a pleasure.
Best Vancouver Venue 04 :: The Beach
Maybe it’s not really a venue, but the beach is a great place to get a bunch of folks together and have a good time. Plus it’s free! You may have to hide your beer and make dibs on a shady spot but the waves, sand and breeze can’t be beat. You can actually rent picnic spaces in Vancouver too. Don’t forget a frisbee!
Best Vancouver Venue 05 :: Contemporary Art Gallery
I love the Contemporary Art Gallery. If you want intriguing art as the centrepiece of your event then this is the best Vancouver venue for you. Typically stand up cocktail receptions work delightfully well here. Whether you have an event or not, the Contemporary Art Gallery is worth a visit.
That’s my list of the best Vancouver venues to host events. Did I miss any?! Leave a comment and let me know.
Starting a business is hard, but luckily there are resources aplenty out there for you to reach out to for support. Here in Vancouver there is a bustling entrepreneurial spirit alighting our streets. I mean who wouldn’t want to work on their own terms, right?
As I’ve been reorganizing Stylings + Stories, I’ve been reaching out to a few of the resources for entrepreneurs in Vancouver. Here is a list of seven resources for entrepreneurs I’ve found out here, hope they help!
Vancouver Resources for Entrepreneurs
Resources for Entrepreneurs 01 :: Women’s Enterprise
The Women’s Enterprise is a great resource for women entrepreneurs. They host free events + webinars where you can learn entrepreneurial skills, plus they offer group and individual mentorships. If you’re in the business planning stages of your company, they have a great business plan guide to help you get started. Not to mention all the marketing, budgeting and other resources. Have a peruse through the site, give them a call and attend one of their events!
Resources for Entrepreneurs 02 :: Small Business BC
Small Business BC is a resource centre for small businesses in British Columbia. They offer expert advice, free tools, seminars, events and business resources. They even offer support for registering your business. They have a pretty cool blog too!
Resources for Entrepreneurs 03 :: Futurpreneur
Futurpreneur provides ﬁnancing, mentoring and support tools to aspiring business owners aged 18-39. They have crash courses, templates, networking events and inspirational stories. Plus, they’ve got a few awards you can look into.
Resources for Entrepreneurs 04 :: This Open Space
This Open Space is a neat resource for entrepreneurs that offers pop up shop spaces in Vancouver and now Toronto. One of their coolest pop ups is the free co-working space they often host where you can bring in your laptop and work in a cool space with other cool folk, for FREE. If you want to get your brand out there in an original way, check them out.
Resources for Entrepreneurs 05 :: Van City Business Babes
I had the pleasure of meeting with the Founder of Van City Business Babes last week. She’s a cool Vancouverite who hosts monthly events for women in business in Vancouver. Check out their meetup and get on your networking game!
Resources for Entrepreneurs 06 :: Young Women in Business
Young Women in Business (YWIB) connects young business women together. They are a non-profit for emerging female leaders. YWIB offers mentorships, networking events and workshops for women in business. It’s a great resource for entrepreneurs who are women.
Resources for Entrepreneurs 07 :: Crave Business
The CRAVE Company is another resource for entrepreneurs for women. They host monthly events that each have a central theme around the trials and challenges of entrepreneurship for women. The great thing about their events is that they are small and intimate, offering an excellent opportunity for networking.
Have anymore resources for entrepreneurs in Vancouver? Let me know in the comments below!