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Talking about business and businesses in the WestShore. We will be sitting down with local business owners and discussing their challenges and successes here in Langford, Colwood, View Royal, Highlands & Metchosin.

Latest Episodes

Westshore Business Corridor - an in-depth discussion with Colwood Mayor Rob Martin, Citified Media CEO Mike Kozakowski and Langford Acting Mayor & Councillor Matt Sahlstrom

Colwood Mayor Rob Martin (5:57 - 24:50) - families are attracted to the Westshore…"the place to be" - Colwood's focus is on creating prosperity in the household…i.e., household wealth Housing affordability business support, especially small business - Development activity: Wale Road "hole" - 147 affordable housing units Colwood Corners Corridor Royal Bay - 2100 residents / 300,000 sq ft commercial 40,000 sq ft supermarket / 10,000 sq ft Day-care within the next 5 years we'll see a billion dollars of development spending between all the numerous Royal Bay projects Rob reviews how Colwood can help the region in total Olympic View, Allendal District and Colwood Corners round out the balance of developments that will generate $2.5 Billion in development activity Attendees Question - transportation review - how will people move around efficiently? Citified Media CEO Mike Kozakowski (24:56 - 53:35) - we discuss how to get in and out of Sooke more efficiently - $90 million highway improvement project continuing - extensive detailed discussion - BC Transit improvements (Sooke residents top CRD transit users) - 80 kilometres of undeveloped land just beyond Sooke (Westhore Business Cooridor) - Port Renfrew Tourism exploding with Tourism activity - we chat sewage and water capacity for the region - we review the political & community appetite for growth - daycare & medical facility development updates Acting Mayor & Councillor Matt Sahlstrom & Langford Manager of Business Development & Events Donna Petrie (53:35 - 1:13:00) - Langford's community priority specific to building out the arts & culture sector Maritime Museum 1200 seat theater Planetarium with observation deck Conference Center - Film Industry and Studio Development updates - Donna Petrie chats in detail about "I am Langford", an exciting branding and promotional project (June - end of September) - Langford on pace for record construction activity and development permit applications this year - transportation needs & capacity related discussion - we review the Luxton area grounds development updates Summary - 1:14:00 Rob Martin - 1:16:04 Mike Kozakowski - 1:18:16 Matt Sahlstrom - 1:22:16

85 minAUG 5
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Westshore Business Corridor - an in-depth discussion with Colwood Mayor Rob Martin, Citified Media CEO Mike Kozakowski and Langford Acting Mayor & Councillor Matt Sahlstrom

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

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.

22 minJUL 18
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A fun chat with V2V Black Hops Brewery CEO Graham Hafey about their great beers!

All levels of Government - Round Table podcast

In this episode we talk with Colwood Major Rob Martin, MLA for Esquimalt Metchosin Mitzi Dean and Member of Parliament forEsquimalt—Saanich—Sooke Randall Garrison. We joined together for this podcast directly following the ColwoodRecovery 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

29 minJUN 2
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All levels of Government - Round Table podcast

Graham Hafey - CEO, V2V Black Hops Brewing Company

We chatted with Graham Hafey, CEOV2V Black Hops Brewing Company. we review the background business objectives to V2V Black Hops brewing we chat about the myriad of V2V products (8 beers on tap) and the motivation behind the beer themes outdoor patio is open...we chat about re-opening strategies & psychological impact of customers re-initiating demand & their buying environment (must be safe) live music entertainment planned military movie nights we review Graham's overview of the Westshore hospitality business Graham reviews his charity oriented business model we review government business subsidy programs

33 minMAY 29
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Graham Hafey - CEO, V2V Black Hops Brewing Company

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

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

23 minMAY 26
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Re-union show with Mike Wignall, Owner, Westbrook Consulting

A conversation with Alistair MacGregor - NDP MP Cowichan-Malahat-Langford

We review the last couple of months: - staff & constituent concerns - we're now at the "beginning of the middle" - new concerns: how do we re-build? what is the new normal? how to transition the federal programs to a "new normal"----more---- - non-partisan cooperation has been extra-ordinary - no playbook for this economy - program tweaking & feedback was acted on immediately Post Covid Economy - health crisis needs to be under control - must consider deficit management at some-time in the near future - how to strengthen broken supply chains within Canada - strengthening manufacturing sector & economic resiliency - shop local - we chat food security (Alistair is the NDP critic for Agriculture & Rural Economic Development) / establish strong local food hubs / localized food production Mental Health Issues - we chat about numerous community reactions including First Nations & long-term care homes

29 minMAY 26
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A conversation with Alistair MacGregor - NDP MP Cowichan-Malahat-Langford

A chat with MLA Mitzi Dean, MLA Esquimalt-Metchosin (early May, 2020)

In this episode John and Kelly chat with Esquimalt-Metchosin MLA Mitzi Dean about some of the following topics: BC's restart phases Making more supplies locally The Buy BC Program (https://iafbc.ca/buy-bc/) Buy BC Partnership Program E-commerce Funding Stream (https://iafbc.ca/buy-bc/buy-bc-partnership-program-e-commerce-funding-stream/) What businesses will look like in the "New Normal" Schools and how will that work The challenges of Digital vs. Personal Visit Mitzi Deans website here:http://bcndpcaucus.ca/mla/mitzi-dean/ Visit The Westshore Business main site:https://www.westshore.business/ Do you have almost half an hour to spare? Visit 27 minutes with John & Kelly:https://www.27minutes.ca/

27 minMAY 20
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A chat with MLA Mitzi Dean, MLA Esquimalt-Metchosin (early May, 2020)

John Ranns - Metchosin Mayor

This is a "must" listen session with John Ranns, Mayor of Metchosin.

29 minMAY 7
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John Ranns - Metchosin Mayor

Langford Mayor Stew Young - April 28th 2020

100,000 masks being distributed (at cost) being delivered to businesses till shields, face shields and hand sanitizers available via mobile PPE stocked vans $1,000 - $2,000 worth of PPE equipment sold daily daily one of these PPE supply vans will be parked in front of City Hall for residents in-home testing still available The Mayor's thoughts regarding a post-COVID economy... January - March 2019 - $108 million in development permits January - March 2020 - $146 million in development permits Langford never really closed! Big Box stores still open keep the essential services open trying to obtain a Rapid-Tester for the city much more testing & PPE is required...should be a national focus...no excuse where did you get the masks from? Mayor Young has an extensive personal network across the world, e.g., Hong Kong, England, Edmonton local procurement highlights & stories of PPE equipment purchases, i.e. masks

36 minMAY 1
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Langford Mayor Stew Young - April 28th 2020

Colwood Mayor Rob Martin - April 28th update

We understand the success of Colwood’s recovery depends on how we help our residents and businesses through these challenging times. Last night council passed a 0%residential tax lift and a business tax reduction that over the next 5 years will match the average business rate in the CRD. In coordination with South Island Prosperity Project, Councilor Kobayashi has been appointed to the Regional Prosperity Recovery taskforce. In addition, Councilor Kobayashi chaired the Colwood Development and Business leaders Covid 19 Recovery RoundTable that included business leaders, the Westshore Chamber and council. These roundtables are designed to help the city understand the real impacts on local businesses and what we as city can do and the importance of advocating to our provincial and federal governments on how to best support local business moving forward. Brief summary of the City survey to help us better understand how COVID-19 is impacting business owners, we invited all Colwood businesses to participate in a survey. We received 68 responses representing 16 different business categories including construction, finance, health, food + accommodation, professional + technical services, education and more. Mostly from small businesses with between one and four employees, as well as from larger businesses with up to 200 employees. About a third of the responses were from home-based business owners. Most respondents (78%) were from private sector businesses. As expected, many are taking a hit in terms of decreased sales, closures, reduced staff hours, cancelled contracts and layoffs; and most expect those impacts to continue. They offered ideas about how the City, the Province and the Federal government could help. Half the respondents expect the economic rebound to be slow, 35% are unsure. Staff are reviewing the data now and have a tentative date for a second Business Round Table discussion to move forward with actions. health– balancing continued vigilance with loosening restrictions, continuing to follow the direction of the provincial health officer protecting vulnerable populations– approval of affordable housing at 85 Belmont I have a question for the two of you since you over the last month spoken to almost all the Westshore Mayors as well as our MLA Mitzi Dean. My question is “what has the Westshore done right with Covid and what are opportunities for our communities do our municipalities have moving forward?

28 minMAY 1
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Colwood Mayor Rob Martin - April 28th update

Latest Episodes

Westshore Business Corridor - an in-depth discussion with Colwood Mayor Rob Martin, Citified Media CEO Mike Kozakowski and Langford Acting Mayor & Councillor Matt Sahlstrom

Colwood Mayor Rob Martin (5:57 - 24:50) - families are attracted to the Westshore…"the place to be" - Colwood's focus is on creating prosperity in the household…i.e., household wealth Housing affordability business support, especially small business - Development activity: Wale Road "hole" - 147 affordable housing units Colwood Corners Corridor Royal Bay - 2100 residents / 300,000 sq ft commercial 40,000 sq ft supermarket / 10,000 sq ft Day-care within the next 5 years we'll see a billion dollars of development spending between all the numerous Royal Bay projects Rob reviews how Colwood can help the region in total Olympic View, Allendal District and Colwood Corners round out the balance of developments that will generate $2.5 Billion in development activity Attendees Question - transportation review - how will people move around efficiently? Citified Media CEO Mike Kozakowski (24:56 - 53:35) - we discuss how to get in and out of Sooke more efficiently - $90 million highway improvement project continuing - extensive detailed discussion - BC Transit improvements (Sooke residents top CRD transit users) - 80 kilometres of undeveloped land just beyond Sooke (Westhore Business Cooridor) - Port Renfrew Tourism exploding with Tourism activity - we chat sewage and water capacity for the region - we review the political & community appetite for growth - daycare & medical facility development updates Acting Mayor & Councillor Matt Sahlstrom & Langford Manager of Business Development & Events Donna Petrie (53:35 - 1:13:00) - Langford's community priority specific to building out the arts & culture sector Maritime Museum 1200 seat theater Planetarium with observation deck Conference Center - Film Industry and Studio Development updates - Donna Petrie chats in detail about "I am Langford", an exciting branding and promotional project (June - end of September) - Langford on pace for record construction activity and development permit applications this year - transportation needs & capacity related discussion - we review the Luxton area grounds development updates Summary - 1:14:00 Rob Martin - 1:16:04 Mike Kozakowski - 1:18:16 Matt Sahlstrom - 1:22:16

85 minAUG 5
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Westshore Business Corridor - an in-depth discussion with Colwood Mayor Rob Martin, Citified Media CEO Mike Kozakowski and Langford Acting Mayor & Councillor Matt Sahlstrom

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

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.

22 minJUL 18
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A fun chat with V2V Black Hops Brewery CEO Graham Hafey about their great beers!

All levels of Government - Round Table podcast

In this episode we talk with Colwood Major Rob Martin, MLA for Esquimalt Metchosin Mitzi Dean and Member of Parliament forEsquimalt—Saanich—Sooke Randall Garrison. We joined together for this podcast directly following the ColwoodRecovery 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

29 minJUN 2
Comments
All levels of Government - Round Table podcast

Graham Hafey - CEO, V2V Black Hops Brewing Company

We chatted with Graham Hafey, CEOV2V Black Hops Brewing Company. we review the background business objectives to V2V Black Hops brewing we chat about the myriad of V2V products (8 beers on tap) and the motivation behind the beer themes outdoor patio is open...we chat about re-opening strategies & psychological impact of customers re-initiating demand & their buying environment (must be safe) live music entertainment planned military movie nights we review Graham's overview of the Westshore hospitality business Graham reviews his charity oriented business model we review government business subsidy programs

33 minMAY 29
Comments
Graham Hafey - CEO, V2V Black Hops Brewing Company

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

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

23 minMAY 26
Comments
Re-union show with Mike Wignall, Owner, Westbrook Consulting

A conversation with Alistair MacGregor - NDP MP Cowichan-Malahat-Langford

We review the last couple of months: - staff & constituent concerns - we're now at the "beginning of the middle" - new concerns: how do we re-build? what is the new normal? how to transition the federal programs to a "new normal"----more---- - non-partisan cooperation has been extra-ordinary - no playbook for this economy - program tweaking & feedback was acted on immediately Post Covid Economy - health crisis needs to be under control - must consider deficit management at some-time in the near future - how to strengthen broken supply chains within Canada - strengthening manufacturing sector & economic resiliency - shop local - we chat food security (Alistair is the NDP critic for Agriculture & Rural Economic Development) / establish strong local food hubs / localized food production Mental Health Issues - we chat about numerous community reactions including First Nations & long-term care homes

29 minMAY 26
Comments
A conversation with Alistair MacGregor - NDP MP Cowichan-Malahat-Langford

A chat with MLA Mitzi Dean, MLA Esquimalt-Metchosin (early May, 2020)

In this episode John and Kelly chat with Esquimalt-Metchosin MLA Mitzi Dean about some of the following topics: BC's restart phases Making more supplies locally The Buy BC Program (https://iafbc.ca/buy-bc/) Buy BC Partnership Program E-commerce Funding Stream (https://iafbc.ca/buy-bc/buy-bc-partnership-program-e-commerce-funding-stream/) What businesses will look like in the "New Normal" Schools and how will that work The challenges of Digital vs. Personal Visit Mitzi Deans website here:http://bcndpcaucus.ca/mla/mitzi-dean/ Visit The Westshore Business main site:https://www.westshore.business/ Do you have almost half an hour to spare? Visit 27 minutes with John & Kelly:https://www.27minutes.ca/

27 minMAY 20
Comments
A chat with MLA Mitzi Dean, MLA Esquimalt-Metchosin (early May, 2020)

John Ranns - Metchosin Mayor

This is a "must" listen session with John Ranns, Mayor of Metchosin.

29 minMAY 7
Comments
John Ranns - Metchosin Mayor

Langford Mayor Stew Young - April 28th 2020

100,000 masks being distributed (at cost) being delivered to businesses till shields, face shields and hand sanitizers available via mobile PPE stocked vans $1,000 - $2,000 worth of PPE equipment sold daily daily one of these PPE supply vans will be parked in front of City Hall for residents in-home testing still available The Mayor's thoughts regarding a post-COVID economy... January - March 2019 - $108 million in development permits January - March 2020 - $146 million in development permits Langford never really closed! Big Box stores still open keep the essential services open trying to obtain a Rapid-Tester for the city much more testing & PPE is required...should be a national focus...no excuse where did you get the masks from? Mayor Young has an extensive personal network across the world, e.g., Hong Kong, England, Edmonton local procurement highlights & stories of PPE equipment purchases, i.e. masks

36 minMAY 1
Comments
Langford Mayor Stew Young - April 28th 2020

Colwood Mayor Rob Martin - April 28th update

We understand the success of Colwood’s recovery depends on how we help our residents and businesses through these challenging times. Last night council passed a 0%residential tax lift and a business tax reduction that over the next 5 years will match the average business rate in the CRD. In coordination with South Island Prosperity Project, Councilor Kobayashi has been appointed to the Regional Prosperity Recovery taskforce. In addition, Councilor Kobayashi chaired the Colwood Development and Business leaders Covid 19 Recovery RoundTable that included business leaders, the Westshore Chamber and council. These roundtables are designed to help the city understand the real impacts on local businesses and what we as city can do and the importance of advocating to our provincial and federal governments on how to best support local business moving forward. Brief summary of the City survey to help us better understand how COVID-19 is impacting business owners, we invited all Colwood businesses to participate in a survey. We received 68 responses representing 16 different business categories including construction, finance, health, food + accommodation, professional + technical services, education and more. Mostly from small businesses with between one and four employees, as well as from larger businesses with up to 200 employees. About a third of the responses were from home-based business owners. Most respondents (78%) were from private sector businesses. As expected, many are taking a hit in terms of decreased sales, closures, reduced staff hours, cancelled contracts and layoffs; and most expect those impacts to continue. They offered ideas about how the City, the Province and the Federal government could help. Half the respondents expect the economic rebound to be slow, 35% are unsure. Staff are reviewing the data now and have a tentative date for a second Business Round Table discussion to move forward with actions. health– balancing continued vigilance with loosening restrictions, continuing to follow the direction of the provincial health officer protecting vulnerable populations– approval of affordable housing at 85 Belmont I have a question for the two of you since you over the last month spoken to almost all the Westshore Mayors as well as our MLA Mitzi Dean. My question is “what has the Westshore done right with Covid and what are opportunities for our communities do our municipalities have moving forward?

28 minMAY 1
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Colwood Mayor Rob Martin - April 28th update
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