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Community involvement, value added products and exceptional customer service sees local business taking top prize BETH HENDRY-YIM


eatherwise Cedar Products recently won Business of the Year in the over 15 employee category at the 2015 Parksville Chamber of Commerce Business Awards. The 30-year-old company remanufactures and sells cedar products and finishings, from fence panels to specialty stains and paints, and is recognizable on the Alberni highway by the oversized Adirondack chair sitting at the front gate. Greg Matheson, manager, explained that Weatherwise has been employee-owned since 1995 when the original owner decided to sell. “The employees saw it as a good investment in jobs and community so they banded together and bought it.” The business has seen ups and downs, but Matheson said that

in the past five years there has been dramatic growth due in part to the commitment of its owners and its innovative methods and ideas. “When times were hard, the owners would invest their own time and money. They didn’t give up.” Creating value-added wood products and staying connected to its community were other major factors in Weatherwise’s longevity and in its recent win. “We have our own mill and can cut dimensional lumber at specialty sizes. No job is too big or too small. We’ve also expanded the types of stains we carry to include environmentally friendly products,” he said, adding that people are looking for more sustainably produced products that last. “Nothing is wasted at Weatherwise, right down to the shavings

Greg Matheson receives Business of the Year Award SEE BUSINESS AWARDS | PAGE 27


Business Incubator Launches Program For Artists The Network Hub: Helping to turn Artists into budding Entrepreneurs


ANAIMO – Created from the outset as a catalyst for business development Nanaimo’s The Network Hub has provided workspace, networking opportunities and other practical resources for many of the city’s growing businesses. Now, with the launch of its new Artist – 2Entrepreneur program it hopes to use that same expertise to help local artists turn what typically

began as hobbies into viable and successful enterprises. “We have a large population of arts and culture people living on Vancouver Island, the fabulous island lifestyle attracts them. They’re artistic, they’re talented and they are geniuses when it comes to product and service development. Where they find they need assistance is in clarity and in helping to open up those

gateways to global markets,” explained Angie Barnard, the Network Hub’s Chief Motivating Officer and Business Curator. “You can’t rely solely on the local markets in order to make these businesses thrive. But you can easily export arts and artistic genius. It’s not an expensive industry to export.” The Artist – 2- Entrepreneur program, jointly facilitated by

Barnard and Fiona Friesen a textile artist who among other things hand crafts wallets and other products out of exotic fish leathers. Designed by artists for artists the program will offer participants business themed training courses, access to the Hub‘s in-house Nanaimo PopUP Store for displaying and selling SEE NETWORK HUB | PAGE 30

Business Examiner Vancouver Island - April 2016  

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