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wo Vancouver businesses will appear on the season two finale of The Big Decision this month. An offshoot of the hit cutthroat reality television show Dragon’s Den, the show features the owners of two separate Canadian businesses per episode seeking advice and, more importantly, around $250,000 in capital from one of the show’s two business tycoon hosts. The owners of both the Flag Shop, a local banner and flag manufacturer, and Gastown’s revitalized Save-On-Meats restaurant and butcher shop recently pleaded their case to Dragon’s Den denizen and Venture Communications CEO Arlene Dickinson, who Forbes Magazine estimates has a net worth of $80 million, in a new episode airing on CBC, Nov. 24. Both local entrepreneurs are contractually sworn to secrecy on their respective verdicts but say the experience was worthwhile regardless of Dickinson’s decision. Flag Shop owner Susan Braverman, who took over running the 35-year-old family business from her mother Doreen six years ago, says simply participating in the show led to landing some major new business contracts. “One of the challenges she gave me was to pitch a big-box company cold,” Braverman told the Courier. “I basically found out on a Friday night that I would be going out to pitch a bunch of executives at Best Buy on Monday morning. Arlene told me I would need samples to show them and so my gang — my production and my marketing team — came together and helped create what I envisioned and I went out and it was fantastic. They’ve

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Save-on-Meats owner Mark Brand is featured on The Big Decision. now turned into a regular client.” The show typically profiles small businesses desperately trying to stay solvent, and viewers often get to watch the hopes and dreams of business owners crushed by either Dickinson or co-host and fellow multi-millionaire Jim Treliving. “When you’re somebody’s last hope, it’s never just business,” Dickinson intones ominously in ads for the show. Braverman, however, claims her business is actually doing just fine and she was surprised by the do-or-die way the show is being promoted. Save-On-Meats owner Mark Brand, 37, echoed the sentiment, saying he was just as interested in spreading his philanthropic business model to other cities as he was in Dickinson’s dollars. While he and his wife Nicole run several successful restaurants in the Gastown area such as Boneta, the Diamond, and Sea Monstr Sushi, they also provide employment, free educational opportunities and material resources to countless residents of the perennially troubled Downtown Eastside. “The more people who can see what we do and the real guts of it the better,” said Brand, whose business was

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