A view of Hamilton's downtown commercial area from the Mountain. A recent report calls Hamilton a “city of opportunity.”

Welcome to our ‘city of opportunity’

Conference Board of Canada forecast says it will be fourth-fastest growing city in Canada this year. Meredith MacLeod The Hamilton Spectator Hamilton is a “city of opportunity” for corporations looking for alternatives to the congestion and overheated real estate market of Toronto, says commercial property giant Colliers International. In a study released Thursday, Colliers says…

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The Business of Beer: Shed Brewing

The “Ed” in Shed Brewing Company stands in the dark and cavernous former curling rink in Dundas, as a worker finishes sandblasting the interior.   Owners Ed Madronich and Shawn Till (the “sh” in Shed) bought the 140-year-old post-and-beam building, fulfilling a dream they talked about when they were students and basketball teammates at McMaster.…

John Picard owner of Picards Peanuts has opened up Rambling Rd. Brewery Farm.

The Business of Beer: Ramblin’ Road Brewery Farm

John Picard knew that launching craft beer down in rural Norfolk County was a bold move.   The area is Bud Lite/Coors Light country, he says. “You don’t have that same urban connection to craft beer like you do in the cities.” Undaunted, he loaded up his lager with hops. It was, as expected, something…

John Romano is the co-founder of Nickel Brook. The craft brewery is setting up at the former Laker Brewery site on Burlington Street.

The Business of Beer: Nickel Brook Brewers

The craft beer renaissance is a relatively new development but John Romano was one of the trailblazers, in the business 23 years.   His Nickel Brook brewery, which has been based in Burlington, is named after his sons Nick and Brook. He says they brewed the province’s first apple beer and first gluten-free beer. “That…

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29 Questions: Dave McSporran

Dave McSporran: President, Vision & Strategy at BottledMedia.com   1. If you could pick anyone, who would you pick as a business mentor? Lecrae, Mark Burnett, Craig Groschel, Gary Vaynerchuck, Rob Dyrdek, Elon Musk. Any of these would blow my mind. 2. What business or leadership book would you most recommend? “Onward,” by Howard Schultz…

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Dust off your values and live them each day

Jenn Hudder We’ve all worked for the company that has the annual strategic planning session. You know the drill: all the top execs head out for a retreat, and come back proudly displaying the new company vision, mission and values poster that gets hung up on the wall. The trouble is, within weeks, these carefully…

Loomis & Hoey: Getting stronger by working together

Hamilton, Burlington chambers team up for June 2 event By Keanin Loomis and Keith Hoey An image from the garden: That hardy vine racing up and along your backyard fence is like our regional economy. Its roots (Metropolitan Toronto) provide stability and energy to a network of branches (infrastructure, industry clusters and communities) that spread…

Requests pour in for furniture Ashley Thorpe-Bauer and husband Dave Thorpe make from wine barrels.

Minding their business: Caregivers, robots and barrels of fun

A collection of interesting businesses from around the city Amy Kenny The Hamilton Spectator Gold Cross Home Care For Joanne De Rubeis, caregiving starts with more than just a diagnosis. De Rubeis, pictured at lower right, graduated from McMaster’s nursing program in 1987. She spent years working in public health before designing a personal support…

Ted West developed an aluminum aerosol can that can be reused more than 10,000 times.

Innovation Factory: Going clean and green

Have you ever thought about what is in cleaning products or the amount of waste they create?   Ted West, a consultant with more than 25 years’ experience in the cleaning product industry, saw these as huge issues and decided to launch his company, Country Basics, which manufactures green cleaning supplies. Although the green cleaning…

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Time for businesses to plan for climate change

Climate change is one of the biggest issues of our time, yet it’s not appearing in the business plans of most organizations — especially small- to medium-sized businesses. As a local non-profit, we at Sustainable Hamilton aim to change this. Sandi Stride Climate change is real: it’s happening now, here. Although most people realize we…