Mindy

24 Questions: Mindy Tweedle

Mindy Tweedle Tweedle Productions Inc. Owner / Producer Hamilton, ON 1. Who is your business hero? My father. He’s been an entrepreneur since I was born and is a great mentor. I’ve learned the old school way of doing business and the importance of a solid support team. I wrote a paper about wanting to…

Clara Laratta-Gerrard is the owner and artist at Clarelegance. She specializes in life cast sculptures.

Crazy casts, sexy careers and cool effects

Lisa Grace Marr Hamilton Business Clara Laratta-Gerrard has taken a rather crazy path to her business, going from taking casts of teeth as a dental hygienist and instructor to rethinking those skills in the context of art. “I’ve always done this,” she says gesturing to the art and sculptures in her home-based studio. “When I…

JoonKim

Putting money where the mouths are

As a new father, Joon Kim was frustrated and bewildered by the fact he could not find an oral hygiene product that was made for children, safe-to-swallow and cavity fighting. So he decided to take matters into his own hands. “That was the beginning of our story,” says Kim, a former pharmaceutical research scientist and…

A sector set to boom

Neil Everson Traditionally, the majority of us think of economic development success in terms of manufacturing operations locating in a municipality. But there’s a new industry that is forecasted to boom over the next decade and that’s data centres. By definition, a data centre is a facility used to house computer systems and associated components,…

Profile: Top planner says city’s future hinges on growth

Hamilton’s urban fabric is a great place to start, but ‘we have to be careful not to lose that’ Saira Peesker The Hamilton Spectator It’s easy to spot Jason Thorne from across Waterdown’s Brown Dog Coffee Shoppe. He’s the only guy there who’s 6-foot-7, and is busy deciding what item sold at the trendy café…

The Money, The Numbers

Price Tag – $2.5 billion to host the Pan Am/Parapan 2015 Games in Ontario. GDP Growth – The province estimates the Games will grow the province’s real GDP by $3.7 billion from 2009 to 2017 but it’s not clear how that figure was generated. Jobs – The province has said Pan Am will create 26,000…

Chris Farias

25 Questions: Chris Farias

1. Who is your business hero? I wish Anna Wintour and Richard Branson would get married and adopt me. 2. Other than your own, what is your favourite company? HBO. 3. What is your favourite television show? The original Twilight Zone series. 4. What business book would you most recommend? Don’t look further than Yertle…

Eagle's Nest Executive Director Debra Tigchelaar holds a mantle clock at Rescued and Restored in Freelton.

Rescused and Restored sorely needed

Lisa Grace Marr The Hamilton Spectator Debra Tigchelaar says Rescued and Restored is about finding treasures. It is that – there are dozens of beautiful sets of china, dining room sets, comfy couches, even restored antiques, but there is another set of treasures benefitting from the ones going out the front door. The Freelton used…

Jeannine Hare, owner of a new Lice Squad clinic, wields her not-so-secret weapon: the lowly lice comb. holds her weapon, a lice comb.holds her weapon, seen here holding a lice comb, has opened a new lice squad clinic in Hamilton - subtly named LS clinic.

Crazy clean, Sexy cars, Cool parties

Lisa Grace Marr The Hamilton Spectator Some people might say Jeannine Hare is crazy. After all, you’d have to be to want to work with lice and run a Lice Squad franchise, right? Toss in the fact it’s her third franchise, that her resumé includes working in a crematorium, and, oh yeah, that she’s expecting…