Karen Breitner is an electrical contractor.

Karen Breitner: Electrician

‘The kid up on the roof cleaning the gutters’ Name: Karen Breitner Occupation: Electrician Karen Breitner was always daddy’s little girl. “I was the kid up on the roof cleaning out the gutters,” she says. “I was the kid in the pool when it was like 55 degrees, cleaning the sides of the pool. And…

Waqar Malik

20 Questions: Waqar Malik

Waqar Malik: President and Executive Producer at InBold Media (video marketing specialists) in Hamilton and Mississauga   1. If you could pick anyone, who would you pick as a business mentor? Mark Cuban (film producer and businessman) and movie/television character Ari Gold (from “Entourage”) 2. What business or leadership book would you most recommend? I…

Brent Thomas, left, and Matt Brewer started Educredu together, which aims to help professionals manage their professional requirements.
A regular feature by Emily Kinread, Innovation Factory

Innovation Factory Entrepreneur of the Month: Educredu

Educredu takes the confusion out of maintaining credentials   Professionals around the world are required to have credentials — certifications, licences and other designations. To remain certified, many require continuing education, but determining what counts toward these requirements, how many credits should be collected, and submitting it to professional organizations can be challenging. As professionals…

Keith Hoey

Advocating for businesses

We don’t just have input, we have impact Keith Hoey Most people know that Chambers of Commerce advocate on behalf of business — the chamber’s three major activities are networking, education and advocacy — but not everyone knows that this advocacy work happens with all levels of government. When it comes to advocating with the…

Rod Philips, Chair of Postmedia's Board of Directors.

A tale of two chambers, working together

Hamilton, Burlington understand the value of looking at the economy through a regional lens Keith Hoey Much has been written about the Bay Area Economic Summit (BAES) at the Royal Botanical Gardens June 2. From “meet the new economic power kids on the block” to “Hamilton and Burlington: strength in unity,” it was a very…

GARDENELEGANT

Owning your home

“The Internet has made a huge difference in home remodelling. … People see these amazing designs and it gets their heads spinning to all kinds of options.” Stories Amy Kenny The Hamilton Spectator Bugs Bunny homes — that’s the term Donna Bacher uses. They’re the houses that look like your average digs until you get…

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Take Us For Granite

Kingston, Huntsville, Tobermory, Sauble Beach. If you’re willing to pay for it, that’s how far Take Us For Granite will ship your countertops.   Despite its east mountain location, the Hamilton company has customers all across Ontario. In its early days, says sales associate Maria Corcoran, most people were looking for kitchen and bathroom countertops.…

Pool Shoppe owner Bob Simpson and his daughter Dana Simpson at their 1333 Rymal Rd East location.

Backyards oasis from busy life

The Pool Shoppe   It’s the James Bond of pools. At first glance, just a cloud-shaped, turquoise-coloured in-ground. Flip a switch and you’ll activate two waterfalls hidden beneath slabs of stone. Flip another and streams of water arc from nozzles, built into the deck, to the centre of the pool. There are lights, bubblers, fountains…