Now: Mark Korcyznski is a creative blacksmith. Then: He shifted from previous careers in grahics, automotive, and food industries.

Careers 2.0 – starting over

Does your career need a reboot? Here’s the place for inspiration. Hamilton Business reporter Natalie Paddon talks to 10 brave people who completely reinvented their work lives. She finds out: Why they did it. Where they succeeded. Where they failed. Here are  some of the lessons learned. “I went from the frying pan to the fire…

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Building for the future

There’s so much more to sustainability than just the environment. And for businesses, it can be a real boost for the bottom line — and the key to success Stories by Amy Kenny Hamilton Business When you hear the word sustainable, your mind might go straight to reducing, reusing and recycling. You wouldn’t be wrong,…

Rob Bragdon, general manager of east Hamilton Radio, on the roof of the Barton Street store.

East Hamilton Radio goes solar

East Hamilton Radio Community is part of the reason East Hamilton Radio recently installed 550 solar panels on the roof of the Barton Street store. “I think consumers in general and the public in general are way more aware of the environment, period. “And I think it’s a smart thing for a business to do…

Liz Nield says sustainability has become more of a household term now that it was 10 years ago.

Lura Consulting tackles socioeconomics

Lura Consulting   One of those partners is Lura Consulting, an organization with 16 employees, whose engagement and strategic planning services range from environment and socioeconomics to community planning and wellbeing. When Lura was founded in the 1970s, it focused on the environmental sector. In recent years, the company’s scope has broadened to encompass a…

YWCA CEO Denise Christopherson.

Sustainability: that’s the focus for the YWCA.

HAMILTON YWCA Sustainability: that’s the focus for the YWCA. When you walk into the YWCA offices on MacNab Street South, the first thing you see is a chalkboard illustrated with an icon celebrating 125 years. Denise Christopherson, CEO of the organization, says she doesn’t think the YWCA would have made it that long without partnerships,…

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No longer business as usual

With school back in session this month, we head to the classroom to find out what’s being taught in business schools these days to keep up with changing practice Amy Kenny Hamilton Business On its face, a gig in student government doesn’t seem directly related to a career as a financial adviser, but that’s the…

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Women breaking barriers

More and more women are breaking into non-traditional fields, but they still face barriers Stories Amy Kenny The Hamilton Spectator In 1988, when Marla Robinson applied for a position as a repair technician at an aerospace company, the company told her it would love to hire her but for one thing. “I was told ‘we…

Sally Harvey is a horticulturalist who works at the RBG and runs her own business.

Sally Harvey: Landscape, horticulture

‘Often, barriers are in their own minds’ Name: Sally Harvey Occupation: Landscape, horticulture Every once in a while, maybe one out of every 100 clients, someone will ask Sally Harvey if they can speak to the owner. Despite this, Harvey (who, yes, is the owner), says the concept of barriers for women working in horticulture…