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Strong, not bossy

A girl starts to put up her hand in class to answer a question but quickly decides against it. It’s not that she doesn’t know the answer or has forgotten what she was going to say. She doesn’t want to be called the “B” word — bossy. A recent story in The Mash — The…

April and Lee Wright of Sniper Skin won this year's Lion's Lair with their alternative to hockey tape.

And the winner is …

From surgical tools to games, innovation was on display at the Lion’s Lair awards. Amy Kenny Hamilton Business Sniper Skin was the winner at the fifth annual Lion’s Lair this September. The company, owned by Lee and April Wright, created a longer-lasting plastic alternative to hockey tape. For it, they won $77,000 in cash and…

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The Hamilton Club: not an ‘old boys’ club’ anymore

Mixing tradition with changing times Amy Kenny Hamilton Business Walking by, a lot of people don’t even notice it. Sure, the building has a beautiful brick exterior, but it’s Hamilton. Beautiful brick buildings are the norm. It’s not until people step inside, through the heavy wood and brass doors off Main Street East, that jaws…

Jay Gustin started a landscaping business at 11 as a summer job. He has since grown it into a successful business with about 30 employees.

Thumbs up for green thumbs

If you are dreaming about getting back into your yard, you will be doing the local economy a big favour. Meredith MacLeod Hamilton Business Nurseries, garden centres and landscaping companies are gearing up for homeowners eager to exercise their green thumbs in a spring following a deep, dark winter. Horticulture is a big part of…

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Shades of Summer

Homeowners spend to create their own vacation oasis Shades of Summer Since: 2009 Employees: 12 Brad Paton says Hamiltonians take their gardens very seriously. Four of the properties he maintains have won national landscaping awards. “This is a hot spot for landscaping and gardening. People may not think of Hamilton that way but I’ve always…

From left, Chris Mace VP of Landscape and Design, Jane Green VP of Finance, Roy Hummel VP Maintenance and Snow and President Nathan Helder.

Gelderman Landscaping

Sixty years of driving beautiful, functional landscapes Gelderman Landscaping Since: 1955 Employees: 110 There were plenty of reasons Nathan Helder shouldn’t have bought his father-in-law’s landscaping company. For one, Helder had no experience in the field and, for another, Helder’s wife wanted no part of buying her dad’s business. She was the only one of…

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Hortico: Keeping it natural

Keeping it natural Hortico Since: 1974 Employees: Fewer than 20 The decision to grow their trees and plants without chemicals was not a business move. It was simply what the Vanderkruk family believed was the right choice to make. “We don’t know of another commercial grower not using pesticides,” said John Vanderkruk. He and his…