Sixteen varieties of tomato grow in the Cillis garden.

How Oliver’s gardens have grown

Oliver Allen-Cillis was six years old when he saw some kids in the Sherman-Barton-Street area picking through recycling bins.   When his mom Stacey explained they were probably collecting bottles and cans for money so they could buy necessities, including food, Oliver had a suggestion. The family was trying to raise funds for a trip…

Tonia Jahshan

20 Questions: Tonia Jahshan

Tonia Jahshan: Founder and president of Steeped Tea, 50 Bittern St., Ancaster   1. If you could pick anyone, who would you pick as a business mentor? My business mentors are our Dragons’ Den partners, Jim Treliving and David Chilton. They are always a phone call away when I need inspiration, have a pressing problem, or…

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The Open for Business committee is making progress

A ripple or a wave? Arend Kersten Is Hamilton really open for business? For over a decade, the Flamborough Chamber of Commerce (FCC) has been sending a three-part message to Hamilton city hall: Hamilton is facing significant financial pressures. With property taxes doubling in most cases since amalgamation, the residential taxpayer is “maxed out.” The…

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City takes page out of Blue Jays’ winning ways

Neil Everson Economic Director City of Hamilton   But few Hamilton residents know that our city is on its own winning streak and one that this community should be particularly proud of. Atlanta-based Site Selection magazine has been the leading publication providing current and pertinent data to governments, investors and corporations for more than 60…

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…

James Lefebvre

20 Questions: James Lefebvre

James Lefebvre: Associate vice president of business services First Ontario Credit Union, Hamilton   1. If you could pick anyone, who would you pick as a business mentor? Howard Schultz. As a young man he gave up a lucrative job in New York to move his young family, because he believed in the potential of…

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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…