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Community, Connections, Ethical Entrepreneurs, Farmers' Markets, Local Business, Small Business -

Every July, like clockwork, I ask myself what the hell was I thinking starting a granola business. But, here I am, a long-time market vendor, selling my hand-crafted wares to both the unsuspecting public and loyal fans, and I also think to myself, life could be worse.

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Community, Conscious Entrepreneurs, Ethical Entrepreneurs, Giving Back, Local Business, Small Business -

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – running a business puts you in a position of social responsibility.

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Ethical Entrepreneurs, famers markets, shop local, Small Business, support local, Sustainable shopping" -

Sometimes, small really is beautiful. Especially when it comes to sourcing what we eat. Hands down, the shopping experience at the farmers’ market always gets more thumbs up than throwing our dollars at the big, ever-growing corporate chains. Each and every time you visit a farmers’ market and spend a little of your hard earned cash, the entire community wins big. You walk away with some amazing local products while your local producers walk away to spend your money within your shared community. Everybody walks away connected and happy that they have played an important part in some one else’s...

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Connections, Ethical Entrepreneurs, Giving Back, Local Business, Small Business -

Last month I wrote about one of the more recent connections I’ve made through Singing Bowl Granola, but lately I’ve been thinking a lot about Jen, and what a dear friend she is, not to mention, a local hero. October 2012, I’ve just finished my second season of selling granola at local farmers’ markets, and I’ve developed a taste for this biz. I’m buzzing from the high of repeat customers, new customers, knowing I’ve hit a bit of a winner with my products. Market season has ended, but I’m not ready to stop making and selling granola. Next step –...

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BCFPA, Community, Conscious Entrepreneurs, Ethical Shopping, Fair Trade, Farmer Direct Coop, Fruandes, Healthy Breakfast, Local Business, Small Business, Social Justice -

So, the other day I drove to Vancouver to stand in front of a panel of seven judges and give a four-minute pitch to convince them that Singing Bowl Granola should win the BC Food Production Association’s “Product of the Year” award. That four-minute pitch not only took an entire day of travel, but also a week of reflecting on the past six years of business and figuring out what the heck I’m actually doing here. I got up at 4:30am, pumped and empowered. The travel gods were with me. Every time I doubted my route, a low-flying eagle would...

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