Melinda's Biscotti, under the direction of local entrepreneurs Melinda Cownden and Alun Hodgson, became a leader in the competitive market of commercial baking by maintaining a commitment to focused goals and quality.
Started in a rented kitchen, Melinda Cownden worked nights and weekends to bake her biscotti. When told she should stick to the markets because commercial production was too complicated, it only served to confirm her resolve. Learning about foodsafe and approved kitchens, she kept going. On her own, she maintained six customers, calling for orders during her work breaks, baking and delivering in her spare time, but dreams are built on hard work and determination and today she is happy that she didn't quit.
From the rented kitchen, Melinda's Biscotti moved into the first commercial, residential bakery in Sidney, which is a converted garage. From six customers and three flavours, the little business that could grew to serve over 100 customers with seven flavours in two sizes. Almost 100,000 biscotti later and a new commercial bakery with a coffee shop in the West Sidney Business Park, Melinda's Biscotti supplies customers in three provinces. Now with plans for growth and expansion, the future is looking bright for BC's newest and best biscotti.
The Ugly Truth
Two simple facts...
The ugly truth, is that there are many ingredients in your daily beauty routine that are more than likely harming your health (unless of course you have already switched over to safer alternatives). The 'uglier truth', is that there are little to no regulations in regards to the use of these harmful ingredients in your cosmetics. The harmful ingredients include hazardous chemicals, potential carcinogens, known hormone disruptors, allergens, and ingredients linked to birth defects and infertility. Whether they are causing a headache, or a much larger life threatening disease, they do NOT belong in your cosmetics.
Megan Johns is the owner/operator of the Green Kiss, a retailer of safe, smart and sexy cosmetics from North America's most effective safe cosmetic brands. Your style and your health are our priority!She is based out of Victoria, BC Canada. The beauty bar is located at 764 Fort St. in the heart of downtown Victoria. She has started as a innovative 'store within a store' model and is located within The Good Planet Company.
Your Story Contains Your Potential
Anna Harvey is the owner of BOOST and specializes in igniting the potential in people through the exploration of their overlooked or undiscovered passions. She is a Certified Passion Test Facilitator for adults and youth. The Passion Test is a powerful decision-making tool that creates a clear and heart-centred outcome that is especially helpful at times of transition – changing careers, stepping into leadership or business ownership, returning to school, or experiencing ‘empty nest.’ Anna draws on her experiences as a passion coach, an entrepreneur, a communications and marketing professional, a mother and life enthusiast to deliver engaging workshops, keynotes, and one-on-one facilitation. She’s known for her natural gift to inspire people through her wisdom, humour and passion.
1up Single Parent Resource Centre
1Up, Victoria Single Parent Resource Centre, provides practical support, opportunities for growth and a sense of hope for one-parent families across Greater Victoria. Guided by skilled and committed staf and trained volunteers, we offer important services to create foundations for personal and community growth in a welcoming and non-judgmental environment. The work they do transforms lives creating stronger families and healthier children. It provides hope and the promise of a brighter future for parents and children, not just today, but well into tomorrow creating a stronger and more vibrant community in the process.
too tight, too short, too big, too many?
Last month we collected hygiene items for the recipients from the Single Parent Resouce Centre and Blanshard Community Centre and this months it is jeans!
Bring your men's, ladies, teen and boys/girls jeans to the May 3rd meeting and we will get them in the hands of people who need them!
Clean, washed jeans only. Thank you!
Registration Fee: $25 per person before May 1st, $30 after May 1st