Mon, 28 March 2016
All Hail the Czar
Introducing Michelle Reid and Mills Office Productivity
When you have a problem that needs to be solved you call in a czar. For the past 5 years, Michelle Reid has served as the czar of sustainability for Mills Office Productivity, a local and sustainable business supplier located in East Vancouver. Many years ago, Mill’s owner was approached to help tackle the homeless problem in Vancouver. They didn’t do so through handouts but rather by offering jobs to those in need and give people an opportunity to pull themselves up by the bootstraps. There were only so many jobs available in the Mill’s warehouse, so around seven years ago they expanded their program into the restaurant industry. Mills now offers an eight week culinary training program and job placement out of their Have Cafe which has helped out 800 individuals and with job retention of 50% seven years later.
Michelle oversees all of Mills’ social and environmental initiatives to ensure the B Corp is amongst best for the world. Michelle is passionate about the local economy and the impact of local purchasing, and supports organizations such as Loco BC where she sits on the Board of Directors. Michelle is constantly striving to ensure that Mills is using the best practices for its employees, the environment and the community they reside in and takes great pride in Mills commitment to remain a leader in its field through various certifications including being the first office supply company in Canada to become a Certified B Corporation.
Check out this week’s Boiling Point for another example of how companies can make real measurable impact in their communities.
In this episode
- Mills Office Productivity Website
Direct download: BP090MichelleReid.mp3
Category:entrepreneurship -- posted at: 4:30pm -04
Mon, 21 March 2016
Out with the Dinosaurs, In with Evolution
Reintroducing Kristy O'Leary - Scout & Burrow
This week’s guest for the second time is Kristy O’Leary from Scout & Burrow. Kristy is an artist, entrepreneur, and social change provocateur. Through Scout & Burrow, Kristy makes a living out of spurring organizations to imagine a world made better and then pushing them to act. This is not an easy task, as Atlantic Canada is full of old school, conservative businesses people and practices that are resistant to change. Kristy cannot help but see the opportunities that could arise from our challenges and seeks to change the mind of the dinosaurs in our midst.
In this episode
Direct download: BP089KristyOleary.mp3
Category:entrepreneurship -- posted at: 4:52pm -04
Mon, 14 March 2016
From Consuming to Sharing
Introducing Kelly Lawson and ELLA
We have all heard the comment from the closest, “I have nothing to wear.” In fact, the average American woman spends approximately $300 per month on fashion items. In less than a month, 51% of these items go unworn or unused. This means that women are making a fashion investment of $250,000 in their lifetime without any type of return of investment. This week’s boiling point guest, Kelly Lawson, is seeking to change the trend and connect like-minded women by way of their closets.
A short time ago, Kelly took an idea that she had been toying with for some time and developed the iPhone app, ELLA. With ELLA, women can sell their unused or slightly used clothing for cash. With $50 billion in nearly new items sitting in US closets every year there is a lot to choose from. Not only are you helping out a fellow woman by purchasing from them, but you also help the environment so that all of these items don’t end up in a landfill. Check out this week’s Boiling Point to see how you or your loved one could make some money or perhaps find a great deal on a fashionable item.
In this episode
- The ELLA APP Video
Direct download: BP088KellyLawson.mp3
Category:entrepreneurship -- posted at: 2:03pm -04
Mon, 7 March 2016
The Intersection of Passion and Innovation
Introducing Shawn Leger and FORCE 3 Innovations
When passion and innovation merge the results can be powerful. Someone who knows all about this situation is Shawn Leger. Shawn has worked in the rehab field for 16 years and he also has a passion for finding solutions to his customers needs. One day he was fitting a wheelchair for an elderly man when he noticed he kept leaning to one side. Shawn found out that this man was a career truck driver and his lean was a result of his many years sitting on the road. This got Shawn thinking about the posture of those who have to drive for a living and resulted in him forming FORCE 3 Innovations to help solve the problem. The product he has now patented and tested can lower back pain, increase tolerance, and provide enhanced health outcomes. The product could also be the only one of its kind that would keep drivers awake longer. Not to mention, that it comes integrated with technology to remember your preferred seat configuration and configurations can be uploaded to clinicians to access if the configuration is correct for your posture. Check out this week’s Boiling Point to hear from a leader fueled by passion.
In this episode
- MediChair New Brunswick website
Direct download: BP087ShawnLeger.mp3
Category:entrepreneurship -- posted at: 7:17pm -04