Business notes: Coburn strikes out on his own with auto centre

A new automotive centre that sells and fixes all kinds of motorcycles, cars, trucks and SUVs has recently opened in Duncan.

A new automotive centre that sells and fixes all kinds of motorcycles, cars, trucks and SUVs has recently opened in Duncan.

Twin Speed & Service centre, located at 5240 Trans Canada Hwy., also provides vehicle detailing and has a large selection of clothing and leathers.

The business is owned and operated by Jason Coburn.

Coburn said he has been in the industry for many years working for others, but this is his first business where he’s the boss.

“I was tired of seeing other people making money,” he said.

Two Cowichan Valley businesses make finals

Two businesses in Duncan are among the final five finalists in two categories for the 14th annual Small Business BC Awards.

Cowichan Energy Alternatives is a finalist in the Best Community Impact category, and Country Chic Paint is a finalist in the Best Immigrant Entrepreneur category.

The awards recognize the outstanding achievements of British Columbia’s entrepreneurs and celebrate the contributions new and existing businesses in B.C. with fewer than 50 employees make to their local communities and the global economy.

This year, 699 nominations were received from 72 communities across the province.

The winners of each category will be announced at the Small Business BC Awards Ceremony on Feb. 23 in Vancouver.

St. John Ambulance forms partnership

St. John Ambulance in Duncan and the Cowichan Valley Training Centre have formed a new partnership.

As of Feb. 1, the CVTC will be taking over the St. John Ambulance facility on Craig Street and, under the new partner-provider agreement, the two organizations will be in partnership, but will remain separate entities.

“This partnership presents a unique opportunity to better serve the local community,” said Karen MacPherson, CEO of St. John Ambulance (BC and Yukon).

“Our organizations are an excellent fit for one another, and we look forward to a long and healthy partnership.”

Turn into a tree when you die with Bios Urns

A new business has opened in Ladysmith that sells 100 per cent biodegradable urns that will turn a loved one into a tree after death.

Cally Clarke, owner of TreeBorn, is Bios Urn’s official distributor for Western Canada, providing both retail and wholesale services.

Launched in Europe in 2013, a Bios Urn is a funerary urn made from biodegradable materials and a patented growth medium which, when combined with cremated remains, will turn you, a loved one, or a cherished pet, into a tree after death.

“The other side to this is the growing movement from a pollution and waste-dependent society to one of sustainability and environmentally friendly initiatives,” Clarke said.

“Trees are the lungs of our planet.”

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Everything your heart desires at craft fair

The All Hearts Desires Arts & Crafts Fair will be held in Cobble Hill Village on Feb. 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The fair, which is free to attend, will host approximately 50 booths from all over Vancouver Island, including artisans, candle makers, designers, health-based practitioners and much more.

Cooks from the Farmers Institute will be serving food and coffee at the event, and food carts with gourmet hot dogs and mini donuts will be outside.

Volunteers from South Cowichan Community & Policing will also be on hand with the latest kids’ identity kits to register children.

The Fair will be held at the Cobble Hill Hall, 3550 Watson Ave., and Stu Armour Barn, 1438 Fisher Rd.