Business notes: New denture clinic open at Valleyview Centre

Simply Smiles Denture Clinic is now open for business at the Valleyview Centre.

Simply Smiles Denture Clinic is now open for business at the Valleyview Centre.

The clinic is in the same location occupied by Edie Wragg Denturist Inc. and is owned and operated by denturist Charity Wararuk, who recently took over the practice from the retiring Wragg.

Wararuk moved from Edmonton to take over the practice and to fulfill her dream of living on Vancouver Island.

“My family was really looking forward to a change in lifestyle, and to take advantage of all the outdoor activities that the Island offers,” she said.

“I’m really enjoying working and living here so far, and my clients are just lovely.”

Cowichan Valley Autos goes musical for food

Cowichan Valley Autos is hosting a Music Trivia Event on Oct. 8 to raise funds for the Harvest House Food Bank.

There will be 16 teams in the competition, which begins at 5 p.m. at CVA’s location on Beverly Street in Duncan.

The Duncan Kinsmen will be operating a cash bar and Vancouver Island Catering will be selling food from its food truck.

Longtime accounting firm undergoes merger

Vancouver Island’s Hayes Stewart Little & Co. is joining forces with Grant Thornton LLP.

Hayes Stewart Little & Co., a professional accounting and advisory firm, has offices in Duncan, Victoria, Nanaimo and Port Alberni.

Dan Little, a partner in Hayes Stewart Little & Co., said the union of the firms will result in enhanced services for clients by offering a broader range of local and global resources and expertise.

He said it will also bring the added benefit of a new combination of leadership, experience, and enriched national service; all of which will help clients with future growth opportunities.

“This is both a pivotal and exciting time for us as a firm, one that comes with the exceptional opportunity to join a like-minded national firm that shares our appreciation and commitment to clients, communities and private businesses,” Little said.

Encore Limousine first on Island to offer Tesla

Encore Limousine Service is celebrating its 10th anniversary in the Valley in style with upgrades to its fleet.

Owner Doug McLean has just added a brand-new Tesla Model S sedan to its fleet of limousines.

McLean said the luxury sedan is perfect for taking passengers to Island airports and ferry terminals.

“This will be the first Tesla in any limousine fleet on the Island,” he said.

Duncan Farmers Market taking on new vendors

The popular Duncan Farmers Market will be even bigger next summer.

The City of Duncan has given the Market permission to add up to 12 new vendor stalls.

Executive director Barry O’Riordan said two rounds of adjudications for new vendors have already been held.

As well, O’Riordan said that people can now catch the newly added Saturday morning trip to the Market on transit route #9 (Mill Bay-Duncan).

The bus leaves Mill Bay Shopping Centre at 8:40 a.m., travels through Cowichan Bay, and arrives in Duncan at 9:20 a.m.

“We’re really excited about the market expansion and the new bus,” O’Riordan said.

Nominate for Small Business BC Awards

Small Business BC and the Insurance Bureau of Canada opened nominations and voting for the 14th annual Small Business BC Awards on Oct. 1

The event is the largest small business awards competition in the province that recognizes the outstanding achievements of B.C.’s entrepreneurs.

Entrepreneurs are invited to nominate their business, and the public is encouraged to nominate their favourite small businesses, in any of this year’s 10 categories.

This year’s winners will be announced at the Small Business BC Awards Ceremony on Feb. 23 in Vancouver.

For more information, go to www.sbbcawards.ca