Business notes

Business notes

A new mobile lawnmower repair service will soon open to serve customers in the Cowichan Valley.

Mobile repair service targets lawnmowers

A new mobile repair service that specializes in lawnmowers, called Randy’s Mobile Repair, will soon open to serve customers in the Cowichan Valley.

Randy Huebner and his family recently moved to Cowichan Bay from Winnipeg to escape the bitter Manitoba winters and to be closer to friends on the Island.

He operated a similar mobile repair service, but also for snow blowers, for five years in Winnipeg and believes the concept can be very successful here.

Huebner has purchased a bus, converted it into a workshop and can fix people’s lawnmowers and other small machines right in their driveways.

“My motto is no hauling, no loading and no hassle,” he said.

For more information, call Huebner at 250-732-9225.

Winery building wins judges’ choice award

The Blue Grouse Winery building in Duncan has already been picked as the 2016 Judges’ Choice Award Winner for Best Overall Entry at the 10th Annual Vancouver Island Real Estate Board Commercial Building Awards.

Duncan’s Galaxy Motors building and North Cowichan’s Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit are also included among the 28 finalists in 11 categories that were eligible this year for the awards.

The awards celebrate the best in commercial, community and industrial buildings north of the Malahat on Vancouver Island which were completed between January 1 and December 31, 2016.

The award winners will be unveiled on April 20 at the Coast Bastion Hotel in Nanaimo.

Blue Grouse helps raise money for Peru

The Blue Grouse Estate Winery is appealing to the public to help those impacted by the rains and floods in Peru.

Peru is special to the Brunner family, who purchased the Cowichan Valley winery in 2012 and call Peru home for half of the year.

Cristina Brunner is Peruvian and has deep roots in the South American country, with many family members there.

Until the end of April, all fees collected from the winery’s wine-testing room will be donated to the cause. and the Brunner family will match the donations.

Panago Pizza gives hospital staff treat

Panago Pizza in Duncan showed its appreciation to the dedicated staff and doctors at Cowichan District Hospital last week by treating them to pizzas.

Panago delivered pizzas for lunch and dinner at the hospital on March 29, as well as on April 1-2 for the weekend staff.

“We thank Panago for recognizing the hard work and dedication of our team,” said Cowichan hospital site director Janeen Kidd.

“Our hospital staff and physicians are like family. This generous donation allows us to take time to connect, share a meal and reflect on the wonderful community we support.”

Annual breakfast gathers leaders

Economic Development partners in Cowichan are bringing their consultations with more than 60 business leaders in six major sectors to the forefront on April 11 at the second annual Business Leaders Breakfast.

The breakfast is the culmination of a recent Round Table Consultation Series held in partnership with Duncan Cowichan Chamber of Commerce, Community Futures Cowichan, Economic Development Cowichan and MNP LLP.

The partners will discuss the top priorities of businesses in retail, tourism, agriculture, manufacturing and processing, real estate and construction and the tech sector.

The partners will discuss the top priorities of businesses in retail, tourism, agriculture, manufacturing and processing, real estate and construction, as well as the tech sector.

The breakfast will be held at the Cowichan Golf Club, starting at 7:30 a.m.

Tickets can be purchased by visiting the Chamber website at www.duncancc.bc.ca.