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Coffeecology’s bike delivery is ethically easy

The Hamilton-based company delivers fresh-roasted coffee in reusable Mason jars. By Saira Peesker, The Hamilton Spectator Coffeecology, a Hamilton company that delivers fresh-roasted coffee to consumers’ doors by bicycle, is a big experiment, says owner Roger Abbiss. “It’s an experiment in how green a business can really be,” said Abbiss, who uses ethically sourced coffee…

Stephen Armstrong of Speakeasy Roasteries

Speakeasy roaster one of Canada’s best

Stephen Armstrong and his sons have made coffee a family business — aiming to support other families around the world By Saira Peesker, The Hamilton Spectator Stephen Armstrong knows coffee. He also knows electronic music, food and fair trade — and is keen to chat about topics as far-ranging as women’s health and colonialism —…

Amy Gringhis, co-owner of Cafe Oranje in the International Village at 312 King St. E.

Café Oranje has five different local roasters

The co-owners of the King Street East café are a management tag-team. By Saira Peesker, The Hamilton Spectator There are numerous Hamilton coffee shops that sell coffee from local roasters, but there’s one way Café Oranje has upped the ante. The King Street East café, which just celebrated its one-year anniversary, may be the only…

Innovation and growth is fluid

The advent of the commercial web in the ’90s brought an array of opportunities for building software to help people communicate and create streamlined media experiences. This was the inspiration for Justin Hogeterp’s company, Fluid Media, in January of 1998. The company survived the 2001 dot-com crash and has since transformed from a full service…

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Hamilton startups get ready for the lair

Startups battle for top prize in Lions’ LAIR competition By Samantha Beattie, Hamilton Business Ten of Hamilton’s most promising startup businesses have been chosen for the Lions’ LAIR and a chance to get more than $100,000 in cash and in-kind resources. Lions’ LAIR, a competition inspired by the popular CBC show Dragon’s Den, pits competitors…

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Direct marketing firm knows value of diversity

Owner says diversity award is just recognition of having good business sense. By Lisa Grace Marr, The Hamilton Spectator As far as Dan Schottlander is concerned, Directworx is innovative because of its technologies and customer service. While the direct mail company has received the 2014 Hamilton Chamber diversity award for hiring employees with disabilities as…

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20 questions: Keith Hoey

Keith Hoey,  President Burlington Chamber of Commerce 414 Locust Street, Burlington, Ontario 1. Who is your business hero? The boss I had when I first became a manager. He was a great mentor who taught me a lot about leadership. 2. What is your favourite television show? The news. I really don’t watch much TV.…

Columnist for Hamilton Business

Avoiding the seven-year-itch (or worse)

By Chris Farias There’s a scene in Singing in the Rain where Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly) is recounting his path to stardom to a gaggle of frantic fans. Every so often he pauses his reflection, looks straight into the camera, and states, “Dignity, always dignity.” As I reflect on my career path over the past…