BLOG 17- Samantha Laycock of BeYOUtiful Box

BeYOUtiful Box Owner Samantha Laycock

Samantha was introduced to me a couple years ago through a mutual friend at an event where she spoke to her radical journey of self love. With BeYOUtiful Box the business she launched May of 2016, she delivers a monthly subscription dose of self love treats to the doorstep for women that struggle to make self care happen regularly. The treats in the box are all Canadian and or locally sourced, from bathbombs, sweets, makeup, jewelry and handcrafted items which alway include the company info if you want to replenish or explore the company’s other products. I personally purchased the BeYOUtiful advent box for my mom this Christmas and the thought and care that went into the wrapping of the gifts was extrordinary. What I especially loved about it was my mom calling me almost every day to let me know what she got that day. I will definitely purchase this again next year just based on the connection it creates between the recipient and the donor throughout the month of December. Samantha explained that the testimonials and thanks you she has received from recipents haven’t been as much about the items in the box but more the effect of regular practice of self love and what that does for the woman’s sense of self-worth and general outlook on life. Samantha’s goal is to gently remind 100 women, monthly that they are beautiful and deserving of love through her BeYOUtiful Boxes and even more women through her public speaking engagements.

Samantha is very open and honest about the realities of being a woman, a mom, a human. The daily struggles of life and the past you must leave behind are all subjects of discussed in her Facebook group The Orenda Tribe, she successfully created a safe space for women to engage.

Fitting that we post about Samantha and BeYOUtiful Box now as she just launched BeYOUtiful Bundles for this Valentines. She wants to send 20 BeYOUtiful Bundles( box of 5 gifts) to Rowan House the woman’s shelter in High River so from this Valentines on, the women needing to be in the shelter will know they are worth of love. See her website though her listing to see how you can support this compassionate initiative.

BLOG 16 Jessica and Daniel Walker of Jumble District

I have used Jumble District over this last year as a means to get work done and let kids get active and have fun, balancing the mom guilt with business building. In those visits I was able to see the family coming together behind the scenes, I saw Jessica’s mom in the kitchen, I saw Daniel manning the floor and setting the standard for the engagement needed at the climbing walls, trampolines and so forth. Meanwhile Jessica comes out from the office after completing the administration for HR, payroll, accounts receivable and payable and other fun stuff that sounds overwhelming just writing it. As I work away on my laptop I witness exactly why I knew I had to have them in the directory. Malachi and Delaih come running up to their mom and dad, red faced and speaking a mile a minute and I see exactly why they poured themselves into this business. They want families to connect, to do things together and have fun! They are living what they made their purpose. Their kids play hockey and they both stressed outside of hockey they need to stay active and have fun or else they just resort to screen time. They were aware of this challenge and wanted to create a space to fill that need. Boy did they fill that need! The space is 24101 square feet, 11000 of that is trampoline park, 5 climbing wall, a four level play structure and a Toddler District. There are 5 private rooms to accomodate birthday parties and a 4 person air hockey game central to the tables by the food counter. My kids go hours and hours and I have to stop feeding them for them to be ready to finally go. In getting to know Jessica and Daniel I can see the commitment they have to the community as they see the need for more things to do in Airdrie for teens, and adults for that matter. Watch for their monthly regular after hours Teen’s Nights and my favorite, dodgeball night. I believe we have an untapped resource in our city as schools could be using Jumble District to fill some of the outings and reward events for our kids. Support local isn’t about location but about dedication to making Airdrie and area better and Jumble District is definitely a local gem.

BLOG 15 Kent Hudson of Airdrie Furnace and Duct Cleaning

I met Kent this fall when he and his crew cleaned our duct work, getting ready for winter. They arrived when scheduled, were polite, professional and I paid  of much less than what I did the last time I got our ducts clean which was a couple years ago, based on the cost I was shy to revisit the service. I’m so glad I reached out to them, they did a fantastic job! Kent and I had a great conversation in my kitchen about the challenges of google and the hustle of local companies to show up on the first page of google searchs. SEO and P.O. boxes for companies to circumvent the actual city they are based in was just the tip of the iceberg. Naturally his participation in our directory comes from his understanding of what we are trying to accomplish for the business community. Kent is a smart business man. You can see this by the recent rebranding he did in July of 2017. Kent originally started his furnace cleaning business under Airdrie EnerClean and operated as such since 2009. This is a great collaboration story so pay attention. Both companies involved were providing such great work and service that they were referring business to each other with confidence. Based on this trusting relationship they decided to align more with name and branding. They are two seperate companies that trust each other and feel a responsibility to uphold their end of excellent service and work as its reflective of both of them. Kent had nothing but kind and glowing things to say about Jason Genovy of Airdrie Air and I admire two companies that can see their strength only grow from this collaboration.
Business is booming and Kent confirmed 500 Airdrie residential homes used their services in 2018 and are aiming for 750 next year, with that growth we see a growth in their team as well. Kent was very transparent and honest with his pricing structure. They use a flat rate based on square footage rather than by vent or such as they like streamlining the invoicing so that what they quote is exactly what you pay. He stated the only time there has ever been a variance is because the owner decided to replace a filter for furnace or a humidifier filter as well through them rather than going to purchase one themselves and install. They may have also decided to get their dryer vent done while they are there if they never have had it looked at before. My husband is a firefighter so he checks our dryer vent regularly since he is all too aware of the dangers if the vent does get blocked. PSA for you home owners, get it checked if you haven’t within the last year. Kent advised cleaning your duct work does not need to be a seasonal job, the more you avoid the busy season the greater the savings you will experience. Clean ducts in the spring and summer will be just as clean in the fall and winter when you turn furnace back on. I didn’t realize that. If you own a home and understand how duct cleanings will prolong the life of your furnace, consider Airdrie Furnace and Duct Cleaning. A little birdie may have mentioned a great sale for this service coming up real soon. 

BLOG 14- Katherine Gillan of From the Pear Tree

Katherine has an interesting niche that her business caters to, a papoose or Moses basket for dolls as well as clothing for dolls and most recently added branded vendor (human kind) solutions in the form of aprons as seen on Katherine in the above picture. When asked what she does she says she creates quality custom handcrafted items that stimulate imaginative play and support learning and communication between you and your kids. In this digital era, I can see the value of what she is doing, an alternative to screen time in needed. Katherine launched back in February 2011 almost 8 years ago, she had recently become a single, first time mom and created a part-time income through her business. Her connection within a doll community encouraged her to take on making doll clothing specifically for the Bamboletta doll because of the need and her talent, she caught the attention of Fig & Me doll producer and when they released the proprietary pattern, they gave Katherine permission to make the ever-popular papoose, as seen in the picture.
  She recently attended many markets to get her face and brand out there, quite effectively I might add. Most of her business stems from her website and social media. If you have a doll lover (18” style like American Girl) that would appreciate some accessories and clothing, please see her listing in Airdrie Exchange to explore what From the Pear Tree can do for you.

BLOG 13 Lindsey Coyle of Airdrie Exchange

Lindsey Coyle - Airdrie Exchange
It’s December 19th and I’m writting this blog but it’s also the point in time where we start to accept that the rest of the month is a write off as productivity during these holidays is almost futile. We interviewed two business owners to write about in our blog but based on timing for their promotions and such we pushed their write ups for the coming weeks. So you’re stuck with me. We further delayed publishing this post to sync up with the release of the Here’s the Scoop contribution printing. We’ve been in business 3 and a half months and we can confidently say, this is the hardest thing we’ve ever taken on. I personally was sick for a solid 3 weeks with a flu turned bronchitis and I’m currently sitting with a killer viral sinus infection. I don’t half ass anything. During this down time of not going to events, meetings or anything really, we put our heads down and did some major reality checks. Up to this point we were of the mindset that the business is slowly growing and will build momentum once the tipping point occurs. Now we’re seeing a need to do better. We’ve read books, taken courses and asked experts the questions and everything points to us not being clear in our message, our branding and our website. Kind of a hard pill to swallow but so is failure and that is not an option. We’ve decided to strip the website down to bare necessities in an effort to keep our message simple and clear. We have a vision of what we want Airdrie Exchange to be and we’ll use our blog to articulate that but as far as a stranger that jumps on our site knows, Airdrie Exchange is a business directory that looks at how the business serves the community rather that what they do. What do we mean by that? A great example of this would be Healthy Meals Made Easy, this company does healthy meal preps for you to buy. However we thought of all the times we would think to use the services would be when a new mom just gets home from the hospital with the baby, or for a recently widowed senior or when a child is sick and the family is rallying around them at the hospital. These are moments when we want to help them and we think we’ll just make them a meal. At this time we’re not afraid to admit we’re struggling to get meals on the table for our own families between activities and our new business, so taking on making another family meals isn’t really in the cards without putting ourselves into a tailspin. So a gift card for them at Healthy Meals Made Easy and they can pick what they like and fits their dietary needs. So when you look at postnatal care in our directory you will see doulas, physiotherapists and meal prep. We think when you start browsing a directory it’s for ideas and by seeing all the businesses that collectively serve in the area you’re looking you may find your answer.
 
We’re looking for the website to do all the heavy lifting so we can keep costs down as long as we can, as we are currently a business of one. We are rebranding site and really looking to capture all the information during the listing process. We want to have space rentals captured so we have a compiled list to use down the line. We want this site to be resource for families and businesses and non profits. At this point we are going to focus on making it the best local business directory and we will do everything we can to see the businesses that participate in it to see value and feel supported. We’re firm believers while Airdrie Exchange is young and running financially lean, we can create the value through out efforts, sweat equity in essense.
We feel very intune to the struggles of small businesses as we are one and we committed this business to helping the business community overcome those challenges based on our very own needs and financial realities. When we roll out ATown Syndicate you will see the most innovative way local companies can customize and budget their marketing plan for the year using any and all of the local advertising mediums. Airdrie Exchange’s ATown Syndicate is going to increase business for all, including all the advertising mediums of paper, radio, billboards, bus wraps and innovative cutting edge technologies not even used yet. Prepare for 2019, it’s setting up to be mindblowing!

Intentions

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My intentions.

Much like the times when boys had to visit the parents of a girl he wanted to court and state his intentions before even going on a date, I find myself in a position of declaring my intentions with Airdrie Exchange. I intend to use Airdrie Exchange as a tool to connect the community. I met with a local CPA during my business planning phase and the seed was planted of the needs of the business community and how local jobs postings and rentals would be helpful is all in one spot. It makes sense once the directory is built and the marketing has driven families to use the site for directory and event calendar to add these features as well.  One centralized site to find what you need if you live here makes sense. I’m a fan of point form since I can get long winded at times, so I’m going to break down.

My Intentions to Airdrie

  • Connect the community and see our city’s identity take shape
  • Businesses see ROI from improving exposure & experience delivery focus
  • See life become easier in Airdrie because the information needed is centralized.
  • Improve support for non-profits for fundraising event attendance and volunteer needs
  • Empower more to step into their leadership and create positive change in our community.

My Intentions to my family

  • Create opportunities to us to travel extensively together
  • Reap financial security from starting a business
  • Become philanthropists locally, nationally and globally.
  • Advocate for progress rather than apathy in all veins of status quo.
  • To be a space of compassion for all

The company Mission, Vision and values

Airdrie Exchange is connecting the community and cultivating a collaborative environment for exponential thriving.

To bring humanity to the forefront while honoring our responsibility to peacefully challenge status quo for positive change.

Responsibility, Integrity and Compassion

Next Blog will be introducing a local business that is in the directory.