Featured Small Biz – Floor Country Canada

FloorCountryCanadaFloor Country Canada is the place to go if you are looking for new flooring for your home. They offer you the best selection of premium quality hardwood, cork, laminate, engineered, carpet, LVT-vinyl and tile flooring. Floor Country Canada’s installation team offers a combined total of 85 years of experience, and each installer takes tremendous pride in their workmanship.

Floor Country Canada is located at 360 Keewatin Street in Winnipeg, MB. Whether you are building, remodelling, or just replacing old flooring, they have the knowledge and industry expertise to find the floor that’s right for you. For more information about our featured small biz visit Shop Small Biz.FloorCountryCanada-2

Deal available from: 6/8/2015 – 7/31/2015)

LUXURY VINYL Tile or Planks LVT & CCLVT *10 Collections (CCLVT Safe to -43°c) LVT Fr. $2.79/SF CCLVT Fr. $3.60/SF 5″ HANDSCRAPED ENG. HARDWOODS Hickory, Maple, White Oak Fr. $4.79/SF QUARTZ and GRANITE COUNTER TOPS *FREE SINK WITH UNDERMOUNT INSTALLATION Fr. $55/sf *Min. 30sf purchase. See store for details


Featured Small Biz – Island Hill Farm

Goats with heart: the entrepreneurial spirit runs deep at Island Hill Farm

Island_Hill_Farm20150615_113942It all started with Lucy the goat.

When Flory Sanderson re-invented her working life after going through a major family crisis, it was a simple, single goat named Lucy that opened the barn doors to an exciting and rewarding new calling.

Located just northwest of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Sanderson and her husband Rob have been operating the Island Hill Farm for nearly five years. Business is good and it’s just as much about the pleasure as it is about the bottom line.

“We have a really unique barn set-up; there are chandeliers over the bunny houses and chicken coops, just a very relaxed atmosphere,” says Sanderson. “If you’re visiting, I want you to have an experience like no other.”

It is a business born through passion, vision, and perseverance, and it is a long way from the retail management background from which Sanderson came.

“I left my job and took the jump,” says Sanderson. “I believe totally in what I’m doing. If I start small and remember who I am, I’ll overcome any obstacles.”

From counting cars to diversification

Island_Hill_Farm20150615_113822Now Lucy is joined by 80 other goats and Sanderson has gradually expanded her goat-farming business: a petting farm, birthday parties, summer camps, school tours, senior citizen’s groups, corporate team-building events, and yes, even weddings.

“My donkey Gavin and my two goats came to the (last) wedding,” says Sanderson. “I had to be diversified to supplement my income.”

Island_Hill_Farm_20150615_114144The petting farm was the first step in a steady process of branching out into new ventures.

“The petting farm was OK, but I was counting cars and sometimes I’d be waiting hours for the next visitor to come,” says Sanderson. “Now we need someone to park cars.”Island_Hill_Farm_20150615_092746

The latest and greatest offering out of Island Hill Farm is soap (10 fragrances!) made from goat’s milk.  Sanderson also has a distribution deal for her goat’s milk with local PEI Chef Jeff McCourt, who uses it to make gouda at Glasgow Glen Farm, a nearby artisan cheese outfit.

A true pioneer

One thing is clear: if you cross the Confederation Bridge this summer into PEI and you don’t visit Sanderson’s farm, you’ll be missing history in the making.

What started off as a small petting farm is turning Sanderson into something of a modern pioneer, as she will be the very first woman in PEI to market goat’s milk off the farm.

What’s next for Sanderson? The sky really is the limit at this point, since she is turning a profit and creating a buzz for her business.

Island_Hill_Farm_20150615_120823“If someone says you can’t do it, prove them wrong,” says Sanderson. “Everything I do comes to life, so anything is possible.”

If you’re looking for a dynamic and heart-warming small business to visit this summer, Island Hill Farm should be at the top of your itinerary.

“When you come here, you feel very welcome. I want everyone to feel welcome when they visit my home,” says Sanderson. “To me, my home is my extended barn.”

For start-up entrepreneurs of the future, Sanderson is an inspiration and offers a wealth of useful advice and insight into overcoming challenges and making a vision a reality.

“Start small, have a vision, and diversify yourself,” says Sanderson. “People being happy and sharing in what I enjoy? That’s out of this world.”Island_Hill_Farm20150615_113613

Admission to Island Hill Farm is $5 for the petting farm.

Birthday parties are a $40 fee, plus $5 per person.

Quotes for experiential team-building events are available.

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Featured small biz – Feet for Life Medical Foot Care Ltd.

Feet for Life LogoErin King is the owner of Feet for Life which provides general and diabetic foot care. Visit them for their caring approach to quality care, their high level of professionalism and knowledge, and the excellent skill set of their practitioners and staff.

Feet for Life strives to educate every patient with preventative strategies to maintain healthy feet for life. They support local charities such as Xmas cheer, PTSD walk, Heart & Stroke and urban Pile Walking program.

In addition to foot care, Feet for Life also offer orthotics and compression fittings, registered massage therapy, ionic cleanses and reflexology.

You can visit their NEW and beautiful lake front clinic in Barrie, ON. See Feet for Life’s website for more information. Don’t forget to check out the ShopSmallBiz directory for more great business listings.


Canada’s #SmallBizLove Contest Launching Soon

Shoppers will soon have a daily chance to win $500 to spend at their favourite small business! All you have to do to win is show some small biz love on Twitter or Instagram! Follow @shopsmallbiz on twitter and our newly launched Instagram account, shopsmallbiz_pensezpme, for upcoming details! Oh, and btw, Canada’s fave small business win too. The businesses with the most #smallbizlove could receive national campaign coverage leading up to Small Business Saturday in October!

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Featured Small Biz – Zero Gravity Artwork

zerogravity-croppedZero Gravity Artwork is independently owned and operated. The owner, Francine Mercier, specializes in worded ink drawings where the lines and shading are made out of words instead of traditional, solid shapes. Zero Gravity Artwork has museum-quality canvas prints as well as posters available for sale online. Worldwide shipping is available from their location in Edmonton, Alberta. Check them out on our Shop Small Biz directory.

Deal available now:

Use the coupon code “SMALLBIZ” to get 10% off your online order during the checkout process.

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