THE PROBLEM

You need to balance growth, profitability and sustainability. While your team also needs to keep everything else alive and well in your business. Brand design, marketing and sustainability roles are all very separate and specialized. Having full time people in these roles is typically not a reality. Fresh ideas, continuous effort and creative vision are all required.

Our experience is that small & medium businesses hit walls in three key areas:

Consistent action

Competing ideas & priorities

Staying current & objective

OUR SOLUTION

Through a deep understanding and appreciation for how brands can improve the lives of many and solve problems large and small, we approach everything with a sense of wonder and possibility for creating change:

01. Discuss

Every project begins with a discussion. We ask questions. Sometimes we push back a little. Sometimes we seek to understand more deeply. Sometimes we get overly excited. And it all starts with a discussion.

02. Clarify

What are we doing? Where are we going? How will we know when we’ve arrived? What impact are we creating? How do we want people to feel when interacting with what we are creating?

03. Design

Now the real fun begins! We roll up our sleeves and get to work on concepts. Sometimes we will have something really great in mind on the first round, sometimes we’ll take a few kicks at the can.

04. Implement

This is where ideas and concepts come to life. It might be a really cool printed piece made of reclaimed materials or ethically sourced and created gear, or a new website. We help bring ideas to life.

05. Partner

No ghosting here! We stick around. We evaluate and adjust with you over time and celebrate wins together along the way. We’ll seek to be a part of your team enough to have harmony and flow, and be just removed enough that we contribute energized ideas worth getting excited about.

APPROACH

Let’s create. Let’s evolve. ​Together.

Partner.

Your business is up and running or ready to launch with a solid game plan and appropriate funding in place. Your aim is to be a thriving SMB in your market. Budgeting is your jam, and you want a partner who consistently shows up with energy, vision, process and ideas for getting you where you want to go. You understand the long game in your industry and need to keep the rubber on the road.

AT A GLANCE

  • Let’s find a service tier that works best for your budget and trajectory. (we’ve got three of them!)
  • 6 to 12 month engagement cycle. This ensures momentum and enough time to sink into things with you, your team, your marketing and your audience.
  • We do a monthly deep dive meeting to keep everything flowing smoothly.

THIS WILL BE A GOOD FIT IF:

  • You’re a values-based team.
  • You understand that your business decisions have an impact on the world.
  • You believe creating value and doing good comes before profit.

Coach.

Your small business is just starting out, or you are ready for some new life and new energy. Either way, your vision is to create something sustainable, long term, and you enjoy wearing multiple hats in your day to day life. You need help to keep traction and do all the things, but you’re not at a point to hire an agency or create massive growth. It’s more about positioning, growing organically, learning, and sharing experiences with an amazing group of likeminded businesspeople and solopreneurs.

AT A GLANCE

  • A group coaching program built specifically for small business people.
  • 3 month program duration.
  • A fluid approach designed to be flexible to the group and specific items that arise.

THIS WILL BE A GOOD FIT IF:

  • You feel a little unclear on your next steps for your marketing path.
  • You’re ready to lean in and create momentum and results.
  • You value the experiences of others.

Project.

You’re ready to launch something new. A startup, venture, service, campaign or product. Or maybe you need to breathe new life into your brand to appeal to a new audience or mark an anniversary in your business. Let’s get clear on what you need, the best way to get there, and create something great. Together.

AT A GLANCE

  • Let’s get clear on your project scope, time and budget.
  • Let’s roll out something great.
  • And let’s discuss how we can help you implement and maintain it over time.

THIS WILL BE A GOOD FIT IF:

  • You’ve got an idea you want to bring to life.
  • You need a creative team to help solve a problem.

Project Lead. Coach.

Reuben

HE / HIM. VANCOUVER ISLAND, CANADA

Reuben lives in Brentwood Bay and has been on the Saanich Peninsula for over 15 years. With a wide range of business and project management experience across different industries, he gets excited for each new client relationship and project that we take on. Passionate about design, creative problem solving, and working with people doing cool stuff.

Summed up: Hiker dad. Two amazing kids. Geeky iPhone flower photographer. Likes espressos pulled a little longer than baristas are comfortable with. Eats too much peanut butter. Maybe a bit of a hopeless romantic. Idea generator.

Favourite sayings: “Tizzyf*ck” or “Hey, just for fun, let’s…”

Favourite Instagram account you should follow: @the.kouncil

The designer.

Aiva

SHE / HER. BASED IN RIGA, LATVIA

Aiva spent many years in Edinburgh, Scotland. She’s an incredibly detailed and meticulous artist and strives for simplicity, elegance and excellence in everything she touches. Her passion for design and creative brand expression shines through in everything we send out the door.

Summed up: Traveller. Artist. Foodie. Wine lover. Thinker. Passionate about leaving things
better than she found them.

Favourite sayings: “Ok, but…”

Favourite Instagram account you should follow: Nope, put the phone away.

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

It has been a pleasure establishing this relationship and the progress we have made in such a short amount of time is very much due to Reuben’s collaborative approach. This is how I would like all our supplier and contractor relationships to be.

Natasha, Brentwood Bay Resort

mBrand delivered results! Branding, photography, print and web design. Flexible and knowledgeable throughout the process and always mindful of our budget. I strongly recommend!

JP, Constructive Building Partners

There is a confidence behind their work –crisp, on point and professional. Always eager to dive into creative adventures and are supportive and dynamic as brand managers

Andria, Spruce