Small Business Week is finally here! Although it’s a great opportunity for education and networking, more importantly, it’s a time of celebration. This year, we’re taking the opportunity to celebrate Small Business Week by highlighting some of our favorite small business success stories. Hear from six small business owners who started their businesses from scratch and grew them to be what they are today. Check back as we will be adding videos to this list as the week rolls by! Alternatively, you can keep an eye on our Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram channels where you can be the first one to see our latest videos or important news.
Monday, October 17th
Sweet Nutrition Canada – Austin Calladine
Ever wished for guilt-free snacking? Look no further: Sweet Nutrition has you covered with its selection of healthy plant-based, gluten free and dairy free cookies. Having launched in 2019, Austin and his business partner, Casey, have changed the snacking business by offering healthy alternatives to our deepest cravings. From hiring his grandma as their first baker to now having a large production team by his side, Austin takes us through how his business came to be. Snack on his story below.
Tuesday, October 18th
Ditto – Marquis Murray
When it comes to being organized and efficient, Marquis Murray, CEO of Ditto, knows best. As a marketing agency owner in the past, Marquis felt himself drowning in heavy workloads and missing out on the work/life balance he had once dreamed of. Realizing that most of his clients were suffering from the same issue, the idea for Ditto was born. Ditto is a process improvement consultancy that helps businesses find more freedom in their day-to-day operations. Namely, to help teams work more efficiently, to get the best out of their technology and to ensure employees are aligned with how work is being done within their organization. Check out his full story below!
Wednesday, October 19th
Red Tape Brewery – Sean Holden
For Sean Holden, co-owner and brew master at Red Tape Brewery, beer is more than just beer, it’s a way to celebrate and to share special moments with your loved ones. Along with its wide-ranging selection of delicious craft beers, Red Tape Brewery works with clients to design and brew bespoke beers. Need a batch of chocolate beer for a Holiday party? Don’t worry – Sean has you covered. Conveniently located on Main St in Toronto, Canada and easily accessible by public transportation, make sure to stop by at Red Tape Brewery for a quick refreshment. While you’re at it, grab a beer and watch his full story below!
Thursday, October 20th
GNA: Groupe Nettoyage As – Stéphanie Montplaisir
In 2014, Stépanie Montplaisir embarked on a journey she never thought possible. With zero experience in the field of post-disaster cleanup, Stéphanie and her husband founded Groupe Nettoyage As. Fast-forward 8 years later, their business now offers 24/7 emergency disaster cleanup services in addition to basic carpet & rug cleaning, high-pressure washing of buildings, commercial & industrial housekeeping, etc. Groupe Nettoyage As is well known for the quality of their work and industry-leading customer service. With headquarters located in Bécancour, Quebec, they’re available to take your call in the Quebec Centrale and Mauricie regions. If you’re interested in hearing more, check out her story below!
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Friday, October 21st
Flight Hockey – Gerry McSorley
As an avid hockey player, Gerry McSorley was looking for a new pair of skates, but found himself lacking funds to make a purchase. Unhappy with the price and quality of hockey skates in Canada at the time, he embarked on a journey to the Czech Republic to design and manufacture his own brand of skates. Founded in 1993, Flight Hockey now offers a complete line of hockey skates, goalie equipment, gloves, pants, and much more! As most hockey parents know, hockey is an expensive game. That’s why Flight Hockey offers state-of-the-art hockey gear at prices that won’t put a dent in your wallet. There’s so much more to Gerry’s story and we wouldn’t want you to miss it. Come back this Friday to tune in or check out our social media channels over the next few days!
Saturday, October 22nd
Vision Systems Corp. – Michael Curtis
Being a stock broker simply didn’t cut it for Michael Curtis, now President of Vision Systems Corp. When Michael was first introduced to financial planning software, he was instantly hooked. It completely changed his path and led to what Vision Systems offers today, which is next-generation life planning software. Michael and his team work with financial-planning businesses to offer them the most powerful financial planning software solutions. With its interactive and visual interface, VisionWorks software stimulates clients’ thoughts and helps them create an emotionally engaged vision of life in areas of home, lifestyle, family and career. All that said, Michael does a much better job of explaining his financial planning software than we do. On this Saturday, stay tuned for our engaging interview with Michael or keep your eyes peeled on social media.