Contributed by Sandy Abbott, Enterprise Facilitator
Anyone who knows me, knows that I like variety and change in the workpace. As Enterprise Facilitator, I get to experience this every day. Whether on my way to a farm, shop or meeting for tea at a local cafe, I can be assured that every person I meet will have different dreams, talents and business needs. Last week was a perfect example of how dynamic (and fun!) this job can be.
I met with Janice and Ken from Winstead Dogs to discuss their business expansion plans. Already running a very successful dog boarding facility and training operation, they plan to expand into specialty classes in agility and tracking this summer. Also, with top notch local talent available, Ken’s goal of producing training videos is now closer to reality. My job is to help them find really great marketing resources for these ventures.
This beautiful locket ring was made at Candi Sue’s Creations. This year Candi is turning a long time passion for designing and creating handcrafted jewlery into a money making venture. She has started a home based business from her century farm home (formerly Rutter Orchards) on County Rd One. I introduced her to the team at the Small Business Centre to learn about business start-up requirements. Sales will be through her website and home store. I’ll be there to make sure she finds the marketing and financial management guidance she needs as she goes through her first year of operation.
Jukebox George is no stranger to enterprise. This guy has been around. He has been to Dick Clark’s home to modify his jukebox. He’s also been a disc jockey in Europe. He got to interview the Beatles when they toured Germany in the 60’s. A retired air force pilot, he ran a successful business in Ottawa, turning records into CDs and photos, Beta & VHS tapes into DVDs.
George and his wife visited the County, fell in love with it and moved to Wellington. A lot of his marketing model transfered well, but he needed help with person to person networking. I introduced George to Gavin Bonhom- Carter and others who will be able to help him spread the word. There’s a new guy in town!
Every week is different. Spas, hospitality, canine massage therapy, agri-business, esthetics, property maintenance. I love my job! If you would like help starting or growing your business, give me a call at 613-476-4240.