Entrepreneur

I have had an entrepreneurial drive for as long as I can remember. I was taught the importance of earning my own money at an early age — and this inspired me to think of some creative methods and indirectly put me on the path of entrepreneurship. At the age of 10, I had my own newspaper route, and by age 12, I was selling Regal Greetings & Gifts (catalogues) to my neighbors on a monthly basis, before moving on to Amway products.

Later I would major in business at university, as well as being a member of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE).  My first “real” business was selling personal computers out of my bedroom. I was no Michael Dell, but I made a few bucks to pay for my education.

After graduation, I returned to school to get my MBA.  Upon completing business school, I worked for several years in the mortgage, and banking sectors but I just wasn’t fulfilled.  Before long I had decided to formally merge my world of business and passion for technology — I quit my job, moved back home and took a 12-month accelerated 2nd degree program in computer science.

Upon graduating I created Adventures in Computing Camps and co-founded a local web design firm, Digital WebWorks. Next I ventured out on my own to continue delivering computer camps and do web design and consulting as Digital Adventures.

This experience would lead me to a position with Enterprise Centre Sault Ste. Marie, the small business division of the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation. In the capacity of Small Business Advisor, and eventually General Manager, I spent several years working with and advising clients on operating and growing their small businesses. I would eventually move on to government where I continue to work as a business analyst and Strategic Business Advisor.

But I could not leave my entrepreneurial roots behind. In 2007, I took on a business partner and incorporated as Interactive Minds Inc. to continue operating Adventures in Computing Camps.   I sold the computer camps business in 2012 and now focus on operating Digital Adventures which encompasses my consulting, social media strategy, ebook publishing, as well as other online initiatives.

I recently re-launched my company website (formerly my technology blog) at www.digitaladventures.ca.

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In 2014 I launched my business, Everyday Smart Living — an online retailer focused on delivering our own brand(s) of family friendly products ranging from kitchen and wine accessories to electronics such as our ION Digital Portable Power Banks.  Our products are available on our website and Amazon.com.

I also founded Startup Sault Ste. Marie, which is part of the Startup Canada Network.  Startup Sault connects new entrepreneurs with the small business resources available in the community, and provides the support of existing entrepreneurs who are building successful companies.  For more information about Startup Sault, visit www.startupsault.ca.  Follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/startupsault) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/startupsault) to keep up to date on Startup Sault events, startup tips and other useful information.

In 2015, I am working with a partner to start another new business, but we are not ready to make announcements just yet — stay tuned!

e-Business Seminars

In the past I have delivered a number of small business seminars and presentations. Below you will find details of some of those seminars, along with the slides:

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In 2010 I hosted a series of e-business seminars for Enterprise Centre Sault Ste. Marie.

The first in the series was entitled “Social Media Marketing for Small Business”, followed by “e-business”. The final seminar was entitled “Bootstrapping the Startup: Start and Grow your Business on a Budget!”

In January 2011, I also hosted a seminar on “Marketing for Small Business” for the Community Development Corporation of Sault Ste. Marie & Area (CDC), and on June 1, 2011 I was a presenter at the “Art is Your Life.Make it Your Business” seminar.  On July 18, 2012 I delivered my “Social Media Marketing for Small Business” seminar to clients of the CDC in Sault Ste. Marie.

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