Featured Small Biz – Gastronomie Concept

GastronomieConcept-2Gastronomie Concept answers the never ending question: ”What’s for dinner tonight?”. They market a wide range of quality products, in individual frozen portions. Gastronomie Concept selects the best food without sacrificing quality. They offer an exclusive range of fine products with diverse flavors. Worthy of great restaurants and ready in no time, you will be delighted by Gastronomie Concept’s food. They offer a multitude of possibilities, all delivered to your home. Cut your meal prep time in half using frozen food instead of raw products. You can also purchase larger quantities than you could for perishable products and always have them ready in your freezer.GastronomieConcept-4

Mr. Guy St-Pierre became interested in gastronomy, and after gaining experience in the hotel industry started Nord-Sud Produits Alimentaire Inc. in Montreal in 1992. Seven years later the company moved to Ste-Agathe-des-Monts, Quebec. Guy’s sons, Dominic and Jonathan cofounded the new division Gastronomie Concept in 2013. They have gained an excellent reputation in the market and the loyalty of their customers over the years.

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Featured Small Biz – Hopcott Premium Meats

Hopcott5Hopcott Premium Meats is a 3rd generation family run butcher shop located on the family farm. The 9,000 square foot shop is reminiscent of an early 1900s feel with high ceilings, wooden beams and heritage pieces. Hopcott Premium Meats is committed to bringing quality, local, farm fresh products direct to your table. From their no added hormone or steroid beef, to their local produce, to their specialty grocery selection, let the friendly, knowledgeable team at Hopcott Premium Meats help you make healthy choices for your family and friends.

Hopcott3Using their own woodchip smokehouse, Hopcott makes most of their deli items, sausages and hams in house using hormone free local meat. They also carry local chicken, pork, lamb, produce, breads, cheese and grocery items.

Visit Hopcott Premium Meats at 18385 Old Dewdney Trunk Road in Pitt Meadows, BC. For more information about our featured small biz, visit Shop Small Biz.

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No more teachers, no more books…permission slips go digital at Permission Click

“With one platform, you can run everything that you do operationally, digitally.”

Voted in 2014 as the “most promising startup of the year,” Permission Click is a novel online solution to a problem faced by every teacher who has ever lost a Sunday night buried in half-completed permission forms for the next class trip to the museum.

Aimed at schools, daycares, and community groups, Permission Click dares to simplify the long-standing and rather archaic process of registration and fee collection for events.

Permission Click’s service is as simple as it is intelligent: a system of digital permission slips and payment collection made easy. Users can build, send and collect permission slips and fees from parents in a matter of seconds on any device, from any location.

Permission Click StartUpChris Johnson is the co-founder and CEO of Winnipeg-based Permission Click. Having started the company in 2013, Johnson has grown the user base from the outset, using a decidedly organic approach. He now employs nine people full-time plus a few part-timers and now has customers in almost every US state and Canadian province.

“We followed lean start-up as close to a T as we could: learn, listen, build, iterate quickly, get messy, take feedback, blow it up, do it again,” says Johnson. “We did that over and over until we found something that we thought was repeatable.”

The genesis of the concept came innocently enough through the experience of one of Permission Click’s co-founders, whose spouse is a teacher. As with most successful start-ups, a moment of clarity appeared in the form of an apparent unmet need.

“You should be having dinner with your family, but instead, you’re phoning parents to get permission slips in, counting up all the money at that teacher’s house, checking off Excel sheets,” says Johnson. “There was just so little accountability, so much pain and suffering, having to reach out to everyone…and that’s sort of where the idea came from. We said ‘Hey, there’s gotta be a way to do this online.’”

The platform that emerged from this evolution aims to ease the administration burden related to a host of other organizational functions, such as fundraising and school lunch programs.

Perhaps its most significant value concerns accountability: users experience increased compliance and it eliminates the possibility of unscrupulous behaviour, since all monetary transactions are electronic and logged. No more sticky fingers in the proverbial till!

In many ways, this is a platform that is only limited by an end user’s imagination. The number of applications involving consent forms and registration seems virtually infinite.

The best part about Permission Click’s service is that it’s scalable for any entity: it can be deployed into a school in less than 5 minutes without the need for complicated integration or IT support from districts.

Featured recently on CTV Winnipeg, Johnson’s work was also covered in a recent documentary called Innovation Alley (incidentally, that is also the name of the district where Permission Click has its headquarters, which is something akin to Toronto’s MaRS Discovery District). You can watch the documentary trailer here.

Johnson is dialled into the startup scene in central Canada, as one of the founders and key supporters of Startup Winnipeg, which helps connect and incubate entrepreneurial ventures.

What does the future hold for Permission Click? Johnson sounds like a man on a mission who is certain that the best is yet to come. “We’re about to go raise another round of capital to power the next phase of our growth,” says Johnson. “I can’t wait to be in your kid’s school to make your life easier. You’ll look like the hero at the PTA meeting where you can say ‘Hey, there’s a free tool that can do all this stuff.’””

Visit Permission Click to learn more about the offering and to see how it can help you focus more on the things that you do best and less on shuffling paperwork.


Business Details 125 Adelaide St. Winnipeg, MB R3A 0W4 Ph: 1-844-PERMISSION (1-844-737-6477) Email: chris@permissionclick.com Blog: http://blog.permissionclick.com/   Twitter: @PermissionClick


Chis Johnson was recently featured on CFIB’s My StartUp blog. Read his compelling interview on the value of mentorship, including how it can contribute to your professional and personal success.

Featured Small Biz – Transitions Studio

A Lot More than a Nice Head of Hair: Transitions Studio Transforms Lives

It’s a transitional thing: we transition people from either a partial or total change, not only in their hair, but in their whole life.”

transitions Carlo and patientCarlo Turavani has made it his calling to help people rejuvenate their lives.

As the owner of Transitions Studio in St. Catharines, Ontario, Turavani is committed to ensuring his clients actually live the experience suggested in the business name.

Transitions is not your typical hair salon. It’s a place where people who have lost their hair due to medical conditions will experience a holistic transformation in their life.

Turavani, a 55-year-old father of two, likens this experience to a journey of renewal.

“It’s not just a haircut or a hair service that they’re getting here,” says Turavani. “When they leave here, it’s an experience that they had. I truly believe it’s pretty positive all the way through.”

Transitions started as a standard hair salon back in 1986 and has evolved to become a health-and environmentally-conscious provider of speciality esthetic products, including customized wigs, skin care products, deodorants, hair care products, all in an eco-friendly form for people with sensitivities, children and adults alike.

transitionsSince the speciality wigs are considered a medical prosthesis, some insurance companies will cover the cost. As a prescription-based product, a tax credit for a medical expense is also available.

The impetus behind Transitions’ own transformation can be found in the untimely death of Turavani’s childhood friend Linda, who died in 1992 of ovarian cancer at age 32.

Turavani, a professional hairstylist by trade and now a certified cosmetic therapist, made a commitment to honour Linda’s request to improve the quality of wigs for cancer patients. He went on to volunteer with the “Look Good Feel Better” program, which helps educate cancer patients on skin and hair care while they undergo treatment. He then established Wigs for Kids, a non-profit organization that provides hairpieces made of donated human hair for children suffering from hair loss due to cancer treatments and other medical conditions.

transitions-2His work and his perspective reflect his deep-seated belief in the value of the service he provides to people who are struggling.

“The wig is just a material,” says Turavani philosophically. “What you’re putting back into their lives is their self-esteem, their smile and their dignity.”

His efforts have not gone unnoticed. Just this past May, he was honoured by the Massachusetts General Cancer Center in Boston as one of “the One Hundred” for his many years of working with cancer patients.

For a small business employing only five people, the sheer size of Turavani’s compassion makes it feel like a business of 100.

“The day I stop doing it from the heart is the day I close these doors,” says Turavani. “Seeing what people are going through and being part of their journey, and actually making a positive effect on their lives, there’s no other better job in the world out there than what I’m doing right now.”

transitions-logoTo get a more immediate sense of the humility and passion behind Transitions Studio, watch this touching video where he discusses how he changed his business philosophy and embraced his passion.

If you are looking for a refreshing and wholly positive esthetic experience at a leading independent small business, Transitions Studio in St. Catherine’s has something powerful to offer. They’ll have you looking and feeling like a whole new you.

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