Success Stories

At YSBEC, we pride ourselves on helping entrepreneurs and small business owners reach their goals and grow their businesses. Over the years, we’ve had the pleasure to assist many new and small businesses get up and running or refine their processes to be better positioned to succeed. Every one of our startup and small business clients is unique, as are their stories and histories.

Take note budding entrepreneurs! Find the inspiration you need to forge ahead with your own plans by reading about these successful startups, learn about the challenges they had to contend with and overcome, and the lessons they’ve learned along the way.

YSBEC Success Stories: STEM Minds

After a 20-year banking career, Anu Bidani had a decision to make: She could continue in the corporate world or she could channel her passion for technology and innovation into her own business. “I’ve always been an entrepreneur at heart,” she says, so she chose the riskier route and created STEM Minds, which provides STEM — science, technology, engineering, math

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YSBEC Success Stories: Professional Lifestyle Services

When clients walk in the door of Nicole Weston’s office they are greeted by a chalkboard sign that reads “Welcome. What you focus on expands.” Weston knows all about focus. A lifestyle coach and counsellor, she’s intent on building her business, Professional Lifestyle Services, and empowering others to live their best life. Her drive to succeed led her to Starter

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YSBEC Success Stories: Love Lakeri

When business economics grad Rachael Senjule launched Love Lakeri, a clothing accessories business, she was pretty confident she could manage the financial side of the venture. It was the marketing side she wasn’t so sure about. “A successful business owner told me that, when you’re new, 75 percent of what you do should be marketing,” says Senjule. She took that

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YSBEC Success Stories: Falcon Lam Financial

Certified financial planners Marlene Falcon and Thuy Lam are in the habit of providing advice and information. But as small business partners, they’re just as open to receiving guidance as they are at offering it. In 2006 their curiosity led them to the York Small Business Enterprise Centre (YSBEC). Back then, both were self-employed consultants working for a large financial

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YSBEC Success Stories: OHSpros

In high school, Paul Pires drove a forklift truck part-time. By age 19, he was training co-workers on a variety of lift trucks. And now, at 40, he’s launched OHSpros, a company that specializes in province-specific online forklift training and health and safety documentation software. “I saw where safety training was heading and that was one of the main reasons

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YSBEC Success Stories: Haptic Health & Chiropractic

With a degree in kinesiology and four years at Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, Dr. Judith McCann is proud of the education she’s earned. She just wishes she’d had more of a grounding in business while in school. “I received some business training in my final year of chiropractic college, but not much,” says McCann. Unlike a lot of new chiropractors

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YSBEC Success Stories: Matrix of Motion Fitness Studios

Recipient of the Entrepreneur of the Year and Excellence in Small Business award by the East Gwillimbury Chamber of Commerce Three years ago Greg Moulton decided to start his own business—quite literally—overnight. On a Sunday, the kinesiologist and personal trainer was told that the gym he’d been working at for eight years was closing its doors. The next morning, he picked

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YSBEC Success Stories: Incube8 Creative

When Michael Trapani launched his graphic and web design business four years ago, he decided to go freelance for two reasons: First, he wanted the opportunity to bring more creativity to his work than previous jobs had allowed, and second, he wanted to earn more money. He knew he could do better, so he came up with the catchy name

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YSBEC Success Stories: Timeless Harmony Salon & Spa

It makes perfect sense that Katie Gilligan chose “Time for You” as the tagline for her business, Timeless Harmony Salon & Spa, in Newmarket. After all, her target customers are stressed out, middle-class working women in search of a little R&R and pampering. Gilligan, an esthetician and reiki master, had long dreamed of hanging out her own shingle, but not

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YSBEC Success Stories: Stouffville Yoga Life

YSBEC Helps Wellness Studio to Clarify its Business Vision Isidora Romantini hasn’t had a day off in six months. “I’m okay with that,” says the owner of Stouffville Yoga Life. She’s just happy to be her own boss. A former clothing store manager, Romantini quit retail after about 10 years and returned to school to become a registered massage therapist

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