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January 2019’s Up Practical Sales Talks Video

Jan 22, 2019

Guest Presenter was local business owner Adam Mitchell, President of Mitchell & Whale Insurance Brokers.

Adam is the 3rd generation Mitchell and took over the family brokerage in 2009. Adam will shared his story of how he has grown the business organically over 1000%, while still maintaining a strong retention of existing customers. Last year the brokerage grew 46%, and is currently growing at $1 million net new premium every 51 days. Since 2009 he has taken the company from $2.5M in $25M in sales organically by using data based decisions.

More Details about Adam
Adam is forward thinking, ambitious and fearless, willing to take risks that traditional brokers might not. Adam moves leaps and bounds ahead where technology is concerned embracing new technologies to enhance his team’s ability to communicate with clients the way they want and ensure strong customer satisfaction.

Adam’s strong leadership skills and bold moves get him recognized across the industry. Adam was named as one of IBC’s Young Guns 3 years in a row, named one of the Top 10 Brokerages for the last 3 years and Top 10 Elite Broker in Canada, and won IBAO’s Innovator of the year in 2016 and this year being recognized as first runner up for the Insurance Canada Technology Awards.

About Mitchell & Whale: Innovative and dynamic, Mitchell & Whale offers their clients a forward-thinking approach to purchasing insurance products, which is backed by expertise gained over 70 years. Using technology & modern business practices, they provide the best customer experience to clients across Ontario.

Their award-winning team works to drive Mitchell & Whale toward a stronger future in the insurance industry, while successfully retaining the family values upon which the business was built–where customers come first and are always considered a part of the family.

Join us at the BACD Biz Hangout – dedicated space for entrepreneurs

Jan 17, 2019
Do you want to get out of your home office? Join fellow entrepreneurs in our boardroom, a comfortable place to focus on your work and connect with others from our entrepreneurial community. Drop in for a few hours or stay for the day!
We are running this every 2nd Monday at the BACD Offices from 9:30am to 3:30pm. Space is limited. No registration necessary.
We are also offering 30-minute free consults with a BACD Business Advisor. Book for a consult upon arrival. First come, firs served.
Remember to bring your laptops and power cords! Bring a toonie for coffee all day!
BACD Biz Hangout Testimonial
“It was a most productive day for me. I got so much more accomplished than I actually thought I would. I plan to attend more if not all of these sessions” – BR

Cheese please: 16 types of grilled cheese at new Gangster Cheese restaurant in Whitby

Jan 16, 2019

Gangster Cheese plans to launch second food truck this spring

Article from WHATSON Jan 13, 2019 by Jillian Follert  Whitby This Week

WHITBY —The perfect grilled cheese is both an art and a science — and the owners of downtown Whitby’s newest restaurant think they have it just right.

Gangster Cheese opened Dec. 22, featuring more than a dozen types of grilled cheese and other cheesy menu items like poutine, nachos and mac n’ cheese balls.

“Making a perfect grilled cheese is harder than what people assume,” says Matthew Mahorn, who owns the restaurant with his wife Margaret.

“It creates that extra crispness and a nice crust,” Mahorn explains.

The method dates back to when he worked at Denny’s as a teenager — it’s how he would make a grilled cheese for himself on his break.

Gangster Cheese recently celebrated its grand opening in downtown Whitby at 112 Colborne St. E. The restaurant specializes in grilled cheese and has more than a dozen kinds on the menu, including the Mac ‘n Cheese grilled cheese. – Photo: Ryan Pfeiffer/Metroland

The 16 types of grilled cheese on offer at Gangster Cheese include the “Breakfast Lovers” with onion, bacon, egg, mushroom and tomato sandwiched between French toast bread; and a nacho option filled with salsa, taco seasoned ground beef, pure cream and jalapeños.

Mahorn says the “people’s favourite” is the “McGangster,” a take on the Big Mac made with ground beef, smoked bacon, dill pickles and “gangster sauce.”

The Gangster Cheese location on Colborne Street East — formerly home of the Crown and Firkin pub — may be new, but the Mahorns have been serving up grilled cheese in Durham and across the GTA for more than two years, out of a popular food truck.

The truck launched in 2016 and got its start parked outside the Canada Carpet store in Whitby.

It wasn’t long before there was a request to cater a wedding, and word of mouth grew from there.

The Gangster Cheese truck quickly became a fixture at community events of all sizes, from ribfests and Food Truck Frenzy, to office parties and music festivals.

“People have been asking for awhile for a stationary truck or location,” says Mahorn of the decision to open a brick and mortar restaurant. “It’s going to take patience waiting for word of mouth so people know we’re here…we’re excited to be part of downtown Whitby.”

The food truck will be back in action later this winter — and there are plans to add a second truck this spring, which will focus on nachos, tacos and wings.

Whether the food is being served on wheels or within four walls, Mahorn says the Gangster Cheese philosophy is about thinking outside the box.

“You don’t always have to follow the crowd, do your own thing. Grilled cheese doesn’t have to be just bread and cheese  — it’s whatever you want to make it,” he says. “And that goes for life as well.”

http://www.gangstercheese.com/

Whitby entrepreneur creating next generation of makers

Jan 15, 2019

Rebecca Munn stitches together a successful sewing business in Durham

Original Article Jan 14, 2019 by Ian McMillan  Whitby This Week

WHITBY — What do you want to do with your life?

That’s a question many young people struggle with as they plan their futures beyond high school.

But not Rebecca Munn. She knew what she wanted to do with her life at the tender age of six — sew and create beautiful garments.

Fast-forward 24 years and Munn, 30, has now stitched together quite a career for herself. She owns and operates a Whitby sewing business, giving sewing lessons to both adults and children. More than 250 students take classes with her every week.

“I can honestly say I have 25 years of experience,” she said while taking a break from her hectic schedule at a local coffee shop. Not bad for someone who is only 30.

Rebecca Munn worked at her Whitby studio on Jan. 8. The local entrepreneur teaches sewing to children and adults and recently won the Business Advisory Centre Durham’s Pitch 2 Win Business Competition. – Photos: Ryan Pfeiffer/Metroland

Munn’s passion for sewing began after watching her mother sew. Munn said she started taping things together in an attempt to mimic her mom. Before she knew it she found herself taking sewing lessons. She was just six when the lessons started, and before long Munn was making her own clothes.

“At 11, I was making overalls and jeans,” she said.

At 17, she took part in the Business Advisory Centre Durham’s (BACD) Summer Company program, which was a turning point for her. Not only did it foster her love of sewing but it sparked two new passions: business and mentoring. She said the program helped her become a teacher and a proprietor.

“I love what they (BACD) do and what they stand for,” Munn said.

Soon afterwards Munn found herself operating her own business, something she said she owes to the BACD, which gave her the knowledge and confidence to be successful.

She also won the BACD’s Pitch2Win business competition last fall. The idea behind the competition was to give small businesses an opportunity to perfect their pitch and use this new, improved elevator pitch in the real world to help increase sales. Applicants went through pitch training with BACD’s business advisers and got advice from a professional coach.

With the competition now behind her, Munn’s schedule has never been busier. Through her website, www.rebeccamunn.com, young and old alike register to take sewing lessons at her Whitby studio. She has a six-month waiting list for clients, and one of her goals in 2019 is to secure a second studio and hire two seamstresses to help teach her classes. She’s also busy creating her own sewing curriculum, which she hopes to complete this year before launching it across Canada.

“My goal is exposure,” she said. “I want more people to find out about sewing.” Because once they get hooked, “it’s a great feeling.”

Munn said she’s proud of her accomplishments to date and even happier that through her sewing lessons and mentorship she’s helped 26 businesses get their start.

“I’ve always been a believer in helping others succeed first,” she said. “I’m helping create the next level of makers.”

For more information or to register for sewing lessons, visit www.rebeccamunn.com

Business facts:
Business: www.rebeccamunn.com
Studio address: 20 Jamieson Crescent, Whitby
Phone: 289-600-7528

January 2019’s Up Practical Sales Talks Video

Jan 22, 2019

Guest Presenter was local business owner Adam Mitchell, President of Mitchell & Whale Insurance Brokers.

Adam is the 3rd generation Mitchell and took over the family brokerage in 2009. Adam will shared his story of how he has grown the business organically over 1000%, while still maintaining a strong retention of existing customers. Last year the brokerage grew 46%, and is currently growing at $1 million net new premium every 51 days. Since 2009 he has taken the company from $2.5M in $25M in sales organically by using data based decisions.

More Details about Adam
Adam is forward thinking, ambitious and fearless, willing to take risks that traditional brokers might not. Adam moves leaps and bounds ahead where technology is concerned embracing new technologies to enhance his team’s ability to communicate with clients the way they want and ensure strong customer satisfaction.

Adam’s strong leadership skills and bold moves get him recognized across the industry. Adam was named as one of IBC’s Young Guns 3 years in a row, named one of the Top 10 Brokerages for the last 3 years and Top 10 Elite Broker in Canada, and won IBAO’s Innovator of the year in 2016 and this year being recognized as first runner up for the Insurance Canada Technology Awards.

About Mitchell & Whale: Innovative and dynamic, Mitchell & Whale offers their clients a forward-thinking approach to purchasing insurance products, which is backed by expertise gained over 70 years. Using technology & modern business practices, they provide the best customer experience to clients across Ontario.

Their award-winning team works to drive Mitchell & Whale toward a stronger future in the insurance industry, while successfully retaining the family values upon which the business was built–where customers come first and are always considered a part of the family.

Join us at the BACD Biz Hangout – dedicated space for entrepreneurs

Jan 17, 2019
Do you want to get out of your home office? Join fellow entrepreneurs in our boardroom, a comfortable place to focus on your work and connect with others from our entrepreneurial community. Drop in for a few hours or stay for the day!
We are running this every 2nd Monday at the BACD Offices from 9:30am to 3:30pm. Space is limited. No registration necessary.
We are also offering 30-minute free consults with a BACD Business Advisor. Book for a consult upon arrival. First come, firs served.
Remember to bring your laptops and power cords! Bring a toonie for coffee all day!
BACD Biz Hangout Testimonial
“It was a most productive day for me. I got so much more accomplished than I actually thought I would. I plan to attend more if not all of these sessions” – BR

Cheese please: 16 types of grilled cheese at new Gangster Cheese restaurant in Whitby

Jan 16, 2019

Gangster Cheese plans to launch second food truck this spring

Article from WHATSON Jan 13, 2019 by Jillian Follert  Whitby This Week

WHITBY —The perfect grilled cheese is both an art and a science — and the owners of downtown Whitby’s newest restaurant think they have it just right.

Gangster Cheese opened Dec. 22, featuring more than a dozen types of grilled cheese and other cheesy menu items like poutine, nachos and mac n’ cheese balls.

“Making a perfect grilled cheese is harder than what people assume,” says Matthew Mahorn, who owns the restaurant with his wife Margaret.

“It creates that extra crispness and a nice crust,” Mahorn explains.

The method dates back to when he worked at Denny’s as a teenager — it’s how he would make a grilled cheese for himself on his break.

Gangster Cheese recently celebrated its grand opening in downtown Whitby at 112 Colborne St. E. The restaurant specializes in grilled cheese and has more than a dozen kinds on the menu, including the Mac ‘n Cheese grilled cheese. – Photo: Ryan Pfeiffer/Metroland

The 16 types of grilled cheese on offer at Gangster Cheese include the “Breakfast Lovers” with onion, bacon, egg, mushroom and tomato sandwiched between French toast bread; and a nacho option filled with salsa, taco seasoned ground beef, pure cream and jalapeños.

Mahorn says the “people’s favourite” is the “McGangster,” a take on the Big Mac made with ground beef, smoked bacon, dill pickles and “gangster sauce.”

The Gangster Cheese location on Colborne Street East — formerly home of the Crown and Firkin pub — may be new, but the Mahorns have been serving up grilled cheese in Durham and across the GTA for more than two years, out of a popular food truck.

The truck launched in 2016 and got its start parked outside the Canada Carpet store in Whitby.

It wasn’t long before there was a request to cater a wedding, and word of mouth grew from there.

The Gangster Cheese truck quickly became a fixture at community events of all sizes, from ribfests and Food Truck Frenzy, to office parties and music festivals.

“People have been asking for awhile for a stationary truck or location,” says Mahorn of the decision to open a brick and mortar restaurant. “It’s going to take patience waiting for word of mouth so people know we’re here…we’re excited to be part of downtown Whitby.”

The food truck will be back in action later this winter — and there are plans to add a second truck this spring, which will focus on nachos, tacos and wings.

Whether the food is being served on wheels or within four walls, Mahorn says the Gangster Cheese philosophy is about thinking outside the box.

“You don’t always have to follow the crowd, do your own thing. Grilled cheese doesn’t have to be just bread and cheese  — it’s whatever you want to make it,” he says. “And that goes for life as well.”

http://www.gangstercheese.com/

Whitby entrepreneur creating next generation of makers

Jan 15, 2019

Rebecca Munn stitches together a successful sewing business in Durham

Original Article Jan 14, 2019 by Ian McMillan  Whitby This Week

WHITBY — What do you want to do with your life?

That’s a question many young people struggle with as they plan their futures beyond high school.

But not Rebecca Munn. She knew what she wanted to do with her life at the tender age of six — sew and create beautiful garments.

Fast-forward 24 years and Munn, 30, has now stitched together quite a career for herself. She owns and operates a Whitby sewing business, giving sewing lessons to both adults and children. More than 250 students take classes with her every week.

“I can honestly say I have 25 years of experience,” she said while taking a break from her hectic schedule at a local coffee shop. Not bad for someone who is only 30.

Rebecca Munn worked at her Whitby studio on Jan. 8. The local entrepreneur teaches sewing to children and adults and recently won the Business Advisory Centre Durham’s Pitch 2 Win Business Competition. – Photos: Ryan Pfeiffer/Metroland

Munn’s passion for sewing began after watching her mother sew. Munn said she started taping things together in an attempt to mimic her mom. Before she knew it she found herself taking sewing lessons. She was just six when the lessons started, and before long Munn was making her own clothes.

“At 11, I was making overalls and jeans,” she said.

At 17, she took part in the Business Advisory Centre Durham’s (BACD) Summer Company program, which was a turning point for her. Not only did it foster her love of sewing but it sparked two new passions: business and mentoring. She said the program helped her become a teacher and a proprietor.

“I love what they (BACD) do and what they stand for,” Munn said.

Soon afterwards Munn found herself operating her own business, something she said she owes to the BACD, which gave her the knowledge and confidence to be successful.

She also won the BACD’s Pitch2Win business competition last fall. The idea behind the competition was to give small businesses an opportunity to perfect their pitch and use this new, improved elevator pitch in the real world to help increase sales. Applicants went through pitch training with BACD’s business advisers and got advice from a professional coach.

With the competition now behind her, Munn’s schedule has never been busier. Through her website, www.rebeccamunn.com, young and old alike register to take sewing lessons at her Whitby studio. She has a six-month waiting list for clients, and one of her goals in 2019 is to secure a second studio and hire two seamstresses to help teach her classes. She’s also busy creating her own sewing curriculum, which she hopes to complete this year before launching it across Canada.

“My goal is exposure,” she said. “I want more people to find out about sewing.” Because once they get hooked, “it’s a great feeling.”

Munn said she’s proud of her accomplishments to date and even happier that through her sewing lessons and mentorship she’s helped 26 businesses get their start.

“I’ve always been a believer in helping others succeed first,” she said. “I’m helping create the next level of makers.”

For more information or to register for sewing lessons, visit www.rebeccamunn.com

Business facts:
Business: www.rebeccamunn.com
Studio address: 20 Jamieson Crescent, Whitby
Phone: 289-600-7528