Monday's Featured Businesses

Meet Successful Local Businesses from the Scale Up! Construction/Trades Program

The London Small Business Centre in conjunction with the Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, offer this program to assist growing construction/trades businesses in London.

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Introduction

Phil Singeris, Business Advisor


What is the Scale Up! Construction/Trades Sector Program?

The Scale Up Construction/Trades program is designed to assist existing construction/trades businesses who have been operating between 1 and 3 years.  This program will provide extensive training and grants up to $5000 to eligible participants who meet the requirements and successfully complete the program.


How would you describe the entrepreneurs you work with?

They are hard working, skilled individuals who are passionate about their business.


Why are small businesses so important to our community?

Small businesses are important because they support the local economy and create meaningful jobs.


What lessons have you learned working with small businesses?

Value the effort and hard work that entrepreneurs give to their businesses every day, pay attention to details, celebrate the little victories, and enjoy the journey! 

Caribou Building London Inc.

Matt Taker

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Unfinished Business

Ron Funnell

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Ontario Deck Railing Ltd.

Grace Stelpstra

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​Matt Taker

Caribou Building London Inc.

Tell us about your business

Caribou Building is a residential construction and renovations company focusing on interior renovations ranging from kitchens, baths, trim work, flooring, basements, decks, additions, and out buildings. 

What does being a small business owner mean to you, and why did you become one?

I wanted the opportunity to take charge of my time and skills, doing work that I found interesting and challenging. I also wanted more time flexibility in my personal life versus punching a clock for someone else. 


What is the biggest hurdle you have managed to overcome?

Better time management.


What is the most important lesson you have learned in business that has served you well and has helped shape who you are as a person?

The importance of building solid relationships with clients, subcontractors, and my employees. 


Who has been your greatest inspiration in business and why?

Not a person, but I am inspired by my clients trust and process the we have in place. 


As you forge ahead, what is it that excites you?

Solidifying the team so that we can take on higher end work.

Don't forget to attend the Q&A with Matt! View Monday's Discussion Here!

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​Ron Funnell

Unfinished Business

Tell us about your business

Unfinished Business offers 3 services: Repairs, Renovations and Reorganization. Most of our business is in Renovation work.

What does being a small business owner mean to you, and why did you become one?

It is entrepreneurial, and I like that. Making the right decisions for my company and for my customers. Giving it 110% everyday; what I invest into my business, is what I get out of my business.

What is your greatest business accomplishment to date?

Developing a strong reputation, in a relatively short time 


has allowed my business to grow.

What is the most important lesson you have learned in business that has served you well and has helped shape who you are as a person?

Under promise and over deliver. You’ll always impress when you go the extra mile. Conversely, if you over promise on what you can do, that becomes the focal point for your customer.


Who has been your greatest inspiration in business and why?

In trades business it would have to be Mike Holmes and Bryan Baumler. These were regular contractors who were given an opportunity and they seized it and became household names. Outside of the trades, I would say Jeff Bezos who started Amazon in the garage at his folks’ home.

As you forge ahead, what is it that excites you?

New challenges, learning opportunities, growing my customer base and expanding my company with the hiring of staff and expanding my coverage area

Small Business Week recognizes the importance of people like you. Do you have anything special planned to celebrate?

Increasing my online awareness during small business week, reminding consumers of the importance of local business, offering some tips and tricks to homeowners etc.

Don't forget to attend the Q&A with Ron! View Monday's Discussion Here!

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​Grace Stelpstra

Ontario Deck Railing Ltd.

Tell us about your business

We are a small family business that sells and installs aluminum and glass railings based in

London, ON that started operating in early 2018. We work hard at giving the best service to our

customers through clear and timely communication, delivering on projects excellently and giving

the best price the first time to everyone that walks through our door.

What does being a small business owner mean to you, and why did you become one?

It means we have the opportunity to take a small part in making beautiful and safe homes for

those we are given opportunity to work with. It was an opportunity presented to us that we could not pass off as we had dreams of the life we wanted to live and owning a seasonal business would make that possible so we had to give it a go.


What is your greatest business accomplishment to date?

Many of our customers have commented that they have been very impressed by the level of service we have given them (some have also said this is the best service they have ever received), and that is an immense affirmation to us.


What is the most important lesson you have learned in business that has served you well and has helped shape who you are as a person?

Working with family is the biggest hurdle we have faced, and we are working through many issues as we speak.


What is the most important lesson you have learned in business that has served you well and has helped shape who you are as a person?

You need to have convictions and have made up your mind about how you want to run your business and stick to them. You will get all kinds of requests and be pulled in all kinds of directions if you do not know how you want to run your business and the direction you want to take it.


Who has been your greatest inspiration in business and why?

Ultimately, the greatest inspiration for us in business has been God. Us starting the business was because of the journey of faith that we have been on over the years, and better understanding what our roles are in this world as we interact with His creation.


As you forge ahead, what is it that excites you?

The opportunity to continue growing, and growing sustainably, where the way we run our

business would also serve us as a family instead of it running our lives fully (because it does run

your family somewhat).


Small Business Week recognizes the importance of people like you. Do you have anything special planned to celebrate?

Nothing special, just to keep on working on projects!


Don't forget to attend the Q&A with Grace! View Monday's Discussion Here!

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