Marise May & Chanaka Kurera.
Arayuma / Sahana Ayurvedic Products, Inc - www.arayuma.com
Mentor: Renato Perpignani
Jobs Created: 5
The purchasing power we gained early on from receiving the PME loan was instrumental in the viability and success of our business
Armorex - www.armorex.ca
Inception: May 25, 2009
Jobs Created: 4
Business Profile: Design and manufacturing of custom-made kitchen and bathroom cabinets, office cabinetry, built-in closets.
His Story: Cabinet-maker by passion & profession, I realized my dream to create beautiful, functional, durable high quality kitchen cabinetry in all styles tailored to satisfy any sophisticated taste in respect to any budget.
PME Quote: PME has helped to triple my sales within a 3 years span by offering a low interest loan used to upgrade the existing equipment and purchase new industrial grade equipment to increase the manufacturing capacity from 2 to 6 kitchens per week.
Alexandre Rojinski & Artur Pelah
Biocycle Oils Inc. - www.biocycleoils.com
Inception: June, 2008
Jobs Created: 10
Business Profile: Biocycle Oils is a green generation company that believes in a sustainable future which is obtained by using innovative methods and environmentally friendly technologies that give a second life to waste cooking oils and fats. Driven by the desire to give much more for much less, we offer exclusive service, refined support and cater to our client’s needs whether they operate a restaurant, food chain, shopping mall, or food processors throughout Quebec. We are the specialists in the recuperation and rendering of used cooking oil, and animal fats and various related services such as grease trap sanitation.
Their Story: Growing up in families of entrepreneurs, it was clear to us from high school that we were going to start and operate one or numerous businesses. However, we wanted to do something more than simply generate a return for shareholders and officers, we wanted to make a difference, to leave this planet in a better state than when we got here. The recycling industry is going through a booming stage both on a macro and micro levels; fuelled by environmentalist, government action and good corporate citizen involvement, it seemed like the perfect industry for us.
PME Quote: It turned our stack of papers (business plan) and ideas into a fully operating business.
Rodolfo Palacio Schneider
ClickMyRestaurant - www.clickmyrestaurant.com
Inception: Founded in November 2012
Jobs Created: 4
Business Profile: ClickMyRestaurant provides every restaurant with their own website featuring the online ordering within a couple of hours. Have a website and no online ordering? We can add the online ordering to restaurants that already have a website, while keeping it consistent with the website’s look. Restaurants don’t need Internet or any special set up to receive online orders; they can start receiving online orders as an automatic phone call.
His story: After working with pizzerias in Montreal for 5 years in online marketing, Rodolfo realized there was a market opportunity for all restaurants to have this set-up.
Dyslexiability Inc./Dyslexiehabilité Inc. - www.dyslexiability.com
Inception: January 2005
Jobs Created: 7
Business Profile: Dyslexiability deals with the root cause of dyslexia and not just the symptoms. We focus on helping people who have various types of difficulties in reading, writing, comprehension, math, spatial awareness, attention deficits, and hyperactivity use their natural gifts and talents to experience success!
Her story: I am dyslexic and dyscalculic with a BA from McGill University and an MSc for Surrey University in the UK. After years of difficulties and trying everything my parents and I could find, someone gave my father the book The Gift of Dyslexia. I read it and realized that I wasn’t weird: I was just like the other dyslexics - I just hadn’t met any. After completing the program in Waterloo, Ontario, I realized the impact it had on my life. At the time, the Davis Method was not offered in French anywhere in North America, and had not yet been introduced to Quebec. I was the first certified and licensed Davis facilitator in Quebec as of 2004. By putting a positive spin on an old concept, I created the term ‘dyslexiabilities’ to reinforce all the positive aspects that can come from using the right tools. With a positive outlook, the possibility of a bright future is greater than ever.
PME Quote: After living in London, England to return to Montreal, PME made it possible for me to stay in this great city, put down roots, and help many people over the years. By founding Dyslexiability Inc. in Montreal, I have been able help many people struggling with learning differences to achieve success.
Dylan Ribkoff - www.dylanribkoff.com
Inception: August 2010
Jobs Created: 10
Business Profile: To create clothing that satisfies our customer needs. To provide a shopping experience that makes people want to share it with others.
His story: I was dissatisfied with what was available; I was essentially making something for me.
PME Quote: The PME fund meant life. It was a breath, without that breath you can't think.
Eye-In Media - www.eyeinmedia.com
Jobs Created: 17
Business Profile: Eye-In Media is a marketing and technology company that specializes in Digital Signage and Wi-Fi Network management. We develop and manage cutting-edge multi-media solutions such as Digital Menuboards, Video Walls and Wi-Fi Hoptspots. We enable marketers to broadcast dynamic content across unlimited locations on mounted screens or on mobile devices, which engage customers, turning shoppers into buyers.
Their Story: We wanted to create something new and different based on the latest emerging technologies that would deliver value to customers.
PME Quote: Passing the business plan interview and being approved by the PME committee which was made up of prominent and seasoned business professionals from our community gave us the confidence that we were on the right track to success.
The MindSpace Clinic - www.mindspaceclinic.com
Inception: April 2011
Jobs Created: 3
Business Profile: MindSpace is a psychology clinic offering therapy and mindfulness training to individuals of all ages. MindSpace therapists and coaches are dedicated to providing the most up-to-date, evidence-based tools for reducing stress and anxiety, lifting mood, improving performance, and promoting overall health and well-being.
His story: As someone with a long-standing meditation practice, I’ve always believed in the power of Mindfulness for managing stress, staying focused, and cultivating a rich and meaningful life. I’m also a psychologist and always looking for the best science-based tools to help my clients. Over the last 20 years, a solid base of scientific research has established mindfulness meditation as an effective practice for resolving a variety of health issues and improving quality of life. I believe the time has come to bring mindfulness to the mainstream. The doors to the MindSpace Clinic opened in 2011 our mission is to help people connect to the present moment one breath at a time.
PME Quote: PME has made an incredible impact on the development of my business. The funding opened the doors for me to think big and the team provided invaluable mentorship in the execution. Thanks PME!
Nathaniel Schachter & Anik Decoste
N/A - www.naisgood.com
Inception: October 13, 2010
Jobs Created: 12
Business Profile: N/A is a new kind of marketing agency with a singular goal: to connect people and brands in ways that affect positive social change. We call it Good Marketing.
Their story: Working at Saatchi & Saatchi, Sid Lee, Vice Magazine, and V Magazine in cities ranging from Montreal to New York, we decided it was time to use our editorial and marketing expertise to put purpose at the core of business.
PME Quote: The PME gave us one of our key big breaks early on. With their investment, we were able to grow in a smart way, and today - only 2.5 years in - count 3 multi-billion dollar companies in the US and Canada as clients. We couldn’t have gotten to where we are today without the PME.
The Tendler Group - www.tendlergroup.com
Inception: 2001 and acquired in 2007 by IntrinsiQ, LLC of Waltham MA
Jobs Created: 12+
Business Profile: The Tendler Group is a provider of medical market research to leading pharmaceutical companies.
Her story: I always had an entrepreneurial spirit. I worked for 2 competing global agencies prior to starting my own.
PME Quote: To receive funding from such a distinguished committee was support within itself.
TMS Products Inc. - www.tmsproducts.ca
Inception: Jan 2011
Jobs Created: 7
Business Profile: TMS Products has developed a web-based Training Management System. The “TRAINING MANAGER” system is currently being used by language schools in support of services provided to some of Canada’s largest organisations including the Canada Revenue Agency, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Bombardier and Domtar. Training Manager facilitates and automates the record keeping operations of a school, specifically their timesheets, invoices, payroll and student files.
His story: In his capacity as Sales Director for one of Canada’s biggest language schools from 2003-2009, Ted Harrar had many opportunities to work directly with operations staff from numerous training organisations in support of their coordination responsibilities. Given the high number of errors and delays in managing their businesses, it quickly became obvious that a system was required to facilitate month-end billing and payroll as well as to manage student records and to provide customers with accurate statistics and reports. In 2010 Ted Harrar began designing that system and in 2011 TMS Products Inc was born.
PME Quote: The money we received from the PME fund was exactly what we needed to get our business off the ground. Not to be ignored is the support and feedback we receive on a regular basis from PME management which has been an important reason for our success. We look forward to continuing to work closely with the PME as we continue to grow our business.
The UPS Store 358 - www.theupsstore.ca/358
Inception: 2001 and acquired in 2007 by IntrinsiQ, LLC of Waltham MA
Jobs Created: 3-4
Business Profile: The UPS Store provides packing, shipping, printing, and business services needs. Our location offers full service printing: anything from presentations and business cards, to banners and posters and training manuals.
Her story: A friend of mine wanted to open a The UPS Store and asked me to be a partner. For personal reasons this person had to move away just before we opened the store so I became the sole owner!
PME Quote: Funding from PME allowed me to open my store with more peace of mind and more chances for success!
Vadim Daniel Photography - www.vadimdaniel.com
Jobs Created: 1
Business Profile: The range of services provided by Vadim Daniel includes commercial photography with a focus on products, portraits, headshots, and food photography. The studio provides the clients with the absolute highest quality images available in the industry today by using the professional studio lighting system and a medium format camera Hasselblad.
His story: Vadim Daniel moved to Canada in 2007. Starting over in a new country was a major challenge: getting to know the culture and the people, learning the language, and establishing a new business.
PME Quote: It was an extraordinary experience thanks to PME, who loaned the funds to start the business and to purchase the first photography equipment. Since then, Vadim has expanded his business and his range of services. Every project has been a unique chance to increase Vadim’s knowledge, skills, and experience.
David Lipes, Michael Elman & Noemie Dupuy
Wave Generation - www.wavegeneration.ca
Inception: May 2001
Jobs Created: 40
Business Profile: Wave Generation is a turn key audio production company working in the interactive and traditional media industries. Based in Montreal, the company operates out of its facility that includes sound design and dialog editing suites and a state of the art recording and 5.1 mixing studio.
Their story: The video game development industry in the city of Montreal and worldwide was demonstrating explosive growth at the time. We recognized there was real demand for high end audio content (music, sound, voice recording) for the games being developed. We stepped in and became the “go to” audio content service provider for the biggest video game developers and publishers in the industry.
PME Quote: Receiving financing from PME was THE key moment for us. We were young entrepreneurs looking to take on the challenge of launching and building a business. However, like any business, we needed money to get things going. PME believed in us and our idea enough to award us with financing to get the business off the ground. PME encouraged us to build the business, provided us with access to tremendous advisors and ultimately gave us the confidence to pursue the dream.