My hobby is helping people solve problems.
I am happy when I can help a friend solve issues related to their career, business, or personal life, and really enjoy brainstorming to co-develop ideas and solutions. I have worked with entrepreneurs for many years, and enjoy helping entrepreneurs with their businesses, Furthermore, I am pathetic at both manual labor and semi-skilled tasks, so it doesn’t make much sense for me to build houses in developing countries with Habitat for Humanity; the people in those countries deserve better shelter than I could help provide.
I have joined the Advisory Boards of several businesses for friends where I hope I can add value, and some of these companies are described below:
Cleaner Innovations (www.cleanerinnovations.com): Cleaner Innovations is a start-up which has developed a laundry soap derived from soapberries (which grow naturally in Asia and are used there for cleaning). The company has gone through many phases, and the entrepreneur, Jamie Gold, is currently developing a business plan for a restart based upon an online marketing strategy.
Vintage Fitness – online (www.vintagefitness.ca): For several years, Erin Billowits has operated a personal training business targeted for adults aged 50+. In attempt to scale the business and reach adults who (for whatever reason) aren’t into personal training, Erin is developing an online site which will provide interested adults a compelling online experience to motivate them to maintain their exercise and nutrition goals.
Palmerston Design (www.palmerston.ca): The founder of Palmerston is Kirsten Tabbitt, whom I met through her husband, Chris (also ex-B&R). Kirsten provides sophisticated yet practical interior design services for both residential and commercial interiors, and is experiencing the typical growth challenges of a small service business!