Celebrating Small Business Week 2021
This October, Square One celebrated Small Business Week by hearing local entrepreneurs’ stories. Learn more about some of the inspiring small business owners who build a way forward for Saskatchewan:
“I am not a businessman,” says Karam Singh of Regina’s Wow Cars.
As the son of an ironworker and a former taxi driver himself, Karam Singh never thought he’d end up an entrepreneur. But the knowledge Karam gained over his driving career served him well, leading to a family friend asking for his help in purchasing a vehicle one day.
That experience opened Karam’s eyes to the potential in his skills for trading cars; he kept trading, eventually starting a dealership in India, and recently moved to pursue opportunities in Canada. With Square One’s help in sourcing market research about the local automotive industry, Karam founded Wow Cars. Although the COVID-19 pandemic made that process all the more challenging, Karam’s determination to succeed kept him going. He finds great reward in contributing to building Canada’s way forward by helping people find good condition vehicles for a fair price.
Visit Karam at Wow Cars.
The serenity of the Okanagan Valley’s autumn landscape inspired Jennifer Davey to found @LotusRevivalYoga. Although she’d practiced yoga for decades, the vision of teaching one day in a vineyard overlooking the lake spurred her to seize the opportunity to enroll in Yoga Teacher Training. With business startup help from Square One, Jennifer created Lotus Revival Yoga to provide a safe practice space – both in-studio and from home – that allows people a break from the outside world. Lotus Revival Yoga generates connectedness through energizing, compassionate and blossoming yoga.
Visit Jennifer at Lotus Revival Yoga.
When Wafaa Al-Soua was forced to leave Syria, she took up cooking for her family during the three years they spent in Lebanon before arriving in Saskatoon. Having owned a small business in Syria, Wafaa combined her entrepreneurial background with these new culinary skills to open Taste of Syria. She and her husband, Badie, built Taste of Syria with help from Square One, accessing business planning templates and startup supports as well as guidance through the Ask an Expert program. At Taste of Syria, Wafaa and Badie don’t just want to serve you food; they want to create an experience for you that you can cherish.
Visit Wafaa and Badie at Taste of Syria.
Blaine Mirasty’s tipi sits on a pristine camping spot on banks of the Meadow River, which flows through the heart of Flying Dust First Nation. With Cree North Adventures, a nehiyaw (Cree) small family-owned and operated business, Blaine and his family offer land-based activities that include teachings, food preparation and interpretation of local Flying Dust and Canoe Lake First Nation historical ways of living by Elders and Knowledge Keepers. Blaine believes that Indigenous tourism is a sustainable way forward for economic development that allows for the revitalization of traditional teachings, land-based activities, language learning and food security.
Blaine also developed the book “How to Start a Business on Reserve” with guidance from Square One because he saw a need for a resource to help young up-and-coming First Nation entrepreneurs with the technical aspects of registering a business. Blaine believes that these entrepreneurs can seize the opportunity to help their communities’ economic development.
Visit Blaine at Cree North Adventures.