What’s going on at MIYAGI

It’s been a great summer so far. We’ve been focused on helping the current businesses we have in the incubator strive towards success before adding more companies in.

We’re happy with Things to do events as it’s gaining traction and starting to create great referrals from promoters using the service. Rebecca, Norm and Emily have been strategizing and coming up with clever ways to delight their subscribers. You can check out their Instagram account here.

We’ve also brought on board Max Paquette who has started Augmenta and is focused on social media management and lead generation for small businesses. Max has the passion and determination to succeed and we look forward to seeing Augmenta grow.

The Peace Room is set to open on sparks street November 1st. It will be a meditation studio concept that helps make meditation easy by providing people with a mini vacation for their mind. Catherine is always peaceful and wonderful to work with and we are excited to see this business come together.

We’ve recently turned our attention to an event planing company and we are in the process of looking for the right leader to lead it.

We’ve had many people approach us with different business ideas but nothing has really caught our attention.

Sunday will be our monthly meeting and we look forward to connecting, learning and having a great time.

Selling is helping

So many people in startup are scared of the word sales.

When they think of sales an image of a shady used car salesman comes up. But that couldn’t be further from the truth.

I’ve had the privilege of meeting amazing sales people in my life. Some of the best in the country actually and the one thing I can tell you about these top performers is they see their profession as being of service to others. They’re good at what they do not because they are trying to get the most for themselves but because they care about giving people the right solution.

People like Brent Thomson at Peak Sales or Colleen Francis at Engage Selling are examples of this.

One thing is for sure – you can’t build a business without being able to sell.

If sales is something you avoid because it feels uncomfortable, perhaps it’s because you’re looking at it wrong.

What’s been going on at MIYAGI

We started the week with a 3h educational meeting where we went over the importance of having a good infrastructure to support a business. Entrepreneurs left with a tool to apply in their businesses. We all connected in person and it was nice to see everyone face to face.

We’ve also brought on board other key high level partners that we will reveal on a later date but it’s a great addition to the MIYAGI team. The more great minds we can have the better.

We’re currently focused on getting
Thingstodoevents.com is gaining great traction in the Ottawa area. They’ve received a few great sponsors and the list is growing every week.

What a great turnout!

Last night we had a presentation for MIYAGI and the turn out was amazing. It was better than we had anticipated.
Our founder Jean-Luc Boissonneault presented his story.
He explained the current state of the job market and how things are shifting.
He then showed the vision MIYAGI has in helping people become successful entrepreneurs.

The people that showed up were incredible. We are so blessed and can’t wait to do it again.

New this week

It’s been a productive week. We’ve had more and more people enrol.
We’ve brought on board a new partner for marketing that we will introduce at another time.
The Keepers had a book signing for their new book at Chapters this week. They sold so many books, Chapters is going to have them do book signings around the city.

We can feel the momentum

In the last two week we’ve interviewed countless people to jump on board MIYAGI. We’ve started to get used to using new tools to help us stay aligned as a team and we’ve updated the MIYAGI website to better explain what we do.

MIYAGI – Purpose Mission Values

MIYAGI’s purpose is to provide people with the opportunity to succeed the way the founder Jean Luc Boissonneault himself did.

To invent a turnkey business development operating system essential for all new business owners to operate as effectively and efficiently as most successful companies do. All at no cost but the entrepreneurs commitment in time and energy.

At MIYAGI we believe in:

Being courageous
Doing what we say we will every time
Taking care of ourselves
Continuous learning
Doing what’s right over what’s profitable
Thinking big but acting small
Creating a positive workplace
Being organized
Working as a team
Being a good coach to others

Getting 2018 started strong

We’ve recently brought on board Alan Lawrie as the COO of MIYAGI incubator and accelerator. Alan has over 30 years of experience in management having been responsible for more than 300 employees. He will be helping enrol, on-board and coach new entrepreneurs towards success. We are happy to have him part of the MIYAGI family and we are excited to see what the future holds.

2 Weeks Left Until The Keepers Family Fun Festival

The keepers are a duo who rescue animals and do shows with them.
They approached us to work with them with the idea for a family fun festival in Ottawa and we thought it was a great idea.

Check out the event on Facebook here.
They also have a children’s book out and will be distributed in Chapters and all books stores soon.

If you have kids, you won’t want to miss this event.

What we learnt from the focus group

Last week we did a focus group with small group of business owners for the First Aid for Business company. A big mistake many people make is that they create a business to solve a problem that doesn’t exist. They spend all this money and time only to find out that no one wants to buy what they have to sell.

It’s much better to do the work at the beginning.

Alain, the entrepreneur leading this business left pretty discouraged but with a touch of hope. He sent me an email after saying how discouraging it was but at the same time enlightening. It’s clear that it’s not the idea you need to be obsessed about – it’s the customer.

The feedback we received was great. I think the biggest realization is that CPR training for employees will be our main service. Something we hadn’t anticipated.

Stay tuned for more updates.