The NewPath Network held their May 2010 meeting at Camaraderie. The topic was "Revitalizing your Business Development Efforts,"
Many familiar faces came out again this month, and we had the pleasure of Rei Tanaka providing his history of working in sales and marketing.
The evening featured a pair of young entrepreneurs, Nafi & Zahid Dhanani, who are helping their parents take their water purification and delivery systems to the next level. Waterrelated is a North York based company that specializes in installation of water purification system and also provides water delivery services. They compete with some very large companies in this space. The young brother and sister told us about their business development challenges. With Rei providing inspiration, the about 10 independent businesses provided some terrific advice on business development.
Lots of terrific ideas sprang from this discussion including places to sell their product, focusing on a specific market and identifying business partners in sectors complementary to the water systems business.
After the meeting everyone had a chance to describe their business in an elevator pitch style approach. We learned a lot about Quentin's international adventures, Kevin's work with Cardwatch and Lysianne's search to find the perfect marketing opportunity.
Our co-working cost Camaraderie recently got some much needed press in the Toronto Star. Let's see if we can find some NewPath'ers to join as a tenant. I know that Rachel has given us a discount so let's see if we can all think about the benefits of co-working and sign up.