Wendy and her partner John Burgess owned Kimbal Printing for many years. Wendy was the Administrator for Kimbal Printing, and is known for her exceptional customer service and problem solving abilities. Wendy enjoys working to achieve customer satisfaction and creating new options when issues arise. In her spare time, Wendy enjoys gardening on her country property and travelling. Wendy is also an active member of the Minto Arts Council.
John is the retired owner and operator of Kimbal Printing Ltd. John excels at advertising, sales and promotion. He is also an expert at starting and running a small business. Kimbal Printing won a Stars Award in 2009 for Best Small Business Under 15 Employees. John now enjoys assisting new businesses started, and showing small business owners the importance of being involved in the community. John is personally involved with the Minto Chamber of Commerce and Minto Arts Council. In his spare time, John enjoys restoring vintage sports cares, gardening and travelling.
John Mohle is a retired owner and builder of Wellington Construction. John has worked in the construction field for 35 years and is known for ensuring customer satisfaction and getting results. John is most passionate about building: not only structures, but also building up people and the community. John currently works as a conflict mediator, and was granted the Conrad Grebel Certificate in Conflict Management. You can find John cooking, sailing and exercising when he is not busy working, or volunteering at his local church, economic development committee or community justice initiatives.
Bethany is currently employed at Loblaw Companies Ltd as the Director of Human Resources, National Grocers Retail. She has worked in the field of Human Resources for nine years. In her daily work, Bethany focuses on understanding business needs and determining appropriate people solutions to enable business growth. She also has significant experience with investigations, talent management, performance management and legislative compliance. Bethany enjoys working through business issues from all angles, however human resources specific, she is passionate about leadership development skills such as enabling employee potential through coaching. In her spare time, Bethany enjoys cooking, baking and photography.
"Bethany was great and her mentorship really helped us to make some good decisions when we were hiring new staff and also had great ideas and input on future working with our employees. It is great to talk with someone with experience (especially that much experience), get ideas and look at what is important for our situation."
- Felix and Bernice Weber, Ag Business
Paul is a General Insurance Broker and owner of Brown Insurance Group. He has 40 years of experience, and has held previous positions in politics and fire service. Paul has been recognised for his service with the fire department with 30 year service medals. He is also the holder of an Honorary Membership in the Ontario Insurance Brokers Association. Paul is well known in the community for his excellent service, and also his practicing of honesty and integrity in business. Paul enjoys his position, as it has allowed him to educate his consumers, and integrate with a multitude of people. Paul also donates his time to the Hospital Gala, the Minto Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Revitalization Committee and is a retired member of the Hospital Foundation. You can find Paul playing golf, travelling and enjoying his cottage in his spare time.
George is the current Mayor of the Town of Minto and is an active part of a multitude of committees in the Town. George worked with TD Canada Trust for 30 years and retired as a Branch Manager in Midland and moved back to Harriston. George bodes many years of financial experience in many different areas of Ontario. He has always been an active part of the community no matter where he lived including the General Manager of the Barrie Agricultural Society and Event Centre for 3 years, Chair of the Elmira BIA, Master of the Masonic Lodge, President of the Hanover Rotary Club, and President of the Barrie Agricultural Society.
Heather Watterworth is a communications and creative professional with a range of marketing expertise gained through experiences working in corporate, agency and non-profit organizations. The daughter of small business owners, Heather has a special understanding and appreciation of the challenges and rewards that come with entrepreneurship. A new Minto resident, she was attracted by the region’s focus on cultivating community, supporting local business and developing the rural creative economy – and knew it would be an ideal place to grow her family and her business. Heather provides creative services and counsel in branding, design, digital communications, and marketing strategy for startups, small businesses and non-profits through her company Creative Worth.
Becoming a business mentor is an excellent way to continue to be active in the community. This is an opportunity to share years of knowledge and experience with new business owners, to assist them with upcoming challenges. It is also an opportunity to motivate, empower, advise and support businesses in their efforts to grow and succeed. This is an opportunity for a very rewarding experience, to feel the rewards of helping someone to progress and succeed in the business world.
Individuals who are interested in assisting others in building a successful business in an honest, reliable and trustworthy manner. Mentors should be empathetic, good listener and have the ability to keep information confidential. It is important to be able to offer constructive criticism, challenge the business owner and question the business owner sensitively but empoweringly, all while keeping the businesses best interests in mind.
A mentor has years of experience to offer to current business owners. They have experienced the highs and the lows of business, and are able to offer insight on a multitude of topics that business owners struggle with regularly. Mentors are an excellent resource to help you take your business to the next level, or enhance a specific area of your business. Often, business owners are consumed in the facilitation of their business, and they need someone to help motivate them to develop their business to their absolute fullest potential. A mentor is also beneficial for new businesses to guide and support new ideas and the start-up business process.