BIZZ BUZZ

June 22, 2012

Something’s brewing at Goodwill. Goodwill, the Amity Group has two new developments underway at its King William Street location in downtown Hamilton. A coffee house called Stairways will open later this summer, run by restaurateur Mike Rabbitt (owner/operator of Incognito Restaurant and Wine Bar on John Street South). Stairways will provide food services job training to Goodwill clients and a new dining and take-away food option for neighbourhood residents and workers. 

The Goodwill building will also be the site of a shared service model for leasing office space. Tenants can rent space ranging from 200 to 2,000 square feet for short or long-term periods and get service packages including reception, meeting areas, and business equipment. Tenants already in the Goodwill building include Industry Education Council (IEC), Jobs Prosperity Collaborative (JPC), Brain Injury Services, John Howard Society of Hamilton, Burlington & Area and the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board.  The shared space and service model is an initiative underway in partnership with the IEC and JPC.

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Two local university students are becoming entrepreneurs. Burlington resident Tim Brady, a third-year finance student at University of Western Ontario, is marketing a sports performance nutrition supplement called MojoMax. Brady says what’s unique about the product is that it combines in capsule form the popular sports recovery supplements of amino acid L-glutamine, American ginseng and flax seed. MojoMax is now available in some local nutrition stores and online.  For more information, visit www.imojomax.com. 

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Meanwhile, Hamiltonian Darcy Schwenger, an economics student at the University of Guelph, has started a summer business called The Green Bin Doctors. He provides every-other-week professional cleaning of green bins for both residential and commercial properties on the days the bins are emptied. The basic package cost is $40 for five weeks of cleaning.  “In summer there are problems with flies and maggots in the bottom of green bins and most people don’t want to come near it,” he explains. Schwenger can be reached at 905-746-6663 and his web site is www.thegreenbindoctors.com/. 

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A dental hygiene training college based in downtown Hamilton is providing two free clinics for children between the ages of six and 12. The Summer Smile Clinics take place on July 10 and 12, courtesy of the Canadian Institute of Dental Hygiene, at the corner of King Street East and Catherine Street. Parents must book the visit in advance and accompany their child to the appointment, which could include cleaning, sealant application and custom sports mouth guards. Space is limited and parents should call 905-524-2434 by July 3.

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Tricia Hellingman is president of Hellingman Communications, a Hamilton-based public relations and marketing agency. Bizz Buzz welcomes submissions from the business community. Email thellingman@hellingman.com.