Busi­ness ‘bet­ter than I ever ex­pected’

Sun­dridge screen printer shares suc­cess in­sights

North Bay Nugget - - FRONT PAGE - PJ Wil­son

Own­ing a busi­ness is “bet­ter than I ever ex­pected,” Jamie Lamb says.

Lamb, the owner of Sil­ver Screen Print­ing in Sun­dridge, was one of sev­eral busi­ness peo­ple shar­ing their ex­pe­ri­ences Fri­day at the Canadore Col­lege Ap­plied Re­search and En­trepreneur­ship Fo­rum.

“You can’t re­ally know what to ex­pect,” says Lamb, who grad­u­ated from Canadore in 2011. “You try your best to plan for ev­ery­thing, but curve balls hap­pen.”

Lamb pur­chased the busi­ness when the for­mer owner – a for­mer em­ployer of his after he grad­u­ated – de­cided it was time to re­tire. He con­tacted Lamb and talked about sell­ing the 35-year-old busi­ness.

“I re­ally had to ed­u­cate my­self,” Lamb says, giv­ing credit to lo­cal agen­cies such as The Busi­ness Cen­tre Nipiss­ing Parry Sound, for help­ing him make the tran­si­tion from em­ployee to em­ployer.

The first days as an en­tre­pre­neur, he ad­mits, were not all smooth sail­ing.

“I did make a lot of mis­takes,” he says, but Lamb was able to keep his head and learn from those er­rors.

The lessons he learned in school, as well as through the men­tors he was able to lean on both from The Busi­ness Cen­tre and those he cul­ti­vated on his own, have made the jour­ney a lot eas­ier than it could have been.

One of the most dif­fi­cult things, Lamb ad­mits, was de­vel­op­ing a busi­ness plan.

”If you don’t have clear goals, the risk of fail­ure is quite high,” he says.

But the great­est skill any­one who wants to be an en­tre­pre­neur can take into busi­ness is pas­sion.

“You have to be pas­sion­ate about what you do,” Lamb says. “Hav­ing a fire in­side to push through. Get up in the morn­ing and push through long hours of work, and still have a smile on your face.”

Con­fi­dence is also nec­es­sary., “Peo­ple won’t buy what you have if you’re not con­fi­dent in your own prod­uct. Peo­ple won’t take you se­ri­ously.”

And you have to be open-minded, Lamb says, al­ways be­ing open to find new ef­fi­cien­cies.

“Be hon­est with your­self,” he says. “Never stop learn­ing.”

Lamb says it was an easy de­ci­sion to take part in the sem­i­nar.

“It’s re­ally big for me to give back, to Canadore and The Busi­ness Cen­tre,” he says. “They were what helped me get where I am to­day.

“And if I can in­spire one per­son, that’s huge.”

Ryan Drouin, man­ager of the cen­tre for ca­reer de­vel­op­ment at Canadore, said the idea be­hind the sem­i­nar, which at­tracted sev­eral dozen mem­bers of the busi­ness com­mu­nity, fund­ing agen­cies and stu­dents, was to show­case the op­por­tu­ni­ties for en­trepreneur­ship that are avail­able.

“It’s a chance to show­case what peo­ple have done and what can be done,” Drouin says.

Other items on the agenda in­cluded pre­sen­ta­tions on cur­rent projects at Canadore Col­lege, so­cial en­ter­prise, stu­dent star­tups, In­dige­nous re­search, fund­ing pro­grams and net­work­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

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Jamie Lamb, owner of Sil­ver Screen Print­ing

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