Local mechanic wins RDC "Transform Your Trade" competition

By Troy Gillard (Twitter: @Troy_Gillard)
February 14, 2017 - 12:25pm

A local red seal mechanic looking to start his own business is getting some help from RDC.

Barry Hickey recently won the college’s second annual “Transform Your Trade” competition.

The competition, modelled after CBC’s popular Dragon’s Den, gave local entrepreneurs a change to pitch their ideas to local business leaders for a chance to win $5000 toward starting a small business.

Hickey, a 17-year mechanic, presented his business plan for Scent of Metal Automotive Inc.

“I’m looking to provide a low-cost opportunity for local customers to have a licensed red seal mechanic for all of their maintenance needs,” he says.

In addition to the cash prize, Hickey will also receive ongoing mentorship from business leaders.

“Failure is not always an option but rather a choice one makes in life,” Hickey said about entrepreneurship. “Never give up, if you decide to pursue your dreams. Complete each day with passion and you are already a winner.”

“Transform Your Trade” was started in 2016 thanks in large part to a donation from Jack and Joan Donald, who are no strangers to the entrepreneurial world.

“We feel that many trades persons will eventually start and run their own businesses,” says Jack Donald. “If we can help this process along and make it easier for even one person a year to start something new that’s progress.”

“We have seen a number of new businesses start up and fail,” adds Joan Donald. “We hope that talking about the Transform Your Trade competition will help some people that are thinking of starting a new business to know that there are a number of steps to take, and much planning that must be done, before making that big decision.”

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