On Tuesday, a business crowd got a sneak peak of Bridgehead’s new roastery as it played host venue to KPMG Enterprise's book launch of That’ll Never Work: Business Lessons Learned from Successful Canadian Entrepreneurs.
Bridgehead, a fair trade coffeehouse chain that’s popped up in urban hoods throughout Ottawa, and Deslaurier Custom Cabinets are among the businesses profiled in the bestseller.
“One of the things I love about this book is that it’s everyday stories of everyday people who chose to go into business,” said Bridgehead principal Tracey Clark in the renovated building in Little Italy.
Guests were not only inspired but informed about business lessons learned by Deslaurier owners Jim Deslaurier and Denis Staples. The kitchen cabinet manufacturers recovered from a 2009 fire that would have killed their business if not for adequate insurance, strong community and professional relationships and their ability to spot opportunities in the rebuilding process.
“We’re silver-lining kind of guys,” Denis Staples told the crowd, which included his father, Ross.
There to MC was Denis Trottier, a partner at KPMG Enterprise. It specializes in working with owner-managed businesses. Also seen were KPMG managing partner Grant McDonald; Clark’s father, Councillor Peter Clark; and Mayor Jim Watson, who reminded everyone we’re more than a government town. “Beyond Parliament Hill and the government buildings is a very vibrant private sector filled with individuals with great spirit and ideas,” said Watson.
From left: Mayor Jim Watson, Bridgehead principal Tracey Clark and her father, Councillor Peter Clark, on June 19, 2012, at a book launch for That’ll Never Work, featuring Bridgehead and Deslaurier Custom Cabinets among the nation-wide profiles of successful businesses.
Photograph by: Caroline Phillips