Below are the stories of the Scarborough Business community. You'll find these stories uplifting, informative and undeniably real. That's because SBA members share a common goal - to progress the Scarborough business community to meet it's unrealized potential. Although recent events have left a challenging economy, you'll find the Scarborough business community resilient and determined. We hope you enjoy their stories. Check back for more SBA member stories in this regular feature.
Don't think for a minute large corporations escaped the transformation necessitated by COVID-19. Listen as senior vice president financial services Keith Nugara details to journey to increased customer engagement and service in a new economic reality.
CIG Garment Manufacturing
Follow the uplifting story of Scarborough's CIG Garment Manufacturing and how they quickly adjusted to the pandemic economy. In a reassessment of all things under their control, they became a much-needed supplier of PPE. As well, the experience led them to launch a new clothing line.
East Scarborough Storefront
East Scarborough Storefront is usually a bustling hive of activity! This community hub helps people collaborate, create network and learn. This creativity continues to be essential as Storefront navigates through economic uncertainty.
Scarborough SEO Geek
Watch as Sam Eastman explains why he finds Scarborough a vibrant business marketplace and what drew him to establishing Scarborough SEO Geek.
Learn how Variety Village transformed their business model and their partnerships in reaction to the 2020 uncertain economy. Join President and CEO Karen Stintz as she details the changes and how this led to newfound success in 2020.
Agincourt Community Services Association
While COVID-19 is a certain disruption, it doesn't stop Agincourt Community Services Association Executive Director Lee Soda, staff and volunteers from reaching out to community members most in need. Here is their story.
Netwyn Place CEO Kula Sellathurai shut the doors of his entrepreneurial workspace when COVID-19 first hit. But through the experience, he re-energized his commitment to community and built new business himself to help the company through difficult times. Kula has great lessons for all in this short video and proves once again the resilience of the Scarborough business community.
Toronto Zoo CEO Dolf DeJong is grateful for the community support during the COVID-19 shutdown period. It helped the zoo stay on its feet and prepare for a bright new future. There have been many lessons learned - most of all how people love their Toronto Zoo.
Craig Gibbs, FASTSIGNS
Craig Gibbs shares the journey to economic recovery for sign maker FASTSIGNS - a company where business dropped off the table overnight. Now, with a new line of merchandise and pandemic friendly adjustments, the company thrives with multiple shifts and plays a critical role in support of the Scarborough community.
Stan Muthulingam, CSI
Listen as Stan Muthulingam, founder and CEO, tells the story of CSI, how they have weathered these uncertain times and plans for the future.
Gillian Mason Consultancy
Gillian Mason talks of her lifelong love for Scarborough. The consultant has worked around the world but has gravitated back to Scarborough, working to develop this beautiful community to a rich potential.