CHI Partners Nominated for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award!

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Did you know that the idea for Custom Home Interiors came from a Carleton University business plan competition just over 4 years ago?

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From left to right (Andrew Emmans, Tyler Dren and Dylan MacNamara)

Passion, perseverance and the drive to succeed.  Three very important characteristics that were instrumental in getting Andrew Emmans, Tyler Dren and Dylan MacNamara where they are today.  These are also traits that Ernst & Young recognizes in the best and brightest entrepreneurial minds in Canadian business and, for the past 2 years, the directors of Custom Home Interiors have been on their radar.

Entrepreneurs are the engineers of Canada’s economy. Their hard work and commitment, despite the natural pitfalls on the road to success, are not only admirable, they’re somewhat rare. These are the men and women who have the energy and enthusiasm to change our economy for the better. They are the trailblazers who lead the way in challenging times.” – Ernst & Young

THEN & NOW

The Beginning – 2006

  • 1 Builder
  • 2 Model Homes
  • 3 Catalogues (Suppliers)
  • 3 Staff (Andrew, Tyler & Dylan)
  • E-commerce website

Present Day – 2010

  • Servicing a number of builders in Ottawa
  • Model homes all over the city
  • 350 Suppliers
  • 150 Services
  • 8000 sq. ft. Showroom & Design Resource Centre
  • Small fleet of delivery and service vehicles
  • 10 Staff (Andrew, Tyler, Dylan, Dawn, Tim, Michaela, Peter, Amy, Kiersten &  Suzy)

Director of Sales and Marketing Andrew Emmans says the key to CHI’s success so far has been commitment to always taking something away from every business experience, whether positive or negative.  “When faced with adversity, it is important to maintain a positive frame of mind.  Failure is not a word often used in my vocabulary.  I feel a better alternative to failure is LEARN,” he says.  Emmans expresses this opinion to all of the CHI team members and strives to motivate them on a daily basis.

Full Speed Ahead

CHI currently owns 7 other businesses under the Custom Home Interiors and Obvious Advantage Inc. umbrella; Custom Commercial, Bar, Restaurant, Office, Condo and Cottage Interiors.  All are separate businesses and have their individual URLs.  The company plans on developing the other brands over the next few years starting with Custom Commercial Interiors which will be launching in the Fall.

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Good Luck Gentlemen!

– Suzy Kendrick

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Calling all Design Professionals!!!!!

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Everyone has dreams, goals and ambitions. Certain dreams and ambitions might involve starting up a business or finally doing the thing that you love most. BUT! You are inexperienced, scared and unsure where to turn to?

Well now there is an answer………

When Kimberley Seldon held her Business of Design seminar at Custom Home Interiors in Ottawa, a common issue that arose among designers was that there was no actual place to go for help when it came to dealing with business issues and practices related to the design industry. Especially if you are just starting out and do not have the budget to hire a business coach.

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As a result, Ottawa based designer, Donna Hargrove of DH Designs, decided to start the Ottawa Design Network Group (ODNG) and mold it into a community of designers, decorators and students. The sole purpose of this group is simple. Share information and support each other in developing their design business and create an open forum where design professionals can express their concerns and find common solutions to the issues that they face on a daily basis.

The motto of the Ottawa Design Network Group is 80% Business / 20% Design

The ODNG held it’s first session at the Custom Home Interiors showroom and the attendance exceeded our expectations. Over 25 designers from all over Ottawa and its surrounding areas showed up with the right attitude and zeal to share and collaborate with their peers on design and business issues!

If you were unable to make it for the first session, the ODNG group has decided to meet once every 6 weeks at the Custom Home Interiors showroom.

Next meeting has been scheduled for:

Thursday June 24th 2010
6:30pm
CHI Boardroom 1

If you are a design professional and reside in the Ottawa region, and are looking for a place to connect and collaborate with other designers, please click on the link below to register for the next session!

http://bit.ly/cbyYTx

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Kimberley Seldon @ Custom Home Interiors

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Greetings!!

Author & Decorating Editor of Canada’s Style at Home magazine & Interior Designer, Kimberley Seldon is at Custom Home Interiors today doing her Business of Design Seminar for the designers, decorators, and design enthusiasts of Ottawa who are looking to either to start their own Design business or simply enjoy a weekend with Kimberley at the Custom Home Interiors Showroom in Ottawa. After a light breakfast and coffee, Kimberley started the seminar off with a big smile and her enthusiasm and passion for the industry showed just by the way she conducts herself. She is always willing to help out or give advice! For those of you who have not signed up for the remaining two days, you are encouraged to do so as you won’t want to miss out! Here are the details for the remaining two days:

Kimberley Seldon Business of Design link!

BUSINESS OF DESIGN™ II (Saturday March 6th, 9:00 – 3:00, $395.00) Expand on learning from Business of Design™ I:

  • defining your unique company experience
  • procedural development
  • concise contracts
  • budgeting with assurance

BUSINESS OF DESIGN™ III (Sunday March 7th, 9:00 – 3:00, $395.00) Participants learn to:

  • create winning presentations
  • get a “yes” from clients
  • successfully exit relationships
  • track and bill for design hours
  • turn projects into promotional vehicle

As the first Business of Design seminar is taking place right now as i write this, it certainly feels as though the attendees have got their money’s worth! I would go as far as say that some of Ottawa’s best designer’s and decorators are in our Showroom and you do not want to miss out!. So if you have any questions, feel free to give us a call at 613-248-1244 or email timothy@customhomeinteriors.ca Stay Tuned more for updates….. Tim Das

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