We will be featuring small businesses with big dreams and aspirations to help others – in different ways.
What better way to bring a community together than a directory of businesses with opportunities to shares – whether it’s discounts, new experience or event – no better way to share than within your own network. ShopWoodstock.com is not only a great resource for business owners but even potential customers. When we first sat down with Mark Kean, we were impressed with the great functionality that the platform had to offer. ShopWoodstock.com has options for business owner’s no matter your marketing budget – from a free plan to a subscription plan, there is something for everyone. Building a platform for the community is a great opportunity.
Be sure to check it out and get your business in the directory – you’ll find Creative Atmosphere there too!
Background about your business – what you do, what you provide, how long you have been in business
ShopWoodstock.com is a local online directory, comprehensive marketing platfrom, and e-commerce solution. We promote shopping local, because we believe that small business is the backbone of any great community.
ShopWoodstock offers marketing tools at very affordable prices that help small businesses get found online. That means on Google, on Facebook, and on our hyper local business search engine ShopWoodstock.com.
Your business background – Does it run in the family? Education? History?
My entrepreneurial spirt has always been strong. As a child I would hang around with my Dad at the family business, Scott Bus Lines, learning the tips and tricks to running a successful company.
I graduated from Marketing & General Business in 2010 from Conestoga College. Then in 2013 I started my first business, Runback Apparel, which supplies custom sublimated clothing to sports teams. In 2016 my wife and I became the owners of ShopWoodstock.com
What advice would you suggest to aspiring business owners?
Find something you love and are passionate about. Owning your own business can be tough at times, but if you really love what you do the good times will outweigh the bad times.
Where do you see your business in 5 years, 10 years?
In 5-10 years I see ShopWoodstock.com as a household name in Woodstock, Ontario. We are working very hard at constantly updating our directory and making it known to businesses that there is a very affordable option for digital marketing.
What has been your most successful marketing tactic?
I find the most success when I can get myself in front of the customer and tell them our story. We want to promote our local community so it grows and flourishes. When business owners hear our story and how we can help they want to be a part of it.
Who inspired you to go into business and why?
The family business at a young age inspired me to go into business. I loved the idea freedom and ability to control my own hours. What I put into the business is directly related to the success.
If you want to take advantage of this great platform, be sure to visit their website or reach out to Mark to set up an appointment to learn more.