BRAMPTON, ON: Balbir Sohi, owner of Smiles on Wheels, a Brampton-based mobile dental hygiene practice, was able to lean on the solid skills she gained at the Brampton Entrepreneur Centre when she faced the Dragons on CBC’s Dragons' Den.
Smiles on Wheels is a mobile dental hygiene business that Sohi launched in 2012; she has been a Brampton Entrepreneur Centre client since 2014. Working with Business Advisor Jennifer Vivian, Sohi has taken advantage of a number of the Centre’s services, including business plan consultations, seminars, workshops, and mentoring and networking opportunities.
Her Dragons' Den episode was filmed in the summer of 2016, and now, finally, all of Canada will see how it turned out on Wednesday, February 8 at 8 pm on CBC.
“Balbir is a young woman who I have watched with great pride - she is a great example of not only the entrepreneurial passion necessary to be successful but someone who gives back regularly to our thriving city,” said Brampton Mayor Linda Jeffrey. “We’re all very proud of her and the small part the City could play in supporting her business dreams.”
“I learned so much from the Brampton Entrepreneur Centre,” said Sohi. “My experience there really helped refine my business model and prepared me for my Dragons' Den pitch.”
Vivian at the Brampton Entrepreneur Centre has had to be very patient waiting for the result. “We don’t know for sure yet whether Balbir got a deal, but we’re very optimistic,” said Vivian. “She has a great business approach, a proven track record of success, and a great passion to succeed.”
Sohi’s fully equipped and retrofitted Smiles on Wheels Mercedes Sprinter travels across the GTA, sporting all the dental equipment required, and even a TV screen so clients can enjoy a movie during treatment.
Sohi has strong roots in the community, and she has received multiple commendations for her support of a number of charitable organizations, including the William Osler Health Centre. She also conducts oral health education seminars overseas in India in rural area public schools to provide dental health awareness – distributing toothbrushes and toothpaste to school kids.
The Brampton Entrepreneur Centre runs events throughout the year to support business and connect entrepreneurs. They also offer individual consultations and advice, and are the access point for funding and programs to support start-up and established businesses. Go to www.brampton.ca/bec for more information.
About Brampton: The ninth-largest city in Canada, Brampton celebrates a diverse population that represents people from 209 distinct ethnic backgrounds who speak 89 different languages. Brampton residents and visitors have access to state-of-the-art recreation facilities and one of the fastest-growing transit systems in Canada. Opened in 2007, Brampton Civic Hospital is part of the William Osler Health System, which is one of the largest community hospitals in Canada. For more information, visit www.brampton.ca or follow @CityBrampton on Twitter.
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