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Business Insights w/John Racine - Episode 14

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Episode 14 - Mike McCann

In this episode of business insights with John Racine my guest Mike McCann and I discuss his journey as an entrepreneur. Mike is the retired owner of Bromley Steel Fabricators located in Wesleyville, just west of Port Hope. 

It was a privilege to be able to interview Mike on the show as I’ve know Mike all of my life and have admired how he has created a very successful company.

We discuss Mike's upbringing in Manchester in the 40's and 50's and how he entered the Royal Air force at the age of 15. We talk about making the move to Canada and ultimately to Port Hope.

We gain great insights from Mike as he discusses both the risk and reward of owning your own business.   

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Episode 13: Ian Sculthorpe 


In this episode of business insights with John Racine my guest Ian Sculthorpe and I discuss all things farming. 


Ian is the owner and operator of South 50 farms. We talk about Ian’s decision to enroll into Guelph University’s agriculture program, travel to New Zealand on a farm exchange and how Ian ultimately started a grass fed beef operation just west of Port Hope. If you have any interest in understanding a bit more about farming and in particular beef farming I encourage you to listen in. 

Business Insights w/John Racine - Episode 12

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Episode 12: Darren Johns


In this episode of Business Insights with John Racine my guest Darren Johns and I discuss the art and joy of chocolate.

Darren takes us on a journey of truly appreciating the skill and quality of the ingredients that it takes to offer the best products to his customers.

His products range from coffee, Gelato, hand crafted chocolates and most recently his own take on the traditional Yule log.

We delve further into Darren's passion for all things Italian and discussed how he was inspired to start a Tuscany food and wine tour.

Business Insights w/John Racine - Episode 11

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Episode 11: Kim Rudd


In this episode of Business Insights my guest Kim Rudd and I discuss how she was able to start her adventure into entrepreneurship through a form of job sharing.

A big part of Kim's business and personal growth came from the decision to make advocacy a part of her business foundation.

We were able to get great insights of what it takes to buy a business and put your own personal touch on it. Kim gives lots of credit to professionals who were able to tell you the truth and not sugar coat the advice, "you need someone who will say.. no" 

Business Insights w/John Racine - Episode 10

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Episode 10: Mike Woods

In this episode, Mike and I discuss how he was introduced to music and how the impact from a high school teacher help set Mike up for his future. We uncover how difficult it is to make a career in the music business and how Mike and his wife have set up several different ventures that have allowed them to reach a larger audience. You will want to listen right to the end where Mike is able to provide great insights on the commitment and mindset that will help you prepare for life as an entrepreneur.  

Business Insights w/John Racine - Episode 9

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Business Insights w/ John Racine episode 9:

Gordon Woods, World War II veteran from Port Hope, Ontario.

Please join me to hear my 95 year old grandfather, Gordon Woods tell us a few stories of his time on the HMCS Fennel during World War 2. Please check out the ship’s Wikipedia page here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMCS_Fennel

Bump, as he is know affectionately by our family, bravely crossed the North Atlantic many times during the war protecting convoys from German U-Boats.

Business Insights with John Racine - October 4

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Business Insights w/ John Racine episode 5: Bill Patchett

Bill's story includes leaving school at a young age to help out at home, his introduction to the grocery business, transitioning from employee to owning multiple grocery stores, why garden centres are important, his championing of many community causes, secrets to successful fundraising, Rotary, the hospital, and much more!

Business Insights with John Racine - September 27

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Business Insights with John Racine - Episode 4

This week’s guest is Blake Holton from Holton Flowers in Port Hope

Blake's story includes finding his entrepreneurial spirit at a young age, starting Holton Flowers, the interesting story behind competing with his wife Eileen, their talented staff, how the store buys flowers, his love for owning a business in Port Hope, and much more!

Coming September 6th!

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I am very excited to announce the launch of my new radio show Business Insights w/ John Racine, debuting Thursday, September 6th at noon on Northumberland 89.7 FM Small Town Radio.

I have become inspired to do this show after enjoying countless interesting business stories from clients over the years.

Northumberland is a community rich with business leaders, all with their own unique roads to success, and I look forward to profiling these individuals on my show.

Please stay tuned for announcements about upcoming guests and thank you for your support!

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