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Not Your Average Young Entrepreneur

We recently had the opportunity to speak with a young up-and-coming entrepreneur.  

Ciara is a newly graduated nurse and the founder of Not Your Average Scrub Caps. She started her business during the pandemic in hopes to help healthcare workers showcase their personalities at work.  

The response has been overwhelming and she is so thankful for all the support.  

Continue reading to gain even more insight into this young entrepreneur’s business and what surprised her most about starting a business in the healthcare sector. 

Describe your business

I am the founder and the business owner behind Not Your Average Scrub Caps. It all started when I received my very first sewing machine eight years ago.  

It sat in my basement for many years.  

In 2020, I began my very first nursing job.  I started working in the hospital and needed to wear full PPE including face shield and mask for 12 hours at a time. 

I found that the face shield really caused my hair to be all over the place.  I saw so many scrub caps that day and really wished I had one.  The only thing was they were all very similar to one another and none of them really stood out to me. 

I thought that a scrub cap should be truly unique and show some personality.  Afterall we are hard to recognize and who doesn’t want to cheer someone up with a fun patterned cap!?

I went home that night and sewed my very first cap.  It was three days before Christmas, and It had Santa on it.

I had so many questions on where it was from, and I was shocked by the positive response. 

Before I knew it NYA Scrub Caps was born.  

I thought the face is where hospital patients look to for a reassuring smile and honestly, they are a fun conversation starter. 

What makes your scrub caps different?

NYA Scrub Caps are created from unique limited release fabrics.  This helps to ensure that you don’t (unintentionally) show up to work matching.  All scrub caps have dual buttons to securely hold your mask.  The buttons help combat skin breakdown on your ears.  

My goal is to make people happy, and I believe that seeing a cheerful scrub cap is a good way to start. 

All scrub caps are 100% cotton and prewashed.  NYA Scrub Caps are breathable, comfortable, and ready to get you through the next 12 hours.

What surprised you about starting a business in the healthcare sector?

The overwhelming support of the healthcare professionals. Honestly, I have really been welcomed and everyone has been so very kind to me.  Most of my customers are new to the nursing profession and they are looking for a way to show their personality.  I really feel lucky to be able to engage with such a great group of professionals.  I started NYA Scrub Caps during the pandemic, and I really enjoy how it brought all different healthcare sectors together. 

Any advice for anyone just starting out?

Yes, just start.  Your future self will thank you.  It won’t be a walk in the park at first, but anything worth doing is hard. Keep going. You got this! 

If you need a fun scrub cap look no further! Find your perfect Not Your Average Scrub Cap here.

Erin Mills Town Centre Launches GetintheLoop Retail App to Enhance Customer Experience

Shoppers who sign up for the app will receive exclusive offers from retailers at the shopping centre. 

Erin Mills Town Centre of Cushman & Wakefield Asset Services has announced a new partnership with Canadian retail platform, GetintheLoop, to support its retailers to connect with customers. The app service is scheduled to launch September 2, 2020

“When our guests install the GetintheLoop app on their devices, they will essentially have Erin Mills Town Centre in their pocket. Retail operations and consumer habits are rapidly evolving, and we want to support our retailer partners in this evolution, extending beyond the physical space of our centres. Partnering with GetintheLoop allows us to enhance the guest experience, giving them a direct line on new arrivals, local promotions and sales, and much more.”

Molly Westbrook, Cushman & Wakefield’s Executive Managing Director for Canada

GetintheLoop will act as a convenient source for information and offers from a variety of local Mississauga retailers including those at Erin Mills Town Centre. Promotions will be delivered via the app, as well as through email, the mall’s website and mobile push notifications and will include gift card programs, delivery or curbside pick-up options, incentives and offers to support retail businesses now, when they need it most. National and local retailers will be featured on the app providing exclusive offers and news for members. 

Consumers can download GetintheLoop for free in the App Store and Google Play store and opt-in to receive curated, local offers.

“We’re thrilled to partner with an innovative, community-minded organization like Erin Mills Town Centre. We want our technology to help Mississauga and the Erin Mills community to stay connected and support local retail during this critical time.”

GetintheLoop’s Founder and CEO, Matt Crowell

ENTREPRENEURS, SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS AND EVEN STUDENTS ARE INVITED TO APPLY FOR A CHANCE TO WIN FREE KIOSK SPACE THROUGH THE ‘MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS’ CONTEST

Erin Mills Town Centre is hosting the “Mind Your Own Business ” contest for local entrepreneurs, small business owners, start-ups and student business initiatives in the Mississauga region. Businesses and students are invited to apply for their chance to win one of three grand prizes. The deadline for applications is Monday September 7th at 7pm. All entries are to be sent to ​emtcguest@cushwake.com​ ​or ​submitted to Erin Mills Town Centre Guest Services Kiosk located on the lower level near centre court.

Developing great exposure for a new business or product is difficult without the proper connections. Erin Mills Town Centre is providing three lucky winners the opportunity to set up a free kiosk to showcase their product, service or business ideas during the busy holiday season, this November and December.

The winners will be ranked based on their business proposal submissions. The second and third place winners will be given the chance to set up a free kiosk for two weeks during the month November to display their business model.

The grand prize winner of the Mind Your Own Business contest will have the opportunity to feature their product for the entire month of December, a $25,000 prize value. With millions of consumers walking through the Erin Mills Town Centre during the busy month of December, it’s a fantastic way to build some momentum for sales and more importantly get the brand into the retail market.

*Note: Proper COVID-19 protocols are in effect. For further information, please click the link below. 
https://www.erinmills.ca/pages/erinmills-cvoid-19

More information and the Mind Your Own Business applications can be found on www.erinmills.ca

VISUAL ARTS MISSISSAUGA (VAM) LAUNCHES FESTIVE SEASON WITH ‘HOLIDAY ARTISAN MARKETPLACE’

Visual Arts Mississauga (VAM) at Riverwood will launch the festive season in Mississauga with its annual Holiday Artisan Marketplace on November 9 and 10, 2019. The celebrated event offers an incredible array of one-of-a-kind handmade items created by Mississauga’s top artists and artisans.  VAM’s Holiday Artisan Marketplace will feature a café by Kate’s Town Talk Bakery, live music treats and more!

The event will run from Saturday, November 9 through Sunday, November 10, 2019 from 10 am until 4 pm. VAM is located at 4170 Riverwood Park Lane in Mississauga. Admission is free. Attending the event is a great way to support local artisans while getting a head-start on your holiday shopping.

VAM will also present live musical performances by emerging Jazz vocalist John Amato on Saturday, November 9 at 12:30pm and by flamenco guitarist Mark Harry on Sunday, November 10 at 12:30pm.

The VAM Holiday Artisan Marketplace offers a warm holiday experience for the whole family and a great opportunity to start your holiday shopping,” explains Event Coordinator, Eldiana Begovic. “Our event showcases over 20 artisans selling their high-quality art and handmade gifts including smaller paintings, fashion items, jewellery, woodwork textiles, sculpture, glass, crafts and more. Grab a fresh baked good from Kate’s Town Talk Bakery and listen to our live musicians.”  

VAM’s Holiday Artisan Marketplace is one of the first artisan crafters shows (of the 2019 season) presented in the Greater Toronto Area.

The event provides an excellent opportunity for the local community to explore VAM’s magnificent art centre, meet local artists “face to face” and to purchase a hand-crafted Made in Canada gift for someone special. You’ll be feeling the holiday spirit by the time you leave.  

Please visit visualartsmississauga.com for more details or call 905-277-4313.

Tickets Now on Sale for World Premiere of “The Dr. Seuss Experience”

North American Tour Kicks Off at Square One with Immersive Interactive Attraction

New Rooms Revealed Tied to Dr. Seuss Classics
“How The Grinch Stole Christmas!” and “The Sneetches”

With tickets officially on sale today at 12:00 p.m. EST at www.experienceseuss.com, Dr. Seuss fans from across Southwestern Ontario will have the chance to be the first in the world to visit “The Dr. Seuss Experience.” This imaginative and interactive immersion into the wondrous world of Dr. Seuss will premiere in a standalone space at Mississauga’s Square One on Saturday, October 26.

Tickets on sale now

The Dr. Seuss Experience” is brought to life by Kilburn Live, the Live Events division of Kilburn Media, a leading entertainment company focused on producing content with an emphasis on quality and originality, in conjunction with Dr. Seuss Enterprises, a global leader in educational entertainment. The 15,000-square-foot Seuss-tacular, sensory spectacle will feature multiple rooms with immersive installations themed after some of the iconic author’s timeless works.

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