Spotlight on Kitchener Waterloo

Turning our attention to local issues for a moment, I’m in the paper again! This time I appear with Brynn Varey, local entrepreneur extraordinaire. Brynn is the owner of Seniors Move and is an operating principle behind the newly formed corporation Age Wise Solutions Inc. Brynn and I were down at Conestoga College, Kitchener Waterloo  third major post secondary institution, promoting the Kicthener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce’s Chamber Young Professionals, a dynamic group for any professionals, entrepreneurs or business people under 35 (or young at heart).

brynn and me

The Chamber Young Professionals has a couple of AWESOME programs coming up, including Do You Have A Personal Brand? and Speed Mentoring. Here is the info for the branding event, I’ll be blogging about Speed Mentoring (Nov 22) later on this week!

Have you ever been to an event where you were asked to make a lasting impression on a particular person, client or speaker? Did you achieve this by accidentally spilling your drink on yourself? Perhaps you mispronounced their last name. Avoid being remembered in a negative or unprofessional manner by making a positive and lasting impression with those around you.

Whether you are conscious of it or not, people everyday blend in with one another, so take a lesson and employ some of these essential techniques offered by Shirley Lichti, Founding Partner, Marketing Magic.

Personal branding is not about applying a thin layer of veneer. It’s about getting in touch with your authentic self – what’s true and real and genuine about you. It’s about harnessing the values you live by and the passions that drive you and presenting the real you to others.

Following the event, employ your newly acquired skills at the Chamber’s November Business After 5, located in the same building, Centre for International Governance (CIGI).

Contact Jason Kipfer at 519-749-6044 or visit the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce to find out how you can take advantage of this great networking opportunity!


Chamber Young Professional / Chamber Members: $10
Future Members: $15

Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Registration/Networking: 3:45 – 4:00 pm
Programme: 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Centre for International Governance Innovation
Seagram Room
57 Erb Street West
Waterloo, ON N2L 6C2

I just remembered that I forgot to wish Brynn a ‘happy birthday’ on Wednesday. Brynn, next time the shiraz is on me!

Now this is important. I’m representing clients who are looking to buy space (5500 sq ft – 10,000 sq ft) for a restaurant on King Street in Waterloo between Union and Columbia . They’re in a position to buy quickly, for cash! If you own such space, or know of someone who does, get in touch with me (benjamin AT or 519 772 4376)!

In other news, I’ve discovered a wonderful new blog today, Sapphire Martini. They “are constanly on a quest for good food. Since we live in Waterloo, it’s quite obvious that most of the reviews will be about restaurants in the tri-city area.”

The most recent review is on ultra posh local spot Janet Lynn’s Bistro.

For my main dish I had one of the specials, Thai marinated ribs with asian pasta and julienned vegetables. As expected, everything was cooked perfectly – the ribs were meaty, moist and tender. The Asian pasta was a little heavy on the vinegary dressing which made it a bit of a struggle to make it through the generous portions. G had the roasted garlic and fennel seeds marinated rack of lamb with herb tomato vinaigrette gnocchi. Rack of lamb is G’s litmus test of a decent restaurant, as we know from first hand experience that it can be difficult to tone back the harsh lamb taste while finding some interesting flavours which do not include rosemary or mint. Janet Lynn’s passed with flying colours here – no complaints. The gnocchi was also very good, making us appreciate proper cooking techniques with this item. The portion size was very generous with 7 ribs arranged in a little tepee over the gnocchi. A real bargain compared to the 3-4 ribs you’d normally be served. We skipped dessert since there was nothing that caught our eye amongst the cheesecake, creme brulee and cakes.

What I’ve come to appreciate most from Janet Lynn’s is the professional level of service. For business lunches, they are prompt and unobtrusive. For dinners the servers have always been able to find the appropriate level of engagement, whether you’re on a casual dinner or an eye-gazing romantic affair. I’ll never forget one of our first dates when we were seated at a corner table. We were obviously out together for the evening, and when it came time for dessert we ordered two separate ones. The kitchen sent it out on a single plate together with a couple of heart shaped cookies. It was at that time we knew we were in love.

The Bistro is located at 92 King St. South, Waterloo, Ontario, and can be reached at 519.725.3440, according to the site.

Don’t miss Uptown Waterloo Cheap Lunch Roundup, or Uptown Waterloo Cheap Lunch Roundup (II)!

Benjamin Bach is a Real Estate Consultant with Keller Williams Golden Triangle Realty in Kitchener Waterloo dedicated to building wealth for his clients through smart Real Estate investments, and helping people achieve success. If you are interested in how you can start your Real Estate portfolio, or have any questions and buying or selling a home, you can email Benjamin (benjamin AT or reach him at 519 772 4376.


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One response to “Spotlight on Kitchener Waterloo

  1. Ben,

    Finally checked out our Conestoga College pic! Oh you do know how to make me sound good! Hahahaa. Love it! Do you have a hard copy of the newsletter?

    Talk soon,

    ps: Great Site!

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