The Second Wedge Brewing Company
The Second Wedge Brewing Company is located in the heart of Uxbridge, Ontario and focuses on crafting and sharing flavourful, character-full ales. Their name comes from the rolling hills of the Oak Ridges Moraine, which formed in four wedges from west to east. The Second Wedge Brewing company is run by co-founders Rob Garrard and Joanne Richter and is 100% locally owned
When we were ready to take our business plan to the next level, the insight and experience that RK Fischer & Associates contributed was invaluable. Karen examined our work with a fine-toothed comb, identified gaps and coached us on how to pull in the data we needed and present it effectively. Rudy helped us structure our complex brewery financials into a detailed, comprehensive set of linked spreadsheets that were easy for us to read and analyze, but most importantly followed the best-practice accounting principles that institutional lenders require. Karen and Rudy are extremely well connected in the financial and legal spheres and have provided us with many beneficial referrals. And best of all, two separate lenders told us that the fact that we hired RK Fischer & Associates gave them extra confidence in us as entrepreneurs."
Joanne Richter, Owner
Styrok Inc. designs, manufactures and installs a unique lightweight exterior cladding product that looks and feels like natural smooth-cut limestone. By combining the desirable aspects of materials most often used to finish the facade of a building (stone, stucco, precast), we offer building industry participants a better way of cladding a building. We can take care of a custom project from start to finish or we can supply material to a builder/installer and support their crew through the installation process.
"We engaged RK Fischer & Associates to assist us with developing a sales and marketing strategy for a new product line we've developed. We were looking for a consultant that had the experience necessary to assist a small, but rapidly growing manufacturing business. We have been incredibly satisfied with the service we've received to date and we look forward to working with Rudy and Karen on various other aspects of our business. They are very knowledgeable, professional and they happen to be lovely people which makes working with them an absolute pleasure. When people are passionate about the work they do and are genuinely interested in helping your business grow, it shows"
Steve Colivaras, Owner
Joey's World Playground
Joey's World Playground is Durham Region's largest and most exciting family playground located just off the 401 in Bowmanville, Ontario. They feature a 20-foot rock climbing wall, a multi-sport simulator, multi-tiered play structures, along with their new skytrekking for all ages.
"RK Fischer and Associates were brought into the initial planning process for Joey's World and proved to be a valuable asset. The program lines introduced during this process were and will continue to be used as Joey's World functions as a successful business. Thank you, Karen and Rudy"
Gord Gill, Owner & Operator
Parking BOXX accommodates the needs of small lots as well as large, complex parking systems. Parking BOXX has over 75 years of parking industry experience, dealers throughout North America, and parking sites in operation from Los Angeles to the Caribbean to Newfoundland. Parking BOXX systems reliably run sites with thousands of daily vehicles and millions in annual parking revenue.
As a growing company, we’re rarely impressed with consultants. Rudy & Karen, however, have been amazing to work with. They are detailed, organized, responsive (even after business hours) and have provided us with amazing guidance. We highly recommend them to anyone looking to take their business to the next level."
Renee Smith, CTO & Araron Asp, CEO
Boxer Custom Cases Inc.
Boxer Custom Cases is a manufacturer of shipping cases and foam inserts. They have thousands of custom cases on file as well as provide custom design services to design a case to protect your valuable equipment.
"We started working with RK Fischer with the intention of adding a second set of eyes to our finances. Rudy and Karen have provided far more than accounting oversight, bringing their combined expertise and experience to several areas of our business including marketing, sales, production, and overall business process. If you have a business problem that needs solving, I would recommend you start by getting Rudy or Karen on board."
Greg Hamilton, President
United City Yachts
United City Yachts is a full service yacht / boat brokerage. We offer a local representation with international reach with locations in Toronto, Vancouver, Kingston, Montreal and Georgian Bay You have a lot invested in your boat. It only makes sense to entrust a top yacht brokerage to handle its sale.
"We engaged RK Fischer & Associates in 2017 as we were in high growth mode and needed help in setting up our go-forward growth strategy moving into our next fiscal year. Both business partners through business coaching were able to set our go-forward goals and strategy for every area of our business. We developed our financial goals as well as personal goals for the next 3 years and during the engagement determined what we had to do to meet those goals. We worked on the gap of where we were today and we want to be in each area of our business and developed the strategy along with an implementation plan which included determining the metrics to track success and the resources we needed as well as the budget to meet our go-forward goals. Also, we set 3-year financial goals so we are able to track our progress for the next 3 years.
We are using the strategy we developed to manage our business and our team in order to meet our go-forward goals. We found this a very beneficial exercise and learned a lot about ourselves and our business and would recommend it to anyone who is currently in growth mode or is looking to grow the business, as you need a plan to help you get to where you want to be.
Thank you, Rudy and Karen.
Adrian Philpot and Andre Ganton, Owners
Ring Around The Bin
Ring Around The Bin™ is a plastic moulded ring that simply snaps on the rim of a household compost bin to stop the compost bag from slipping down into the bin when organic waste is placed inside. It fits the Orbis food waste container that is provided by many of the municipalities throughout North America. Ring Around the Bin may be purchased currently at Canadian Tire.
I recently invented a product called Ring Around The Bin, it’s a unique product that stops the compost bag from falling into the compost bin. It’s a frustrating, messy problem; we all have to deal with daily. I don’t pretend to wear all the hats in the business; however the product was ready to be marketed, and I had no knowledge of how to price a product for retail, and had no idea what costs were involved in pricing a product for Retail.
I chose RK Fischer and Associates because they came highly recommended by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business ( CFIB ). CFIB, had nothing but positive feedback from previous clients of RK Fischer, along with many years of experience behind them. They are very knowledgable and pleasant to work with. After they familiarized themselves with my product, they looked at all possible scenarios in this situation, and they came up with a solution to solve my problem that we were all pleased with.
I must say one thing, and I have told Karen and Rudy this many times that if it was not for them, I would not be in the situation, I’m in at the present time with my business”, and I might add there were others situations that I needed their advice on, they have gone above and beyond! My experience with RK Fischer and Associates, is a very positive one, and I encourage anyone that requires any business advice to call on Karen and Rudy Fischer, you won’t be disappointed."
Janet Sirko, President
Norton McMullen Corporate Finance Inc.
Norton McMullen Corporate Finance Inc. (NMCF) is a Markham based merger and acquisition advisory firm serving owner-operated private companies in the sale or acquisition of their business. NMCF delivers professional advisory services; supporting business owners to successfully complete sale, purchase or financing transactions for private Canadian businesses with annual sales revenues of $3 million to $30 million.
"Thank you to RK Fischer & Associates for the outstanding marketing and design work on our new website and corporate brochure. We are very pleased and have had strong positive client feedback on the new look and content.We have enjoyed working with you as you listen well, probe for clarity and then coordinate your team effectively. The result is creative, high impact marketing materials and on time delivery. Thank you for your excellent work!"
Tom Schmidt, Managing Director
Norm Sobel is a Business Broker with Keystone Business Brokers. Though his background and experience has been in manufacturing, import, distribution and services, he works with small businesses and business owners in a variety of industries that are valued at under $5M.
"RK Fischer & Associates is not your typical consulting firm, they are experienced business consultants that use their background and experience to understand your business and help you articulate the right message and choose the right marketing mediums to reach your desired sales prospects. As a self-employed professional, the one on one approach that Karen used really helped me get a handle on my messaging and what types of marketing to use to reach my targeted clients."
Norm Sobel, Business Broker