City businessman wears many hats

Sarnia’s Floriano Persichetti believes in jumping at a good business opportunity.

Ten years ago, he started AutoWerks Collision Experts where he has four employees. In April, he opened TradeWerks Plumbing and Mechanical.

By summer, he’ll also own and operate a new Italian takeout and delivery restaurant.

“It’s really about good employees giving me the opportunity to grow,” said Persichetti. “People know me. They know I have integrity.

“I like business and I’m good at juggling a number of things at the same time. It’s my nature.”

TradeWerks employs longtime Sarnia plumbers Matt Vozza and Paul Kinsman. Both are master plumbers, each with more than 20 years experience. The shop is adjacent the AutoWerks shop at 708 Eddings St.

“We are versatile. That’s what makes us so busy,” said Persichetti. “We do commercial and residential plumbing, new and emergency service, and we do a lot of kitchen and bathroom renos.”

By July, he’ll be splitting his time, managing the auto collision and plumbing business, then going to cook at his new Micky Mambo’s Restaurant on London Line.

Space has been leased in the Trevi Plaza, 1308 London Rd., where Persichetti and Vozza plan on specializing in pizza and breads. The menu will include gluten-free and carb-free choices, as well as personal pizzas.

“This is food from our family’s tradition,” said Persichetti. His parents grew up in the village of Casalvieri in Frosione Province.

“It’s old-school traditional Italian food.”

He’ll hire three or four restaurant employees to start and is hoping to expand into London eventually. Micky Mambo’s may be franchised in the future, Persichetti said.

Before the restaurant opens in July, he intends to sell his pizza at the Pinery Flea Market in Grand Bend every Sunday starting May 4.

NEED A COMPUTER REPAIR?

Atlas Technologies opens May 1 in the Wiltshire Plaza at 914 Murphy Road.

Owner Jason Blais says he is certified to fix just about any computer problem and can do virus removals, data backup, installations, diagnostics, and unit recoveries.

He also does conversions from VHS tapes and 8 mm recordings to DVD.

Blais headed up technical services at a local big box office supply store for more than five years and is a licensed computer technician and certified network technician.

He will pick up your computer and diagnose its problem for a $50 fee. If you go ahead with the repair, Blais deducts the $50. Afterward, he brings your computer back and hooks it back up at no charge.

Call 519-491-6288 for details.

LEADERCAST SARNIA 2014

There’s still time to get tickets for Leadercast Sarnia 2014, an all-day simulcast event on Friday May 9 at the Lambton College Event Centre.

Organizers from The Workplace Wellness Committee hope you’ll be inspired by accomplished thinkers and leaders from the worlds of business, change management and social justice. Speakers include Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Malcolm Gladwell, Simon Sinek and Dr. Henry Cloud.

For more info, visit www.eventbrite.ca/e/leadercast-sarnia-2014.

A LITTLE BUSINESS TRIVIA

Did you know that in 2013, there were 8,100 businesses in Sarnia-Lambton, up from 7,400 in 2008? The most common small businesses are in retail, trade and construction.

Did you know there are 679 tourism-related businesses in Lambton County?  They employ 5,210 people and contribute over $140 million to the local economy.

Source: Sarnia –Lambton Community Snapshot 2014. Compiled by the Bluewater Sustainability Initiative

Got an interesting business story? Contact Cathy Dobson at cathy.dobson@thesarniajournal.ca or call 226-932-0985.

– Cathy Dobson