For Robert Eden, it was the urging of his son, Bryan, that inspired him to venture into the field. After much research, the Eden's decided there was a need to provide 'the convenience of home shopping with complete tire services at your doorstep" within the larger Calgary region. Canada Tire Doctors - a family-owned and operated business - was born.
Their services are targeted for those who may not have time to go to a traditional tire shop to have their tires serviced, those who prefer the convenience of having tire services performed at another location or those who need emergency tire repair while on the road; their business does it all.
The need for start-up capital brought them to Community Futures Wild Rose, where our advice, guidance and financing fit what the Eden's were looking for.
"We met a couple of times...they gave us really good guidance and sent us what we needed to look at so we knew what we should be doing."
With financing in place, a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van and equipment were purchased to enable Bryan to work with regular- and high-end (such as Jaguar, BMW and Cadillac) - vehicles. Specialized mounts, "no-touch" tire changers and advanced wheel balancers allow Bryan to work on virtually any vehicle, in virtually any location. Financing was also arranged to help cover early operational costs.
Thankful for the resources and local support offered through Community Futures Wild Rose, Robert Eden shares, "I'd like to see how far we can take it. Instead of my son working for someone else, technically he's working for us...but it's going to be something that he's going to take pride in because it's also something of his. He's helped create it and in the future he'll be hoping that it'll eventually become his."