JIM TRELIVING AND ARLENE DICKINSON ARE BACK
TO HELP MORE CANADIAN SMALL BUSINESSES
SURVIVE HARD TIMES
CBC stars help entrepreneurs across the country in six new episodes of THE BIG DECISION
premiering Tuesday, October 16 at 9 p.m. on CBC-TV
October 9, 2012 – On the heels of its successful debut season, entrepreneurial icons Jim Treliving and Arlene Dickinson return to rescue floundering businesses across Canada in all-new episodes of THE BIG DECISION beginning Tuesday, October 16 at 9 p.m. on CBC-TV.
Faced with a volatile economy, mounting competition and strapped for cash, each one-hour episode features two Canadian businesses desperate for a lifeline. Jim Treliving and Arlene Dickinson could be their last hope. Grueling deadlines, pressure cooker challenges and family clashes come to a head as business owners try to prove that they have what it takes to turn things around. In the end, Jim and Arlene must decide whether they’ll invest in one, both or neither of the companies vying for their cash.
On the Big Decision, the stakes are high. No hand-outs. No charity.
When you're somebody's last hope, it's never just business.
Best-known as the chairman and owner of Boston Pizza, Jim Treliving is one of Canada’s most respected businessmen. The Franchise giant’s billion dollar empire includes investments in real estate, sports and Canadian oil change retailer Mr. Lube. Jim is also a Dragon on Canada’s favourite unscripted program CBC’s DRAGONS’ DEN.
One of Canada’s most-renowned marketing communications entrepreneurs, Arlene Dickinson, is CEO and owner of Venture Communications. She continues to be known as one of the country’s most powerful business leaders. Arlene is also a Dragon on Canada’s favourite unscripted program CBC’s DRAGONS’ DEN.
This Season on THE BIG DECISION:
Tuesday, October 16 at 9 p.m. ET (9:30 NT)
In the season premiere, the maker of one of Canada’s hottest construction materials is on the brink of collapse. Synstone manufactures panels used on schools and office buildings nationwide. But demand is far exceeding supply. With orders piling up and a disorganized factory slowing them down, can Synstone impress Jim enough to land the most important investment of their lives?
Meanwhile, on the shores of the marina town of Belle River, Ontario sits Sauve’s Home Centre. The family-run hardware and home renovation store has been in business for generations but competition from big box retailers is tearing the business and the family apart. If the Sauve family can rise to Jim’s challenges and settle their grievances, he may invest and put Sauve’s back on the right track.
Tuesday, October 23 at 9 p.m. ET (9:30 NT)
Arlene Dickinson travels to St-Laurent, QC to visit a packaging company having difficulty thinking outside the box. For 25 years Pak Tek has emerged as a serious player in the corrugated box and display business. But a transfer of management from father to son has left Pak Tek in dire financial straits and a family at each other’s throats.
Next, Arlene sails down the white water rapids of the Ottawa River to arrive at Esprit in Davidson, QC. Once named the “Top Adventure Travel Companies in the World,” Esprit is anything but smooth sailing. Can the owners steer Esprit in the right direction and prove to Arlene that his business is worth saving.
Tuesday, November 6 at 9 p.m. ET (9:30 NT)
Robots and automation software are the backbone to the Windsor-based Radix’s business. Their technology is the brainchild of co-owner Ross Rawlings, who has seen his innovation used in car manufacturers across North America. But Radix could be stopped in its tracks and forced to put their dreams on idle if they don’t get an investment from Jim Treliving. Dozens of jobs depend on Radix to survive in a region with the worst unemployment rate in the country.
In St. Thomas, ON, a piglet birthing farm is in desperate need of two things: cash and pigs. After a fire in 2007 destroyed her pig farm, Brenda Jackson rebuilt using the best farming technologies. But after remortgaging her home and selling all the possessions she could do without, Brenda is still missing the cash flow to get her farm up and running. Brenda is looking for millions of dollars in investment making this one of the biggest decisions Jim has ever has to face.
Tuesday, November 13 at 9 p.m. ET (9:30 NT)
The reputation of three generations of handcrafted garment makers is on the line at a clothing factory in Scarborough, Ontario. Kathy Cheng started her own made in Canada clothing line, Redwood Classics, to keep her father’s factory running year round. But with competitors outsourcing production and the Canadian economy still in recession, Arlene Dickinson could be Kathy’s one last hope at keeping the family legacy alive.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the country, another company is in need of Arlene’s sartorial wisdom. Known for the toughest men’s footwear around, Viberg Boots is in trouble. Located on coastal city of Victoria, BC, Viberg has expanded their boots from workwear to fashionable footwear, but demand is so high that the owners can’t keep up.
Tuesday, November 20 at 9 p.m. ET (9:30 NT)
A chartered seaplane business in Prince Rupert, BC, hopes Jim will invest and buy out its sole competitor, in hopes of taking control of its niche market. Plus, Jim checks in on an Edmonton-based sporting retailer, who has been in over his head since taking over the business five years ago.
Tuesday, November 20 at 9 p.m. ET (9:30 NT)
Providing affordable meals to people living in Vancouver’s lower east side for more than fifty years, Save on Meats is a classic diner and butcher shop in one. Owner Mark Brand bought the restaurant in 2010 when condo developers were eyeing the property but now he’s struggling to make ends meet. Hundreds of people rely on Save on Meats daily for hot meals and if Mark can’t get his finances in order for Arlene, both his employees and an entire community will be at a loss.
A few blocks away, Canada’s biggest flag and banner retailer is also in serious trouble. The Flag Shop has 12 locations across Canada, but with dwindling sales and mounting debt, CEO Susan Braverman is nearly ready to wave her white flag. If she Arlene Dickinson could be the lifeline Susan needs to get her finances under control.
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