There will be no turning back
Have you ever seen one of the Saw movies?
Do they make you want to go on a cruise? If so, Raybin Management has a trip for you: the Saw at Sea Cruise.
The five-night trip begins Aug. 11 in New York, with stops in Saint John and Halifax to visit some of the sites where six of the movies in the horror franchise were filmed. The ship, the Carnival Glory, is fully tricked out with bars, nightclubs, restaurants, pools, miniature golf, a spa and a salon. “No matter how you choose to spend your cruise,” the promotional material states, “you’re guaranteed a good time.”
Now if you haven’t seen one of the Saw movies, you may want to know a few things about them. They revolve around a character named Jigsaw, who kidnaps his victims and then tests their wills to live through physical and psychological torture. Jigsaw himself was killed in the third installment of the hugely popular series, but his methodology lives on.
Joining customers on the ship are several of the actors from the films, including Costas Mandylor (who plays Hoffman), Ned Bellamy (Jeff the ‘Drill Chair Man’), Mark Rolston (Erickson from Saw 5 and Saw 6), Anne Greene (Dina from Saw 3D), and Rebecca Marshall (Suzanne from Saw 3D).
Music to his ears
Twenty-year-old James Proud of Britain, who taught himself to program at the age of nine, sold his giglocator website to a businessman in New York for six figures, the London Evening Standard reports. Prior to selling the online enterprise, which helps people find live music, Mr. Proud won a $100,000 (U.S.) scholarship for promising young entrepreneurs from PayPal’s Peter Thiel. He is now based in California and he says he hopes to develop other sites. “The sale and the fellowship are a comfortable amount, so I can focus on other projects,” explains Mr. Proud, who has been advising other firms in Silicon Valley.
Yes, you can be too successful
Supplement retailer Complete Nutrition, based in Omaha, Neb., recently lifted a self-imposed 15-month freeze on new franchise sales after suffering from hypergrowth. President Ryan Zink and CEO and founder Cory Wiedel opened their first store in 2005. They started franchising in 2008, and by January, 2010 there were 19 locations. The company then awarded 245 franchises in 15 months, and it turned away “a good amount” of others, Mr. Zink told Entrepreneur magazine, spending little on marketing or advertising. The business couldn’t keep up with the rapid expansion, and it instilled the ‘freeze’ in March, 2011. It has regrouped, and the long-term goal, Mr. Zink said, is to be a $1-billion (U.S.) brand with more than 1,000 locations by 2025.
EVENTS AND KEY DATES
Show off your medical wares
The Medical Manufacturing Innovations conference returns for a second year at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ont., where medical and dental device professionals get a platform to meet and learn about the latest technologies, discuss issues and solutions facing the industry, and network with peers. Dynamic sessions explore applications and implementations, among other topics, presented by industry experts. The event takes place on Oct. 24, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Oct. 25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Opportunity to access Caribbean markets
The Minister of International Trade, Ed Fast has announced a Canada trade mission to Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, and Port-au-Prince in Haiti, from Sept. 2 to 7. The mission will be led by Bernard Valcourt, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency). The goal is to open doors and expand networks for Canadian companies pursuing opportunities in infrastructure and agri-food in these Caribbean markets.
EDITOR'S PICKS FROM REPORT ON SMALL BUSINESS
How often can lightning strike?
Two years after Ion Aimers sold his popular Ottawa gourmet burger chain, The Works, he’s trying to do the same thing for pizza as he did for scorched meat on a bun: Give an upscale reboot to a food group known for being greasy, cheap and junky. Is one success in the restaurant business enough to guarantee another?
FROM THE ROSB ARCHIVES
Cheaper, simpler, easier
Smartphone apps are still going strong, but they’re not the only way to get rich information across to users – or even the best way. The other approach to getting information to a mobile audience isn’t as flashy, or as capable of so many technological feats – but it is faster, cheaper, simpler, and much easier to get into users’ hands: the web application.
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