Tecumseh client Duffy Simon and his sports apparel empire Planet Stitch Promotional Products and Apparel

 
 
  • The Idea is Born

    Simon, who was born and raised on Aamjiwnaang, grew up with a passion for sports. During highschool he played ____, and went to compete in ____ in college. He played ____ professionally. Duffy wasn’t certain what kind of business he wanted to pursue when he finished college. But his uncle Al Simon reminded him of the connections he’d developed playing organized sports. Duffy decided to capalize on those connections to create a custom embroidery, engraving, promotional products business.

 

There's a need for embroidery.”
- Uncle Al

 
  • Where to start?

    With a clear business idea and a healthy network or potential clients, Duffy's next step was to. . . well he didn't know what his next step was. Write a business plan? Research equipment costs? Take out a loan?

 

There was a lot to work out and I didn't know where to start. A friend told me about TCDC and they helped me make a step-by-step plan to get off the ground."
–Duffy Simon

 
  • Team Tecumseh

    At TCDC Duffy met a team of allies who were as excited about the business idea as Duffy was. Duffy was partnered with a business coach who helped him rearch costs, write a business plan, and _____. The staff at TCDC helped build a game plan to launch the new enterprise.

  • Financing

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  • First Client

    Duffy rented a small space on Degurse Road, bought his first embroidery machine, taught himself how to operate it and put in a lot of long days. His first client was an order of t-shirts for ________

 
 
 
 

I say, let’s employ people here. Work with me and you can hold me accountable for every job.”
–Duffy Simon

 
 
  • The Planet Stitch Family

 Planet Stitch employees from left: graphic designer Jimi Brodimas, Patsy Simon, Colin Orme, Keely Bressette, Brandi Rosales, Brittany Simon, Duffy Simon and his month-old daughter Millie. Photo by Cathy Dobson.

Planet Stitch employees from left: graphic designer Jimi Brodimas, Patsy Simon, Colin Orme, Keely Bressette, Brandi Rosales, Brittany Simon, Duffy Simon and his month-old daughter Millie. Photo by Cathy Dobson.