Last week, I had the pleasure of meeting one of Toronto’s most successful business leaders, Harry Rosen at the Impact Gala, an event that brings together industry leaders, government officials, top program participants, Impact partners and members to celebrate the entrepreneurial community.

Harry addressed a roomful of students with dreams of building their own business empires. He told us the story of his journey from shop clerk, to opening his first store in Cabbagetown with a $500 down payment, to becoming the owner of the Harry Rosen retail chain with a 35 percent share of the national market in high-end men’s wear.

Shaking hands with Harry RosenAfter watching Harry Rosen present his keynote speech, I approached him to introduce myself. The first thing he said to me was, “Don’t call me ‘Mr. Rosen’, just ‘Harry.'”

Harry attributes his success to perseverance, listening to customers and giving them what they really want, and educating his clients about quality mensware. He has created a company culture that is all about building personal long term relationships through quality and customer service.

The Impact Entrepreneurship Group is Canada’s largest non-profit, student-run organization dedicated to encouraging the entrepreneurial spirit amongst youth in Canada.

Check out some of the programs available to students through the Impact Group:

  • Impact Microcredit Loans
  • Impact Apprentice (where nobody gets voted off)
  • Impact Infused sponsored by Deloitte

 

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