“I’ve never owned a business that I haven’t made successful”
They say money never sleeps, and the young Entrepreneur is always out getting it. From small time club promoter to big time club owner, the Montrealer who was raised in the South Shore always had a hustler spirit inside of him with the niche to monetize opportunities. From Owning Club Laboom and a fast growing company in EcoGlobal that is making one million dollars in sales in as little as three months. There’s no slowing down, and if you want to know a little about business, then stay focused and pay attention.
514: Growing up in the South Shore did you experience any struggles?
SM: No, my dad came from India. He was working first for the Government and then he was a teacher for Concordia University and Champlain College , so growing up was not that bad.
514: What was the first job you’ve ever had?
SM: I worked in an Indian Community Center starting at 14 years old in the summer. I went to a private school for Sec 1 and Sec 2, but my parents wanted to teach me how life works, so they told me if I want to stay in that School then I have to pay my own way.
514: Growing up as a kid what did you envision that you would become?
SM: I thought I was going to be in the NBA. I played for a lot of teams on the South Shore, and I played for the Quebec team once also.
514: What happened to the NBA dream?
SM: My drive for business took over.
514: What was your first business venture?
SM: It started in Secondary 5. I was a popular kid in school, Captain of the basketball team. One of the guys asked me “Why don’t you throw a party for the school”, and that’s where it all clicked in my head that I can rent a room, pay a DJ, and charge for tickets to come in. I didn’t have a house or a room to do it at, so I started making some calls to some clubs and that’s where the whole club scene started.
514: How did you manage to get High School kids in the club?
SM: That’s the thing; everyone was underage so they all had fake Id’s. I had 400 people coming, but only 100 got to go inside. The rest got denied because of their Id’s. But it was a long weekend, and I got lucky with that date because there were a lot of tourists that night. And I think I made $8000 dollars profit as a 16 year old kid.
514:Being on both sides of being an employee and business owner, what would you say is the major difference?
SM: Well there’s pros and cons. When you’re an employee, no matter what, you’re getting your paycheck at the end of the week. But you will never make more than what you’re making, and you will always work 40 hours for 40 years. So if you’re looking for stability, an employee is definitely the way to go. As for a business owner, the con is definitely you’re never guaranteed that you’re going to get paid. There are ups and downs and everything depends on you. However, there’s no limit in to what you can make. You build your own schedule and you usually work with your passion.
514: Out of all the business’s that you own, what is the most successful one to date?
SM: My two main ones are pretty close. Club Laboom and Ecoglobal .
514: How did you get started with Club Laboom?
SM: I was in the club business for 8 years and I was dealing with different venues. I started as a promoter, and then I worked my way up to Marketing Manager. So I would take a venue and build it from scratch. At a certain point, clubs would open and close and these were things that were out of my control, like the liquor license. After 8 years of doing that and putting a lot of money away on the side, I decided to buy my own club.
514: How long have you been the Owner at Club Laboom ?
SM: A year now.
514: Club Laboom has been around for a while now, you bought the club from the previous owners?
SM: I bought out someone. CLub Laboom has been open for 15 years now. And when I was exploring my options it was very important whom I partner up with. And I had a good vibe with my partner who’s been the owner there since day one.
514: Do clubs make more money now or back then?
SM: Back then for sure, because no one got in the clubs for free. Everyone had more money, bar sales was on another level. Everyone was out every weekend, the clubs used to be full. In a weekend, in and out they would do like 3000 people.
514: In terms of marketing: Is social media the biggest platform that you use to promote?
SM: I do it the old school way and the new way. I have people going out in the streets promoting hand to hand sort of how you’re doing it with your magazine. I have people going out to boutique shops to promote, we also use our social media strategy, and then we have partnerships with media companies that publish articles about us. Then there is the PR in the club where we build relationships with the customers, and very, very key is your DJ’s.
514: Do you control what the Dj’s play for the night?
SM: I’ve always worked with Dj’s that I trust. So I always tell them to play for the crowd.
514: I saw on your Social media that your business EcoGlobal made 1 million dollars in sales in three months. What is EcoGlobal?
SM: It’s heating and cooling units that we offer clients in their homes that allows you to save on your hydro bill and breathe better air. And it also brings the value of your home higher.
514: Why did you choose this business to get into?
SM: It’s all about association and networking. When this idea was brought up to me, it was something that I found very interesting. We were interested in this industry because we saw people in Ontario and Alberta making money. We wanted to create something that was in Quebec, So me and my partner sat down and we built the company. One day before the launch of the company, I don’t know if it was God’s fate, but my partner got in contact with someone from Ecoglobal that wanted to meet us. We told them our idea and they wanted to partner up with us. So the decision came down to either start the company ourselves or partner up with EcoGlobal. We chose to partner up.
514: So you guys are a strategic partner?
SM: We have the whole Quebec , and we’re going to be opening up in New Brunswick, Texas, all the ones close to the border like Maine, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Florida.
514: Have you ever started a business that failed?
SM: I’ve never owned a business that I haven’t made successful.
514: How many business do you own now?
SM: Seven. I have my personal investment company Macquer Dynasty Inc, Club Laboom Inc, EcoGlobal Inc, Pike Lead Inc, TicketPal Inc, 514VIP Inc
514: Do you have any kids?
SM: No. I don’t have any kids
514: With the success of your businesses has money changed you over time?
SM: I’m a very different person because I’ve learned with time and mentors what money is and how to generate it. Money has never affected me, because to me it’s just a number, so I can make a million dollars and give it all away. But I don’t care because I know I can remake it.
514: How do you define success?
SM: To me, I’m very far from success. Success to me is when you are the complete package. My biggest mentor to me is the complete package, and that’s who I follow Mathew LaMontagne who I had the chance of meeting.
514: Is there a pattern or formula to becoming a successful Entrepreneur?
SM: You gotta have a strong wire. You gotta have a strong reason for why you are doing what you are doing. The days that I and my partner go through is not something that someone else would like to do. It’s days that we work 12 – 14 hours, my phone can ring over 400 times a day. Breaks don’t exist, and you eat when you can.
514: With the knowledge that you’ve obtained, what do you wish you knew before starting your first business?
SM: How to manage my money. It’s not something they teach you in school.
514: Besides business, what other ventures are you interested in getting yourself involve with?
SM: I’m always going to build businesses for the rest of my life, because that’s what I’m passionate about. But I also want to build a self brand, so that I can eventually give back.
514: Is there a book that you would recommend someone that likes to read?
SM: The Happiness Advantage .
514: As you get older and more successful do you lose friends along the way?
SM: I don’t lose any friends because they are against what I do. Where you lose a little bit of friends is when I’m so invested in my business that I spend less time with them. I just have less time.
514:What’s the first App you open in the morning?
SM: It’s a rotation of three. It’s my Text message, What’s App, and my E-Mail.
514: Who do you listen to musically?
SM: I grew up playing basketball, so everything I listen to is urban. There’s no one in particular that I like to listen to, but what I like to listen to is whatever is new and up to date. But my favourite artist is Jay Z .
514: Where is your favourite place to hang out in the city?
SM: My spot is Cafe Ramses . It’s a Shisha bar in the South Shore .
514: One of the articles that we are writing in the magazine is: Should a man pay for the first date?
SM: My parents are from India, and I was raised to always grace the female. Everywhere I go even if it’s a female friend I always have to pay. It’s very traditional.
514: Any final words?
SM: A key to success is the five closest people to you. And your income will be the average of the five people closest to you. So choose your associates wisely.
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Written By: Vlad Pierre
Edited By: Yvonne Sam
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