The Vancouver success story is now taking another step forward as it's one of two local businesses featured on the season finale of CBC's The Big Decision, airing Tuesday, November 27th at 9pm.
Susan Braverman, President of The Flag Shop, says being picked to appear on the hit show has been invaluable in the continued growth of the company and already, as a direct result, the business has secured some new major clientele.
“While we have been expanding the business on our own, The Big Decision helped us tap a new market we had not yet begun to explore.”
Over the years, The Flag Shop has outfitted major events like Expo'86 and the Vancouver 2010 Olympics as well as manufacturing the everyday flags and street banners across the city. It helped found the street banner program in Vancouver in the nineties, put its own proprietary 100% recycled fabric Echotex® on the market in 2008, and has given back to the community in countless ways.
Under Susan's initiative, the business changed its focus from the retail flag industry to manufacturing the best quality soft signage in Canada and beyond – while still selling flags on the side, of course.
A new chapter began recently, when The Flag Shop was slotted in at the last minute to participate in CBC's The Big Decision where Dragons' Den investors Jim Treliving and Arlene Dickinson personally come to businesses in need of help or expansion and decide whether or not to invest in them. Arlene visited The Flag Shop to see what investment opportunities it has.
During filming, Susan and her employees were initially given three challenges to complete in under a week with a fourth challenge being thrown in at the last minute. Completing these under such a tight deadline was a challenge that required the cooperation and extra work from the entire staff.
Even if The Flag Shop does not receive a windfall in the form of investment money, the experience has still been invaluable in the continued growth of the company.
“If nothing else, we have the renewed vigour and confidence that we can do anything, even if it's ultimately on our own,” says Braverman. “I always knew I had an amazing staff, but they really rose to the challenge when things got tough.”
For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Katharine Kitts at 604.786.3369
For more information about The Flag Shop, please visit www.flagshop.com.