Happy New Year!

carHi there and thanks for tuning in!  This is my last post of 2015 – I can hardly believe it!

On behalf of Colorworks, I’d like to wish you a very Happy New Year!  I’ve heard from a few of the shop managers and they are all thrilled to have had your business in 2015.  Colorworks, as you know, is a “small town service” business.  It’s because of their customer community – you – that Colorworks has been able to thrive and expand throughout this past year.  Thank you!  Basically, you rock.

I hope that you celebrated safely last night and made arrangements to either stay at your gathering or get home appropriately.  If you are heading home today after your festivities be careful on those roads.

What are you most looking forward to in 2016?  I’m excited to see Colorworks continue to grow this year.  I hope you continue to support local businesses in 2016 and encourage your friends and family to do so, too!

Catch you later and Happy 2016!


Happiness Is…

Hi there!  Welcome back to another edition of Pass Me the Star (Screwdriver) or PMS for short.  This week I’ve been thinking about what makes me really happy during my day.  With the days getting shorter the early darkness blues start setting in.  To help combat this I think about one thing that happened during the day that left a positive impact.

For the most part, it’s usually the people I work with in the office and not the detailed task list.  People can truly make your day.  A well-placed smile or holding the door for someone can be their turning point from what started off as a crumby slog.

A few weeks ago this radio ad popped up that a Colorworks customer in Barrie provided after he received great service from Darcy and Liz.  He definitely sounds pleased with his experience and mentions Darcy and Liz by name.  They had a positive impact on what was a pretty rough day for this person.

If you are located in Ontario, Alberta or British Columbia and having one of those rough days because you’ve been in a minor collision or found a scratch or dent on your car, call Colorworks.  Their shops and staff are ready to help you with your repair, walk you through an insurance call, and be supportive and friendly in what they know is a difficult and stressful time.  Take the stress out of your life completely and call Colorworks.

Check out the radio ad attached to this note below.  Thanks for tuning in and catch you next week!





CW-MovemberIt’s Movember.  It’s the time of excellent moustaches and sheer embarrassment for some.  A time where girlfriends, partners, and wives (all who may not grow a ‘mo) accept their partner’s facial hair because it raises awareness and potentially dollars.  A time of valiant efforts all around in the pursuit of the greatest ‘stach – or a glimmer of one.

Jokes aside, this is an important month to be thoughtful about men’s health.  Prostate and testicular cancer are real.  They are horrible.  Not more or less than any other cancer – just equally awful.  They happen to people close to us – our friends, family and neighbours.  Many cases are treatable – thanks to monies and awareness raised by people like you during campaigns like this.

As the autobody business is very male dominated I wanted to do a shout out for the ‘Mo.  I’m not asking you to grow one or love the ones you see.  I’m not asking you to donate anywhere in particular.  All I’m asking is that you pause to think about the science, research and good behind those glorious and potentially snaggly ‘mo’s this month and remember what they are about.  If you want to get involved – amazing.  Those who don’t wish to (or can’t) grow a ‘mo can pledge something else – being more healthy eating conscious, a fitness goal, or raising/donating money – anyone can be involved.  It’s not just for “the dudes”.

You can find more information about Movember and ways to get involved and/or donate here:  https://ca.movember.com/

Thanks for tuning in to Pass Me the Star (Screwdriver) or PMS.  Until next week!


Community Spirit


I’m pausing my three part formula for choosing an autobody shop this week.  If you were really gripping your seat in anticipation of part 2, it’s coming – I promise.  Why am I changing things up?  I’ll tell you.  The Colorworks team in Canada are loving the community spirit that has gathered around the Toronto Blue Jays.  Plus, I write the blogs and select the topics 🙂

BlueJaysFanCutout-1The Toronto Blue Jays have done what any Toronto sports team fan has been thirsting for for years – made it to the playoffs.  And more – are excelling even in the toughest of circumstances.  The Jays are certainly in for a hard next game after tonight’s score.  But one is this is for certain – they will put their heart and soul into that game as witnessed this entire season.  The Jays are certainly attracting a lot of media attention before, during and after the games.  From bat tossing memes that spur a flurry of voter call to action in the federal election to hanging out with kids before a game – the Blue Jays are rocking this spirit.

ditchinworkColorworks advertises on the FAN 590 AM radio station.  When our ad comes on around the games the Mississauga shop crew could not be more proud.  Everyone is a huge fan of the Jays and have the games on at the shop during the day and at home in the evenings.  No mater the outcome, the Colorworks Team could not be more proud of the Canadian MLB Toronto Blue Jays.  They are reaching for greatness and inspiring those who tune into their journey.

All the best to you, gents!  We are rooting for you. #cometogether

Thanks for tuning in, folks.  I encourage you to #cometogether around something in your lives this week.  If not the Toronto Blue Jays then maybe a local business or community organization.  Catch you next week.


Keeping it Local

BuyLocalThanks for tuning in again this week to PMS (Pass Me the Star [Screwdriver])!  This week is all about the importance of shopping local.  What does that mean?  For some of us, local is where we commute to each day, or a certain kilometre radius near our home or community.  Supporting local business to me is synonymous with supporting “small town” or “small shop(s)”.

Being a small business owner is a rewarding but tough gig.  Competition takes on a new meaning when you are not only competing with all the other “small town shops” out there but also the well established and known superstores.

Now, I’ve frequented large stores myself.  Sometimes there isn’t another option.  When I have the choice I try to shop at small, locally operated businesses.  Why?  I like putting a face to the name on the website or the person who took my call when I come in.  I enjoy the conversations that happen naturally with the people who work in a small shop and that they are genuinely interested about me as a person.

Most of all I know that my dollars are going towards someone who I’ve met, who is a part of the community (in whatever shape or form that takes), who works hard and is passionate about their career.  Colorworks is one of those small town businesses.  They employ local experts and are active in the community.  Someone greets you when you walk in the door and has a conversation with you.  Everyone that I’ve dealt with wants me to have the best experience possible – and I have.

In short – I urge you to shop local and/or think of the “small shops” on the block.  They aren’t going to take you or your business for granted.

Thanks for tuning in and I’ll catch you next week!



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