Locals trek to Dragon’s Den

Doors could open for Ladysmith company on Dragons’ Den

Doors could open for Ladysmith company on Dragons’ Den

Corey Paisley, president and owner of Garage Door Doctor Canada, hopes a fall appearance on CBC’s Dragons’ Den will open investment doors and help ramp up his Ladysmith business nation-wide.

After being invited to make a pitch on national television from the Dragons’ Den producers Paisley and his son Caleb drove from Ladysmith to Toronto in a company service van to participate in an episode of the show filmed in April.

“The drive gave me plenty of time to think about my presentation to the Dragons and, also, some time to worry about how I would perform” said Paisley. You don’t appear before fire-breathers like Kevin O’Leary and Arlene Dickinson without getting your heat shield ready and your story fireproofed.

Garage Door Doctor, a garage door emergency repair service, has served Vancouver Island since 1998. Recently Paisley has been tuning up his business model in preparation for national expansion.  His company was selected from thousands of business auditions across Canada to appear this fall on Season 10 of Dragons’ Den, where Paisley will pitch his investment opportunity to the panel of venture capitalists.

“Like many other Vancouver Island based businesses, it can be a challenge to obtain the expertise and capital necessary to take a successful local enterprise to other Canadian markets,” said Paisley in a recent release, “so this is a good step in the right direction.”

“While we were driving back across the country after the filming, I was struck by the many diverse small businesses in our towns and cities that share the potential to grow but may lack the resources to make it happen,” he added.