You can’t do it on your own

Advisors

It is a pleasure to be working with such talented people.

Naomi Morisawa De Koven, B.A., LL.B

Naomi Morisawa De Koven, Managing Lawyer, MDK Business Law Professional Corporation, became an entrepreneur over 10 years ago when she launched a law firm focused on working with entrepreneurs. She and the legal team at MDK Business Law have advised and supported hundreds of local entrepreneurs during both good and challenging times as they launch, finance, grow and ultimately exit their businesses. Naomi is an active charter member of TiE Ottawa, a past recipient of the Ottawa Business Journal’s Forty under 40, and a volunteer director of several not-for-profit organizations. When she’s not working or out in the community, Naomi likes to spend time with her family and friends enjoying the great Canadian outdoors, practising yoga and catching up on the next bookclub novel.

Peter Stewart

With over 30 years experience in the Ottawa business community, Peter brings a wealth of experience to entrepreneurs. His entire career has been focused on helping businesses grow. A native of Montreal, Peter started in commercial real estate after his graduation from Carleton University in 1986. During his seven years in commercial real estate, Peter gained a wealth of knowledge on Ottawa and local business. In 1993, Peter opened the second franchise of Mail Boxes Etc in Ottawa that catered to the needs of small businesses. As an independent franchisee, he was responsible for staffing, marketing, and developing his business. He enjoyed working with his primary customer base of small business owners and helping them with the challenges they faced. Upon selling his store, he then took on the role as the Eastern Ontario Area Manager for MBE overseeing twenty franchised locations, and their subsequent rebranding to become The UPS Store.

In 2006, Peter became the first Executive Director of the Orléans Chamber of Commerce whose mandate is to promote and strengthen local businesses in the east end of Ottawa. In July 2010, Peter joined the OCRI Entrepreneurship Centre (now known as Invest Ottawa) as a business advisor for growth stage companies. His commitment to help entrepreneurs led to him becoming the Manager of Entrepreneurship Services in 2013, overseeing all the services and staff supporting early stage entrepreneurs.

In May 2016, he stepped down from that role to begin his own business coaching practice. Peter is able to draw from his previous management and professional experience, as well as his local knowledge, which lends itself well for entrepreneurs looking for practical business advice and guidance.

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