How can you grow your business – and overcome the challenges that come with expansion??
After last year's tremendous audience response, our small business panel returns. Drawing on the wisdom of three small business owners who've experienced incredible growth – and hosted by the irrepressible Ibrahim “Obby” Khan – the Get Ready to Grow is a no-holds-barred celebration for Winnipeggers who’ve answered the call to open a business.
Obby accepted a football scholarship to Simon Fraser University and after five successful years with the Clan, a J.P. Metras trophy in 2003 (awarded to the top CIS lineman), and an All-Canadian nomination, he graduated with his BSC in Kinesiology. Obby signed with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2004, in addition to being drafted second overall in the 2004 CFL draft by his hometown Ottawa Renegades.
Obby played in Ottawa until he was relocated in 2006 to play for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, where he finally found home. In his nine year CFL career, Obby played in 127 games as well as five playoff games (including the 99th plus 100th Grey Cup). In addition, he was a three-time recipient of the Cal Murphy 'Heart of a Legend' Award, an honour that is voted on by his teammates and goes to the Blue Bomber player who best demonstrates outstanding sportsmanship and dedication to the CFL and community. He played his last season in 2012.
In 2012, Obby opened a successful restaurant in the Exchange District of Winnipeg called Shawarma Khan, serving delicious Middle Eastern cuisine, made from scratch with wholesome ingredients. Shawarma Khan has a second, seasonal home at Investors Group Field, with plans for further expansion. Obby also captains Green Carrot Juice Company, Winnipeg’s only source for local cold-pressed juice, healthy smoothies, and other nutritious light fare. Since the company’s inception in April 2014, Green Carrot has continued to grow, opening its second location in under 1 year inside security at Winnipeg’s Richardson International Airport.
Obby’s commitment to improving Winnipeg is evidenced by his philanthropic work in the community, as well as his involvement as a public figure. His leadership has not gone unnoticed through fundraising and involvement with the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation, a cause very close to Obby’s heart after battling through the illness himself in 2007. He volunteers much of his time with various organizations and charities such as the SMD Foundation, Variety club, the Children’s Charity of Manitoba, the Children’s Hospital Foundation, Winnipeg Symphony and ISSA (Islamic Social Services Association).
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