Name: Gurvinder Johal
Business: KidZone Playcentre, Richmond
Contact: www.kidzone-fun.com; (604)207-8460
Number of employees: Four
Time in business: 18 months
What is your business?
I operate an indoor playground for children. It’s a toddler-friendly place, but there are also activities for kids up to age 12. We have a bouncy castle, jungle gym, separate areas for babies and toddlers, scooters, air hockey and ping pong.
We also host birthday parties. We’re also in the middle of renovating so we can offer daycare, full-time and part-time, as well as drop-in daycare on weekends so parents can do their shopping.
How did you get into this business? I was at home with my own kids and I found there wasn’t really anywhere to take them. Somewhere for toddlers to go and play, just to get out of the house. I needed to do something — I had too much time on my hands at home with the kids. I spent more than a year researching, making a business plan and finding equipment. In August 2006 I opened the play centre in a 5,000- square-foot open warehouse.