Wednesday, March 18, 2009

"Motorvationally Speaking": Village Voice

Andy has been in retail since he was a six-year old.

No stranger to hard work, Andy's forefathers immigrated to Canada from Holland following World War II, setting up shop in Minto, N.B. Once there, they rolled up their sleeves, connected with another Dutch family and threw themselves into the mining and dairy industries before entering the world of farming and retailing.

Over the years, Andy's family operated successful cabbage, corn and lettuce farms that expanded into a total of seven farming operations. Eventually, a retail garden center became the focal point of the family business, taking root in the form of Green Village, which opened its doors for business in Fredericton in the spring of 1988.

Andy learned the business from the ground up, going on to university, before taking over ownership of Green Village Garden Center in 1998. After surviving a near-disastrous fire on New Year's Day 2000, the business has continued to grow, with a 48,000 square foot second location now open in nearby Moncton.

Andy is also a graduate of an MIT program called "Birthing Of Giants", a three-year course on entrepreneurship sponsored in conjunction with Inc. Magazine and the MIT Enterprise Forum. He is also a published author, releasing "The Retailer's ROADMAP to Success", endorsed by business gurus such as Michael Gerber of "E-Myth Revisited" fame.

A champion of successful retailing, Andy has been named BDC Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for New Brunswick, was a finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and has been awarded the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Award in the Entrepreneurial Achievement category.

Today on TSB, we get up close and personal with the "Village Voice" for self-starting entrepreneurs everywhere, the owner of Green Village ... Andy Buyting!

"The Retailer's ROADMAP to Success" is available at and Andy has taken Internet marketing to the next level by giving away half his book - 16 complete secrets - at

p.s... The City of Fredericton and the Province of New Brunswick has a Green Initiative, where businesses are evaluated on recycling efforts and other environmental initatives. Jim Gilbert's Wheels & Deals has just received the highest marks for this program as Canada’s Huggable Car Dealer continues to grow and evolve.

"I'd rather be green and growing than ripe and rotting"

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