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A Unique Collection You Can Customize

by Menna Shawky   |   November 05, 2020   |   Share this:  

Twisted Metal Prototyping is an independent manufacturing start-up that offers high-quality products which includes custom pieces, merchandise, and prototypes. Nicholas’ passion in creating and designing began when he was a little boy; he enjoyed being creative; always had a keen interest in constructing and assembling pieces. This later showed in high school as he excelled in Art classes, which made his decision to become a machinist pretty easy. Nicholas was presented the opportunity to receive help and transition online when he received an email about the ShopHERE Powered by Google Program from a Barrie small business centre.

The company began as a CNC machining consulting, a 3D designing service, and has since expanded to be much more. Nicholas wanted to give others the chance to design and personalize their own products, from hexagon signs to quality handmade products. Building a website was important for him, “firstly having a website available is more professional; and secondly, allows people to access your business online from anywhere.” Nicholas wanted to be able to create products with the end goal of building a facility that is passionate about design, prototype, mass producing, and adapting to new technology, as it is continuously advancing.

“With 3D printing entering the industrial sector and so few businesses have yet to consider how this technology can benefit them, I've decided to start my own manufacturing company.”

Through the ShopHERE Powered by Google Program, Nicholas highlighted the features he required for an  online store on Shopify, which were then implemented by his knowledgeable ShopHERE Coordinator. “Manjinder was a great help in developing my website specific to my needs. He had a lot of great insights, which made the transition painless – it is exactly what I expected and wanted.” Nicholas comments. In addition to the ShopHERE Coordinator’s help, Shopify offers easy to follow video tutorials, that makes building the site quick and easy.

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 “This allowed me to focus on the other aspects of starting a business, like product development, so not spending too much time on building the site was essential for me. But the struggle now is to get views and online traffic as much as possible.”

 Through his new website, customers can now order and customize products, from medals to 3D printed signs. After launching his site during the COVID-19 pandemic, the one piece of advice for other businesses looking to transition online, is to consider having a delivery and contactless pickup option.

“This way you’re showing that you are taking COVID-19 protocols, and people would feel safe when shopping online”

Checkout Nicholas’ passion and shop Twisted Metal Prototype products at the link here. If you are a small business or know someone who could benefit from participating in the program, check us out here. To learn more about Digital Main Street and how it is helping local businesses survive the pandemic, click here.

About Digital Main Street

Digital Main Street was created by the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas (TABIA) with direct support from the City of Toronto. DMS is also supported by a group of strategic business partners, including Google, Mastercard, Shopify, Meta, Intuit QuickBooks, Square, Lightspeed, Ebay and Canada Post.

A $42.5-million investment from FedDev Ontario brought together the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas, Communitech, Invest Ottawa and the Ontario Business Improvement Area Association to expand the Digital Main Street Platform in order to support more businesses going digital as a response to the impacts of COVID-19 in Southern Ontario.

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