Vari Tech Systems Inc.
For Mariette DeGagné, the seed for her current business was planted when she owned and operated a personalized computer training centre. “The Manitoba Childcare Association was our client and they were looking for training. Our work with them revealed the need for a software package specifically for the daycare industry.”
While continuing to operate the training centre, Mariette launched Vari Tech Systems Inc. in 1999 and spent the following three years on market research, product design, testing and harnessing leading edge technology to create childcarepro, an online child care management solution.
Like many small business owners, Mariette’s biggest challenge was recruiting the right people. She had a clear vision of where she wanted to take the company and felt that a key element to its success was continuity within her development team. To attain this continuity, she hired mentors from related companies to work with the developers. Says Mariette, “This allowed our staff grow and evolve while also providing a backup resource in the event a staff member should leave.”
Vari Tech’s growth has been exponential since its inception. With a stronghold among Manitoba daycares, Vari Tech sought new markets and is now serving customers in all of Western Canada with a particular focus in British Columbia. The company is now entering an aggressive growth period. “Our goal is to triple our staff and see high double digit revenue growth over each of the next three years”, explains Mariette.
As the company has developed, so has Mariette’s role. “I’m in a transition stage right now. In these last few months, I have been playing more of a manager role than a worker role. My strength is as a team leader and I know that the strong team we’ve built will continue to move us towards continued exciting times.”Visit Website