“The SLBDC Will Take You From Idea to Concrete Finish”
When you get the chance to sit down and chat with one of Lambton County’s busiest Entrepreneurs, you jump at the opportunity! With four successful businesses on the go, Bart Sybenga has learned a thing or two about good business sense, and excellence in business along the way.
Most recognized for the Petrolia-based Concrete Systems, which has been in operation since 1981, he has his fingerprint on many of the new homes and businesses all over Lambton County. With expertise in flatwork, stamped concrete, exposed aggregate, water proofing and radiant heated floors – and a team of 33 employees at the ready- there is no shortage of opportunity to see his work.
In addition to the services available through Concrete Systems, 3 years ago Bart saw an opportunity to expand into a new and growing market – polished concrete. As an economical, sustainable and durable finish alternative, this technique has become wildly popular, particularly with floor and counter top finishes, offering a high-end feel with a very practical result.
Like all keen business minds, Bart had to start somewhere and he was able to make great strides early on. With some support from a local agency, The Sarnia-Lambton Business Development Corporation, Bart was able to take a big idea and watch it unfold one step, or business, at a time. Now serving clients from Forest to Wallaceburg on a regular basis, there is no mystery to his success. When asked to pass on words of advice to other entrepreneurs or those considering taking the leap to small business, his words are sage: “If you don’t plan to put in 110%, then don’t bother”. He believes strongly in the mindset of hard work and you will not find him making excuses. He is not a business owner who sits at the office or enjoys the life of leisure. He has his hand in all aspects of his businesses and when something needs to be done, he is the first to make it happen. He has taken the time to train and mentor members of his team, not only as a training method, but because he believes in investment in people. “If we are going to make it, we have to work together.” He knows that his success depends on the entire machine operating smoothly. When asked to cite what his biggest motivator is, he is very clear – it’s not money. “I love a challenge” he offers with a grin. And with no end in sight to the demands for his expertise, his days are full of them.
With more than 30 years in the business, Bart hasn’t exactly planned his exit strategy just yet, but he does observe a troubling trend – “kids just don’t want to do this. They know very little about the opportunities”, and that of course, means the future remains busy for Bart. If there’s anything to be learned from this amazing business owner, it is the power of perseverance and the respect for quality and reputation. Much of his clientele is repeat business, and that speaks volumes of the customer experience.
If you would like to know more about Concrete Systems or their services, you can check out their website at www.concretesystems.ca or you can reach them by phone at (519)882-2778.