Warren Tremino is the owner of Bella Vista Upholstery services based in beautiful Sooke, BC. A master at his craft, he’s been in the industry for decades, and was the head upholsterer at a large firm in Winnipeg where he focused on commercial office furniture. When he and his wife had the opportunity to move to BC four years ago, he knew he wanted to be in business for himself, and he wanted to do it right. So Warren reached out to Worklink, where he accessed the Self-Employment Program. Here he learned how to write a solid business plan, along with sales and marketing skills. “They taught me about the sales cycle and how to approach prospective clients,” Warren recalls. Due to this acumen and determination, Warren has worked on a wide range of projects over the last four years: from a small café bench, to a large yacht (pictured here), to furniture for 450 rooms in a hotel. Warren prides himself on providing quality service with integrity; he takes the time to educate clients, allowing them to choose materials that are durable, but not unnecessarily costly. “Making my customers happy brings me so much satisfaction,” he relates, “and I couldn’t have done that without the tools I learned through WorkLink and the Self-Employment Program.” We’re thrilled that Warren provides this service to the island, and that we were able to be a part of his success.