A lot of people might know who I am but for those who don’t, here’s a little bit about myself and how I got to where I am today. My name is Matt Coleman and I am the owner of Coleman’s Mod & Repair. I am a proud father to my son James and happily married to my wife Krista.
My journey began in high school when I took an interest in electronics and took 2 years of computer science and engineering. Shortly after high school, my beloved Xbox 360 suffered from the red ring of death meaning it would not even turn on. Being the curious guy that I am, I grabbed my laptop and started researching what happened. At that time, there was a lot of bad information out there. I found 1 forum that showed multiple people who repaired their Xbox 360 by wrapping it in towels and letting it overheat for about 15 minutes. With nothing to lose I gave it a shot. 25 minutes later I had a working Xbox again. Little did I know I was doing more harm than good. My repair lasted about a week or so and I kept repeating the same process until it became a daily problem. Back to the laptop I went to do more research and find some other solutions. I tried several more “repairs” without any luck. After much searching, I found a professional way to repair it with a BGA rework station. Unfortunately, the machine also came with a $2,000 price tag. At that time, I was not in a position to buy it so I continued to tinker with Xbox 360s over the next few years trying to find cheaper alternatives. Following this, I received my first request to fix an iPhone 4S. I took the task without a second thought. I ordered a screen online and, when it came in, I made the call and the broken phone was on its way. It took me 2 hours to repair it but I was ecstatic when I powered it on and saw that everything worked. Word began to spread quickly about my iPhone repair and, before long, my phone started to ring and I was flooded with requests to fix broken phones. At this point, my repairs were still a hobby and were being done in my spare time. With requests pouring in and more and more Xbox/PlayStation consoles breaking down, I made a decision and purchased the BGA rework station. It was a long process of trial and error and I most likely destroyed many consoles before I knew how to use the machine properly. I remember to this day when I finally fixed my first one. I ran upstairs to tell my wife but she already knew I had finally done it judging from the huge smile on my face and the fact that I was jumping up and down like I had just won the lottery. From that point on, things progressed rapidly and became pretty serious. This was no longer just a hobby; this was a real opportunity to grab the bull by the horns and run with it. I made my first sales pitch to my wife and asked her ever so nicely if I could rip apart the garage and turn it into an office. She was naturally hesitant at my request to destroy our house, but she said yes knowing that I might actually have a chance to work for myself and do what I really love. For that, I can never thank her enough for supporting me 100%.
After about a year of working in the new garage with nothing but drywall and a concrete floor, I found another opportunity. I was browsing Facebook and came across an opportunity to apply for small business grant through the Cornwall Business Enterprise Centre. I gave them a call and within a few days I was sitting in a chair, presenting my business and what it is that I offer. Candy Pollard, the woman behind the enterprise, thought I had something really good and I was accepted into the program. 2 months later my business plan was ready and I was on my way to Ottawa to present it to the grant committee. The presentation and question period lasted about 45 minutes and it was the longest 45 minutes of my life. I left the room while everyone on the committee deliberated and within 5 minutes I was notified that I was one of the first people in Cornwall to receive the small business grant! Thanks to Candy and the business grant, I now have a professional work setting with a store front. 2015 has been an amazing year for myself and my wife. We were nominated for The Seekers Choice Awards for Best Home-based Business and currently sit in the top 5 with the winner to be announced on June 19th. Also, we received a feature in the Cornwall Living magazine which launched its latest issue just recently. We’re also happy to announce that there are some new services that will be launched later this year. One that we are particularly proud to offer is micro-soldering and water damage repair for laptops and MacBooks. Stay tuned to our blog or Facebook page for updates on these and other new features. At Coleman’s Mod & Repair, we have proudly served over 1,500 people with customers as far as Florida, British Columbia, Germany, and Australia! We are so excited to continue on this journey and can’t wait to see what the future has to bring!
Along the way, I have met a lot of great people along the way and none of this would be possible without them. I would first like to thank my wife for allowing me to pursue my dream. In no particular order, I would also like to thank Candy Pollard, Jon Jacobs, Tony Bray, Dan Bingley, James Worrall, Jon David, Zach Sabourin, Justin Leith, Rick Dore and Robert Depatie. All of you contributed to my success and for that I am grateful. Lastly, I want to thank my mom. There’s something to be said when she says she’s really proud of you. Thanks mom and thank you to everyone for your continued support!