Passion, having a skill set not found in this part of the Kootenay, opportunity to work from home, to be my own boss.
Q. What are your products/services?
Paint, body repair, full restorations, sheet metal panel/parts fab.
Q. Where can we buy your products/services?
At my shop.
Q. Tell us about your business now compared to when you started.
Close to the same. I have a much better understanding of how to run things as well as advertising. I’m taking bookings two years from now, the marketing I learned was very useful.
Q. Why did you join LEAP!?
I wanted to gain a better understanding of how to properly organize and grow my business.
Q. What was the benefit of attending LEAP?
I found the entire program to be very useful and very eye opening as to the possibilities of what can be accomplished through KES.
Q. What awards and/or grants did you receive at the Barnraiser? And how did you spend your earnings?
I received a $100 voucher from Community Futures on an accounting 101 course. Very useful!
Q. How did working with other LEAP! participants affect you as an entrepreneur and impact your business start-up?
It was really helpful to work in a group with like-minded individuals, the group environment gives you a nice push to keep you on course.
Q. Do you have any advice for someone starting out?
Do as much research into your business idea as possible. A dream and passion will only get you so far, and may not pay the bills. Real-world market research is invaluable. As well as having some finances to get you started.
Q. What can the community do to support your business now?
Keep the work coming. Word of mouth has been one of my greatest assets. It keeps people calling almost weekly. My shop is also too small and I’m understaffed.