What We Are Looking For?
We are going to be featuring an Entrepreneur every month to talk to them about their experiences. Therefore we are looking for new businesses that have been in business in Barrie for less than 3 years. We need someone who can share their knowledge, good or bad and give other entrepreneurs some inspiration. We know it is not all “milk and honey” but it can be worthwhile. For this article, we are not trying ageist but we would prefer to talk to people under the age of 40, not set in stone as long as there is a good story. If you feel you are in in this category contact us on [email protected]
We will come to your business and do a video interview with you and publish your experiences. Hopefully, we get a good story and you get some free publicity!
Here at Barrie Uncovered, we understand the challenges that new entrepreneurs face every day in their quest to build a business. We launched on the 15th of January 2019, but we worked on it for a year before we could launch. We have found getting finance is near impossible, well in our case it was impossible. All of our suppliers and “partners” want money upfront before they do anything. Also, there are always unforeseen issues and problems, it never goes as smoothly as you would like!
So we understand the hardships and sacrifices new business owners have to make. A lot of people see successful businesses that have been established for years and think “look at them making loads of money”. This rarely happens and not in the first three years. A lot of businesses make a living but not a lot more. They have the stress of paying wages and taxes while trying to maintain enough to feed and clothe their own family.
This is not a sob story as we love what we are doing and you can’t buy getting up in the morning looking forward to going to work. There are benefits for those who chose this route and not all monetary. Freedom to make decisions, feel in control and if you succeed you know you did it your way. For us, we love doing what we do and want to continue and improve our site and help the community of Barrie in any small way we can. What we found helps is to surround yourself with good people. Barrie Uncovered started as one person’s idea, but it took a team to get us to where we are now.
Resources for Barrie Businesses
It helps to talk to as many different entrepreneurs as you can. Go to the likes of the Barrie Chamber of Commerce to meet fellow business owners. Try to find a BNI network your business fits into. Also, Barrie has another great resource called The Sandbox downtown. So you never have to go it alone, we are lucky Barrie is a forward-thinking city, so use the available resources.
It is the entrepreneurs of these new companies that ultimately have a big impact on the future economy of Barrie. We want to support and help in any small way we can.
January Entrepreneur of the Month
We did our first edition of the Entrepreneur of the Month in January and we picked a very positive person to start with. We sat down with Krystal Rietkoetter the owner of Ceremony Bridal Studio at 178 Bayfield St, Barrie. Krystal is fairly new to Barrie and decided we needed a new style of Bridal Studio. We found her a very enthusiastic owner who is very passionate about what she does. She identified a gap in the market away from what we would describe as conventional wedding dresses. Ceremony Bridal provides a modern look, Krystal looks all around the globe to find the right look. We loved it when she described her studio as petite. They work with one bride at a time, giving them their undivided attention. Krystal is a very good example of someone who is service focused. She makes the future bride feel like she is special. Click on the video for the full interview:
If you think you can be the next Entrepreneur of the Month get in contact with us at [email protected] with “Entrepreneur” as the subject line.