By Gagandeep Ghuman
Published: Aug. 25, 2012
You have read about the woeful state of local economy and the familiar routine of businesses closing.
As many as ten new businesses, however, are bucking that trend, bringing to bear new twists on that old story.
The District of Squamish has signed on ten new business licences in the past one month.
Pacific preferred developments, Cameron Chalmers Consulting, Alpen Construction, Once Ocean Expeditions, Elemental Book Keeping, Red Apple, Rethink Creative Society, Green Earth Organics, Ruddy Duck, and Dixie Lee Chicken are just some of the new businesses that have signed up to test their luck in Squamish.
While some businesses, like Dixie Lee, Red Apple store (which replaces Fields), and Ruddy Duck will be highly visible, most of the other businesses are home-based enterprises.
At least one, Rethink Creative Society, aims to work as a non-profit, bringing artist together under one roof.
Rethink Creative Society will provide storage space for artists, and a space for them to create art,” said Andrea Graham.
Graham is also the force behind the highly successful Bass Coast Festival.
“We hope it will be able to fund itself,” Graham said.
In an earlier interview with the Reporter, Dixie Lee Chicken CEO has also expressed hope that his business would be a success.
“It’s right on the highway, I’m sure we will do quite well,” Murano said.
Green Earth Organics is an organic food delivery business that started in Toronto, expanded to Vancouver, and is now operating out of Squamish.
The owner of Elemental Book Keeping, Tricia Boer, said she moved to Squamish last year.
“I moved to Squamish last year and have been eager to contain my business in Squamish, working from home,” she said.
Boer said one reason she moved to Squamish was the sense of community she felt here.
“Businesses seem to care more for people here and build relationships with their clients and customers,” she said.
She said one disadvantage of Squamish was that it was a small town, and much of the business conducted here has been taken from the locals and given to big corporations that have moved here.
She said she is aware that she is taking a certain risk in opening a new business.
“The town seems to be in a state of confusion after the Olympics,” she said.
“I see a lot of vacant and even abandoned office buildings, many residential vacancies and houses for sale.”