Seeding Start-Ups: Meet our first success story!

Your BIA, in partnership with Community Futures, the City of Williams Lake, TRU, the Chamber and the Province of BC, is offering local entrepreneurs a leg-up with the Seeding Startups pilot program.

This program was launched in Williams Lake March 2017 and your BIA is over-the-moon happy to welcome our first Seeding Start-Up Participant, Jessica Pickering, to the downtown community!  Please take a moment to stop in and say “welcome” to Jessica at her Delainey’s location.  Be sure to bring your broken cell phone with you!

First Seeding Start-Up Participant receives Start-Up Funds.

Jessica Pickering, is the owner of Circuit Cell Shop.  As a new Start-Up, Jessica is eligible for a contribution of up to $1500 from the Youth category of the Seeding Program.  Like many entrepreneurs, Pickering started her business out of her home, and her success lead her to take the next step into a store front location.  Jessica has a “niche” business in that there is virtually no local competition for the service and products that she is offering.  “I offer on-site Cell Phone repair services, customers love that I can fix a cracked screen right on site which saves them having to send their device out of town and the downtime that comes with that”.

“I attended the Community Futures Business Plan Workshop and found that I got a lot of good information that I was able to apply to my business operations.  It got me to think about things I hadn’t considered, and helped me to work out how I was going to run the financial end of things” said Pickering.  “So far, I have been able to start up my business with my own savings and a small personal loan.  The potential of a contribution from Seeding Start-Ups is really exciting for me because it is going to enable me to make the investments in tools and a work bench that I need to be even more productive.  It is great that I will be able to do that right away, leaving my business income available to cover my operating expenses.”  Pickering hopes to one day be able to hire and train a new staff person.  The business is open Tuesday to Saturday and is located in the Delaineys Mall at 271 Oliver Street.

Read more about the Seeding Startup Program Here