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Business Profiles

Here are a few profiles of businesses that have used our services over the years:

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Bo Peep Boutique

“ We loved everything about Community Futures! The people are wonderful and they made it so easy for us to achieve our dream of becoming business owners. ”

Bo Peep Boutique first started 23 years ago, with current owners Lisa and Evelyn taking over in 2014. Bo Peep provides Quesnel with clothes and footwear ranging in sizes from newborn to teenagers as well as educational toys and everything else you could possibly need for kids and babies of all ages.

Lisa and Evelyn's path to success with Bo Peep started when they heard that the business was for sale. The two best friends sat down together and had a great conversation about taking over the business and everything grew from there!

They decided to purchase the business because they love Quesnel and wanted shopping local to continue to happen for the people here. People thank them for keeping the store open all the time. They are so proud to call Bo Peep "theirs".

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Zelda Fences & Landscaping

“ The best experience I had with Community Futures was working with the Business Analyst, Siggi, and learning all the different things in order to make my business happen. I am also grateful for the loan program, which helped me to get my business off of the ground. ”

Zelda Fences & Landscaping began in spring 2013. Owner Noel Wernitz named the business after his dog, Zelda, who has become Noel's sidekick and often accompanies him on the job. Noel offers landscaping, fencing, and is now offering snow removal during the winter months. He started the business from the ground up, beginning with only a used lawn mower and weed whacker and working out of his Ford Focus.

The best experience Noel had while working with Community Futures was working with the Business Analyst, Siggi, and learning all of the different things he had to do to make his business happen. He is also grateful for the loan program, which helped him to get his business off the ground.

Noel has also had an unbelievable amount of community support. In the early days of his business, when he was using a push-mower to mow lawns, a customer gave him his first riding lawn mower in exchange for mowing her lawn. That same customer now lives in an apartment building, and convinced her landlord to hire Noel to landscape the apartment site. This later lead to some of Noel's biggest contracts with other local businesses.

The experience of owning a business has greatly impacting Noel's life. He enjoys being his own boss and working for himself, and the amount of freedom that comes with it.

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Bouchie Lake Country Store

“ The loan program at Community Futures was so easy to navigate through, and the staff at Community Futures were genuinely interested in making the Bouchie Lake Country Store a success. Help was always there when we needed it. ”

Open since February 2015, Bouchie Lake Country Store offers animal and pet food, a large variety of local artisan crafts, coffee bar with treats, an English "took" selection, as well as gardening and harvest supplies. They have recently started to host workshops for topics ranging from bee-keeping to cheese making!

What started out as a joke between riding buddies Heloise and Sarah quickly bloomed into a successful business. They pride themselves on providing a store that is close to home and convenient for the Bouchie Lake community that offers competitive prices and excellent service, as well as local products.

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Quesnel Bakery

“ The first idea that comes to mind when we're looking for business help is Community Futures. ”

Quesnel Bakery received a start-up loan from Community Futures in the 1980s, when commercial lending was hard to come by. Since then, the bakery 
has gone back twice to Community Futures to help with the purchase of additional equipment.

Quesnel Bakery is a family owned and operated business, with 22 employees.

 
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