Having the courage to start up your own small business is a testament to the ingenuity, courage, and dedication of the people who take that first step into entrepreneurship. Although it can be a very big first step, small businesses are at the heart of most communities, especially smaller communities such as those in the Lower North Thompson.
The District of Barriere website currently shows just under 100 businesses are licensed with the municipality, of which only a few are in the medium business category (100-499 employees), the balance being micro (1 – 4 employees), and small business (5 – 99 employees) .
Barriere and Area Chamber of Commerce say they have an average membership of 70 to 80 small businesses, which includes members from Kamloops to Barriere.
Small businesses in the Barriere area include a wide variety of services utilized by the population of their market area. These businesses include agriculture, automotive, banking, beauty, child care services, arts and crafts, contractors and building services, business and professional services, grocery and food services, funeral services, fuel stations, liquor store, retail, health and wellness, insurance, radio station, newspaper, pet services, real estate, recycling, transportation services, storage, and a water station.
It is always exciting to see new businesses start up in the community. Some that have recently opened in the Barriere/Louis Creek area, or are soon to do so, include; chiropractic, manufacturing, gym and fitness, and a baby and toddler clothing retail store.
Small businesses not only contribute to the services and economy of the community, but they often provide training and employment for residents of the area.
Please support local entrepreneurs – shop locally and the whole community will benefit.