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Businesses blossom with boost from Community Futures

 | January 31, 2020
Gabrielle McBratney launched her full meal service in January. Photo supplied

With a little bit of help, Sun Peaks resident Gabrielle McBratney, launched Back to Basic Eats in January. The business offers prepared meals for reasonable prices, making nutritious eating easier for those on-the-go.

McBratney first started her business in Kamloops a few years ago, but after only a short time operating her family moved. With roots now firmly planted in Sun Peaks she’s focused her energy on getting back up and running.

In the relaunch she was given a boost from Community Futures, a provincial program that provides loans, advice and support to entrepreneurs.

After returning to the area, McBratney met with Community Futures in August of 2019 and quickly dove head first into re-launching.

She said the process of the self employment program was intense, she spent hours perfecting the business concept, finding kitchen space and nailing down finances.
With the help of her business coach she attended regular check-ins.

“It helped me stay on track and motivated,” she said. “This is a great stepping stone.”
McBratney said she had help to keep her ideas realistic as well as to find assistance for areas of her business, like insurance, accounting and programming, which were a challenge.

As of Jan. 6 McBratney started accepting orders.

 

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Down the mountain in Whitecroft, Geneviève Bujold of Mountain Peaks Nails has also taken part in the program. With their guidance she opened a home studio, elevating the experience of her clients.

The Thompson Country branch of Community Futures helps communities including Kamloops, Sun Peaks, Clearwater and others with business loans, coaching and connections for those in their variety of programs.

For more information on what help is available for entrepreneurs visit communityfutures.net or contact [email protected]

McBratney’s delicious creations can be found at backtobasiceats.ca

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