his is part of a year-long ‘Love for Local’ series called NB365: portraits of New Brunswick entrepreneurs, businesses, and organizations. Huddle is a media partner with Love for Local. Today we feature René Vienneau and Olivier Boucher of Big River Sports, in Bathurst.
I FIRST GOT INTO BUSINESS 20 YEARS AGO WHEN I STARTED MY OWN LANDSCAPING COMPANY. I KNEW THERE WAS A NEED FOR A QUALITY SERVICE IN THE AGRICULTURAL AND LANDSCAPING SECTOR IN MY AREA. BOTH MY FATHER AND GRANDFATHER WERE GREEN THUMBS, SO I HAD DEVELOPED A PASSION FOR THE TRADE EARLY ON.
Needless to say, when the opportunity presented itself in 2019 to purchase Big River Sports, I knew this was the right next step to take.The store had been in our community since 1975. In the past year, we have been hard at work taking the store to the next level. We had a major expansion and also brought in a few extra lines of products and added outdoor living products.
With these big changes, we also had to double our staff which we are very proud to be able to do. Offering employment to our community is a great way to support local as a business.
I’ve learned that supporting local creates meaningful connections and also an incredible ripple effect.
Although most of the finished goods that are sold in our store are not manufactured locally, we try our best to purchase anything else we need for our day-to-day operations and service shop from local distributors.
We also do our due diligence when we are bringing in new products: we make sure they are made or have parts sourced locally. For example, we just brought in Garant’s full line of hand tools. All of their wooden handles are sourced from New Brunswick. We are very proud of that!
Supporting local businesses has a real impact because these businesses are owned by your neighbours and friends and they are investing in your community.