A small business owner is a crucial part of the economic recovery.
With a little bit of work, you can build a thriving business and create an enduring legacy for your family.
Anouk Singery started a small craft brewery in Vancouver, B.C. When Anouk was 13, her parents had a disagreement.
“They said, ‘Your parents want to sell you a beer,’ ” Anouk recalled.
“I said, oh my gosh, I don’t want a beer.
I want a real one, one that’s made in Canada.
That was when I really wanted to become a brewer.”
She decided to pursue a degree in business administration.
After graduation, Anouk took a job at a grocery store in Surrey.
She eventually started a restaurant called Beers, which is still open today.
She said her success has made her feel like an international ambassador for the Canadian craft beer industry.
“The industry is growing.
And I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of it,” she said.
I think it’s an opportunity for young people, to feel like they can actually have their own brand and be an ambassador for that,” she added.
Anouk is a proud member of the Canadian Craft Brewers Guild, which has grown from five members in the early 1990s to more than 300 today.
Anouk has also worked with other brewers, like a local beer-maker and the former president of a Canadian whisky distillery.
She said she would never be a brewery owner herself, but she believes a small, small business will help people when they’re faced with challenges.
The economy, as we know it today, isn’t a sustainable industry.
And it’s not going to continue to grow, if we don’t do anything, she said, adding that if the craft beer economy continues to expand, it will eventually become a viable industry.
Anku says there are so many businesses that need to grow to help Canadians in any way, but the big issue is that they’re just not getting that opportunity.
She’s hoping that the small business community will take a leadership role in helping young Canadians start businesses.
It’s about building a solid foundation, building relationships and supporting each other, she added, which she hopes will help build a vibrant craft beer sector.
In the meantime, Anku said she wants to see the economy grow.
What’s the biggest takeaway from your experience?
Anouk says the best way to grow your business is to make sure you’re selling a quality product and that your staff and your customers are happy.
You need to build a community, you need support, and you need people that are working together to grow the business.