Pos­i­tive busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment helps start up thrive

The Drumheller Mail - - Around Town - Pa­trick Ko­lafa

A new busi­ness in down­town Drumheller has had a pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence set­ting up shop.

Last month Black Moun­tain Roast­ers opened on 3rd Av­enue in down­town Drumheller. This is a roast­ing house that will be cus­tom roast­ing and sell­ing cof­fee as well as a cof­fee house that will be serv­ing their own prod­uct.

One of my pri­mary con­cerns is how do we cre­ate an in­vest­ment ready en­vi­ron­ment to at­tract new op­por­tu­ni­ties and grow op­por­tu­ni­ties for ex­ist­ing busi­ness.”

Sean Wal­lace Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment man­ager

Part­ners Sharon Mathieu and Nathan Moore have ren­o­vated the space and in­stalled a state of the art roaster. Moore has been roast­ing for about two years. This is their first cof­fee house ven­ture and they chose Drumheller.

So far Mathieu says their ex­pe­ri­ence as a busi­ness per­son in Drumheller has been pos­i­tive and sup­port­ive. At one point dur­ing them set­ting up they were hav­ing trouble.

“Our roaster is from Ger­many, so it wasn’t CSA Ap­proved, there have been some that have been ap­proved in Al­berta, but for some rea­son our in­spec­tor de­nied it. Sean Wal­lace (Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment man­ager) found an in­spec­tion place, and they came in and in­spected it and now we are ready to go,” said Mathieu.

She is grate­ful to be set­ting up a busi­ness in a com­mu­nity where there is sup­port.

“The town has been great ac­tu­ally,” she said.

Wal­lace told the Mail suc­cess in eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment is cre­at­ing a pos­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment.

“One of my pri­mary con­cerns is how do we cre­ate an in­vest­ment ready en­vi­ron­ment to at­tract new op­por­tu­ni­ties and grow op­por­tu­ni­ties for ex­ist­ing busi­ness. We are tak­ing steps to im­prove and up­date our pro­cesses as well as pro­vide an ed­u­ca­tional com­po­nent to set ex­pec­ta­tions nav­i­gat­ing all 3 lev­els of gov­ern­ment when it comes to start­ing a new busi­ness or a new com­mer­cial de­vel­op­ment,” said Wal­lace.

“I have been able to help a few lo­cal busi­nesses nav­i­gat­ing the var­i­ous sys­tems by spend­ing time ex­plor­ing the is­sues and com­ing up with so­lu­tions that work. This is why the Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Of­fice should al­ways be the first point of con­tact for any­one start­ing a new busi­ness or com­mer­cial de­vel­op­ment. By work­ing to­gether we can find paths to suc­cess.”

mailphoto by Pa­trick Ko­lafa

Sharon Mathieu with the state of the art roaster at Back Moun­tain Roaster, which opened on 3rd av­enue in down­town Drumheller in June.

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