Ready to grow
Callahan Group of Companies excited to expand from small business to big business
ST. GEORGE’S, N.L. — David Callahan has strong praise for small businesses, but the owner-operator of the Callahan Group of Companies is ready for his company's transformation from small business to the realm of big business.
Environmental issues delayed last fall's anticipated construction start of a cannabis producing facility in Barachois Brook by Back Home Medical Cannabis Corporation, a subsidiary of Callahan's business.
Callahan, who is president of Back Home, said the provincial government is very focused on ensuring this project is done right the first time.
With those issues now dealt with, Callahan said Back Home and its parent company, Biome Grow Inc., expect construction to start in November.
In his address at the Bay St. George Chamber of Commerce Small Business luncheon Oct. 21, he said small business is and always has been the backbone of communities across in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Callahan said being in business came naturally. His father, Ron Callahan, started out with a small business — Central Service
Station, a single-bay garage in St. George’s. It eventually grew into the Callahan Group of Companies.
“We were successful because of the people from our region who supported us. I praise the area for giving me and my family the opportunity to foster what we’ve done,” he said.
Callahan said small businesses are challenged today by new online consumerism. He would like to see people spending more locally to keep small businesses in the community alive.
His newest venture is called Back Home for a good reason. Calllahan hopes it will bring people back home to work.
“We’re lucky as a family that we didn’t have to move away and that’s because of what my dad started 57 years ago,” he told his audience.
If people are going to stay here, he continued, they need more than the next mega project.
Now that he is moving from small business to big business, the bottom line for Callahan is maximizing how many jobs Back Home can create, from the production facility or through new companies developed because of the cannabis production industry.
“The future looks bright in terms of a new industry and one thing we need more so is the ability to believe in ourselves and make our own lot better,” he said.
David Callahan, right, president of Back Home Medical Cannabis Corporation, gets a handshake from Bob Byrnes, an executive member of the Bay St. George Chamber of Commerce, after Callahan addressed the chamber's Small Business Week luncheon meeting Oct. 21.