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Cal­la­han Group of Com­pa­nies ex­cited to ex­pand from small busi­ness to big busi­ness

The Western Star - - CLOSE TO HOME - FRANK GALE [email protected]­ern­star.com

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.

FRANK GALE/THE WESTERN STAR

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.

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