|The Women's Business
Initiative is now up and running.
This innovative project, a
partnership of several community agencies, is intended to create a
number of full-time employment opportunities for women in the
value-added wood products business.
number of giftware products have been designed utilizing waste wood from
local mills. These products will be marketed at a number of major
giftware shows in Western Canada, and orders will be taken at those
shows to supply product to retail outlets or giftware suppliers.
The women participating in the
project have selected to operate under the business name of 'From
the Ground Up'.
The project is being directed by
a volunteer Steering Committee, who have dedicated a great deal of time
over the last 2 years to get the project to this stage of development.
A small woodworking shop opened
last month to provide the women involved in the project with the
facilities they need to produce wooden giftware products, to provide
hands-on training for the participants, and to develop the other
supports the women will need to operate a business.
The "employer" will
initially be the Revelstoke Community Skills Centre, but the long-term
goal is to spin-off the business into an enterprise operated and managed
by the participants.
market study was undertaken and a business plan developed with financial
assistance from several community and government agencies. The market
study indicated that the giftware business had a growing and vibrant
market, and that it had the potential to provide a rate of remuneration
that would provide a good standard of living.
The goal of the project is to
create a number of sustainable jobs through the development of the
Over time, it is anticipated
that the revenues generated from product sales will support between
10-15 workers in the enterprise.
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