1. What is the Merritt Small Business Centre?

The MSBC started as a Facebook group in January 2018 and is also a physical location at 2181 Quilchena Avenue in Merritt, BC. It offers coworking facilities for small business owners and freelancers in a collaborative and social setting.


2. How can I connect with other business owners?

I set up a Facebook group, and I'd love it if you joined! It's a great place to make connections and help each other out. Head over there and check it out, and please read the description of the group, which includes the guidelines for members.

Another way to connect is to rent a coworking space, there are full-time and part-time options available. Sign up here


3. Can anyone join the Facebook group?

No. The group is exclusively for business owners in Merritt +100 km radius. Government or non-profit representatives are also not able to join, but I welcome your thoughts; please get in touch with me via the contact page


4. Are MLM-type businesses welcome in the group?

I understand that MLM opportunities are a big part of many local business communities. However, due to the nature of those businesses and their lack of uniqueness of product among representatives of the same brand, only one person per MLM company will be able to join the group. We currently have Juice Plus, Epicure, Younique, Seacret, Norwex, and Steeped Tea in the group {as of February 2019}.


5. What is a small business?

A small business is a business with up to 100 employees {federal definition}, or up to 50 employees {provincial definition in BC}. To be part of the Merritt Small Business Centre, a business needs to have no more than around 50 employees {not that I'm counting}, owned or franchised by local people, and employ local people. Most of all, the members of this group have a real desire and drive to make their community a better place for business, and in turn for everyone else. They always choose collaboration over competition.


6. Why the heck are you doing this? {That question is usually coupled with a somewhat subdued eye-roll.}

Well, let me tell you. I come from a family of entrepreneurs and I am pretty sure I have passed on the entrepreneurial spark to my kids as well. Apart from the fact that you have to have a service or product that someone needs and is willing to pay money for, the biggest factor for entrepreneurial success is collaboration and a strong business community. Being part of accountability groups, having a mentor, and tapping into the knowledge of a business community have been major contributors to my success. I'm very grateful for all the help I have gotten along the way, and I want to pay it forward. Let's build something, together!