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Saskatchewan Plumber Secures $160,000 Government Loan to Grow his Business

$160,000 BDC loan to build commercial shop for plumbing/heating business
Construction/ Professional Trades
Pierceland, Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan Plumber Secures $160,000 Government Loan to Grow his Business

Plumber with a 10 year experience starts putting his hard work into his own business

When Chance Kazmar describes his reasons for going into business for himself he said "Too much working for someone else". You can imagine a lot of entrepreneurs nodding their heads. Since first working in plumbing at the age of 16, Kazmar has worked for a number of plumbers in the area. Now he wanted to start putting his hard work into his own business. About a year and a half ago, the 26-year-old decided it was time to strike out on his own.

In a short time he built a solid business, and now he is taking it to the next level with help from the Centre for Small Business Financing (CSBF) and the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC). He recently received a $160,000 loan to build a shop, with retail space, on Pierceland's main street. The financing process itself has been a bit of hard work, but the walls are up, and Kazmar's looking forward to growing K2 Plumbing and Heating.

Over the years, he bought a lot of his own tools while working for others, so he was pretty well prepared when he made the decision to launch K2. "I just figured it's time," he says. "And so I spent the money and got myself a trailer and stuff like that, and I did it." He put some small ads in the local newspaper and quickly got jobs, primarily in residential and new construction. "The word got around, and so far so good," he says.

Initially, he didn't want to make a major investment and take on debt, in case the business was slow to grow. "But it looks like it's going to turn out all right," he says. "Business has doubled from last year already, and it looks like it's going to keep going, so in order to further that, I need a shop to do all my work in and store my supplies."

He contacted the CSBF and learned how the BDC could help him with a loan for new construction. But while he ultimately had success, the process wasn't without it's hurdles.

"I definitely had to jump through a lot of hoops," he says." But it turned out all right." He got the needed loan.

He had to deliver a business plan and his financial statements showing his earnings in his first year of business. Putting this together was hard work but it got done.

But despite the work, Kazmar knows he could not have taken this major step without the loan. "It's definitely helped me out," says Kazmar. "As a small business, with not a whole lot of credit and just being fresh into it, it definitely helped." Kazmar also put $40,000 of his own money into the $200,000 project.

He expects to hire a full time employee to help him on jobs very soon, and once the 5,400 square-foot shop is up, he suspects he willl need to hire someone to man the storefront.

He says business success requires a belief in yourself and a lot of hard work. "If you feel that you are going to do good, then go for it. If you work hard enough, everything will work out in the end. I know in my mind that my building is going to be here for a long time, and I am going to be here making things work no matter what." Work hard and look for help where help is available as at the CSBF.


If you are an entrepreneur interested in starting your own small business, consider looking into the CSBF website to find out about the financing options that are available to you, you can also call toll free at 1-866-682-2402 for further assistance.

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