“A few years ago, we came to Valemount for a family holiday. We had never been here, but we were blown away when we got here. It was a huge surprise that we didn’t anticipate. What captured us right off was the breathtaking surroundings and the welcoming community. We just fell in love with Valemount.
I had recently been laid off from my university instructor position in Calgary, and was on a quest to re-invent myself. Valemount was the perfect place to make that happen.
My wife and I are now the proud owners of our own small business called Bikes and Bites; a bicycle rental, sales, repair and maintenance shop that also offers pocket food to take on the trails. As our business grows, we will be looking for skilled and knowledgeable people, like Valemount College grads, to work on our team.
To be successful as an entrepreneur I had to have a vision, but that was only the beginning. I also needed to understand marketing and be able to connect with people, find investors, understand financial planning, and develop a philosophy to ensure I stayed focused on why I was doing this. I had to make sure it was something I loved. I needed to establish a personal brand and build on that. I managed to make this happen, and I’m proud to also be an instructor for Valemount College, where I can share my experience and give support to those who want to embark on a new journey.
The tourism sector is growing, and if you are considering a career in tourism, Valemount College’s programs can equip you with the knowledge and skills you will need to be successful, whether you are working for a tourism operator or as an entrepreneur. If you’re considering a career change and you want to move ahead, Valemount College is there to help you take that next step so you can “remake” yourself and do what you love. It’s so worth it!”