We sat down with Stacy Nehring, Operations Manager of UTV Canada and current PeerSpark™ participant to ask her more about her business and the value she has seen from mentorship.
Q: How did you get involved in UTV Canada?
A: My Dad started UTV Canada 10 years ago. I joined him as a part-time employee seven years ago, which quickly turned into a full-time role after only a year as we reached new levels of growth! My job included everything from sales calls to shipping to sweeping the floor. I am now the Operations Manager.
Q: If you could give advice to anyone coming into a family business, what would it be?
A: My advice would be to keep the business in the business! It's not easy to work with family at all times. At the end of the day, you want to be able to have family dinners together. Put your family first, business second.
Q: When you started out at UTV Canada, did you see a gap in the mentorship you had from a business standpoint?
A: Absolutely. None of us within the family have any business background whatsoever. My Dad had other businesses he operated but none were like UTV Canada. To make the company what we wanted it to be, we definitely needed some formal mentorship to help it grow.
Q: Where did you look for business mentorship when you were first starting out?
A: The only help we had in the beginning was a family-friend who has a similar business in the RV industry, so we spoke with him a few times. That's really the only mentorship we had except from people like our accountant or lawyer. In terms of business strategy and mentorship related to that, I didn't find that until I joined PeerSpark™ .
Q: How did you find out about the PeerSpark™ program?
A: Through an event with the Leduc Chamber of Commerce. A representative from AWE was there and my sister and I were able to learn more about the program. It wasn't until an in-depth conversations afterwards that I realized that this was the program I needed!
Q: What would you say is the biggest takeaway you have had from the program?
A: My biggest takeaway is the network of women I am now apart of. Even though we are all in totally different industries, we share the same struggles and are able to help each other through it and provide feedback and advice.
Q: What PeerSpark™ session would you say has been the most valuable to your business?
A: Definitely the Strategic Planning for Growth session. Our business was affected by the downturn and this session and mentorship helped me realize how we can move forward. We are adding a new retail line to our business this year and we are so excited!
Q: Would you recommend the PeerSpark™ program to others?
A: Absolutely. I talk about it to every woman business owner I know! The program provides great value and has helped our business tremendously.
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