There is a new board shop in Medicine Hat, Alberta. Badlands Boards is an online store that sells skateboards, snowboards and accessories.
Owner and Medicine Hat College student, Grayden Cowan, says that the concept came from his passion for the sport and an identified need within the community. To see if there was a need for his product in the community, he talked to the local boarders.
“I asked them what kind of skateboards they would like to ride,” he says. “I asked what brands they would support, if I were to build a t-shirt would they buy it, and I continue to do that to ensure the product I offer is tailored around what people want.”
In September 2014, Cowan met with the Entrepreneur Development Centre with the business concept and soon was accepted into the Summer Company Program. Funded by JMH & Co., this program helps student start a business by offering coaching and mentorship, while also facilitating access to financial aid and support services.
“The Entrepreneur Development Centre was the first group to help me start my business,” he says. “I would go into their office and we’d talk about what needed to get done. And because I wanted to move things forward, I would complete it and be back in their office saying, ‘Okay what’s next?’” says Cowan.
Cowan’s company has been in operation since the end of September and continues to evolve as he works to complete the Summer Company Program.
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