Member Spotlight

 

SaulTech Computers in Meteghan Center is owned and operated by Marcel Saulnier. They offer:

  • Custom computer sales
  • Computer repair
  • Laptop sales and repair
  • Tablet sales
  • EastLink Highspeed Internet, Cable TV, and Phone
  • Accessories
  • Monitors
  • Printers and ink
  • Network support
  • Business support at your location

Marcel Saulnier

After high school, Marcel took electronics. Marcel always wanted to start his own business. After working in various areas for years, Marcel finally decided to take a computer service technician course. After working for someone else in this industry for a few years, he decided to go on his own.

Located in Grosses Coques, Marcel saw the potential of the business he worked in, and decided to buy it in 2003. He rebranded the business to SaulTech but stayed in Grosses Coques for another year before moving the business to Meteghan Center. His customers followed him to his new location and he instantly saw his customer base increase after the move.

Marcel states that one of the biggest challenges that face his business are big competitors. Places like Walmart and Staples sell many of the same products as he does. However, when you buy from SaulTech, you are supporting a local business and in turn supporting your community. Saulnier also states that in the long run, you may end up spending more at the competitors if you are buying a computer, because of “extra costs” such as set up that aren’t included in the price they advertise.  At SaulTech, when you buy a laptop or desktop computer it is already setup to use.  They also do repairs at the shopw which give them an advantage.

The team at SaulTech are knowledgeable technicians who specialize in business services at your location and also provide service at the store. Bilingual staff is important for this location.  Having extended hours every night of the week lets them better serve their customers.

Because of the nature of the business, SaulTech is faced with the challenge of finding great knowledgeable technicians. It sometimes takes years to find the great fit. “I am very lucky to have found and built the great team we have now. To have the best team you really have to have techs who are experts at different aspects of the business as well as be knowledgeable in the rest of the business”, shared Saulnier.

Marcel loves to travel. He is very happy to have found reliable staff who can manage on their own while he is away, giving him the flexibility to take vacations, sometimes up to 3 weeks at a time.

He also loves being part of the community and giving back as a volunteer. Marcel is part of the following organizations:

  • Cedar Lake Wireless Cooperative;
  • CBDC Board of Directors;
  • President (outgoing) of the Chambre de Commerce de Clare;
  • Workplace Education Cluster Training Project Team.

SaulTech is open 9-7 Monday-Friday, and 9-3 Saturday.

For more information visit SaulTech’s Facebook page or Website, www.saultech.com.

8433 Highway 1
Meteghan Centre, NS
902-645-2125

 

Author: Denise Alison

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Denise Alison is a local entrepreneur, writer, and member of the Board of le Chambre de Commerce de Clare. She is an online marketing and social media expert. Denise is the creator and leader of the Member Spotlight project for the chamber.

To find out more about Denise: 

www.stratigro.ca

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Member Spotlight

If you’ve ever been to Pizza Delight in Saulnierville (which face it, if you live in Clare, you most likely have!) chances are you’ve seen Josée LeBlanc. Josée has been working at Pizza Delight for 10 years, and made the decision to buy the franchise last fall!

Pizza Delight has been part of our community for the last 28 years, and Josée is the first local owner! When the previous owner started (a woman from Digby) she hired Josée as a waitress right off the bat. They grew together. Josée explained to me that each franchisee contract lasts 10 years, but the head office likes to confirm the contracts about 3 years in advance. Since the owner wasn’t from Clare, she was hesitant to agree to another contract, and there had been no interested buyers. Everything was up in the air.

Josée couldn’t stand the thought of losing a staple in her community. “I was nervous for my co-workers” she shared. She knew that she could probably find another job if she needed to, but she was scared that if they closed their doors, the friends she’d made at Pizza Delight would be in a hard spot.

The head office approached Josée and asked if she’d be interested in the franchise. She was obviously committed to the franchise and had played an important role over the past 10 years. After some thought, and making sure she had the support of her family, she decided to go for it!

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Because she’s been working in the restaurant for the past 10 years, the learning curve was less great than it would be with a completely new owner. But, there is still a big change. She now has way more responsibility! As an employee, she’d show up, do her job, and go home. Now she sees everything and is responsible for all that goes on. There is also a lot more paperwork than she expected! Another change is she is now “the boss” but has worked with all her employees – so she knows all of their habits: good and bad!

Josée’s goals for the next 10 years are to continue to serve the community. They will also be renovating next year to keep up with brand standards, so keep an eye out for that. She is pleased that the transition so far has been smooth. It’s a huge advantage that she already knows the business, and has kept her same staff.

She is still a bit giddy about everything. She loves that when someone asks her what she does she can reply with “I own Pizza Delight in Saulnierville!” Josée is also enjoying the increased flexibility she has now. When she was an employee she had scheduled shifts, and had to show up at certain times, but as a single mom sometimes things come up. She can now come and go as she needs to. Her presence is an advantage to her staff, and she can help in any area if it gets busy or someone can’t make it in.

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Congratulations Josée, and Pizza Delight Saulnierville. We are happy to see another young entrepreneur make a commitment to the community. Best of luck!

“Nothing has prepared me to be a business owner. I am making it up as I go. It is organized chaos.” - Josée LeBlanc

9881, Route 1
Saulnierville, (NÉ)
(902) 769-0820

To learn more: www.facebook.com/PizzaDelightSaulnierville

 

Author: Denise Alison

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Denise Alison is a local entrepreneur, writer, and member of the Chambre de Commerce de Clare. She is a marketing, branding, and social media expert, and a business strategy coach. Denise is the creator and leader of the Member Spotlight project for the chamber.

To find out more about Denise: 

www.stratigro.ca

www.facebook.com/stratigro 

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Mark’s RV and Auto Repair, owned by Mark and Cindy Comeau, is based in Saulnierville. They are a full-service facility that services RVs and Autos.

I met with Mark and Cindy to learn more about their business. Mark is a licensed mechanic, who loves what he does. It’s something he’s been doing as long as he can remember. He jokingly says that’s all he knows how to do! He loves working with vehicles and is a problem solver. Cindy, his wife, is also part owner. She spends her days working at Caisse Populaire de Clare, and helps Mark run the business from behind the scenes.

Mark worked as a mechanic locally for years, but in the back of his mind, he always wanted to eventually open his own business! He wanted the freedom to be his own boss, more time to spend with his young family, and the ability to have more flexibility in his life.

Mark’s RV and Auto Repair opened in June 2014. The building has gone through many lives including Texaco Gas Station, La Baie Motors, Baie Mazda, Coggins Refrigeration, Dave’s Auto Sales and Dave’s RV Sales.

Mark loves meeting new people and working with customers. His goal is to create a positive vibe for his staff and his customers. He wants to make sure that his customers have the best experience possible. He wants to create an atmosphere where you can bring you car and you trust that it’s in good hands, and will be taken care of. He knows mechanics can get a bad rep, but he will only fix what needs to be fixed, and always asks before he fixes something that his customer hasn’t asked for! Mark has a loaner car available for those who need it.

Four employees, including a receptionist work for Mark. Mark and Cindy like that they are able to contribute to the community by providing jobs. They are also thankful to have such skilled, dedicated staff.

This is Mark’s first business, and he says there can be some challenges. You always need to be thinking ahead and planning for tomorrow!

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Need a mechanic? Mark’s RV and Auto Repair are accepting new customers! Check them out at 9865 Hwy 1, Saulnierville!

To find out more: www.facebook.com/marksrvandautorepair/

 

Author: Denise Alison

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Denise Alison is a local entrepreneur, writer, and member of the Chambre de Commerce de Clare. She is a marketing, branding, and social media expert, and a business strategy coach. Denise is the creator and leader of the Member Spotlight project for the chamber.

To find out more about Denise: 

www.stratigro.ca

www.facebook.com/stratigro 

 

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Lisette Tardif and Daniel Lewis are the owners of la Shoppe Verte in Concession. La Shoppe Verte is part café, part convenience store, and part liquor store. They offer daily lunches on weekdays and a delicious brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. The coffee it always hot and the baked goods are always tasty. They are the only liquor store located on Second Division Road, or, in “the woods” as some would say. According to them, Lisette is the boss, and Daniel is the entertainer – so I met with Lisette.

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Lisette Tardif always dreamed of opening a café. Lisette moved to Clare to work as a professor at Université Sainte-Anne. When her health took a downward turn, she decided that a career in academics was no longer for her. Her lingering idea to run a coffee shop now weighed more heavily on her mind.

Meanwhile, her partner Daniel Lewis was working at Spec Resources, and every day he would drive past an old shop that was for sale on the corner. After giving Lisette a little bit of a push, they decided to take a look at the building to see what it might take to make it usable for their needs. After some thought, they decided to go for it!

In (summer 2013) La Shoppe Verte opened its doors. To some, the name might seem obvious. There has been a green store on the corner in Concession for many years, known to locals as La Shoppe Verte. It was a no-brainer to Lisette and Daniel embody the name that so many locals were already calling it. However, they have one small request: please don’t translate it to “The Green Store” in English.

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Lisette shared that one of her favourite parts of running La Shoppe Verte is the opportunity to meet community members from all walks of life. While she did meet many people while working at Sainte-Anne, they were all connected to the university in some way.

She also loves sharing a unique experience with the community. When they first opened, there were far less coffee shops in Clare, and she wanted to give community members a place to go. She also wants to create a happy and social atmosphere for her clientele. Unique food, full-service brunch on weekends.

According to Lisette, their biggest success to date has been getting people through the doors, and gaining loyal customers. Clare is a small community with many options to go out and eat, so they are pleased to have been able to carve out their piece of the market.

When I asked Lisette what in her life prepared her to be a business owner, she said “Absolutely nothing”. It’s an on the job training type of situation.

Lisette is most thankful to be able to find great employees who understand the level of service she wants to offer and are able to achieve that. She is thankful for her wonderful bookkeeper, who helps keep them on track financially. She is also thankful for the helping hands of the people of Concession, who are there to help when needed, and there to celebrate when something goes well.

Lisette and Daniel and looking forward to seeing you there for a healthy lunch this week or a delicious brunch on the weekend!

1474 Chemin Patrice
Clare, NS B0W 1M0
(902) 260-3810

 

Author: Denise Alison

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Denise Alison is a local entrepreneur, writer, and member of the Chambre de Commerce de Clare. She is a marketing, branding, and social media expert, and a business strategy coach. Denise is the creator and leader of the Member Spotlight project for the chamber.

To find out more about Denise: 

www.stratigro.ca

www.facebook.com/stratigro