Owen Sound is a community of 30,000 at the base of the beautiful Bruce Peninsula in the heart of the Great Lakes.
As the main population centre for a large rural around surrounded by some of the most pristine shoreline in the world, Owen Sound and The Bruce Peninsula (referred to widely as "The Bruce") are home to thousands of cottagers in the summer who come for the spectacular sunsets, experience amazing freshwater diving at the Tobermory shipwrecks, hiking on Flowerpot Island and of course, the Bruce Trail. The cliffs and trees that shape the landscape are a perfect complement to the clear blue water of Georgian Bay and Lake Huron.
Beth and John grew up spending their summers on the Bruce Peninsula. Each had family cottages that served as the hub of activity for kids and adults alike all summer long. After they were married they purchased their own cottage and enjoyed many summers sharing cottage life with their son and daughter as they grew up.
The Bruce Peninsula divides Lake Huron (left) and Georgian Bay (right).
The couple originally settled in Elora, Ontario -- a small community near Kitchener-Waterloo -- where they raised their family and grew their careers; Beth as a schoolteacher and then at a museum, and John as a welder.
While preparing for retirement, the Dyers built a new summer home near Wiarton to serve as their cottage until they could make the move North full-time. Beth and John also went on the hunt for business opportunities in the area, and approached ShopCity.com about the City Manager program. They were looking for a business they could run from home while generating recurring income to supplement their savings and retirement income.
ShopOwenSound.com is the first entrepreneurial venture for both of the Dyers, though they are heavily involved in the community through their church, and as trainer/coaches with the local Jr. A hockey team. Their love of the sport and its role in building community served as an entryway into the world of local business in Owen Sound and throughout the Bruce Peninsula. They are constantly meeting business owners, visiting off-the-beaten track communities, and in the process, have developed a real appreciation for local businesses and the entrepreneurs who run them.
"We knew we wanted to find a business we could run from home, with flexible hours and the ability to generate recurring revenue, but when we came across the ShopCity.com opportunity, we knew we could stop looking. It was the perfect fit. I love talking to people, and supporting local businesses is my passion," said Beth Dyer, ShopOwenSound.com City Manager. "I'm not a programmer, but I'm pretty good with a computer through my work at the museum. So, the ShopCity.com model, which provides all of the systems and support, was the perfect way for me to get started. I love helping these local businesses and getting them connected through our powerful platform."
Beth and John plan to migrate to their four season cottage/home over the next year to begin working on the business full-time as they wind down their careers. In the meantime, Beth is off to an awesome start, making sales before she was even set up in the system. We look forward to helping the Dyers realize their semi-retirement dreams, and to having City Managers who are so passionate about the community supporting their local businesses in Owen Sound and across the Bruce Peninsula.
Beth and John boating on Georgian Bay.
"The ShopCity.com City Manager Program is a great fit for people like Beth and John, who are ready to retire, but still have tons of energy and a desire to contribute to the local business community. Our model provides them with a turn-key team so they can offer great customer service without being burdened by employees, book work or managing vendors," said ShopCity.com founder Colin Pape. "We are so excited to have Beth and John join us as City Managers and know they will do great things in the Bruce."