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Old 08-22-2012, 06:05 AM   #25 (permalink)
sleev-les
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Originally Posted by s.rutherford View Post
you're right, i should have introduced myself.

i'm 25. i'm a girl. i'm canadian.
i've been snowboarding for 14 years and traveled the continent to do it. i hope to expand that to world this year by going to european or south american mountains (anyone who's done both would love to hear your opinion). i've been working in the industry for 4.

burtonavenger/slyder thanks for your real answers. i do have answers to most of those questions.

i'm literally in the primary days of tossing the idea around and building my business plan. i realize that my biggest competitor will be the internet. i wanted to find out for myself, from real riders like yourselves, just how big an impact online retailing has had. not by way of a google search. through 79 completed surveys, i've found that 67% buy at least some of their hardgoods online.

my local shop helped shape my childhood. i wanna be part of saving independent, knowledgeable, brick and mortar shops.

i am doing more detailed research, but solely in my region.

thanks to those who filled out the survey.
Haven't seen your survey so I don't know what you are asking in it, but what else have you done to build your business plan? Everyones biggest competitor is the net, even companies like Best Buy that also have their own online site. Those geniuses are starting to see that their online sales are making their in store revenues drop so they are downsizing a lot of stores and more reliant on the net. Point being, if you can get approved for the loan, why don't you look into being able to carry enough overhead to have a walk in store and be able to support online sales as well? Or at least think about growing to that. With a small business and 1 location, you wouldn't be dealing with the same issues as a large corporation. Your online and instore sales go to support all your overhead costs for the 1 location......
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