Many businesses begin with someone saying, ‘I can do that.’ That’s something Jason Snead of Bumpass has been saying for years about selling hunting supplies.
It began with a request for help from a friend of Snead’s, James Atwell, who owns Nite-Time Hunting & Pet Supplies in Bastian, Virginia.
“He was short-handed and asked some of us to help out,” Snead said. “We started helping him at every hunt we went to.”
This continued for several years, each trip ending with Snead and his friends talking about how they should start their own business.
“We knew we could do it on our own,” he said.
Then, in May, Bear Island paper mill in Hanover, where Snead worked, announced it was closing. Presented with the opportunity to try something new, Snead began thinking about how to move forward.
“It gave me the opportunity to start my own business,” he said. “My thought was that I don’t want to be 60 years old and still have to work. If I’m doing something that I love, I won’t have to work a day in my life.”
Thus Owens Creek Dog Supply was founded. Opening in August, the business is still in its early stages, but Snead has already seen a profit.
“It’s still at the point where I’m scared if I’m going to make it or not,” he said. “If it keeps on running, I’m hoping to keep on going.”
To read the entire story, see the Sept. 28 edition of The Central Virginian.