Valerie Archer is a Community Futures ELEVATE participant in Leslieville, Alberta. She owns and operates Stepping Stone Farms, an equine assisted learning facility that also offers fresh farm produce.
Valerie chose the entrepreneurial path because it gives her full control over her environment. Through the process, Valerie has learned that she is stronger than she originally thought, and is very much enjoying the equine assisted learning aspect of her business.
Her advice to new entrepreneurs is: “Go for it. The only thing stopping you is YOU. Where there’s a will…”
Valerie credits the ELEVATE program with offering her supports such as living expenses, training courses and travel expenses.
She also says that the Community Futures staff were a great helpt to her as well, by offering her moral support as she worked through the process of starting her own business.