Business Name: Local Talent Website: N/A Established: 2020 Questions answered by: Brittany Kroker
Can you please fully explain your business or product line?
Local Talent is the very first “All Made in Manitoba” subscription box service!
That’s right! All of the products inside our boxes are Manitoba made! This is a great way to support your local small businesses throughout our wonderful province.
What makes Local Talent so unique? All of the products are a surprise! The contents of the box are different every month. Each month there are five to nine different products offered in a wide variety, to ensure you will enjoy the box.
We are located in beautiful Pinawa, MB. We ship anywhere in Manitoba for a flat rate of $10. Each box costs $55 + taxes and $10 shipping.
Live in Pinawa, Beausejour, Whitemouth or Lac Du Bonnet? Local Talent does free contactless drop off to your door and offers a ‘box return credit” on your next sign up.
With the Winnipeg local maker community continuing to grow, what is the most important thing you’d like potential customers of your company to know?
Local Talent seeks new Manitoba small businesses every year. We try to use as many of the business’ products as we can. You’d be supporting so many businesses that you didn’t even know existed, which helps them get more exposure. These small businesses are all unique and we need to support each other, to ensure that we all stay in business.
What inspired you to start your business?
I’m a hairstylist renting a chair at Reactions Salon in Pinawa. We always brought in Canadian or Manitoban made products for retail. One day, my coworker said, “there must be a better way to showcase all of these amazing local products” and in just a few minutes, we came up with “goodies in a box”. I did some research and found that there was no subscription box service with only “Manitoba Made” products!
What was the biggest struggle you’ve had to overcome?
The biggest struggle was that a lot of businesses started using the same concept (mystery box and “all Manitoba made”). Another struggle was trying to get the best rate for shipping. You need high quantities to improve your rate, which can be difficult during start up. The majority of the “local” customers were picking up their boxes from the salon, but because of the pandemic, we had to shift to doing contactless drop offs in our surrounding towns.
What has been your biggest success as a maker?
Having your local small business products in our boxes, has been our biggest success. Everyone wants to support local, especially during this pandemic, and the response has been fantastic!
Do you have any advice that you would pass on to someone hoping to start up their own business or product line?
Stay strong! There are so many hurdles that everyone goes through to start a business. There are going to be hard times to overcome and it’s going to be overwhelming. Support is another one for me, as I wouldn’t be where I am today without the support from my husband, family, and friends. To me, that’s huge for continuing to build my business.
Please share any upcoming events (virtual for the time being, of course) as well as the best place(s) for people to purchase your product!
Local Talent is great for any occasion any time of the year with much more on our Facebook page!