Jumping through the hoops of success

Category: Indigenous business Success stories

Dallas Arcand knew from a young age that he would not let his unfortunate circumstances hold him back. Growing up with no father figure and hardly any opportunities, he didn’t always know how things would turn out. With hard work and creativity, he always managed to find ways to make money and succeed.

Chasing the dream

For 25 years Dallas Arcand has been a Traditional Hoop Dancer. Winning the World Championship three times, he has reached the highest level of Hoop Dancing. He thrives on the pride and awe he sees in people when they witness something as unique and beautiful as the Hoop Dance. With a taste of success, he used the same principles and etiquette to become an entrepreneur. He identified a gap in his community, and wanted to provide a service and promote the entrepreneurial spirit. Following his passion in life – to always be ambitious and motivated to achieve everything he puts his mind to – he opened the Silver Bullet Café on Alexander First Nation. Dallas became the change he wanted to see in his community. The Silver Bullet Café created employment opportunities and gave a place for community members to come together while enjoying traditional foods.

 “We as First Nations people can be self-sufficient! We need to follow our dreams, we need to dream big, we need to reach for those goals, follow our passion and our desire.”

Getting guidance

Dallas knew the entrepreneurial path would not be easy and he faced some challenges from the very beginning. He felt as if there were not enough hours in the day, as running a business is a full time commitment.  He found it helpful to simplify all of his ideas into manageable tasks that could be done throughout each day. With his business up and running he reached out to our Aboriginal Business Development Services (ABDS) team to gain resources and tools to further his business. He was impressed to have someone foster a relationship without bias or judgement and is now working with us to start up other business ventures.

A little advice

If you want to start your own business, Dallas has some advice for you:

  • Take that first step: simplify a plan and put it on paper. Draw a picture, doodle on a paper, anything, because anything on paper counts for something.
  • He also advises aspiring entrepreneurs to stick to a plan with a step-by-step process. Gather all of your resources to take the necessary steps to get to where you want to go.

Building a business empire

It’s a new year for Dallas and he has big plans. While still running the Silver Bullet Café, he is also in the development stages of opening a few other businesses including a Bison jerky/dry meat business, Aboriginal Tourism on the Alexander First Nation and an Aboriginal Bed and Breakfast. He has hopes that all of his businesses will work together and create employment opportunities for his people. Dallas knows he has a long road ahead of him, but he is committed to stay on that road because this is where his passion lies. We can’t wait to see what this ambitious entrepreneur does next! 

Want to learn more about how Dallas managed to get his business off the ground? Ask him your questions in our free Ask an Entrepreneur webinar broadcasting live on February 3!

About the Author

Sammy Zoerb

Business Link

Sammy enjoys being the “quarterback” of the Indigenous Services (IS) team by handling the logistics and coordination of many different events. She is also excited to grow her client base by building relationships with Indigenous entrepreneurs and providing advice and support to ensure their success. When she isn’t taking her kids to hockey practice and dance class, Sammy enjoys taking her family to cultural events.

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