Tyson Regular is well-versed in the forestry industry. His father Marvin and grandfather Clarence were self-employed Forestry Processors, earning a living from natural resources.
“It started with my grandfather Clarence, and every generation after followed in his footsteps,” says Tyson. He grew up shadowing Marvin and Clarence as they worked in woodlots. Now he is following in their entrepreneurial footsteps.
In 2015, Tyson started Regular’s Firewood & Logging located on the Cape Bear Road near Murray Harbour. His wife Chermaine is the bookkeeper.
The company delivers firewood year-round to customers in central and eastern PEI and provides commercial and industrial clear-cutting services. He also owns and operates a sawmill in Georgetown.
Tyson worked as a Diesel Mechanic for mining companies in Ontario, British Columbia, and the Yukon for years. A father of young children, he grew tired of working off Island and being away from family for extended periods of time.
“Forestry is my way of life,” says Tyson. “It’s what I know and it’s what I love.
“Working in the woods is peaceful, unlike commuting to work in slow moving traffic in Ontario. Being self- employed, I can schedule work around family activities.”
Steps to self-employment
The resources at Community Business Development Corporation (CBDC) help budding entrepreneurs turn a skill and passion into a viable business or expand an existing business.
CBDC provides business loans, counselling advice, entrepreneurship development, and business training. CBDC East is housed at the Rural Action Centre in Montague, and is staffed by Martina MacDonald, Executive Director, Helen Antle, Loans Officer, and Terri Taylor, Accounts Officer.
“I started my business by chain sawing and blocking fire wood for sale,” says Tyson. “I needed forestry equipment to expand the business to clear-cut land for agricultural and blueberry use.”
He approached a lending institution for a loan to purchase forestry equipment. Although he had an excellent credit rating, the loan was refused. “I didn’t meet the criteria of being in business for two years before being eligible for a business loan,” he says.
“I heard about CBDC through a friend. Chermaine prepared a business plan.
“I took the plan to Martina and Helen at CBDC and the loan was approved. I would not have been able to expand the business to meet customer demand without the assistance of CBDC.”
Martina says when considering the approval of business loans, an eight-member Board of Directors puts emphasis on the vision, passion, skill, and background of the clients.
“CBDC was very cooperative and understanding of my request to adjust the payments during the slow work season,” says Tyson. “They were phenomenal.”
Advice to anyone considering a business
“It’s important to do your research and know the costs involved in all aspects of the business,” says Tyson.
“You need to have a detailed business plan and know who the competitors are.
“Word-of-mouth is powerful in small places. Satisfied customers will recommend your services.
“I keep the business close to home. It’s convenient and it keeps costs down. Without the support of my wife, I would not be self-employed.”
For more information about Regulars Firewood & Logging, contact Tyson Regular at 902-218-7031, or email [email protected]. Search for the company on Facebook.