According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, small businesses represent 99.7 percent of all employer firms. Without them, our economies would collapse. So who are they? Who are taking the risks, making the investments, and placing their confidence and trust in our community to help secure the future of Beaver County?
This month’s Beaver County Economic Contributor is Beau’s Auto Parts.
Beau and Kalani Bradshaw’s situation will have a familiar ring to many who call Beaver County home. Even though Beau’s desire to serve a LDS mission, attend college, and the need to find a career to support his young family, took Beau out of Beaver County, his plan was always to return and make Beaver County his home.
Returning from a visit to Utah State University, Beau and Kalani knew they didn’t want to leave “home” again and at that point committed to making it work here in Beaver. While Beau took on a few different jobs, he always had in the back of his mind a desire to be a business owner. He had stopped by Bradshaw Auto Parts to pick up a single bolt when he jokingly commented that they should sell the store to him. That comment then lead to further discussions and as Beau puts it “everything seemed to go smoothly and just fell into place”.
Beau was drawn to the business because it met many of the goals he and Kalani had set for themselves. They not only desired to own their own business they also wanted to create jobs that would provide decent incomes for their employees. They wanted a flexible schedule that would allow them to focus on their family and uphold their values.
Beau has made several changes to the business since he took over just one year ago. He has doubled the inventory of parts they carry, brought on three additional employees (seven total), offers delivery services to anywhere in the County, shortened the turnaround time of ordering parts, and invested in improvements to the store layout and organization. As a result, their sales have significantly increased. Beau gives a lot of thanks and credit to his employees and the community. “Everyone has been so good to support me. My desire is to continue to build relationships by helping my customers solve problems.”
One additional change Beau made was to the name of the business. Changing the name to Beau’s Auto Parts not only has a catchy ring to it, it also stands as Beau’s personal commitment to running his business according to his personal values. “I wanted to put my name out there so when people hear of Beau’s Auto Parts they think of a business that is ran with integrity and honesty - a business that will take care of its customers.”
We thank the Howard Bradshaw family for their contributions to our economy over the last 50 years of running Bradshaw Auto Parts. We also wish Beau and Kalani the best of luck with Beau’s Auto Parts and congratulate them on becoming a part of the new generation of Beaver County Economic Contributors.