Rick Snyder has one essential rule for his employees.
“I never ask them to do anything I could not do myself,” said Snyder, who has co-owned Mike’s Bike Shop in Dieppe with his wife Heather for 16 years.
Mike’s is the largest bicycle retailer in Atlantic Canada, largely because of their work ethic and the professionalism of his staff, which features 20 full-time employees and some part-timers.
“I am the first one in here in the mornings and the last one to leave seven days a week,” Snyder said. “That’s the way it is in most small business operations. You need to have a passion for your business if you want it to succeed.”
His passion is obvious.
Rick was just 11 years-old when he began working at Bungay’s Bike Shop. He ran errands and enthusiastically completed every chore assigned. He stayed for 25 years and wound up managing the store.
In 2005, he and Heather purchased Mike’s, then located on Champlain Street, and six years ago, with the assistance of a bike shop architect in the United States, they moved to their new spacious and impressive new building on Englehart Start, just off Dieppe Boulevard.