Les and Lois Carberry
After raising their family on the windy plans of Wyoming and then spending 9 years in the Midwest, Les and Lois Carberry settled near Gooding in 2005 and immediately started their business. The first fence they built was for free on their daughter and son-in-law’s sheep farm near Shoshone. Neighbors took notice and began contracting with the new company and business took off.
The Carberrys learned to build fences that consider the temperament of the livestock, whether it be horses, cows or sheep. They also learned that the contractor/customer relationship is top priority. Customers expect quality fences that function well, are aesthetically pleasing and built at reasonable cost.
The Carberrys first came to the Twin Falls Small Business Development Center to attend a Taxes & Small Business class in late 2005 followed by the NxLevel Business Planning course in February 2006. Les developed a business plan in the NxLevel course and SBDC business consultants helped the Carberrys refine their financial records so they could apply for an SBA loan, which they obtained in 2006. The SBDC also helped the couple develop an employee handbook and advised them about incorporating the business. Les also participated in the SBDC mentoring program, where he received ideas on expanding into snow removal, differentiating the business from competitors and retaining employees during the slow season. Les now gives back to the SBDC and the community by his participation on the Region IV Training Advisory Board.