Women in Business: Numbers and Letters began with skill and passion

Coming out west to live life in the mountains… It’s a story so many people know all too well, and Isabelle Simard puts her own twist on it.

Long before she opened Numbers and Letters in Golden, Simard moved to Banff, Alta., and worked for Hostelling International. She worked a lot with her manager, helping them do payroll.

“I found that I had a knack,” she said, adding that the books were audited every year, so precision was key. “I learned the whole process of accounting.”

When she left the company, they bought her computer software to help her with her own business. With a baby on the way, she moved to Golden, and began working from home doing accounting and bookkeeping.

“I worked from home with the kids in the Blaeberry… And built a client base until i was working full time and the phone was ringing off the hook,” she said.

Then, she had to decide if she wanted to continue making the money and working from home, or if it was time to open up her own shop in town. Without good daycare, she says she never would have made it.

“I had a lot of support from other women,” she said.

Simard’s kids, Anthony and Zoe, grew up surrounded by the business. They were always learning, and eager to help where they could. Because of this, Simard’s daughter Zoe now works at Numbers and Letters as well.

Originally, she opened her first location behind Eleven22. Then, she took over a second office, and then another, before she decided to make the jump and buy her own building where Numbers and Letters resides now on 9th Street S.

“People have been very loyal and supportive,” Simard said. “You have to love it, even when you hate it.”

Right from the start, Simard was involved with Community Futures, which also helped to support her business. She has sat on the board as chairperson, and won the volunteer of the year award in 2018.

Simard provides accounting, bookkeeping, and tax services to residents and businesses in Golden. She feels connected to the community, and always tries to offer the best service possible.

“I try to provide more than just the service,” she said, adding that she tries to give people knowledge about their finances as well. “I always wanted to give a good service and a passionate service.”

After being self-employed for 20 years, Simard says she knows how good it is to receive help when you need it most. Years ago, when she was starting out, she was faced with difficulties in getting loans and starting out on her own because she was an independent woman.

“Women in business are not a big risk,” she said, adding that she hopes it is easier for women now than it was back then.

Above all else, Simard loves running her business. She says she tries to plan the best that she can, for when things go awry, but that she can’t plan for everything. Having her own business gives her a little bit of flexibility to enjoy time off when she wants it, and she gets to be surrounded by her awesome staff while she’s at work every day.

Numbers and Letters is located at 1115 9th Street S. in Golden. Call 250-344-4742 for more information on the services they offer, or visit www.numbersandlettersgolden.com.

Just Posted

Early morning fire destroys building on 14th Street S.

Firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze for more than six hours

Golden residents invited to discuss Green New Deal

Golden is just one of 150 towns that are hosting a Green… Continue reading

EarlyAct Club delivery acts of kindness to seniors in Golden

Golden’s EarlyAct Club is a group of young elementary-school aged children who… Continue reading

Stetski hosts pop up office in Golden

Kootenay-Columbia MP Wayne Stetski hosted a pop up office in Golden on… Continue reading

New airline regulations bring compensation for tarmac delays, over-bookings

Some of the new regulations will roll out in July, while others are expected for December.

Kootenay man arrested and charged in 2015 murder

Nathaniel Jessup 32 of Creston has been charged with the second-degree murder of Katherine McAdam and offering an indignity to a body.

Scheer says it would take Conservatives five years to balance budget

Scheeraccused the Liberal government of spending $79.5 billion of previously unbudgeted funds

B.C. man, 30, arrested for driving his parents’ cars while impaired twice in one day

The Vancouver-area man was arrested after officers caught him driving impaired twice in one day

GALLERY: First responders in Fernie return baby owl to its nest

The baby owl’s inability to fly back to its nest prompted a rescue by first responders

More than half of Canadians support ban on handguns, assault rifles: study

Divide between rural and urban respondents in latest Angus Reid Institute public opinion study

Spring rain needed as B.C. sees one of the lowest snowpack levels in 40 years

Snowpack levels in B.C. recorded on May 15 were similar to those in 2015 and 2016

Theresa May to quit as party leader June 7, sparking race for new PM

The new Conservative leader will become prime minister without the need for a general election

B.C. man who fell off cliff returns there to rescue eagle from vulture attack

Nanaimo’s James Farkas, who broke his hip in a fall, saves eagle on same beach months later

Most Read