We believe that it’s more than just the grades that make a great well-rounded student. Each one of you is creative in his or her own way: some of you blog; others curate documentary photography on Instagram; still others find imaginative ways to solve problems in their public and private lives. Creativity is the air each one of us breathes, but sometimes we get so concerned with grades that we forget that imagination is our natural problem solver.
One way to showcase your creativity is to innovate either by solving a problem, by designing something that helps others solve problems, or by enhancing our relationship with whatever matters to us. Innovation is what brings our technical skills and our hopes together in unique ways. We designed bunk beds, sectional sofas, patio furniture, and mattresses with the help of students creativity and talent. It also provides opportunities for gaining real working experience in a chosen field, and gives students the chance to connect with adults outside their circle who might be able to help students get into their top choice college or get an internship.
In the end, innovation makes people look at the bigger picture, which is the best preparation for college and for life. We are passionate about sparking the creative genius in students who can help us sell bunk beds, sofas, platform beds, and other furniture items and would love to commend those outstanding students who have a made a difference in the lives of others in some innovative or technological fashion. In order to achieve this, we have established a scholarship for students who meet certain criteria.
Way back in 2002, a couple young Kamloops farm boys embarked on a journey to chase their dream. Many an onlooker cast doubt, "Who's going to buy furniture online?" Indeed, not many people did in those early years. The office was rudimentary and referred to as the Cave. Not only was the furniture and equipment used, so was the paper in the printer. After many an all nighter, their online store was born. Still, the orders were none. It took over a year for the website to produce it's first sale. Customer by customer, they built a business.
"From the beginning, we always had a powerful 'Why?' to motivate us. We want to build something bigger than ourselves. Something that will provide for our team, our community, and our families, long after we're gone." Team members at WFB are fondly referred to as Warriors. When community groups ask for volunteers, WFB Warriors often step up to pitch in. From Rotary Food Drives to MS Bikes and Walks to the Therapeutic Riding Association's Dash to Make a Difference, Warriors carry the WFB spirit into the community. The company encourages participation by rewarding Warriors with gift certificates to the store.
One WFB tradition has grown to reach beyond our borders. Every week, a Warrior is singled out and recognized for their 'above and beyond'. In addition to company-wide recognition, they're awarded a $50 gift certificate to Kiva.org where they can loan to entrepreneurs in need all over the world. When the loan is repaid they lend again and the cycle continues until poverty is eliminated by entrepreneurs creating jobs.
"We believe that success depends on a team that earns a customer's business and never stops earning it. That means the team is the top priority. We're a family and we take care of each other." Thousands of customers later, Wholesale Furniture Brokers still treats every customer like the first.
In 2008, they opened an outlet store in Kamloops. It's the only place to view their online merchandise in person and on stocked items, the prices are even lower than the price leading online store.
"Our customers always tell us they wish they found us sooner. Don't make the same mistake! Buy smart. Buy wholesale."