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ABOUT BEAR CREEK ENTERPRISES, INC.

Bear Creek began in response to a need in the construction industry for good, quality cleaning services geared to serve local Commercial and Residential Contractors.  Initially Bear Creek offered only cleaning after a construction project was complete and ready for final occupancy.

Today Bear Creek offers Design/Build Home Improvement Services to transform backyards and exterior living spaces for homeowners in the greater Shenandoah Valley, Charlottesville City and Surrounding Counties.

Just recently Bear Creek has started building out tiny Studio Trailer Units.  These units are designed for the mobile entrepreneur, studio artist, event planner or for anyone needing a mobile office or studio space to work on location or from their backyard.  The possibilities are endless!  You can learn more about our Studio Trailers Here.

THE BEAR CREEK NAME

You might wonder – What’s with the name? Where did Bear Creek come from?

Funny you should ask, because, like most things in life, there is a story behind that too!

It was a late summer weekend. Brian and I had headed to West Virginia for a few days to relax and talk through the “idea” of what would later become Bear Creek.  At the time, I had a concept for the initial business and was working on prospective names; one of those names being Bear Creek. Maybe it was my propensity to over-analyze or my fear that it wouldn’t be “just right,” but I was having a hard time saying yes to it.  The name had to mean more than just words on a page.

That Saturday morning we loaded our bikes into the back of the truck and drove to a trailhead for the Greenbrier River trail.  Personally, there is something about being in the beauty and stillness of nature that helps me think.  As we biked, gravel crunching under our wheels, it was easy to get lost in the sounds of the slow moving river and birds calling through the trees.  For the most part we had the trail to ourselves; interrupted only by the occasional hiker or fellow biker as they passed us in the opposite direction.

About mid-way through our planned ride we came to a long stretch of trail; a steep mountain bank to the right, and a small pasture & swampy creek separating us from the main river on the left.  Just as we reached midway, Brian came to a skidding halt in front of me, and I applied my brakes in an effort to avoid crashing into him.  As I looked up to see what could have caused such an abrupt stop, I saw it.

A black bear climbing the creek bank and coming to a full stop on the trail. I think my heart stopped.  My brain scrambled to remember what to do in the case of a bear encounter.  As we stood there, mere minutes seemed to stretch on forever. Finally, as we slowly backed away, the bear turned and ambled slowly off the trail and up the bank on the left side; occasionally turning to look at us.

After a few moments Brian whispered “I think he’s gone. Let’s keep going.”  I personally was ready to turn around, but I knew I couldn’t let fear get the best of me.  So we hopped on our bikes and pedaled quickly down the trail; well away from the direction of the receding bear.

Later, I looked at Brian and said “I think it’s a sign.  Just what I needed to decide.”

And so we became Bear Creek.

And I think the name is fitting as we work to salvage and recycle and do our part to care for this great planet God has given us.

But it’s not just about salvaging and recycling, but about being mindful of how we effect this world we live in, how we choose to treat those around us and doing our part to support our employees and their families and our community at large.

Brian Mininger

Brian Mininger

Co-Founder & Leader of Construction Services

Brian has worked in the construction industry for 20 years. He began his career managing volunteer work crews for Habitat for Humanity. Through the years he has been involved in all aspects of the industry from field work and project management to owning and building a Design/Build remodeling firm.

Brian brings a strong background in construction operations, leadership and team building to Bear Creek. His focus is to make sure that our projects and construction teams are functioning at the highest level of efficiency and to deliver those projects on-time and on-budget.

He is passionate about building families and relationships through the projects we complete and the jobs we create.

Brian and Victoria reside in the Shenandoah valley. He loves participating in the many activities of his 4 teenage daughters, connecting with friends & family, spending time outdoors, and cheering on his favorite sports teams. He is an active member of Bridge Christian Church and the Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce. He has as served as a Youth Pastor & Pastor and volunteers as a youth softball coach.

Victoria Mininger

Victoria Mininger

Co-Founder / Team Developmet

Over the last 18 years, Victoria has gained a wide range of skills that help her in her role as Co-Founder and the head of Team Development at Bear Creek.

From her years spent as an Entrepreneur to time spent as a staff writer for a large University, she has honed her skills in the trenches of business and her creative skills in the world of theater and writing.

She is passionate about building a strong business and community that employs people in a positive and life-changing environment, allowing them to meet the needs of their families and impact their community in a positive way.

Victoria lives in the Shenandoah Valley with her husband Brian and their four daughters. She loves supporting and encouraging her daughters in their various pursuits and traveling with her husband. She also loves to run, hike, mt. bike and snowboard on a regular basis and is an active member of her local church.