Inspiration

Angie Barnard, Painted Turtle Guesthouse, Nanaimo

AngieBarnard_Lrg.jpgIt might very well have been fate that led Angie Barnard and her husband Bruce to open the Painted Turtle Guesthouse in 2004.  During an extended round the world trip, they came across Nanaimo and instantly loved the city.  With an obvious gap in...

Tracy Gray, Suzanne Mick, Discover Wines, Kelowna

Combine passion for BC-made wines with savvy business sense and you get Discover Wines, Suzanne Mick and Tracy Gray’s perfectly distilled retail creation.

Mick and Gray have been sweeping up awards since they started their business only three years ago. Their most...

Theresa Siochowicz, The Welder Chic, Victoria

As a single mom, Siochowicz figured that running her own business would give her the flexibility to raise her child. “I was drawn to self-employment because I would have my freedom, my own hours, and control over all my decisions,” says Siochowicz. “I...

Amber Murphy Owner, Purple Dragon International Karate Jiu Jitsu Association Vancouver

Sensei Amber Murphy has the moves on the mat and a black belt in business

Amber Murphy has a passion for martial arts. She started her studies at 16, and taught Purple Dragon in a church as a volunteer. She decided to turn her passion into a career...

Leilani Kopp & Tana McNicol, Sweet Leilani

Building a successful business can be tremendously gratifying, but when the venture helps countless women, men and children who suffer silently from the effects of cancer, burns or birthmarks, the entrepreneurial experience becomes infinitely rewarding.

Eight year's...

Heather Callahan, Fernie Athletic Therapy and Rehabilitation

Mention the town of Fernie in the south-eastern corner of British Columbia, and many people think of skiing, hockey, snowboarding and many other winter activities that attract people to this popular spot. Those who visit and live here, including aspiring and professional...

Sara Moshurchak - Granville EYELAND Framemakers

Nine years ago while attending Douglas College in Vancouver, Sara Moshurchak met Klaus Sebök, owner of Granville EYELAND Framemakers. That very same day she turned to a friend and announced that one day she would become the owner of Sebök’s business. It might have...

Carlie Smith , Portobello West Market

Carlie Smith was quite young when she started her first business; in fact she was just a little girl at the time. While other entrepreneurial children were setting up roadside lemonade stands, she took her childhood endeavor to the next level by...

Mary Johnston, Watermatters

MaryJ.jpgAlthough Mary Johnston attributes her success in business to being at the right place at the right time, there is no denying the research and work she put into developing her business water matters.

Five and a half years ago, when Johnston was planning to sell water...

Madeleine Shaw, Lunapads International Products

When Madeleine Shaw first fell in love with the idea of re-useable alternatives to disposable pads and tampons 15 years ago she immediately understood the positive impact the products could have on women’s lives and the environment.

Today the glowing praise her...

Fran & Emma Kupiak, Big Rock Bags

What happens when there is a need that is not being met by current retailers? For the mother and daughter team of Fran and Emma Kupiak, it means there’s a niche in the market and they want to be the ones to fill it.
Emma Kupiak’s need for a hip, yet functional,...

Mal Paterson, BiltongCanada.com

Six years ago, Mal Paterson and her husband came to Canada from South Africa. In order to settle into their new country they had to come up with a business idea quickly as it was a condition of their immigration.

While searching out business possibilities, they discovered...

Dolly Watts, Owner, Liliget Feast House, Vancouver

Winner of the 2010 BC Aboriginal Business Award for Individual Achievement ,

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Anne Toube, Leopards & Roses

Moving to a new country is always full of challenges. When Anne Toube and her husband moved to Canada, they faced these challenges with determination. Inspired and encouraged by her entrepreneurial husband, she launched Leopards and Roses, a fashion design...

Amy Windson, Serendipity Nail Studio

Amy Windson always wanted to be self employed as she liked the freedom to make her own business decisions. She researched her market well before launching her business. In 2009, she opened Serendipity Nail studio in Nelson, BC. Her business provides gel and...

Eva Hernandez, Function d’Eva

With a background in business administration, Eva Hernandez could have easily stayed with a secure job in the financial sector. Yet, motivated by an entrepreneurial spirit and attracted by the flexibility and work/life balance that business ownership...

Jessica Cruise, Vibes Fitness

Even at a young age Jessica Cruise knew she wanted to be an entrepreneur. The idea for a fitness studio with personal training and technologically advanced equipment came to her when she found the personalized approach missing at other studios. In 2008,...

Sarah Campden, Made to Measure Consulting Group

A desire to spend more time with her young daughter and to grow her own career inspired Sarah Campden to become an entrepreneur. Two years ago, she started Made to Measure Consulting Group in Victoria, BC. Her company offers creative solutions in the area...

Minna Van, The Network Hub

The idea for creating a business space for entrepreneurs came to Minna Van, when as a young entrepreneur she and her partners found it tough to be taken seriously because they were regarded as having no experience or little credit history. Learning from her...

Jennifer Shaw, Fernwood Road Café

Although Jennifer Shaw was a busy lawyer, she wanted to do something that really excited her. Her entrepreneurial spirit encouraged her to launch her business. About two years back, she opened Fernwood Road Café in Salt Spring Island, BC. Her caf...

Rita Kim, Partners for Growth, Vancouver

With over 20 years of finance and consulting experience, Rita Kim knows the importance of initiative, motivation and true leadership.

Kim spent ten years in the retail industry, shifted into overseas consulting and then moved into the Banking...