Inspiration

Some of BC’s most enterprising women share stories, lessons and insights about what they did and learned in the process of growing their own businesses.

Heather Callahan, Fernie Athletic Therapy and Rehabilitation

Heather Callahan

Jennifer Shaw, Fernwood Road Café

Jennifer Shaw

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 café serves specialty coffees and teas as well as comfort food and treats. Her business […]

Jessica Cruise, Vibes Fitness

Jessica Cruise

Dolly Watts, Owner, Liliget Feast House, Vancouver

Dolly Watts

Winner of the 2010 BC Aboriginal Business Award for Individual Achievement , Click here to see video Liliget Feast House has been a phenomenal success, and in 2001, Watts received the National Aboriginal Achievement award for business and commerce. At 69 she went on to win the Gold Medal in an Iron Chef competition in […]

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

Amber Murphy Owner

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 and now has her own academy, a […]

Amber Sheasgreen, Community Futures Development Corporation of the Pacific Northwest, Prince Rupert

Amber Sheasgreen

Amber Sheasgreen is committed to creating a vibrant and growing community in Prince Rupert and the region. Born and raised in Prince Rupert, she is an active member in her community and sits on a number of boards including the Special Events Society and the local Marine Search and Rescue Unit. As the Business Development […]

Amy Windson, Serendipity Nail Studio

Amy Windson

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 acrylic nail enhancements, ear piercing, manicures, and pedicures. Though she started small, […]

Anne Toube, Leopards & Roses

Anne Toube

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 and import/ wholesale company in 2001 in Richmond, BC. Her company sources clothing and other […]

Carlie Smith , Portobello West Market

Carlie Smith

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 focusing on location, location, location! “When I was six years old, I would […]

Carolyne Taylor, Victoria

Carolyne Taylor

Carolyne Taylor has a natural passion for connecting with people , whether in a retail line up, or through her community involvement. With a background in HR and event planning, she has consulted for the past 15 years for conferences, meetings, weddings and events, and created her own signature events, yoUnlimited and the Victoria Yoga […]