Loan Clients

Women’s Enterprise Centre has assisted over 50,000 B.C. women start, grow and succeed in their small businesses! Here are some examples of the women we’ve worked with, and their stories of start-up and growth.

Madelyn Mulvaney, Luminous Elephant Art Studios, Vancouver

Madelyn Mulvaney

What can be better than turning your passion into a business and enjoying going to work every day? Madelyn Mulvaney has done just that. As the owner of the Luminous Elephant Art Studios in Vancouver, she offers classes to adults, youth and kids in painting, photography and creative writing. Luminous Elephant Art studios also offers […]

Christine Banno, SWEAT Vancity, Vancouver

Christine Banno

Christine Banno believes in bringing out the best in others-both physically and mentally. She is the owner of SWEAT Vancity, a premier boutique small group training facility in North Vancouver. The boutique offers private and group training sessions and specializes in the TRX Suspension training system and state of the art non-motorized cardio equipment. It […]

Tara Black & Marion Neuhauser, Origin Gluten-Free Bakery, Victoria

Tara Black & Marion Neuhauser

For Tara Black and Marion Neuhauser, the inspiration to start their business came from their desire to provide nutritious and quality food to their clients. They saw a niche in the food industry when friends of theirs with dietary restrictions had a tough time finding tasty wheat-free baked goods. Passionate about food and about helping […]

Teresa Polson, Black 2 Blond Salonspa, Vancouver

Teresa Polson

The opening of Black 2 Blond Salonspa in 2003 in Vancouver was a dream come true for entrepreneur Teresa Polson. Passionate about providing eco friendly products to her clients, in 2012 she decided to carry La Biosthetique , a high quality product line from France. She felt that La Biosthetique shared similar values of providing […]

Toni Desrosiers, Abeego Designs Inc., Victoria

Toni Desrosiers

Toni Desrosiers started her business as an experiment in her kitchen. Her strong belief in creating more sustainable and environment friendly products motivated her to design a healthy alternative to plastic food storage wrap. Her experience as a nutritional consultant helped her develop a more natural way of storing food. Toni started Abeego in 2008 […]

Trish Mandewo, Vancouver Tumblebus, Port Coquitlam

Trish Mandewo

Trish Mandewo’s business “Vancouver Tumblebus” is fun experience for kids, offering gymnastic training for ages 2 to 10. Based in Port Coquitlam, the Tumblebus provides services to young kids in pre-school and elementary schools in the Tri-Cities area and Metro Vancouver. It is a “gym on wheels”, bringing physical education class to children at daycares, […]

Shelly Plaxton, Draught WISE, Victoria

Shelly Plaxton

When Shelly Plaxton came to BC in 1997 after a visit to vineyards in Australia, her deep interest in the wine and beer industry led her to the Okanagan. It was an exciting time for the industry as several brewpubs were coming up in the region. In 2000, she moved to Victoria and later started […]

Margaret (Youngsun) So, Sushi Time Express, Victoria

Margaret (Youngsun) So

Starting a take-out restaurant came naturally to Margaret (Youngsun) So and her husband, Don, due to their previous experience in the food industry. Inspired by their desire to provide a healthy food option to customers in Victoria, they launched Sushi Time Express. It is a take-out restaurant located in the heart of downtown Victoria that […]

Meagan Hughes, Cottage Quilting, Kelowna

Meagan Hughes

Cottage Quilting is more than just an inviting quilting store in Kelowna. When Meagan Hughes purchased the business in 2013, she decided to make her store a one-stop destination for clients—from selecting their sewing machine to completing quilting and other sewing projects.   As a customer-centric business, Cottage Quilting sells fabric, machines, notions, and books […]

Nicole Bridger, Nicole Bridger Designs, Vancouver

Nicole Bridger

A passion for creating a line of socially conscious clothing inspired Nicole Bridger to launch her business, Nicole Bridger Designs in Vancouver, BC. Her company creates clothing made from sustainable fabrics and ethical manufacturing. The majority of her products are manufactured locally in Vancouver and fair-trade factories are used for any overseas manufacturing. Trained as […]

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