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.

Anna McRae, Boft Canada, Vancouver

Anna McRae helps her clients cherish life’s moments. Her business Boft Canada installs, manages, and maintains self-serve photo printing machines enabling her clients to print their favorite Instagram and phone photos. Customers can print photos in minutes using the large touchscreen on the terminal, or connect through WiFi or Bluetooth from their smartphone. Currently these […]

Francesca Galasso, Holy Napoli, Vancouver

Francesca Galasso has carved a niche for herself in BC’s pizza business. After the success of Il Castello Pizzeria, North Vancouver’s first wood-oven, Neapolitan style pizzeria in 2014, she was delighted to hear regular customers asking to buy her dough balls to take home for their own home pizza making nights. This gave her the idea […]

Amanda Chay, The Natural Path Clinic, Rossland

The story of   Amanda Chay’s business The Natural Path Clinic Inc. began with her desire to pursue a profession that would combine her love of medicine, psychology, and nature. Today, she is living her dream. After completing her Naturopathic Medical degree, she found an opportunity to buy a long existing Naturopathic Medicine practice in the […]

Jenny Ambrose, The Makehouse, Victoria

Jenny Ambrose founded The Makehouse to combine her 18 years of experience in fashion and textiles with her love of teaching. Growing up she developed a love for sewing as she watched her mother cut and sew everything from garments to home furnishings. As she says “There’s no business like sew business!” The Makehouse is […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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