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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Patricia Beam, Central Signs and Services, Golden

Patricia Beam

There is a business opportunity in every community in British Columbia. Central Signs and Services in Golden started small and steady, experienced early exponential growth and is still adding services and clients.  The company launched in 2008 and initially, owner Patricia Beam was mentored by her brother who had valuable industry experience in a large […]

Penny Kuenle, Got Juiced, Trail & Rossland

Penny Kuenle

They sell more than just smoothies. Penny Kuenle’s business “Got Juiced” also promotes a healthy lifestyle. The focus is on whole fruit drinks, using local products as much as possible. Got Juiced is a Smoothie shop using vegan protein and other healthy boosters like hemp hearts and chia seeds. In an effort to encourage sustainability, […]

Sandra Foster & Shantelle Soto, Stepping Stones Therapy Inc., Victoria

Sandra Foster & Shantelle Soto

Sandra Foster & Shantelle Soto are inspired by their goal to not let autism and other related disabilities hold back children in any way. They found a huge gap in services for children with autism and other related disabilities in Victoria when Queen Alexandra Centre for Children’s Health closed their Autism program. They realized how […]