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.

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Joanne Muirhead, JoJo’s Café, Osoyoos

Joanne Muirhead

With a degree in wildlife biology, Joanne Muirhead could have easily stayed in a secure job at a non-profit conservation group. Though she had always wanted to open a coffee shop, she was hesitant to take that first step. In July, 2010 she made the decision to pursue her dream and take the leap to […]

Lori Wotherspoon, KJM Country Gardens, Vancouver

Lori Wotherspoon

When Lori Wotherspoon decided to leave her nursing career, she wanted to follow her entrepreneurial dream. She saw her opportunity when she found that her favourite local nursery was about to close because of the owner’s retirement. After a discussion with her children, she decided to take the leap to entrepreneurship. Her son’s horticulture knowledge […]

Julia Church, Nettle’s Tale Swimwear, Vancouver

Julia Church

Julia Church’s entrepreneurial idea dawned on her when she designed a swimsuit for herself. When her roommate tried her design and loved it, Church started exploring the idea of launching a swimwear business . She launched Nettle’s Tale Swimwear with a crowd funding campaign in spring of 2014.Her original goal of $10,000 was surpassed seven-fold […]