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.

Lisa Will, Stonz, Vancouver

Lisa Will

“Stonz” is a Vancouver based company born out of necessity. When Lisa Will was looking for warm infant footwear for her young son, she couldn’t find any! This inspired her to create warm infant footwear that stayed on. Stonz now designs, makes and sells high quality outdoor kids gear including booties, mittz, hatz, rain boots […]

Liz Caruso, Soles of whistler, Whistler

Liz Caruso

A desire to be her own boss and control her work schedule motivated Liz Caruso to become an entrepreneur. She started Soles of Whistler, a fashion footwear store in Whistler, BC. Her store carries a wide range of footwear for women, workplace footwear, work shirts and pants for men as well as underwear for women […]

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 […]

Madelyn Mulvaney, Luminous Elephant Art Studios, Vancouver

Madelyn Mulvaney

Kalpna Solanki, FX-Foods Inc., Burnaby

Kalpna Solanki

Kalpna Solanki launched the first frozen organic baby meals company BOBOBABY in North America in 2005. When the economic downturn impacted her business and new opportunities presented themselves, she sold the BOBOBABY brand and started working on Martin’s Marvelous Naturals. Her company produces a line of high-end gourmet Crisps and Granola that are all made […]

Karen Murphy, Express Gifts Baskets, Kelowna

Karen Murphy

From a small laundry room office to a 5000 square foot warehouse, it has been quite a journey for Karen Murphy of Express Gift Baskets . She started her business in Kelowna in 1997 as a local gift service for companies buying corporate gifts. During her 16 years in business so far, her online sales […]

Inna Shekhtman, Red Dog Deli Raw Food Company Inc., Vancouver

Inna Shekhtman

Inna Shekhtman launched Red Dog Deli Raw Food Company Inc. in 2004, with a group of friends whose mission was to give pet owners the tools to make healthier choices for their pets. After her business partners moved away to pursue other endeavours, Inna became the sole owner of the company. Red Dog Deli Raw […]

Jennifer Hood, Jump Gymnastics, Vancouver

Jennifer Hood

Jennifer Hood had always dreamt of a program that gave children the basic building blocks of physical movement, no matter what sport they chose and no matter whether their goal was recreation or excellence. Inspired by her vision and her 3 young children, she opened Jump Gymnastics in Yaletown in 2008. Since its opening it […]