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.

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 […]

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 […]

Kristine Theurer, Java Music Club, White Rock

Kristine Theurer

What can be better than doing good while doing business! When Kristine Theurer was working in a long-term care home, she found that loneliness was a serious issue among the elderly and they needed to emotionally connect with others. She started a pilot mutual support group, Java Music Club, over 12 years ago. Its success […]

Kyla Ray and Michelle Miazga, Port+Quarter, Vancouver

Kyla Ray and Michelle Miazga

Port + Quarter began as a venture by two women in the world of men’s home decor. Before starting their business, Kyla Ray and Michelle Miazga made sure that they had researched their market and planned their business well. In 2012, they launched Port + Quarter in Vancouver. Their business provides full service Interior Design […]

Lisa Cham,The Fixx Café, Kelowna

Lisa Cham

The Fixx Café is the latest successful chapter in Lisa Cham’s entrepreneurial journey. She previously owned the Allegro Cafe in Vancouver and the Ocean Allegro in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Her plan was to run the front of the The Fixx Café and hire a chef, but when she did not get a response […]

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 […]