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.

Courtney Clark and Katherine Ross, Sin 7 Salon, White Rock

Courtney Clark and Katherine Ross

Courtney Clark and Katherine Ross founded Sin 7 Salon in 2010 and have steered its outstanding growth ever since. Sin 7 Salon is a full-service hair salon, providing women’s and men’s haircuts, hair colour services, and texture services. Committed to reducing their environmental footprint, the salon was built using mostly salvaged and environmentally-friendly materials. It […]

Cristen DiCarolis Dallas, Pizzeria Prima Strada, Victoria

Cristen DiCarolis Dallas

What’s a food item both parents and kids can agree on? For Cristen DiCarolis Dallas’s family, it was pizza. When she moved with her family to Victoria from California in 2005, she wanted to create a pizzeria that would serve pizza to families in a welcoming place. Her fond memories of frequent visits to her […]

Crystal Lowe, Hyde Restaurant, Vancouver

Crystal Lowe

Hyde Restaurant in the Main and 14th neighborhood of Vancouver is a former bagel shop transformed into a friendly, hip watering hole that stays close to its community. Hyde owner, Crystal Lowe, had dreamed of opening a restaurant for five years. For the first three and a half months in business, Lowe kept the bagel […]

Cupcake Girls Share Stories of their Sweet Success

Cupcake Girls

Sunshine yellow and fiery red. In an article about Heather White and Lori Joyce, aka The Cupcake Girls, you might assume these to be icing colours on their premier cupcake offerings. But you would be wrong. Each were assigned these colours in a personality profile – a test that business owners Heather and Lori urged […]

Brienna Remes & Laura Von Krosigk, Building Blocks Educational Childcare, Kelowna

Brienna Remes & Laura Von Krosigk

It was an English teaching assignment in China that sparked a business idea in Brienna Remes. She saw the benefits of the early education system in the country and wanted to incorporate the best elements into a childcare centre back home. When she returned to Kelowna she opened Building Blocks, a daycare with a focus […]

Carolyn Williams, The Bar Method, Vancouver

Carolyn Williams

Carolyn Williams has always enjoyed staying fit. When she was living in California she discovered “The Bar Method“and fell in love with the exercise program. She missed it after her move to Vancouver and decided to bring the workout program to the city. She opened her first “The Bar Method” studio in October, 2010. She […]

Abigail Lopez, Studio A Hair Design, Sidney

Abigail Lopez

Abigail Lopez is the owner of Studio A Hair Design in Sidney, BC. A widely popular salon, her business offers services for women, men, and children’s hair, eyelash extensions and acrylic nails as well as gel polish manicures Q. What services has Women’s Enterprise Centre provided you and how have these services helped you? A. […]

Angela Nagy, GreenStep Solutions Inc., Kelowna

Angela Nagy

Angela Nagy is a trail blazer. As the CEO and co-founder of GreenStep Solutions, she leads a team of energy experts and green business professionals whose core mission is to make the world a better place by helping businesses reduce their carbon footprint. An award winning business, GreenStep helps organizations to measure, reduce and report […]

Kim Steinhausen, Techniks Hair Studio, North Vancouver

Kim Steinhausen

After working as a professional hairstylist for over 20 years, Kim Steinhausen was looking for the right time to launch her own hair studio. It was a dream come true when she opened the doors to her business, Techniks Hair Studio in North Vancouver in September, 2008. Techniks Hair Studio is now a full service […]

Heather Davis, Stellar Gem Services, Kelowna

Heather Davis

From a former commanding officer of a Canadian Forces unit to becoming an expert gemmologist, it has been an interesting journey for Heather Davis, owner of Stellar Gem Services (SGS) in Kelowna. Building on her original focus of goldsmithing and jewellery repair services including ring resizing, ring prong retipping, pearl restringing, and watch battery replacement, […]