Loan Clients

We have loan clients around the province who run amazing businesses! We are proud to share these success stories from some of the women we’ve helped to start or grow their business with our business loans.

Winnie Siu, Minuteman Press, South Vancouver

When you don’t have a safety net you quickly learn resilience, adaptiveness, and creativity. That’s what happened when Winnie Siu acquired the Minuteman Press location in South Vancouver three months before the pandemic. As a new business, she struggled to find the safety net of funding to support the decrease of business during the pandemic. […]

Corinne Thomson & Natascha Radchenko, VM Travel Adventures, Fernie

When you’ve got a passion for what you do, you’re not going to let global and interprovincial travel bans put a damper on your business. Even though Corinne Thomson and her daughter Natascha Radchenko’s travel tours business dropped 100% during the pandemic, they’re not quitting because they saw a unique opportunity to provide a different […]

Kate Milne, Cardea Health Consulting, Vancouver

Kate Milne is a passionate health and wellness advocate who owns Cardea Health Consulting to support businesses and organizations with healthy ageing solutions and age-friendly planning. She provides evidence-based lifestyle programs that can profoundly change the course of ageing. Her business is built around the goal of helping those living with chronic disease reduce their […]

Rachelle Mellanby, Dogs Crossing, Coquitlam

Rachelle built her business, Dogs Crossing, with only a single client she found on Craigslist, and with no formal business or self-employment experience. She has grown her business through word of mouth and to date has served hundreds of clients and has four staff.  She is clearly passionate about pets! Rachelle’s business offers practical dog […]

Hillary Schneider, Epona Rise Retreat, Heffley Creek

Hillary Schneider runs an 80-acre retreat center where she provides coaching for women entrepreneurs and leaders and uses her herd of rescue horses to support her clients’ growth. She is passionate about helping others access their own wisdom and clarity of purpose by providing the space for people to connect with nature, take time for […]

Sarah Adamson, Fuze Food, Invermere

Fuze Foods mall business owner, Sarah Adamson

My name is Sarah Adamson and I am the sole owner/operator of a busy little restaurant, Fuze, that specializes in made from scratch healthy food that is made to order for each customer. Our niche is the ability to cater to each customers dietary needs and restrictions by having all gluten free, dairy free, and […]

Joelena Picket, Rise and Shine Excavating, Strathcona

Jojo Piket

Joelena Picket is the owner and operator of Rise & Shine Excavating, a landscaping and excavation company that serves the farming and residential communities of Black Creek, Oyster River, Mervile and Willow Point. The company offers a wide range excavating services including stump removal, small building demolition, land clearing, driveway clearing, building retaining walls, trenching, […]

Suzy Kaitman, Ballet Lounge Ltd., Vancouver

Suzy Kaitman is the Creator & Owner of Ballet Fit® and Ballet Lounge®, which is the leading ballet fitness studio for busy Vancouver adults to have fun learning how to dance while getting fit, building confidence and making friends. Suzy has always wanted to be a ballerina. During her training as a ballerina at a […]

Iris Zhang, CEFA Early Learning, Victoria

Iris Zhang is the Franchise Partner/Director of CEFA Victoria Westshore in Victoria. CEFA Early Learning is Canada’s private school for children ages one to five. Their proprietary curriculum features a unique blend of core subjects, such as reading, writing, science and math, combined with fine arts, including yoga and music, providing children with the freedom […]

Susi Foerg, Rustic Reel Brewing Co., Kelowna

Headshot of WEC loan client, Susi Foerg.

Susi Foerg is the owner of Rustic Reel Brewing Co., a brewery in Kelowna that produces craft beers that are symbolic of the Okanagan Valley. The brewery channels the essence of the Okanagan lifestyle, with beers that call to mind those distinct memories of what it means to be in the Okanagan. Susi realized her […]

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