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.

Marisa Moody, Ultrafit Bootcamp, Vancouver

Many people hear the word ‘bootcamp’ and instantly think it’s too hard and involves some mean trainers yelling at you. Welcome to the world of Ultrafit Bootcamp, a fun and supportive fitness business providing outdoor workouts in Vancouver and North Vancouver for over 14 years. From a trainer at the Ultrafit Bootcamp to recently becoming […]

Tara Bosch, Smart Sweets, Vancouver

Tara Bosch is on a mission to #KickSugar and create a movement based on smaller, smarter choices. She is the founder of the multi award winning business Smart Sweets. Passionate about making healthier food choices, she started her business journey with a gummy bear mould purchased from Amazon. When her business was selected for The […]

Jenny Ambrose, The Makehouse, Victoria

Jenny Ambrose founded The Makehouse to combine her 18 years of experience in fashion and textiles with her love of teaching. Growing up she developed a love for sewing as she watched her mother cut and sew everything from garments to home furnishings. As she says “There’s no business like sew business!” The Makehouse is […]

Daiya Anderson, Origin Wines Ltd., Penticton

Entrepreneurship is a dream come true for Daiya Anderson. Her success story did not happen overnight. She worked hard for about 7 years before she launched her business. Origin Wines Ltd. is a vineyard and winery in Penticton producing small batches of handcrafted wine highlighting the unique flavors of every season. Q. What services has […]

Madelyn Mulvaney, Luminous Elephant Art Studios, Vancouver

Madelyn Mulvaney

What can be better than turning your passion into a business and enjoying going to work every day? Madelyn Mulvaney has done just that. As the owner of the Luminous Elephant Art Studios in Vancouver, she offers classes to adults, youth and kids in painting, photography and creative writing. Luminous Elephant Art studios also offers […]

Christine Banno, SWEAT Vancity, Vancouver

Christine Banno

Christine Banno believes in bringing out the best in others-both physically and mentally. She is the owner of SWEAT Vancity, a premier boutique small group training facility in North Vancouver. The boutique offers private and group training sessions and specializes in the TRX Suspension training system and state of the art non-motorized cardio equipment. It […]

Shelly Plaxton, Draught WISE, Victoria

Shelly Plaxton

When Shelly Plaxton came to BC in 1997 after a visit to vineyards in Australia, her deep interest in the wine and beer industry led her to the Okanagan. It was an exciting time for the industry as several brewpubs were coming up in the region. In 2000, she moved to Victoria and later started […]

Tara Black & Marion Neuhauser, Origin Gluten-Free Bakery, Victoria

Tara Black & Marion Neuhauser

For Tara Black and Marion Neuhauser, the inspiration to start their business came from their desire to provide nutritious and quality food to their clients. They saw a niche in the food industry when friends of theirs with dietary restrictions had a tough time finding tasty wheat-free baked goods. Passionate about food and about helping […]

Teresa Polson, Black 2 Blond Salonspa, Vancouver

Teresa Polson

The opening of Black 2 Blond Salonspa in 2003 in Vancouver was a dream come true for entrepreneur Teresa Polson. Passionate about providing eco friendly products to her clients, in 2012 she decided to carry La Biosthetique , a high quality product line from France. She felt that La Biosthetique shared similar values of providing […]

Toni Desrosiers, Abeego Designs Inc., Victoria

Toni Desrosiers

Toni Desrosiers started her business as an experiment in her kitchen. Her strong belief in creating more sustainable and environment friendly products motivated her to design a healthy alternative to plastic food storage wrap. Her experience as a nutritional consultant helped her develop a more natural way of storing food. Toni started Abeego in 2008 […]