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.

Mahsa Arbabi, Hidden Garden and Canadian Co-Packing, Burnaby

Mahsa Arbabi, Hidden Garden Foods

Mahsa Arbabi is the Co-owner of two businesses, Hidden Garden and Canadian Co-packing, alongside her husband, Hamid. Hidden Garden Foods manufactures Gluten-Free and Nut-Free cookies made of vegetables, which are available in four different flavours. These cookies have been marketed in Canada, the US and Japan since 2015, and are distributed through many major outlets, […]

Gail Sharma, GKS Law Firm, Lower Mainland

Gail Sharma

Gail Sharma is the founder and Principal Lawyer of GKS Law Firm in the Lower Mainland. GKS is a law firm that helps people who are injured at work and are trying to obtain fair compensation from WorkSafeBC (“WCB”). They serve clients from all over British Columbia, thanks to modern technology, but also have physical […]

Lyndsay Scott, Kindred Cultures, Vancouver

Lyndsay Scott, CEO of Culture Kefir Co

Lyndsay Scott founded Kindred Cultures (formerly known as Culture Kefir Co) in 2018 after seeing the amazing health benefits of kefir water. At the time, her youngest son was battling auto-immune dysfunction resulting in serious eczema. When she introduced kefir to his diet, his condition improved rapidly and she was blown away. Lyndsay started making […]

Jackee Kasandy, Kasandy | Locally Global, Vancouver

Jackee Kasandy, Owner of Kasandy Inc.

Jackee Kasandy is the Owner of Kasandy | Locally Global, a fair trade store in downtown Vancouver that offers high-quality handmade products from Kenya, Ghana, Uganda, Rwanda, Swaziland, Nepal, Australia, Ecuador, Peru, Israel, Palestine + local. Jackee was part of the corporate world for nearly 18 years, working in advertising and branding, launching products in […]

Cate Scally, Small Block Brewing, Cowichan Valley

Picture of Cate Scally, co-owner of Small Block Brewing

Cate Scally is the Co-Owner of Small Block Brewing Co., a brewery in Duncan that makes small batch hand-crafted British Ales. The brewery focuses on serving the Cowichan Valley firstly, and then the South Island from Nanaimo to Victoria. Cate and her husband Aaron started brewing beer at home and sharing it with friends, and […]

Charlene SanJenko, PowHERhouse, National from Gibsons

Picture of Charlene SanJenko, owner of PowHERhouse Media

Charlene SanJenko believes that every leader deserves the opportunity to create a world-class impact. She is the founder of PowHerhouse Women’s Leadership Accelerator Inc., a house of leaders ready to live, love and lead at a higher level. She is deeply committed to supporting women as leaders, both personally and professionally, to stretch into their […]

Silvia Pogolsha, Lorkin Trading Company, Vancouver

Silvia Pogolsha is the co- founder of Lorkin Trading Company, a family business specializing in importing high quality Moldovan wines/spirits in British Columbia. In 2008, Silvia’s family moved to Canada from the Republic of Moldova. As a professional in Moldova, she had the opportunity to meet several wine makers and visit wine factories, as well […]

Samantha Simonton, AMY, Vancouver

Samantha Simonton is the founder of AMY (Amazing Memorable Years). She was inspired to launch AMY because of the #NOownership trends. AMY rents fresh, fashionable furniture and makes it fun and easy to make beautiful spaces affordable and sustainable. According to the company founder, “We believe that your best years are NOW, not someday.” Q. […]

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 […]

Alexandra Pearson, Jennifer Yan and Catherine Cresswell, Triumph Acrobatic Arts, Mission

Alexandra Pearson, Jennifer Yan and Catherine (Katie) Cresswell are the founders of Triumph Acrobatic Arts Ltd., a circus school in Mission, BC. They chose Mission as it did not have anything quite like it in its city borders. The business offers classes to everyone from ages 3 and up and up! Triumph Acrobatic provides a […]