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.

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 […]

Patricia Beam, Central Signs and Services, Golden

Patricia Beam

There is a business opportunity in every community in British Columbia. Central Signs and Services in Golden started small and steady, experienced early exponential growth and is still adding services and clients.  The company launched in 2008 and initially, owner Patricia Beam was mentored by her brother who had valuable industry experience in a large […]

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 […]

Margaret (Youngsun) So, Sushi Time Express, Victoria

Margaret (Youngsun) So

Starting a take-out restaurant came naturally to Margaret (Youngsun) So and her husband, Don, due to their previous experience in the food industry. Inspired by their desire to provide a healthy food option to customers in Victoria, they launched Sushi Time Express. It is a take-out restaurant located in the heart of downtown Victoria that […]

Meagan Hughes, Cottage Quilting, Kelowna

Meagan Hughes

Cottage Quilting is more than just an inviting quilting store in Kelowna. When Meagan Hughes purchased the business in 2013, she decided to make her store a one-stop destination for clients—from selecting their sewing machine to completing quilting and other sewing projects.   As a customer-centric business, Cottage Quilting sells fabric, machines, notions, and books […]

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 […]