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.

Anna McRae, Boft Canada, Vancouver

Anna McRae helps her clients cherish life’s moments. Her business Boft Canada installs, manages, and maintains self-serve photo printing machines enabling her clients to print their favorite Instagram and phone photos. Customers can print photos in minutes using the large touchscreen on the terminal, or connect through WiFi or Bluetooth from their smartphone. Currently these […]

Francesca Galasso, Holy Napoli, Vancouver

Francesca Galasso has carved a niche for herself in BC’s pizza business. After the success of Il Castello Pizzeria, North Vancouver’s first wood-oven, Neapolitan style pizzeria in 2014, she was delighted to hear regular customers asking to buy her dough balls to take home for their own home pizza making nights. This gave her the idea […]

Dr. Amanda Chay, The Natural Path Clinic, Rossland

The story of Amanda Chay’s business The Natural Path Clinic Inc. began with her desire to pursue a profession that would combine her love of medicine, psychology, and nature. Today, she is living her dream. After completing her Naturopathic Medical degree, she found an opportunity to buy a long existing Naturopathic Medicine practice in the […]

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

Thanks to Jenny for joining us for our Strength in Numbers session on April 9, to share how The Makehouse is adapting to do business during COVID-19! The Makehouse was forced to close its sewing studio and retail store right in the middle of spring break camps. Yet, Jenny refused to give up after spending […]

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 […]

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 […]