Sometimes the best ideas seem obvious in hindsight. That's what happened when Louise Blanchard decided to take her skills as a Canadian Certified Counsellor and create a holistic practice with other professionals focusing on psychological, emotional and physical health care.
When Dora Finlay was living in Nunavut in 2001, she started to think about coming back to St. John’s. Her plan involved buying 2-unit houses to generate an income. A few years later when she was back in St. John’s working, a 7-unit building in downtown St. John’s came up for sale and she bought it.
At the age of 23, Krystal Hobbs saw an opportunity to start something from nothing, so she decided to use her skills in social media to start Reflective Marketing, a digital marketing agency in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador.
"This is my friend Jeannette - she marries and buries people" is how Jeannette Brigit has been introduced. Her business specializes in crafting and delivering custom ceremonies to honour and celebrate the turning points in a person's life.
Initially, I had to (and still have to) work hard at ignoring that inner voice that may discourage taking action, speaking up or getting outside of my comfort zone. I connected with strong women in business, those who understood these challenges and empowered me to move beyond my fears.
Lunapads.com Founders Suzanne Siemens and Madeleine Shaw came from very different backgrounds, and yet have created a highly successful, 7-figure business that has online sales at its core. Madeleine started her career as a social change leader in university, while Suzanne, was a successful Controller for a large company.
Seeking flexibility to more easily manage the demands of family life with two children under the age of two prompted Sheri to ask her hospital employer if she could work from home on contract. In 2007, Sheri took on one 18-month contract and her business began to grow via word-of-mouth.