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Josslin at International Women's Day

 

Earlier this month we had the honour of sponsoring the Waterloo Region Small Business Centre’s International Women’s Day breakfast, and sent a table full of our own women in business.  It was a morning of inspiring stories by inspiring women, filled with personal hardship and perseverance.  From astrology to popcorn and candles three entrepreneurs shared with us what drove them to become so successful.

For Moonshine Co. owner, Corina Chrysler, that drive came from losing her best friend suddenly and promising to live her life with no regrets.  From there, Corina turned her back on a successful career in cosmetics to start her own company focusing on integrative healing, alignment coaching and astrology sessions to help those who may have lost their way.

You might not think to hear from a successful ex-con at an international women’s day celebration but in Emily O’Brien, that’s what we got.  She shared her story about how she went from an honours student in University to mixing with the wrong crowd and ending up in a federal prison for several months.  Always the entrepreneur, Emily decided to make the most of her prison term to learn from her mistake and also learn how to start her own popcorn company.  Once released, she was ready to hit the ground running and now is able to give back by giving opportunities to other ex-cons.

To close out the morning, we heard from Kristy Miller, founder of The Scented Market who came to her breakthrough simply because she wanted a healthier candle alternative for her family.  Prior to founding her candle company Kristy already ran a food truck service where at the time she was in charge of several trucks and staff.  Never being one to shy away from hard work Kristy continued running her food truck business while at the same time nurturing the start of The Scented Market.  Soon, her commitment to social media had The Scented Market being mentioned by the likes of Marilyn Denis.  With her family as her support staff Kristy continues to offer unique, handmade candles throughout North America.

These three ladies delivered stories anyone would find inspirational.  Through this annual Women’s Day breakfast, the WRSBC is able to bring real stories from local businesswomen to others in this community so they too can succeed.  Thank you to Corina, Emily and Kristy.  Hopefully many more women are able to persevere because of you.