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Paula Alblas – Independent Star Stylist with Stella & Dot

Paula Alblas is an Elite+ Mompreneur member based out of Puslinch, Ontario. She is passionate about her role as an Independent Star Stylist with Stella & Dot, where she is all about empowering women and giving them the opportunity to style their own life with either their very own business or irresistible jewelry. We are excited to share Paula’s Success Story!

Mompreneur Paula Alblas - star stylist with Stella and Dot Canada


What is your “WHY” behind your business/being an entrepreneur?
As a child growing up I was a nobody. I was a girl that thought I would make nothing of my life. I knew when I looked good, I felt good. Little did I know that when I started my business with Stella & Dot it would take me as a person to a whole new level, just because I liked sparkly things and they made me look at myself and smile. I know now that I am not a nobody; I am a woman that loves her job, her family and now most importantly herself. Stella & Dot has given me more than I had ever hoped for. It has given me the ability to stand tall and look at myself in the mirror — and smile back!

What inspired you to become an entrepreneur? 
I love the ability to work from home so I can be there for my kids. My whole life I always wanted to be a mom, and this way when my kids need me I am there for them.

Mompreneur Paula Alblas - star stylist with Stella and Dot Canada

What’s the best part about owning your own business? 
The best part is I oversee my success! So when I want something, I just have to go for it and get it! Also, the ability to be around for my family. Continue reading Paula Alblas – Independent Star Stylist with Stella & Dot

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Kelly Rogers – Happy Rock Holistics

Kelly Rogers is an Elite+ Mompreneur member based out of London, Ontario. As the owner of Happy Rock Holistics, Kelly is dedicated to offering treatments to heal, detoxify, and nourish your mind and body using blends of fresh botanicals, essential oils, and natural ingredients customized to what your energy reflects. We are excited to share Kelly’s story!

Mompreneur Kelly Rogers of Happy Rock Holistics in London Ontario


 

What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?
I’ve always thought up creative ways to have businesses since a very young age. At age 7, I started a neighbourhood daycare out of my parents garage, where snacks, dance, excercise, and math worksheets were provided, all based on age and allergies. I’ve taken entrepreneurial studies in high school, won first place in the  IVEY school of business competition in Grade 11, and was a part of Junior Achievement as well. I’ve always had my own idea’s about ‘work’ and once shown my true path, everything just started falling into place.

What’s the best part about owning your own business?
I wake up excited about my clients, I truly enjoy what I do, and just feel so grateful to be able to live freely.

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Dr. Marianna Switchuk – Monarch Laser & Wellness Centre

Dr. Marianna Switchuk is an Elite+ Mompreneur member based out of Hamilton, Ontario. She is the owner of Monarch Laser & Wellness Centre, a physician owned and operated wellness Centre that provides many services to help individuals “Look Better & Feel Better”, offering ‘positive aging’ services like medical aesthetics and bio-identical hormone therapy amongst other things. We are excited to share Marianna’s Success Story!

Mompreneur Dr. Marianna Switchuk of Monarch Laser & Wellness Centre in Hamilton, Ontario


What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?
As a woman who wanted to age “positively”, I put together a group of health professionals who could offer services that were not readily available.

What is your “WHY” behind your business/being an entrepreneur?
Everyday I have clients who tell me that I have changed their life in some way. Whether it is something small like removing a mole or helping them sleep better at night. I am able to help, inspire, motivate, teach, listen, empathize, guide, and counsel others on a wide range of  issues.

What’s the best part about owning your own business?
Being able to offer services and products that I feel passionate about, that I can confidently recommend and that I would want to use for myself or a loved one.

Can you describe a typical day?
Awaken and enjoy time with my husband and family. Have breakfast, shower and dress for work. Walk our 2 dogs. Drive to work which is about 20 minutes away. Often bring my toy poodle to work with me. Begin seeing clients at 9am and work til 5pm. I often have lunch at my desk. During the day there may be administrative issues that need my attention and I will take care of these throughout the day. My dog Lily joins me in appointments with my clients or spends time with my staff at the front desk. Continue reading Dr. Marianna Switchuk – Monarch Laser & Wellness Centre

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Kristen Nagle – Sweaty Successful Moms

Kristen Nagle is an Elite Mompreneur member based out of London, Ontario. She is the co-founder of Sweaty Successful Moms, a community that supports and empowers all women, and believes in your dreams even on the days you don’t believe in yourself! We are excited to share Kristen’s Success Story…

mompreneur Kristen Nagle of Sweaty Successful Moms


What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?
I currently work shift work and have missed special holidays and celebrations due to work. I realized that I wasn’t living out my passions and interests. I wanted to be more in charge of my day, to live more in alignment, to really follow my passions and feel proud and fulfilled.

What’s the best part about owning your own business?
Knowing that it is mine, seeing my growth, overcoming challenges, meeting people I never would have otherwise, and getting out of my comfort zone. I feel proud to have created something that is meaningful to me and supports what I am passionate about.

Can you describe a typical day?
Things are pretty hectic, as I am still working full-time as a nurse (soon going part-time), as well as going to school and starting up a business. Due to shift work, each day is different;  meetings, school, work, time with my 22 month old, tryingto fit in a workout… maybe even sleep! My days are full. Continue reading Kristen Nagle – Sweaty Successful Moms

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Shannon Bloomfield Cox – Incisive Marketing Inc.

Shannon Bloomfield Cox is an Elite+ member based out of Coquitlam, BC. She is the Chief Strategist with Incisive Marketing Inc., as well as a Marketing and Management Consultant, and Business Coach and Educator. We are honoured to share Shannon’s story of success as an entrepreneur!

mompreneur Shannon Bloomfield Cox of Incisive Marketing


What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?
To be able to work with a variety of people, organizations, and projects. I am drawn to the challenge of new and changing projects, developing innovative solutions, and supporting a variety of business owners and leaders. More importantly, as I stepped into parenthood, being an entrepreneur enabled me to work around raising my children, allowing for more flexibility.

What’s the best part about owning your own business?
Never being bored! It’s true. I have a terrible sense of curiousity and really love the change and challenge that comes with working with new clients and situations. The privilege to develop solutions, help others, and share in the development of others’ business goals brings great job satisfaction for me.

Can you describe a typical day?
I am always juggling marketing consulting projects, facilitating, teaching, and writing.  Most of my days start the night before because I find that I need the quiet and low activity of late evening/night to get organized, produce work, and be ready for the next day.   Continue reading Shannon Bloomfield Cox – Incisive Marketing Inc.

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Company Profile: The Princess and The Whale

As featured in our Mompreneurs Marketplace at The 2017 National Mompreneurs Conference


In December of 2016 I released my first book, The Princess and The Whale. I wrote it for my daughter when she was 7 years old, after she had experienced an episode of bullying that forever changed her. But I published it for me.

The story is an allegory for life, and has brought so many life lessons that I continue to learn from it, even now. While it was a story originally for a little girl, it’s become a story of my life. It likely mirrors the life of almost everyone at some time or another.

We’ve all been on an island, metaphorically, at some point. While many of us may crave change, change can be crazy uncomfortable. It could end us up in a place we did not intend or could foresee. Sometimes, a major life change, such as being bullied, the death of a loved one, or divorce, pulls us out of our complacency. It forces re-examination of our life. But first, it often drops us smack dab onto the island of FEAR… it leaves you feeling very lonely.

The Princess and The Whale book written by mompreneur Bobbi Wright

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Connie Peters – Modern Mama

Connie Peters is an Elite Mompreneur member based out of Vancouver, BC. She is the CEO and Founder of Modern Mama Inc., where the goal is “getting moms out of the house” by offering services for expecting and new moms, and being a resource for moms in five major Canadian Cities through the first years of motherhood. We’re excited to share Connie’s Success Story!

mompreneur Connie Peters of Modern Mama Inc.


What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?
I had quit my job in software technology to be a stay-at-home mom, but within a few months I was looking for ways to use my creativity and get out and meet other moms in my new city at the time, Edmonton. I started hosting events for new moms in early 2008 and have since grown across Western Canada through licensing, print resource guides and our website.

What’s the best part about owning your own business?
I knew before I even started Modern Mama that my business had to be something I could do from home, because being at home around my girls and being able to be flexible around their schedules was my main priority. Nine years later, I still love being able to attend field trips, pick them up from school, and be here for them before and after their school day.

Can you describe a typical day?
While I get the girls ready for their day by making three school lunches, emptying the dishwasher, getting them breakfast, and feeding our three pets, I also quickly check in on my social channels and emails. After I get the girls off to school, I usually exercise and then sit down in the kitchen and tackle a few to-do’s like writing a blog post, coaching a new licensee or sending off sales emails. A few times a week I’ll have meetings or attend networking events out of the house. Continue reading Connie Peters – Modern Mama

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Erin Bouchard – Once Upon A Time Weddings

Erin Bouchard is an Elite Mompreneur member based out of Strathroy, Ontario. She is the owner of Once Upon a Time Weddings, where her bridal store is set up for the ultimate gown shopping experience! We are excited to share Erin’s Success Story!

mompreneur Erin Bouchard of Once Upon a Time Weddings in Strathroy, Ontario


What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?
From a young age my parents instilled in me a strong work ethic. I grew up knowing how to work hard whether it was delivering papers, helping my dad out, or babysitting. I learned what it took to complete a job and learned the importance of following through. I have a very dominant personality and so I always enjoyed being my own boss. I wanted to control my own destiny and my own pay cheque. I wanted to work in the bridal industry because I so enjoyed being a small part of a bride’s most important day. I’m a fairly creative person and wanted a job that was different each day.

What’s the best part about owning your own business? 

Honestly the best part of owning my own boss is knowing that I have created something to be proud of.  At the end of the day I can control my mindset, my salary and how my day goes.  I enjoy the ability to work hard and to see the rewards of that hard work.  I love that I am teaching my kids the value of hard work and that you can follow your dreams.

Can you describe a typical day?
In the bridal world, every day can be very different. For me, my day starts early. I start my day at 6:15am by reading and having some quiet time. Then I hit my big rocks; the things that will have the biggest impact on moving my business to success. Once my kids are up I put my mom hat on and get them ready for school and out to the bus. Then I continue my day with a walk and some stretching.  Then it’s on to my to-do lists. Some days I am working with staff, leading and guiding them. Some days I am coaching other bridal stores, holding them accountable and helping them reach their goals. Other days I’m tucked away in my office working on finances and strategical planning. I absolutely love what I do and that makes a huge difference. I try my hardest not to work late into the night as I know my best work gets done first thing in the morning, and I want to be refreshed and ready to tackle those tasks.

mompreneur Erin Bouchard of Once Upon a Time Weddings in Strathroy, Ontario

Who do you count on for help? Do you have a network of family that answer the call? 
I have a close friend who also happens to own a bridal store in the US. She is someone I can FaceTime when I’m struggling or when I need to vent. I also have a very close relationship with my mom {who also works for me} that I can rely on and count on for help either in my personal life or with my business.  Continue reading Erin Bouchard – Once Upon A Time Weddings

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Jennifer Hook – Cherish Time Concierge Inc.

Jennifer Hook is an Elite Mompreneur member based out of Halton Region in Ontario, and she is the “Chief Time Manager” at Cherish Time Concierge Inc., where she helps clients manage their time and live a life that has a little less stress and a little more time for what or who they love. We are excited to share Jennifer’s Success Story!

mompreneur Jennifer Hook of Cherish Time Concierge Inc


What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?
I wanted to spend more quality time with my family, especially my children. I would go to work, having seen my daughter for all of 20 minutes in the morning, and I would have pick up duty at night. She was often very cranky at that point as she was tired from a long day. We would get home and I would quickly make dinner. After eating and bath, she’d be off to bed. I never got to spend any quality time with her. I know that owning your own business is not a walk in the park, and most days you work more hours than you would in the office. However, I wanted to choose when I worked and this allows me the flexibility, to a certain degree, to do so. I also wanted to feel like I was contributing more to the world than I was at my previous job. After losing my mother, as well as being sick myself, it gave me the drive to follow my passion.

What’s the best part about owning your own business?  
The best part about owning my own business is that I know I’m giving back to the world in the way that I have wanted to, but had not been doing. I’m giving back to my clients by relieving stress and giving them time to do what’s important to them. I’m giving back to my family by being able to be there when they need me. I’m giving back to myself by focusing on what’s important in my life and in turn giving the world (and my family) the best version of me. I’m dedicating time to giving back with my business so I can make a difference to those in need as well.

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Mindy Clunas – Consultant with Rodan + Fields

Mindy Clunas is an Elite Mompreneur member based out of London, Ontario. She is a consultant with Rodan + Fields, where she is passionate about sharing the benefits of a positive skin regime. We are happy to share Mindy’s entrepreneurial story of success!

mompreneur Mindy Clunas with Rodan + Fields


What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?
I am a mother to a 10 year old girl and a 13 year old boy. I absolutely love staying at home with my kids. Now that they are older, I felt like I needed more but still wanted to be able to spend time with them. I was introduced to Rodan + Fields in 2016 and was inspired by my own skincare results.

Rodan + Fields regime - mompreneur Mindy Clunas, consultant

What’s the best part about owning your own business?
I love the flexibility! I am able to work around the other parts of my life and not miss a moment with my kids!

Can you describe a typical day?
A typical day includes getting up with my kids, and going to the gym after they leave for school. Then I come home and do some work. Afterwards, I either have a networking lunch with a potential new customer or I head to the school to volunteer. After school, I take my kids to one of their many extracurricular events. The day ends with training calls or work after the kids have gone to bed.

Who do you count on for help? Do you have a network of family that answer the call?
My husband is amazing and picks up the slack or helps with meals and transporting kids. He is an entrepreneur as well, so he understands that we work together as a team! I have a great family that is very supportive! Continue reading Mindy Clunas – Consultant with Rodan + Fields