September 30, 2005 Features & Images » Feature Story

Big ideas, big world, small businesses 

How Whistler's female entrepreneurs are taking their passions into the world, and making a living in the process

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The arc of these women’s businesses are all at different stages, from start-up, to two years in and growing, to five years old and getting ready to take the world by storm. But what their founders have in common is an enthusiasm for what they are doing. Says Molson-Sellers, "I am absolutely where I want to be right now."

They are the birth-mothers of small businesses – entities birthed out their foreheads, and fuelled with their own sweat-equity, passion and drive. Just what they’ll become when they truly grow up, remains to be seen: multi-employee business; internationally syndicated; mass market; or part-time micro-business. But for now, these women, part of a larger cohort working away up and down the corridor, are pursuing their own paths, and creating the opportunities they need to flourish in place.

For more information:

Organomics. Professional Organising. Sara Leach. www.organomics.com . 604-938-4230

Whistler’s Own Bake Shop. Claudine Molson-Sellers. www.whistlersownbakeshop.ca . 604-935-2782

Leadershape. Darlene Samer. www.leadershape.ca 604-938-4883

FocusForward Coaching and Consulting. Bernie Lalor-Morton. www.focusforward.ca 604-932-0306

Samer, Lalor-Morton and Leach will all present at the professional development workshop, Top Talent Seminar, Nov. 3, at the Westin. Visit www.leadershape.ca/ips/business_boost.html .

Women of Whistler meets Sept. 29. Guest speaker Christy Clark will address juggling a political career with home, family and other work. Says Lalor-Morton, "Anyone is welcome. You don’t have to have your own business. You don’t even have to be a woman. Any man who can handle himself in a room full of 70 or 80 powerful women is welcome to join us." http://204.92.102.81/dyn.Women_of_Whistler.php . To register, call Adriana at the Chamber of Commerce 604-932-5922 ext 39.

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