Small Business BC

Around BC: Entrepreneurial Success Stories

  • Meet Wesley Hooper, LifeSpace Gardens Ltd

    For Wesley Hooper there was no eureka moment when he realized that he wanted to become an entrepreneur, it was a slow burn, and a decision out of necessity. That necessity was that he kept killing his tomatoes!

  • Meet Brian Scudamore, You Move Me

    Brian Scudamore is one of BC’s most successful entrepreneurs. Accolades include the Globe & Mail’s Top 40 under 40 and Fortune Magazine’s Small Business Best Bosses Award. His franchises include 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, You Move Me and WOW 1 DAY Painting. But how did it all begin?

  • Meet Adam Scheuer, Watertiger

    Adam Scheuer found early in his career that he wasn’t looking to be a cog in someone else’s big wheel. He wanted to make things happen for himself. “My early gauge was my alarm clock. When I started hitting ‘snooze’ too many times in the morning, it was time to jump into unfamiliar waters,” he explains.  
  • Meet Laura Patrick, Kids Physio Group

    Laura Patrick has always been a planner. Setting goals to make herself aim higher and achieve more. But Kids Physio didn’t start that way. It started with a quick passionate decision to move from a comfortable public practice to starting out on her own to fulfill a need she saw in her community.

  • Meet Trish Sare, BikeHike Adventures Inc.

    At the age of 20, Trish Sare left for an epic adventure around the world for five years. Originally from Toronto, her first stop was Vancouver to work at Expo ’86, from there she went on to travel through the Pacific Islands, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand, where she decided to stay on a small island, living with a family for two years.

  • Meet Wayne Zielke, LedgerDocs

    Wayne Zielke is a great example of an entrepreneur who saw a problem and created a successful business around the solution. 

  • Meet Jenna Herbut, Make It Productions

    Jenna always wanted to be an entrepreneur and was fascinated with how to make money without getting a ‘real job’ from a young age. “I remember being a little kid, selling jewelry at my aunt’s garage sale,” she recalls. “It starts young!”

  • Meet Chris Day, Fully Managed

    From a one-man operation in a home office, to an award-winning company with 40 employees in Vancouver and Edmonton, Fully Managed has come a long way since founder Chris Day opened its doors in 2002.

  • Meet Andre Coetzee, i-worx

    There’s nothing more exciting than creating something that adds value to people’s lives. It’s what spurs many entrepreneurs forward, including Andre Coetzee, Director and Co-Founder of i-worx. 

  • Meet Christina Platt, Bamboletta Dolls

    From her living room in Vancouver twelve years ago, to her studio in the Cowichan Valley today, Christina Platt has built a doll-making business with loyal customers around the world by putting her community at the centre of it.


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