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Around BC: Entrepreneurial Success Stories

  • Meet Ravy Minhas-Mehroke and Amy Minhas, Bombay Brow Bar

    Marcie didn't initially intend to start a business – she was a new mom looking for an all-natural diaper cleaning product. When she couldn't find one, she invented it herself. A few short years later her products are available in 140 stores across Canada.

  • Meet Kyle Vucko, Indochino

    Seven years ago Kyle Vucko and his fellow University of Victoria classmate, Heikal Gani, started Indochino, following Heikal’s struggle to find a suit he both liked and could afford. They found that menswear was often relegated to the back of stores and offered limited options, providing either a terrible fit or a price point they could not afford. 

  • Meet Matthew Baker, Useful Charts

    Matthew has always had a knack for starting new ventures. “I love working for myself and having the freedom to be creative while at the same time, helping others,” he explains.

  • 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!”

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