Your source to learning about ambitious female entrepreneurs, business owners, co-founders and business professionals in the Ottawa Valley, Lanark County and surrounding areas and their successful businesses in industries such as beauty, wellness, business, fashion and much more! New episodes released every Monday on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your favourite podcasts.
Episode #168 - Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone with the Country Cupboard Petawawa
In 1997, Cheryl Jordan combined her skill for crafting and her passion for decorative painting and established her successful business, The Country Cupboard, on Petawawa Blvd.
Inspired by the home-style business shops she had seen in her hometown in Nova Scotia, Cheryl found the perfect location for her business in a charming yellow cottage. Over time, The Country Cupboard has evolved from creating décor pieces to offering a variety of products sourced from local Canadian suppliers. Today, the boutique cottage is filled with a wide range of treasures including seasonal décor, homewares, giftware, and accessories.
But what did business look like when Cheryl first started out and how did she make the seamless transition to becoming a home decor and gift store?
In this episode....
⭐️ Listeners find out how Cheryl has managed to keep The Country Cupboard in business for 27+ years, learning the ropes of various marketing and advertising strategies, outsourcing and asking for help, and what "trending" items have worked and which ones she still has hidden away in storage
⭐️ We discover when Cheryl started doing Facebook lives, how she became comfortable behind the camera and why they are integral to the success of her biz
⭐️ Cheryl discusses the significance of the military community and how Country Cupboard provides support for military spouses in particular
⭐️ We get raw and real as Cheryl and I chat about business hardships and struggles in today’s economy, as well as in her industry
Episode #167 - Connect to the Cause with Renfrew County OSPCA Heather Jobe
Heather Jobe, the Community Development Coordinator for the Renfrew County OSPCA and Humane Society meets hundreds of animals every month, and to Heather - these animals that are in need become more than just pets. They truly become family!
In this episode, we get to learn all about Heather Jobe, her role at the Renfrew County OSPCA and why it's so much more than being around the sweetest fur animals all day, while also learning about the OSPCA's annual Cupcake Day, a fundraising initiative that helps to change lives for the better and supports the most vulnerable animals in our community!🐾🧁
In this episode:
🏼 Heather shares how her role includes community engagement, volunteer coordination, hosting fundraising initiatives and events, and building more community awareness
🐾 We chat about animal adoption, fostering, and all the animals that have wandered into the Renfrew County OSPCA (and Heather’s own experience with a BEAR!) 🐻
🧁 We get to learn all about Heather’s favourite day: the OSPCA's annual Cupcake Day and how YOU can donate, get involved, and how cupcakes help pets in need!
Boss Babe Corner Ep. 103 - Renfrew County Community Futures Development Corporation
Renfrew County Community Futures Development Corporation is a non profit organization funded by the Government of Ontario that offers free business counselling, financial loans for start-ups and businesses looking to expand, strategic planning on local projects and community economic development in our rural community.
This organization has been fostering economic growth in Renfrew County since 1986 and have helped numerous entrepreneurs level up their business through various financial investment resources.
In this episode, I meet with Executive Director Cyndy Phillips and Community Development Officer Kelley Lemenchick, where we:
💕 Discover how RCCFDC offers community economic development services, financing opportunities, business coaching and more!
🤍 Learn how RCCFDC fosters economic growth and community development, taking the concerns our biz owners are facing and implement action where they can
🏼🏻Find out how RCCFDC has partnered with Algonquin College Pembroke to help business graduates develop or expand their businesses
Episode #166 - Medical Grade Skincare 101 with Uplifted Medical
Sarah Trafford and Kim McPherson are a dynamic "Pink Panther" duo offering medical aesthetics services at Uplifted Medical, where they are all about empowering women ti regain their self confidence and self love! This medical beauty spa includes cosmetic injections, radiofrequency microneedling, skin peels and medical-grade skin care products.
These babes wanted to bring high-quality medical aesthetics services to the Smiths Falls area, at reasonable prices, while also providing fun education around radiant skin, rejuvenating therapies, and the importance of self-care.
In this episode....
👩🏼⚕️ We find out what led these two licensed medical professionals to transition from their previous scopes of practice to enter the field of medical aesthetics
💉 These babes debunk common medical beauty stigmas, normalize getting medical injectable's and discuss why it's becoming more mainstream!
🧖♀️ We talk about the importance of skin health and how skincare regimens have positioned the skincare category in a new light
😍 There is something new on the medical beauty list of services and it's called the ORGASM shot - and its putting women’s sexual pleasure FIRST!
Boss Babe Corner Ep. 102 - The Wizard of Pawz
Michelle Jozwiak, the owner behind "The Wizard of Pawz" in Renfrew, was at a crossroads in her career, formerly working as a hairstylist and working with adults withdisabilities. But it was during the end of the pandemic when she caught the attention of dog owners when they admired her own dog's well groomed coat and couldn't believe she wasn't a groomer herself. It was then that Michelle knew what she was meant to do and immediately completed her dog grooming certification.
In this episode....
🐾 Michelle emphasizes the importance of ensuring animals feel safe and comfortable while in her care. She believes that by prioritizing the well-being of animals, she can provide a positive experience for both pets and their owners
🤭 Michelle also doesn't hold back, as she shares some juicy confessions of a dog groomer
🏼🏻 We learn how Enterprise Renfrew County’s Starter Company Plus Program encouraged Michelle to partner with Rick’s Pet Store in Renfrew (and where she is now!)
Tune in to find out how this babe is helping to make a PAWsitive difference in her community 🏼
Episode #165 - Honest Conversations About Death with End of Life Doula Marie-Anik Gangé
Marie-Anik Gagné was inspired to provide caregiver support after her husband's long-term illness and ultimate passing in 2016. She recognized the importance of advanced care planning and having sensitive conversations around death. This experience led her to pursue a career in helping individuals and their families navigate the end-of-life journey with compassion and comfort, eventually receiving her death doula certification and started offering her end-of-life doula services.
Marie-Anik shares her journey towards becoming an end-of-life doula and discusses her role in this profession, focusing on why long-term planning is a necessary and important conversation to have with those that are anticipating to soon pass.
In this episode....
🤍 We learn what a death doula (or end-of-life doula) is and how it differentiates from someone that provides hospice care
🕊️ We hear how Marie-Anik approaches the topic of death with individuals and their families, and how she supports everyone through this difficult time
🤍 We chat about the importance of advance care planning and how Marie-Anik involves loved ones in the end-of-life process
🕊️ We dive into my favourite topic of setting BOUNDARIES, from healthy personal boundaries, to availability boundaries and when it’s time to say goodbye after the “job” is done
Loving all of these amazing business tips. I’ve had the on constant for my long drives! They generate so many ideas for me too
This girl though her smile and energy is infectious 😊
Boss Babe Podcast
Love Holly's energy and how she really empowers and celebrates women in business !