13 episodes

Every week, host Vanessa Smith, will sit down with local entrepreneurs as they get real and raw about their journey into business. From taking that first leap of faith to navigating business life as the boss, my guests will get candid about their ups and downs, give advice for those looking to become a doer, not a dreamer and maybe even share what they have next up their sleeve. Expect to be inspired by these fearless few as they detail how they got to where they are today.

Business In The Open Vanessa Smith

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Every week, host Vanessa Smith, will sit down with local entrepreneurs as they get real and raw about their journey into business. From taking that first leap of faith to navigating business life as the boss, my guests will get candid about their ups and downs, give advice for those looking to become a doer, not a dreamer and maybe even share what they have next up their sleeve. Expect to be inspired by these fearless few as they detail how they got to where they are today.

    Business In The Open: EP 12 - Colin Younker, Spa Total Fitness Centre & Little Caesars Pizza

    Business In The Open: EP 12 - Colin Younker, Spa Total Fitness Centre & Little Caesars Pizza

    On today's episode, we sit down with Colin Younker, Owner of the Spa Total Fitness Centre, a staple in the Charlottetown fitness community, and a franchisee for Little Caesars Pizza - a North American pizza chain known for their “Hot & Ready” pizzas. We chat about:


    How his business partnership with his cousin come about


    How the purchases of his businesses came to be


    What does a typical day look like managing multiple businesses


    The importance of supporting community


    Advice around being a leader to a large staff


    How he juggles work and life with three little ones at home


    What's next for his businesses


    This episode was audio-produced by Adam Ramsay. (adam@adamramsay.com)
    A big thanks to our sponsors Hijinks Design Agency & Fuel Your Body for making this episode possible.
    Learn more about Hijinks at https://www.hijinksagency.ca/.
    Learn more about Fuel Your Body at https://eatfyb.ca/

    Want to support the show? Click follow wherever you are listening and leave us a review! And lastly, head on over to our Instagram so we can connect https://www.instagram.com/business.openpod/.

    Want to sponsor us? Reach out to Vanessa at vanessa@refyagency.com.

    • 36 min
    Business In The Open: EP 11 - Lacey Koughan, 24Strong & 24Talent

    Business In The Open: EP 11 - Lacey Koughan, 24Strong & 24Talent

    On today's episode, we sit down with Lacey Koughan, Owner of 24Strong & 24Talent - a dance studio here in Charlottetown and talent management organization for kids across Canada. We chat about:



    The deep meaning behind her business names


    How a mentor's encouragement led to the creation of her business at 16


    Her growth and where her focus is these days


    Some of the roadblocks she has faced over the years


    Her thoughts of how she has built a strong organizational culture


    Her advice for others


    What's next for her businesses



    Connect with Lacey:



    https://www.instagram.com/24strong/


    https://www.instagram.com/24talent_/


    https://www.instagram.com/laceykoughan_/


    https://www.24strong.ca/


    https://www.24talent.ca/


    This episode was audio-produced by Adam Ramsay (adam@adamramsay.com)
    A big thanks to our sponsors Hijinks Design Agency & Fuel Your Body for making this episode possible.
    Learn more about Hijinks at https://www.hijinksagency.ca/.
    Learn more about Fuel Your Body at https://eatfyb.ca/
    Want to support the show? Click follow wherever you are listening and leave us a review! And lastly, head on over to our Instagram so we can connect https://www.instagram.com/business.openpod/.
    Want to sponsor us? Reach out to Vanessa at vanessa@refyagency.com.

    • 51 min
    Business In The Open: EP 10 - Jessica Gallant, Jessica Gallant Beauty

    Business In The Open: EP 10 - Jessica Gallant, Jessica Gallant Beauty

    On today's episode, we sit down with Jessica Gallant, Owner of Jessica Gallant Beauty - Jessica is an artist & entrepreneur. She is a performer in musical theatre, film and TV as well as the owner and founder of her beauty product business that celebrates the beauty of PEI through make-up. We chat about:



    How theatre led to starting her make-up career


    Jumping head first onto Instagram


    How COVID changed everything and the PEI palette was born


    Where she comes up with the vision for her creative marketing campaigns


    The importance of building a community and asking for help


    Her social media strategy and advice for others to get on camera


    What growth looks like for JGB



    Connect with Jessica:



    https://www.instagram.com/jessicagallantbeauty/


    https://www.instagram.com/jessicagallant3/


    https://jessicagallantbeauty.com/


    This episode was audio-produced by Adam Ramsay (adam@adamramsay.com)
    A big thanks to our sponsors Hijinks Design Agency & Fuel Your Body for making this episode possible.
    Learn more about Hijinks at https://www.hijinksagency.ca/
    Learn more about Fuel Your Body at https://eatfyb.ca/
    Want to support the show? Click follow wherever you are listening and leave us a review! And lastly, head on over to our Instagram so we can connect https://www.instagram.com/business.openpod/.
    Want to sponsor us? Reach out to Vanessa at vanessa@refyagency.com

    • 43 min
    Business In The Open: EP 9 - Amber Paglia, Fresh Face Skincare

    Business In The Open: EP 9 - Amber Paglia, Fresh Face Skincare

    On today's episode, we sit down with Amber Paglia, Owner of Fresh Face Skincare - Amber is an esthetician with over 14 years of experience who focuses on holistic skincare offerings such as facials, and skincare retail products We chat about:



    How COVID led her back to PEI


    How she tested the waters for her business before going all in


    The long-time-coming decision to add a team member


    The boundaries she set over the years


    Her expansion into a product line


    What's on the horizon for Fresh Face Skincare



    Connect with Amber:



    https://www.instagram.com/freshfacebyamber/


    https://www.freshfaceskincareinc.ca/


    This episode was audio-produced by Adam Ramsay (adam@adamramsay.com)
    A big thanks to our sponsors Hijinks Design Agency & Fuel Your Body for making this episode possible.
    Learn more about Hijinks at https://www.hijinksagency.ca/.
    Learn more about Fuel Your Body at https://eatfyb.ca/

    Want to support the show? Click follow wherever you are listening and leave us a review! And lastly, head on over to our Instagram so we can connect https://www.instagram.com/business.openpod/

    Want to sponsor us? Reach out to Vanessa at vanessa@refyagency.com

    • 32 min
    Business In The Open: EP 8 - Coltin Handrahan, Stay Golden Custom

    Business In The Open: EP 8 - Coltin Handrahan, Stay Golden Custom

    On today's episode, we sit down with Coltin Handrahan, Owner of Stay Golden Custom - an Atlantic-Canadian-based business that creates custom printed clothing and merchandise lines for businesses, teams and brands. We chat about:



    How Coltin started his business at such a young age


    The fork in the road that led him to dive all-in to his t-shirt business


    The advantage of starting a business as a young person


    The small improvements over time that led to growth


    Where the name Stay Golden came from


    What his day-to-day looks like


    The value of mentorship


    What expansion looks like and advice for others



    Connect with Coltin:



    https://www.instagram.com/coltinhandrahan/


    https://www.instagram.com/staygoldencustom/


    https://staygolden.ca/


    This episode was audio-produced by Adam Ramsay (adam@adamramsay.com)
    A big thanks to our sponsors Hijinks Design Agency & Fuel Your Body for making this episode possible.
    Learn more about Hijinks at https://www.hijinksagency.ca/.
    Learn more about Fuel Your Body at https://eatfyb.ca/

    Want to support the show? Click follow wherever you are listening and leave us a review! And lastly, head on over to our Instagram so we can connect https://www.instagram.com/business.openpod/.

    Want to sponsor us? Reach out to Vanessa at vanessa@refyagency.com

    • 37 min
    Business In The Open: EP 7 - Amy Follwell-Harris, Bijoux by Amy

    Business In The Open: EP 7 - Amy Follwell-Harris, Bijoux by Amy

    On today's episode, we sit down with Amy Follwell-Harris, Owner of Bijoux by Amy - a custom jewellery design business specializing in engagement rings, wedding bands and other fine jewellery. We chat about:



    What brought Amy to PEI


    How she got into custom jewellery


    Her path from Christie's Auction House, to Tiffany & Co., to Bijoux by Amy


    What it looks like to work with a jewellery concierge


    The balance of being a mom and an entrepreneur


    Her experience of bringing her business from Ontario to PEI


    What growth looks like for her


    Advice for other dreamers



    Connect with Amy:



    https://www.instagram.com/bijouxbyamy/


    https://www.facebook.com/BijouxbyAmyCanada


    https://www.bijouxbyamy.com/


    This episode was audio-produced by Adam Ramsay (adam@adamramsay.com)
    A big thanks to our sponsors Hijinks Design Agency & Fuel Your Body for making this episode possible.
    Learn more about Hijinks at https://www.hijinksagency.ca/.
    Learn more about Fuel Your Body at https://eatfyb.ca/

    Want to support the show? Click follow wherever you are listening and leave us a review! And lastly, head on over to our Instagram so we can connect https://www.instagram.com/business.openpod/.

    Want to sponsor us? Reach out to Vanessa at vanessa@refyagency.com

    • 36 min

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