Few things are more inspiring than hearing how others have overcome obstacles on their path to success. Several local women shared insights into their journey to business success with a crowd of close to 60 women at Warman’s Sweet Success event on October 25.
Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan is taking their signature ‘Sweet Success’ event to seven communities across the province this fall. The Legends Golf Course played host in their Prairie Links Restaurant, with appies and several desserts on offer.
“It was a really great evening,” said Elise Hildebrandt, chair of the Warman Chamber of Commerce. Hildebrand emceed the event and said one of the most inspiring things she heard all evening came from a 14-year-old.
Everyday Princess, otherwise known as Maizie Bowkowy, told the women that each one of them is a princess. “She said each of us has the potential to change somebody’s life if we just go out and try,” said Hildebrandt. “Sometimes we forget that.”
Bowkowy started her first company at age 11. Now 14, she recently brought her Princess Maizie brand to help fund raise for breast cancer with Warman Ultimate Cheerleading.
Anna-Marie Cey from ‘Wow Factor’ encouraged women to definitely go forth and enjoy what you do, but don’t get so wrapped up in business that you stop enjoying your family, Hildebrand said. Chelsea Harder from Passions traced their beginnings, from having a dream about purchasing a house for their business, to being named Business of the Year, for 2015.
“There was something about each one of those women who spoke that each one of us could connect with,” said Hildebrand.
Hildebrandt said the Warman event drew as many women as a Saskatoon Sweet Success evening at LB Distillers the previous week. Women Entrepreneurs has asked the Warman Chamber about hosting the event again next year. “We’re honoured that they’d want to come back to our community. Absolutely we’d love to do it again.”
She finds that women approach business with a different slant than men do. “We think different questions. We ask more questions as women right across the board.”
The path to success is different for everyone but when women get real about the challenges and barriers they have faced and how they surmounted those barriers, others are inspired to pursue their own dreams.