Diane Bernard

Local business women share success stories

Thirty women came out to Sooke to visit two businesses run by women

About 30 business women from the Victoria area met at Seaflora, Diane Bernard’s seaweed skin care product line premises, to have a look at her business.

Kerry Brown, of ewomennetwork.com based out of Victoria, and Barbara Mowat of groyourbiz.com, brought the women out to Sooke.

The women toured Seaflora and were given a short introduction on the properties of seaweed. She had them hold some bull kelp and they learned about some of the more than 700 species of seaweed along the B.C. coast.”We knock the socks off the world,” said Bernard in regard to the variety of seaweed along our coast.

The women also visited Tugwell Creek Honey Farm and Meadery to see what goes into that business. They enjoyed a meal and a fashion show put on by Linda Ferguson.

Kerry Brown, business coach and executive managing director of eWomenNetwork, said the organization is international and their aim is to provide women with support, education, access to resources and promotion and showcasing of members’ products and services.

She met Bernard and then Dana LeComte from Tugwell Creek and decided that their success stories needed to be shared with their members.

GroYourBiz.com, a division of Impact Communications Ltd., is an initiative that brings a tactical and proven approach to meeting the needs of women business owners.

Barbara Mowat, said that there are five chapters in British Columbia and they are hoping for 100 chapters. Mowat started the Uniquely BC program in 1989 and over 16 years expanded to programs across Canada.

During that time, over 12,000 Canadians chose “Uniquely” as their source for product, business and trade development to launch their products in the wholesale gift show marketplace.