Ever thought about becoming an entrepreneur? Or maybe you just have questions about what it takes to start your own business? On February 25th, all will be answered at YWiB UBC's annual Entrepreneurship Roundtable. With 5 amazing panellists lined up, the event will be an intimate take on traditional networking events. It's an opportunity to learn how these entrepreneurs started their own companies, the challenges they faced along the way and how they managed to overcome them. It's going to be an evening dedicated to learning not just about entrepreneurship, but also small business management and the all the tools that are associated with it, including marketing, HR or operations. Space is limited, so make sure to RSVP here.
Without further adieu, let us present you our wonderful speakers
Dennis Pang - CEO, Motive8 Media @DennisPang
Dennis Pang is the CEO of three companies, Motive8 Media (Web development & Internet marketing agency), Popcorn (PR & Social Media agency for food & beverage businesses), and Raffinatto (custom-tailored bespoke suits). He has over a decade of experience in digital media and marketing, and is a social media junkie, a diehard Canucks fan, and a food lover.
April Bellia - Founder, The Granola Girl @aprilbellia (theGranolaGirl)
April Bellia founded Granola Girl Enterprises, Inc in 2011 after 12 years of running a wedding cake business. As a mom-preneur, April wanted to create an everyday product with a focus on women and to celebrate the everyday girl. Granola Girl granola stands out with organic ingredients and a home-made taste, sweetened with maple syrup (no refined sugar here!). The bonus is 2 superfood ingredients: hemp hearts and goji berries. Beyond the yumminess factor and unique packaging, this simple granola cereal has a greater message; Granola Girl is building a community of like-minded fans who are active, support local businesses, fuel up with natural foods and create amazing and serendipitous experiences every day!
Sheila Comer - Founder, Pink Ribbon Bakery @PinkBakery
Sheila Comer is the owner of a custom cake and cupcake shop called Pink Ribbon Bakery, located in New Westminster. Sheila started creating custom cakes out of her own kitchen in 2010, with the first-ever being for her dad’s 50th birthday party. With such a positive response she began exploring the market and opened up the bakery in January 2012. With steady online cake orders and heavy walk-in store front traffic, Pink Ribbon Bakery is now the go-to place for any custom bakery needs.
Gabrielle Bayona - Co-owner and Designer, Ellebay Bridal Boutique @ellebaygirl
Ellebay Bridal Boutique is a custom wedding dress shop located in New Westminster. It is founded by a mother-daughter pair, with each responsible for an aspect of the operations. Gaby designs all of the dresses (what talent!) while her mom constructs them. Together, they make for quite the team as the gowns are incredibly stunning.
Erin Shum - Founder, She to Shic @ShetoShic
She to Shic Boutique Beauty Lounge is the first completely green nail, hair, and eyelash beauty lounge in Vancouver. The nail, hair and skin products used in our salon were carefully selected based not only on the organic ingredients, but also on our company's commitment to the environment. The design of our spa was inspired by and constructed with eco-friendly and sustainable materials. The concept of She to Shic Boutique Beauty Lounge was started with a mother-daughter partnership, with a goal to create a setting for bonding and connection. This idea evolved into a new concept of bonding while being pampered.
Tiffany Barkman - Owner, ZING Paperie and Design @zingpaperie
Zing Paperie & Design is a fresh and airy stationery boutique on the North Shore's vibrant The Village at Park Royal. This is the place to find designer cards, stylish paper goods, unique gifts and other treasures that are sure to inspire. Zing also offers custom design services allowing you to order personalized paper couture.