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Hanna Guerra: Canadian Small Business Woman of the Month of August 2016

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Hanna has a deep and varied skill set in the local and digital marketing arena where she specializes in putting together marketing strategies and implementing and executing lead generation activities for various franchise systems. Hanna is the Founder and CEO of 24/7 Virtual Marketing (www.247virtualmarketing.com), a company that helps entrepreneurs, small to medium sized businesses, franchisors, and franchisees get more leads and convert those leads into sales. Hanna is also a certified Get Clients Now! Facilitator and is excited to launch her Get Clients Now! 28-Day Program in mid to late September 2016.

A couple of years ago when Hanna dove in headlong into the exciting – and sometimes frustrating – world of marketing and business development consultancy, she’s already had years of experience building her own successful brick and mortar business from the ground up. Her early success was due to consistent analysis and adjustment of marketing activities as well as implementation of systems and processes.

While Hanna enjoyed the crazy busy hours of business ownership of a brick and mortar business with high six-figure annual income and double digits monthly expenditures, she felt the pull to change for her growing family. Hanna has a son and a daughter who are growing way too fast! With her current business development and marketing consultancy business, she enjoys flexible hours working in her home office and in a quaint office near Square One, Mississauga.

Though she believes that one can’t truly achieve work and life balance, Hanna is okay with that…as long as she is there for her kids and the kids know that no matter how busy business and life gets, they are her priority. For more information on Hanna’s marketing consultancy and group coaching programs, please visit her site: www.HannaHelps.com.

Our Q & A with Hanna:

*What inspires you?

I am constantly inspired by business owners who show commitment and grit to do what it takes to move their business, their vision, their goals forward.

*As a small business owner, what achievements make you most proud?

The day I started saying “no” to the wrong clients was the day my business started to really move forward!
*What advice would you give to other aspiring small business owners?

Know your strengths, know your weaknesses and find a way to develop processes and systems that address these strengths and weaknesses. And, truly, don’t undermine yourself.

*What new things can we look forward to from your business in the upcoming year?

I am truly excited to launch my group coaching programs as a Get Clients Now! facilitator. My 28-Day lead generation marketing programs for entrepreneurs and small business will truly help them understand what they need to do and develop a consistent way of generating leads for their business.


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Stephanie Lowe: Canadian Small Business Woman of the Month of March


Stephanie Lowe, the founder of Destiny Wellness Centre, is a Registered Kinesiologist, Personal Trainer and Yoga Teacher.   It was during her undergraduate years that she developed her passion for health and fitness while working with Varsity sports teams, the Toronto Track and Field Centre and the York University Fitness Centre. Stephanie also experienced her own transformation during her personal health journey to  successfully lose 70lbs through a balanced regime of healthy eating and exercise.  She designed and taught her first “Women on Weights” Fitness class and has since then continued her passion for empowering women through health & fitness.

It was following her employment with various physiotherapy clinics, Hospitals and Rehabilitation companies that she saw need to provide an environment where people could address their health needs in a Wholistic environment. Many people looking for a fitness program suffer from chronic pain, repetitive strain injuries and the like. People with serious health conditions also have a need for strength and conditioning programs that assist in increasing function following a rehabilitation program; it was here Stephanie decided to bridge the gap. After pursuing a post graduate degree in Clinical Kinesiology and Orthopaedic Assessments, Stephanie was inspired to open the Destiny Wellness Center in 2014 an expansion of her personal training studio opened in 2009.  The clinic is where she is able to merge her passion for fitness (i.e., personal training, yoga and nutrition) with her love for rehabilitation (i.e., exercise therapy, aquatic therapy and therapeutic group classes). The centre also offers massage therapy, naturopathic medicine and other wellness related services.

Stephanie works within the local community providing rehabilitation services to individuals suffering from:

  • musculoskeletal & soft tissue injuries
  • arthritis and diabetes
  • rehabilitation from motor vehicle accidents
  • strokes

These services are delivered in a variety of settings such as in-pool, in-home and in-facility exercise therapy.  Fitness services are promoted via a number of formats including personal training, a Ladies ONLY boot camp, community events, and seminars, DVD’s, online coaching and corporate wellness programs.

Her passion for yoga has inspired Stephanie to create a unique fusion class called YogaCise (a combination of stretching and toning exercises) to help people stay fit using yoga. She also uses yoga and relaxation techniques to facilitate the rehabilitation process in her private Yoga Therapy sessions.


Our Q & A with Stephanie 

What inspires you?

I am deeply inspired by the people I work with and the amazing life changing transformations they achieve. I LOVE knowing that I am helping people live healthier more fulfilling lives. The confidence they build, the challenges they overcome… it’s amazing what people can do when they start believing in themselves and start reaching for the things they thought were completely out of their grasp!

I am also  inspired by my passion to serve women. I have always had a special place in my heart for their health needs and personally identify with the weight struggles of younger girls. I feel as women we are up against so many odds and I want to empower them to develop self love, good health, confidence and community. When we come together in love there is little we cannot accomplish.

As a small business owner what achievements make you most proud?

I am most proud of the culture and community that the Destiny Wellness Center has created in our 6 years of business. Our boot campers, yoga students and personal training clients have collected toys and raised funds to assist orphans in Haiti. We sponsored 4 orphans through our YogaThon in Oct 2014! We have also held events to support the Breast Cancer society and other local charities within the Oakville/Mississauga community. It’s wonderful that so many people have been able to develop long lasting friendships while also transforming their health and lives through fitness programs and charity events at Destiny Wellness Centre.

I am also proud to have developed “a voice” in our community. I had the opportunity to hold a 1 year fitness segment on Rogers TV that provided fun fitness solutionsto the community. Short 10 minute routines addressing yoga for pregnancy, family/group fitness, how to stay fit during the holidays and more. In addition, Stephannie has given seminars to hundreds of women and hundreds of teenage girls as a guest speaker on topics of health and fitness in various venues including women’s workshops, local businesses and schools across the GTA.

What advice would you give to other aspiring small business owners?

I would advise to clearly create a “vision” of what you would like your company to look like; and how would you like it to run. All of your processes, efforts and investments should consistently lead you to your end goal, building your vision.

I would also encourage entrepreneurs to enjoy the journey! You will make mistakes along the way, things will certainly go wrong. Take those bumps in the road as learning experiences to build upon instead of viewing them as failures and dead stops.


What new things can we look forward to from your business in the upcoming year?

Destiny Wellness Centre holds monthly events for the community that encourage a sense of community and health. Some of these events include a vision board workshop, “Yoga on the Beach, a “Yoga and Wine” charity fundraiser and a Paint night! The vision board workshop help women set a clear vision and purpose for their lives, we incorporate meditation and yoga to prepare for the session. “Yoga on the Beach” is an annual event. We meet along the beach for an afternoon of sun, yoga and relaxation. Our Yoga and wine events feature a guest speaker and we address topics such as fear, forgiveness, menopause; whatever topics I hear are of interest to the Destiny Wellness Community.  The paint night will be a new charity event to raise funds for a microfinance initiative in Haiti for women.

This spring and summer you can expect our usual fun and exciting programs such as our Ladies ONLY Boot Camp, YogaCise (yoga with weights) and the launch of our two new therapeutic classes on Osteoporosis and Maintaining a Healthy Back (therapeutic classes designed specifically for individuals suffering from Osteoporosis and chronic back pain).

Connect with Stephanie

Web: Www.destinywellness.org
Address: 1115 Clarkson rd N, Mississauga


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March 21st

Twitter Bootcamp for Small Business Owners

Mississauga, 10am – 12pm

Teach Me Social


Visual Marketing Bootcamp for Small Business Owners

Mississauga, 1pm – 3pm

Teach Me Social


March 27th

Young Entrepreneurs in Toronto

Toronto, ON 6pm


April 9th

Social Media Time Management Bootcamp for Small Business

Mississauga, 2pm – 4pm

Teach Me Social


April 22nd

B2B Networking: Sales

Four Points by Sheraton Mississauga

Speaker: Julie Flippin


Apr 26th

You Inspire Me Women Quarterly Event

Mississauga, ON


Apr 26th


Red Rose Convention Centre

The Toronto Caribbean Business Expo 2015

Speakers: Various


April 29th


Vistaprint and Canadian Small Business Women

8pm – 9pm


May 11th

im the boss

Montecassino Hotel & Event Venue


Speakers: Various


June 06th

Author Summit

Publisher Production Solution

Vendor Opportunity and Workshops


Aug 22nd


Toronto Airport West Hotel

Canadian Small Business Women



Nov 8th



Immigrant Women’s Small Business Expo



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Kelly Farrell: Canadian Small Business Woman of the Month of February

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Kelly Farrell is the Founder and Chief Facilitator of Teach Me Social, a visionary company that has a mission to empower small business entrepreneurs to take control of their own online presence and manage it in-house to maintain an authentic voice for their brand. Teach Me Social has been providing valuable Social Media and online marketing support to small business owners for 3 years now, while Kelly’s personal experience in the marketing and Social Media realm extends over 15 years.

Kelly has been teaching elementary school professionally for over 10 years, 7 of those have been teaching Middle School at Star Academy in Mississauga where she also manages the school’s online and community presence. Before teaching in Ontario, Kelly taught Grade One for 2 years at an International school in Colombia, South America, gaining an international perspective on curriculum, child development and early engagement in internet communication to keep in touch with family and friends back home!

A well-travelled and well-read individual, Kelly is also an independent mother of an ambitious eight-year old daughter. As such, Kelly has a unique perspective to offer her clients, gaining participation and attention in her sessions by energizing participants and inspiring them to dive into the Social Media world while providing valuable skills, tips and strategies they can use to construct their online presence at their own pace.

Teach Me Social was launched in 2012, providing 1:1 tutorials and advice to small business owners to manage their social media on their own. The need for Kelly’s unique approach to teaching the ins and outs of Social Media was quickly evident and she began facilitating group workshops and seminars to a wide range of audiences. Teach Me Social continues to grow, offering small business owners a chance to understand and take ownership of their social media strategies, adding authenticity to their online presence.


Our Q & A with Kelly Farrell


*What inspires you?

I am inspired by the achievements of others. I love sharing in the success of others and revelling in the joy that achievement brings. I have always fed off the energy of others, and having a business where I constantly can help bring about growth and success for my clients energizes me to continue to do what I do.

*As a small business owner, what achievements make you most proud?

I am incredibly proud that my business has reached its 3 year anniversary! What began as a friendly endeavour to help fellow Mompreneurs gain control of their Social Media has bloomed into a unique approach to Social Media learning that has become sought after. Presenting at the Canadian Small Business Immigrant Women’s Expo was a huge milestone for me, as it was a diverse audience, full of new faces eager to learn and listen to what I had to say. I was humbled by the support and encouragement from the room full of passionate, driven business owners.

*What advice would you give to other aspiring small business owners?

Don’t be afraid to ask for help! It takes a village to raise a child, and it takes a similar village to run your own business! I would never be where I am today without the valuable support and guidance from friends and family. Attending networking events has provided incalculable support and advice for growing my business and staying on track in a realistic, yet motivated way.

*What new things can we look forward to from your business in the upcoming year?

Teach Me Social will continue to bring cutting edge support and advice on Online Marketing and Social Media to small business owners in the form on group workshops, seminars and large group presentations. Stay tuned for announcements on a special “Boot Camp” style series of workshops coming in Spring 2015, with the possibility of online accessible workshops coming in the summer!


Connect with Kelly via Facebook, Twitter, Website, Instagram, Linkedin 

info@teachmesocial.ca or via phone at 647-894-3511



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Events Blog


It seems like the year is coming to an end rather quickly.  As you are busy planning for next year, take a look at some of the networking events coming up by Canadian Small Business Women and some of our friends.  There are vendor opportunities available as well.  Happy networking!

January 15th, 2015 @ 7pm (Mississauga)

Canadian Small Business Women

Mississauga Power Basketball and Networking


January 29th, 2015 @9am

Toronto Women’s Expo



February 4th, 2015 @5:30pm

Canadian Small Business Women

Raptors vs Nets  Networking Event


February 7th, 2015 @9:30AM


Canadian Small Business Women presents our Small Business Seminar

Various Workshops, Networking Opportunities and Vendors


February 20th, 2014

You Inspire Me Women

Quarterly Networking Event


April 26th, 2015 @11:00AM


Toronto Caribbean Newspaper presents their Toronto Caribbean Expo

Various Workshops, Networking Opportunities and Vendors

FOR VENDOR SPACES, Email: info@canadiansmallbusinesswomen.ca or canadiansmallbusinesswomen@gmail.com

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Dwainia Grey: Canadian Small Business Women of The Month of May 2014

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Dwainia Grey is the woman behind Awesome Biz Online and Supporting Small Biz.ca. Dwainia has over fourteen years experience in marketing / merchandising.

Since 2000, she has been helping small businesses develop business and marketing plans, as well as providing online marketing through web design, search engine optimization and social media.

Dwainia is dedicated to not only promoting what’s awesome and unique about your company but also helping you increase your sales with online marketing. Awesome Biz Online’s mission is to get every business online with custom websites and for every business to be found on the Internet via online marketing using such tools as Search Engine Optimization, Social Media Management and Online Reputation Management.

Dwainia is an advocate for growth, personal growth and business growth and that is why she continuously looks for opportunities to learn and expand her business through customized solutions. By empowering herself she is able to help her clients succeed.


Our Q & A with Dwainia Grey

*What inspires you?

Helping and motivating others inspire me. What I do and my knowledge can make a difference for many small businesses. Being able to offer to help businesses inspires me to keep growing my business and helping others to succeed.

My son is also a big inspiration for me. As being a parent has driven my decision to become an entrepreneur.


*As a small business owner, what achievements make you most proud?

As a small business owner seeing other businesses succeed because I assisted makes me most proud. Knowing that a business has become more successful due to my efforts is just AWESOME!

On a personal level I am very proud of being an entrepreneur for ten years. My business is continuously evolving an I am currently expanding into new directions with coaching, training and consulting.

I am very excited to teach the WordPress Bootcamp on June 8, 2014 at the Microsoft Store  at Square One, Mississagua.  I am also now officially open for online marketing consulting.
*What advice would you give to other aspiring small business owners?

I would tell other aspiring small business owners that owning a business is not easy. Be prepared to put in work and get your hustle on!  Stay true to your vision and don’t give up. Also be flexible – the vision you started with may not be the one you end up with but as long as it’s still yours and your passionate about it you can succeed.

*What new things can we look forward to from your business in the upcoming year?

In the coming year, I will be providing more WordPress and Social Media Workshops, 1-on-1 online marketing coaching, and online marketing business consulting. I  also plan to release more Do-It-Yourself (DIY) online marketing tutorials to help businesses.  The first one is available now forFacebook.

Dwainia Grey has been helping small business succeed for over 10 years and is proud to be a contributor at Canadian Small Business Women. You can contact Dwainia at:

 AwesomeBizOnline.com,Facebook/AwesomeBizOnlineTwitter/@DeathOfAWebsiteGoogle+/AwesomeBizOnlinePinterest/AwesomeBizOnlineYoutube/AwesomeBizOnline  and LinkedIn

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How Bad Do You Want It?



Obstacles and challenges are par for the course when you make the decision to become an entrepreneur.  There’s the steep learning curve; tax laws, employment laws, business plan, marketing plan, website design, social media, oh yeah and getting customers/clients!  If that wasn’t enough to overwhelm you and have you running back to the ranks of the employed, you then have those well-meaning friends and family who will question your sanity as you declare that you are now ready to give up the comforts of a “steady paycheque”, benefits and paid vacations.  So how do you keep your head above water when you feel like the waves keep getting bigger and the undertow is pulling you down?

Networking with like-minded people is a definite must.  If you don’t have people you can talk to who can empathize with what you’re going through, all you have left is the peanut gallery of naysayers telling you they know someone who’s hiring.  Going to meetings where you can learn not only from a guest speaker, but from the successes and failures of colleagues is going to be a big help, and it gives you comfort in knowing that you aren’t alone in your struggles, doubts and concerns and that success is possible!

You also need an outlet to release the stress and frustration that is part of the package of being an entrepreneur.  Whether it’s going dancing with the girls or doing yoga, you need to do something that isn’t related to your business that will let you burn off some steam.  This is even more important if you work from home.  The feeling of being isolated can get to the best of us.  Do activities that bring you joy and/or quiet the mind.  Often, it’s during this “down time” that answers to what seem like impossible problems will present themselves to you.

Creating a positive environment is another key to keeping yourself motivated through challenging times.  One of my favourite ways to do this is to have affirmations around my workspace.  Affirmations are positive statements about yourself and/or your environment.  Having positive quotes or affirmations around your desk or work area can provide you with that inspiration and motivation you need on those difficult days.  Playing positive, uplifting music is another great way to get through the rough times.  Whatever you can do to keep your energy up and put a smile on your face is a good thing, even if it means busting a move in the middle of the day in your office!

The reality is that if you’re looking for an excuse not to follow your dreams, they will be easy to find.  What you need to ask yourself when your facing what seems like insurmountable obstacles is how badly do you really want this?  Whether “this” means a new client, a new product or the business itself doesn’t matter.  What matters is the fact that you have a choice.  You can let the difficulties of being an entrepreneur lead you back into the life of an employee, or you can choose to focus on the fulfillment and gratification you will experience when you’ve accomplished what you’ve set out to do despite the odds.  No one ever said the life of an entrepreneur was going to be easy, but I do believe that seeing your vision manifest into reality is worth it!

Sandra Dawes is a certified life coach specializing in helping women who feel unfulfilled with their 9-5 follow their dreams and pursue their passions. She holds an Honours BA, an MBA as well as a certificate in Dispute Resolution.She is working on her first book, Embracing My Destiny: My Journey to Discovering My Divine Path.

Connect with Sandra via the links below

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Shelley Jarrett – Canadian Small Business Woman of the Month of June 2013

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Shelley Jarrett is the Founder and CEO of SJ Image Creations. An image consulting company, based in Mississauga Ontario.

Launched in October 2011, the business strives to teach and train women on building their image. Helping women to look good, feel good and perform better in their work places and in their personal lives.

Shelley Jarrett has been in the corporate industry in sales and marketing for almost 20 years, and in that time has also accumulated expertise in the area of fashion and style.

Her scholastic background includes a diploma in social services from Sheridan College Oakville Ont., a Bachelor of Arts degree in human services, and a certificate in women’s entrepreneurship, along with a recent nomination for Today’s Business Women of the Year Award.

Ms. Jarrett has helped many women to confidently portray themselves and build positive self-image through her work. She created the “Confident U” workshop for women as one of the many outlets to provide simple tips on how to dress successfully and feel confident when presenting themselves in competitive job markets as well as business meetings. Ms. Jarrett is also a known leader in her community, heading up several community events and business ventures. She has written articles about her business,appeared in several local newspapers, magazines and T.V.

Ms. Jarrett has a background in the performing arts, along with fashion, which has led her to her newest venture of partnering with Jockey Person to Persona fashion division of Jockey International to provide exclusive and limited designer clothing for today’s women.

Shelley describes herself as a self-described problem-solver,who uses her open friendly and quick personality to connect with her clients.There is no stopping for this creative mind.

Q & A with Shelley Jarrett

What inspires you?

  • Hearing stories of ordinary people who are now successful. Learning about their journey and how they triumph through it all.
  • Understanding how to tap into my inner power which allows me to create any reality.

What achievements make you most proud?

  • “Confident U” workshop which I created and organized last spring. The ladies felt pampered, beautiful and encouraged.
  • I am very proud of myself that I am given the opportunity each day to use my gifts and talents in a positive way to motivate and inspire others.

What advice would you give to other aspiring business owners?

  • Follow your dreams, do your homework, make sure you follow a well put together business plan. Associate yourself with positive people who will encourage and support what you are doing.
  • Be confident. Be professional and ask for expert advice.

What new things can we look forward to from your business in the upcoming years?

  • Continue to develop my brand, through workshops and my online magazine launch this summer. Increase my presence on social media and internet marketing.
  • SJ Magazine will provide our readers with tips, ideas and tools, to help build your image and grow your brand. We bring inspiring and upligting stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. A platform where professionals and entrepreneurs can strive towards attaining their own spotlight.
    A place where we tell your story, what you have done, what you are currently doing and how you are using your gifts and talents to help others with their dreams.
    Packed with tips on fashion, beauty, health, arts, entertainment, lifestyle, image building, business and finance.We encourage you to contact us at shelley@sjimagecreations.com  to discuss potential partnerships and future opportunities.

Shelley can be reached at: 

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