Heather Martin from the Women’s Enterprise Centre in Kelowna speaks to the packed room at CNC in the Fort during one of the lunchtime speaker series sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and the downtown revitalization.

Women in business

Twenty-one local women attended a ‘lunch and learn” session last Wednesday to get some inspiration for their current or potential businesses.

The three-hour interactive talk was given by Heather Martin of the Women’s Enterprise Centre in Kelowna.

Twenty-one local women attended a ‘lunch and learn” session last Wednesday to get some inspiration for their current or potential businesses.

The three-hour interactive talk was given by Heather Martin of the Women’s Enterprise Centre in Kelowna.

Martin is a skills development trainer who love her job because “I like to see women business owners succeed.”

She helped to generate discussion in a flexible and open style and used the local example of Bev Playfair, a local owner of a successful business to help guide the session.

Playfair offered up her advice and perspective of doing business in the Fort, after surviving the tough times of the economic downturn which saw many businesses shut their doors.

Martin also drew upon Joan Burdeniuk in the audience, who is the manager of the local credit union and could give her advice from the perspective of potential financial backers to new businesses.

Burdeniuk emphasized the importance of a good business plan.

“It’s your foundation,” she said.

 

She closed the session by saying she hoped this helped get the conversation started and now women in the community could begin to come together to network and share experience and ideas.