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Ambitious, intelligent and thriving women business owners are located throughout New Brunswick. Here are some of their stories...


Grand Falls Real Estate
Nicole Levesque

2007, Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award by the Grand Falls Women in Business Network

Passion transcends in everything Nicole Levesque does, whether it is cooking or being the successful owner of Grand Falls Real Estate.

Beaulieu Plumbing and Mechanical Inc.
Carole Beaulieu

1993, Chamber of Commerce Award / 2007, Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award by the Madawaska Women in Business Network

What started off in a spare bedroom of the paternal house for Carole Beaulieu and her husband Gaëtan in 1984, flourished into Beaulieu Plumbing and Mechanical Inc. the successful business located in Edmundston, NB, presently employing over 80 people.

Belliveau Insurance
Brigitte Beliveau

Mrs. Belliveau is the head of Belliveau Insurance, which has just opened a branch in Dieppe, as well as maintaining its office in Campbellton. 

Francine’s Quick Mart
Francine Kanhai

Francine Kanhai was chosen as Grand Falls Woman Entrepreneur of the Year 2008.

Centre Énergie Mystik
Monique Godbout

2009, Prize for Best Service in Edmundston

With Monique’s passion for business, it’s no wonder that this busy entrepreneur has been nominated for several awards and won the prize for “Best Service” in 2009 in Edmundston, NB.

Alliance Assurance Inc.
Lily Durepos

2011, Provincial Female Entrepreneur of the Year Award and numerous other awards

Lily Durepos is the 2011 Provincial Female Entrepreneur of the Year Award Winner for New Brunswick.  She is the co-owner of Alliance Assurance Inc. – with a head office located in Grand Falls and 10 offices/point of sales situated throughout the province.  

In addition to owning Alliance Assurance Inc.,  this year’s laureate owns three other businesses – Advantage Financing Ltd, Place Broadway Limited (16 commercial offices, 163 000 square feet), and Keal Technology – (a manufacturer of technology for the finance and insurance industry with offices located in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver.)

Best Western Plus (Grand Falls and Fredericton)
Madelaine Levesque Toner

Quality, Service and Pride Describe Madelaine Levesque Toner’s Commitment to Business Excellence

In 2008, Madelaine opened her second Best Western in Fredericton with 80 rooms. An additional 53 rooms have recently been added to host more guests. Moreover, both hotels are now recognized with the company’s “Best Western Plus” brand for their sheer elegance and comfort.

When asked to describe her business in three words, she says, “Quality, service and pride.” To explain quality and service, she is constantly keeping up with the current trends in technology and listening to client needs. “I read every comment card. We ask clients to fill them out because we genuinely want to improve.”

As for pride, “Our staff takes pride in cleanliness. They constantly strive for perfection and we are always working towards the same goal.”

Dr. Carole Ouellette
Dr. Carole Ouellette

2011, Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award by the Grand Falls region

Imagine a place where many different health care professionals come together to collaborate in order to help people find their path to optimal health. The calm décor and relaxing music exude a sense of wellbeing as soon as you walk through the doors.  Dr. Carole Ouellette made this dream a reality by opening Grand Falls Chiropractic Wellness Centre on October 15, 2008.

Gisèle Martin

2011, Merit Prestige Award by the Grand Falls, Drummond and Saint-André Chamber of Commerce

Mrs Gisèle Martin is an extraordinary woman who has vision. Gisèle is a true businesswoman. At barely 12 years old, her favourite pastime was to sell products by catalogue to her teachers.

Papeterie Notre-Dame
Danielle Thériault

The world of business is changing and more and more women are making their way in it.
It is said that woman entrepreneurs make the workplace more human. They know what it’s like to have problems with childcare or sick children, and they understand the need for more flexible schedules and family-related leave. They say that, in general, women entrepreneurs are more willing to take risks and to be creative and imaginative. They are also excellent administrators because since the dawn of time they have been the ones managing the family.

Centre Transmed Center
Centre Transmed Center

2013, Business of the Year Award by the Conseil économique du Nouveau-Brunswick inc.


Founded by Rachel Arseneau-Ferguson in October 1996, Transmed officially opened its doors on April 21, 1997, with four employees, three of whom are still with the company. Today, Transmed has a workforce of nearly 50, some 40 of whom work remotely throughout New Brunswick, Quebec and Ontario, plus another two dozen freelance associates. According to the company’s owners, Transmed is the only company in North America that offers translation, medical transcription and audit services in both English and French.

Ergo-Consult-O.T. Offers Clients Skills for the Job of Living!
Sophie Dupont

2013, Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award in Edmundston

Ergo-Consult-O.T. is the first and only privately owned occupational therapy clinic in Northern New Brunswick. Proud to offer services in both official languages, Ergo-Consult- O.T. focuses on prevention, intervention, consultation and rehabilitation in the work and home environments. Sophie Dupont, occupational therapist, founded this business in 1998. She is a pioneer in her field.

Grand Falls Physiotherapy Clinic
Angellie Doiron

Grand Falls Physiotherapy Clinic: Treating all Clients Like Human Beings and Offering Personalized and Specialized Care

Angellie Doiron is the owner and operator of the Grand Falls Physiotherapy Clinic. This business offers physiotherapy services to the surrounding population and is the only clinic in the Northwest to offer work conditioning. The business’ client base is quite diverse and comprised of victims of automobile accidents, work incidents, sports injuries, post-operative orthopaedic conditions, work conditioning or all conditions referable in physiotherapy. 

Bard Photography
Jamie Bard-Dube

2015, Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award by the NB Association of CBDCs, and numerous other awards

Owner and founder of Bard Photography

Based in Grand Falls, the company specializes in the photography of newborns, children, seniors and weddings. As a photographer accredited in those fields, Jamie Bard-Dube has earned an enviable reputation by attracting customers from across the province. But where did her adventure start?

Fiready Inc.
Marielle Nadeau Clair

Marielle Nadeau Clair is co-owner and director of sales and marketing in the family-owned manufacturing plant in Clair, New Brunswick. Fiready Inc. processes a mix of hardwood species to 16 in length logs that are split, then kiln-dried, surpassing the heat-treatment requirements to certify insect and mildew-free packaged firewood.

Lagacé-Rivard Law Office: a source of inspiration
Tina Lagacé-Rivard

NB CBDCs 2017 Female Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Tina Lagacé-Rivard is owner of Lagacé-Rivard Law Office, located at 1318, Tobique road, in Drummond. Her story is truly inspiring for any women wishing to start her own business. Tina designed her business in terms of services that stand out, business philosophy, staff development, continued training, community involvement and, ultimately, work and family balance.

Solution Santé ImaJne inc.
Sylvie Levesque

Sylvie Levesque's career path did not point toward such a quick leap into business. In 1994, she graduated in Business Administration from Université de Moncton and soon landed a job with the optometrists Albert and Boulay.  She then held a position at National Bank in Saint-Quentin for over a year. Thereafter, she learned that a position was available with Groupe Savoie Inc. in the accounting department. Given her thirst for learning, she quickly moved up the corporate ladder.

Brigitte Cyr chooses entrepreneurship as a career transition
Brigitte Cyr

Brigitte Cyr is originally from Edmundston. She is the wife of Sylvain Cyr and mother to two beautiful children, Vincent and Noémie. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Brigitte worked in the field of social work for approximately 17 years. However, over the years, while she was involved in her husband's businesses, she also wanted to start her own business and has since made a career shift.

Resto La Bonne Assiette: Providing Healthy Food Choices to Clients
Aurore Guerette

Aurore Guerette fulfilled her childhood dream of being her own boss. Coming from a close family of seventeen, she is the owner and founder of Resto La Bonne Assiette. She originally opened her doors in 2006 as a small rural take-out but this savvy entrepreneur knew she had to be creative and innovative if she wanted to succeed in business.


Alphaplex Custom Fabrication
Martina Leblanc

Martina LeBlanc, owner of Alphaplex Custom Fabrication, a custom plastic fabricator located in Dieppe, NB has had many new beginnings.

Occupational Concepts
Nicola MacNaughton

2009, Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award

It was Nicola MacNaughton’s commitment to excellence and entrepreneurial spirit that led her to found Occupational Concepts, one of the largest private state-of-the-art occupational therapy rehabilitation facility in Atlantic Canada.

Heather Beal

Heather Beal and her partner Gordon Melvin recently launched Meltech Thermal Imaging, an innovative new company that uses an infrared camera to take thermal images and scans of buildings.

The Cackling Goose Market
Amanda Feindel

Amanda Feindel is the owner and operator of The Cackling Goose Market in Sackville, New Brunswick.

Evolution Graphics
Bernice Melanson

“Evolution Graphics: Helping Clients Communicate
Their Message to the World”
Bernice Melanson opened Evolution Graphics, a full-service communications agency based out of Moncton, N.B. in 2007. This innovative company specializes in advertising, branding and marketing.

Comztar Commercial Properties: Entrepreneurial Spirit Flows through Cathy Sweet’s Veins
Cathy Sweet

2014, Phenomenal Woman of the Year Award by Women in Business NB

Comztar Commercial Properties has been developing and leasing industrial warehousing, commercial and office space for businesses for the last decade. President Cathy Sweet and her team of professionals are pleased to offer first-class customer service and help companies create the ideal space for their business.

WigsCan Inc: Making a Difference, One Life at a Time
Paris Malenfant

2014, Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award by the Greater Moncton Chamber of Commerce

Paris Malenfant of Moncton is a very passionate and inspirational young entrepreneur. She was the recipient of the 2014 Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award by the Greater Moncton Chamber of Commerce. Her past experience in sales, production and distribution combined with her true desire to make a difference in the lives of individuals motivated her to found WigsCan Inc in 2010.

The Cocoa Room Riverview - 2015 Phenomenal Woman of the Year Laureate
Tosha Whalen

An Entrepreneurial Spirit Ignited at an Early Age; Tosha Whalen Pursues Passion for Creating Memorable Experiences

Adorable Chocolat Inc.
Ginette Ahier

2015, Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award by the NB Association of CBDCs

Co-owner and CEO of Adorable Chocolat Inc.

Located at 395 Main Street in Shédiac, Adorable Chocolat specializes in handmade and high-end chocolate confection. Ginette Ahier established her own business, Choco-Cocagne, in 2008. It was then incorporated to Adorable Chocolat with chocolatier Frédéric Desclos.

Renée Warren

2016, Phenomenal Woman Award

How a San Francisco Born Company Grew in New Brunswick

Having grown up in Northern Ontario, moved to Melbourne Australia, Toronto and then San Francisco, Renée has made quite the turn to establish her startup focused agency, Onboardly, in New Brunswick back in 2012. Despite its seemingly distant connection to the valley, she has made strides in growing her company from the East Coast.

Sparkle LifeStyle & MediSpa
Madelaine Caissie

NB CBDCs 2017 Youth Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Empowering, Educating and Pampering Women, All Under One Roof

Independently founded by Madelaine Caissie in 2012, Sparkle LifeStyle & MediSpa is the first of its kind in Moncton, NB. Focussed on empowering women to take charge of their health and wellness, their elite services such body contouring, skin tightening, nutrition and fitness coaching, and most recently vaginal rejuvenation and tattoo removal, are rendered by over 350 clients per month.

Able Canvas
Natalie Cormier

Natalie Cormier, co-owner Able Canvas, won on November 23, 2017 the Woman in Business Award of the Year 2017 by the Chamber of Commerce Cap-Pelé/Beaubassin-est

Able Canvas: They’ve Got You Covered

Able Canvas (2011) Inc. was founded by Natalie Cormier and her husband Berny. Their unique business is located in Grand-Barachois. Natalie always had an entrepreneurial spirit, coming from a long line of entrepreneurs. When the opportunity to purchase the original Able Canvas presented itself, Natalie seized the opportunity as she always knew that one day she too would follow this rewarding path.

Anointment Natural Skin Care Inc.
April MacKinnon

Living and Breathing Natural Living

April MacKinnon, owner and founder of Anointment Natural Skin Care Inc. began building her company's reputation for high-quality handmade soap and skin ointments at the Halifax Farmers' Market (Halifax, Nova Scotia) in 2002. In 2009, Anointment refocused its mission to serve the wholesale market and relocated to April's hometown of Sackville, New Brunswick in 2011. This exceptional entrepreneur is a former civil engineer, DONA-trained postpartum doula, and busy mother of three.

Holistic Underwriting
Andrée-Eve Talbot

Andrée-Eve Talbot, winner of the 2017 Phenomenal Woman Award hosted by Business and Professional Women of Greater Moncton (BPW)

Andrée-Eve Talbot is a health services entrepreneur. She is the co-owner and co-founder of Holistic Underwriting since 2013, a franchise co-owner of ExamOne Maritimes since January 2014, and co-owner and co-founder of AtlantiCare Health Providers.

Gasthof Old Bavarian Restaurant
Claudia and Igne Giermindl

Claudia and Igne Giermindl, winners of the 2017 Women Business of the Year Award hosted by the Sussex & District Chamber of Commerce.

Giermindl Holdings Inc. is a business that consists of a farm, an abattoir, a butcher shop, and the Gasthof Old Bavarian Restaurant, all located at 1130 Knightville Road, in Sussex, NB.


Strong & Free
Denise Dow

Entrepreneur Denise Dow Knows The True Meaning of Strong & Free

For Denise Dow of Saint John, N.B., “Strong & Free” is the realization of a lifelong dream to provide Canadians worldwide with an emblem that allows them to display their patriotism.

Consolvo Bikes: Where Service Means Everything
Becky Consolvo

“Consolvo Bikes is the only choice for bicycle enthusiasts looking for a new bike or for parts and service in Southern New Brunswick.

The Houlahan Group
Kim Houlahan

Marketing As Collaboration with Kim Houlahan of the Houlahan Group

Kim Houlahan is originally from Brockville, Ontario but lived in Ottawa for 20 years before moving to New Brunswick in 2004. She holds as a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (Photography) from the University of Ottawa.

Zelda’s River Adventures Ltd: Living the Dream
Zelda McKenzie

If you are looking for adventure and a family-friendly outdoor experience, Zelda’s River Adventures Ltd., New Brunswick’s first eco-friendly, electrically powered, disability accessible, 260 square foot pontoon boat is just the right experience for you!

Beverly's Esthetic Studio
Beverly Campbell

Small Business Award in Hampton

Beverly's Esthetic Studio Will Lift Your Spirits in Hampton, NB

If you are seeking an oasis, a tranquil environment where total body care is the key to beauty, visit Beverly’s Esthetic Studio in Hampton, New Brunswick.

Cricket Cove: Putting a New Face on Knitting
Donna Walsh

Donna Walsh of Cricket Cove takes knitting to a new level. With a passion for knitting,this former nurse has a location in Black's Harbour that would amaze and impress the seasoned knitter or hobbyist the same.

Lockhart’s Weddings and Special Occasions
Alaina Lockhart

2010, Sussex Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Lockhart Weddings and Special Occasions-Amazing Gowns,
Memorable Experiences

One of the aspects of choosing a dress is the style and look. Lockhart’s is known for carrying the newest and most respected collections each season. Another important aspect is trust. Their professional staff wants to help each bride make their special day memorable.
When asked to describe her vision, “I once considered multiple locations but when you do business models and measure against life balance, I like the flexibility and time to spend with my husband and children. We have room in our current location to grow.”


Les Blancs d’Arcadie
Alberte Doiron

Since 1991, Les Blancs d’Arcadie, a company based out of Caraquet, has earned an excellent reputation as a cheese maker on the Acadian Peninsula.

Rachel Cyr Framing
Rachel Cyr

Diane Vigneault, development officer for the New Brunswick Association of CBDCs was pleased to present Rachel Cyr with the first ever Woman Entrepreneur Award for the Greater Bathurst region, at a lavish gala during Small Business Week.

Flowers Speak to Your Heartstrings at Les Fleurs D’Acadie
Marie Lanteigne

When shopping for flowers, the last thing you expect to be asked by the florist is “Who are the flowers for?” “What are the person’s interests?” “What color are his/her eyes?”

Marie-Hélène Whitty

Originally from Gaspésie Marie-Hélène Whitty studied administrative sciences at the Cégep de la Gasspésie et des Îles and later obtained her Bachelor of Business Administration from Laval University.

Aux Mille Herbes Produit Naturel, Inc.
Irène Boucher

2009, Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award by CBDC Péninsule acadienne

A Tranquil and Relaxing Experience at Aux Mille Herbes Produit Naturel, Inc. with Irène Boucher

Imaging walking into a place and smelling fresh bread. There is no better smell and no better feeling. This is a reality when you visit Irène Boucher, owner and operator of Aux Mille Herbes Produit Naturel, Inc., une entreprise située à Caraquet.

Soins de Qualité Atlantik Quality Care
Nathalie Arseneau White

Atlantik Quality Care: Aging with Grace

It is an undisputable fact that one of the fastest growing demographics in Canada is that of baby boomers approaching retirement, which accounts for approximately one-third of this country’s entire population.

Karine Wade Image
Karine Wade Image

2008, Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award by CBDC Péninsule acadienne

Living in Caraquet, New Brunswick, Karine Wade gives life to photography. She specializes in the art of photography, is an expert in commercial photography for advertising and provides personalized custom services. Thanks to her friendly personality, Karine creates a climate of trust with her customers who realize that she has captured their memories with her wonderful photographs.

La Résidence McGraw: Living Your Dream is Possible
Nathalie Blanchard

“Living Your Dream is Possible with Hard Work and Determination”

From a very early age, Nathalie Blanchard had the “entrepreneurial spirit”. Whether it was working as a health care aide at her Aunt Norma’s care home, running her own taxi company or working as a medical secretary for Dr. JM Michel, Nathalie was gathering a variety of experience that would serve her in the future.

Chez Goloso
Hélène Haché and Nadine Roy Cormier

Chez Goloso- Discovering the Taste of Italy Right Here in Acadie

Originating from the Italian word for “sweet tooth” Chez Goloso, a business specializing in homemade gelatos, is delighting taste buds.  Friends Nadine Roy Cormier and Hélène Haché always knew that they would like to open a business together, but after a trip to Italy, their business idea became clear. They decided to take the Italian “joie de vie” and create a European experience right here in downtown Caraquet.  

Bijouterie Christine Dior Jewelry
Christine Dior

2010, Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award by CBDC Restigouche

“Be Positive and Smile With Life”-Bijouterie Christine Dior Jewelry
For 33 years, Bijouterie Christine Dior Jewelry has been a fixture in Dalhousie, New Brunswick. Owner Christine believes in creating a family environment among employees and clients and treating everyone with consideration and respect. Known for her positive attitude, Christine says, “You must always be positive and smile with life. If you are positive and see a challenge, nothing can stop you.”

Associate, Benoit McGraw & Paulin – Comptables Agréés
Wanita McGraw

2010, Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award by CBDC Pésinsule acadienne, and other awards

Mrs. McGraw has worked for an International Chartered Accountants’ firm for 5 years before moving in the Tracadie-Sheila region. She is now a partner in an accounting firm in Tracadie-Sheila composed of 18 people and totalling 35 years’ experience.

Coffee Stain
Olga Chouinard

2011 Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award – Chaleur Region

In 2002, Olga opened the doors of the Coffee Stain. Lorne Daigle, quickly joined her team and they have been a dynamic duo ever since. The Coffee Stain has a friendly, open concept where friends sit at the counter for a home-cooked meal. It’s an old-style diner where the décor on the wall is representative of Bathurst and the owners know its history. When asked to describe the Coffee Stain in three words, Olga mentions, “Good food, great environment and reasonably priced.

MJ's Sports Bar - Chaleur Region Woman Entrepreneur of the Year 2012
Camillia Boudreau

It was in 2008 that her dream of becoming a sole proprietor became a reality as she acquired MJ's Sports Bar located at 969, Principale Street in Beresford. From renovations to innovations, MJ’s Sports Bar became a multifunctional place that you want to discover. It’s the place to go to relax, to have a snack while you listen to sports and socialize or even to celebrate during group meetings and special events. Her 10 employees are courteous and professional and the place is luxurious and immaculate.

Vertigo Coiffure et Esthétique
Amanda Larocque

2012, Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award by CBDC Péninsule acadienne

The Acadian Peninsula CBDC, and its partners were honored to present the Award of Young Entrepreneur 2012 to Ms. Amanda Larocque, owner of the company ‘Vertigo Coiffure et Esthétique’ of Shippagan.

Ms Larocque opened the doors of her hairdressing salon and aesthetics in 2001 and, over the years, she has built her clientele and an enviable reputation as well on the level of the hairstyle as aesthetics. Her success comes from her keen work and her perseverance. She also diversified her operations by offering a wide range of beauty products and the service of suntan.

Ms Larocque is very proud of this award. She also received a value of 6,000 $ in prizes, made up mainly of products and services for her business.

Audiologie Nord-Est
Mélanie Chiasson

2014, Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award by NB Association of CBDCs

Audiologie Nord-Est is an audiology clinic that offers top quality audiological products and services in Caraquet, NB. The clinic targets patients in the Acadian Peninsula and the Chaleur Region.

E. Arseneau Audiologiste Inc.
Elizabeth Arseneau

Client Driven Approach to Business Based on Honesty, Integrity and Respect

For over twenty years, Elizabeth Arseneau has been offering the population of Northern New Brunswick quality audiology services. She uses a personalized and client-driven approach based on honesty, integrity and respect.

Bay of Chaleur Autism Behavioural Centre Inc.
Nathalie Bryar

2014, Female Entrepreneur of the Year by CBDC Chaleur

Bay of Chaleur Autism Behavioural Centre Inc.: Making a Positive Impact in the Lives of the People they Serve!

In 2006, Nathalie Bryar founded Bay of Chaleur Autism Behavioural Centre Inc., located in Beresford, N.B. Bay Chaleur Autism Behavioural Intervention Centre Inc. offers behavioural intervention services for preschool aged children on the autism spectrum. Services can be offered at home, at daycares or even at their place of business. For preschool children, services are paid for by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.

Lanteigne Sports
Cyndie Lanteigne

Family-Owned Business Successor Soars Lanteigne Sports to New Heights

Located in Caraquet, Lanteigne Sports is a family business that was founded in 1976 by Raymond Lanteigne and his wife Mériza. In business for over 35 years, Lanteigne Sports is in constant evolution. Their business specializes in the sale and service of the Ski-Doo brand and their off-terrain vehicle Can-Am. To complete the BRP products range, they recently add the Spyder and Sea-Doo lines.  It is also the only company to offer Bombardier Recreation Products (BRP) in Northeastern New Brunswick. With increased demand from their clients, award winning Lanteigne Sports also sells and repairs 5th wheels, trailers and is forever adding new lines to their service offerings.

Isabelle Thériault Inc.
Isabelle Thériault

Multi-Talented Isabelle Thériault is a Cultural Ambassador for Acadia

Isabelle Thériault is a multi-talented artist and instrumentalist. She began her career as a musical accompanist for various artists such as Sandra LeCouteur, Pascal Lejeune and Lennie Gallant before founding the musical group “Les Muses”. She then served as musical director for the ECMA winning group “Ode à l’Acadie”. As a dominant player in the cultural life of Acadia, Isabelle has served as artistic director for various productions, events and SOCAN circles.

Sled Dog Adventures: a growing company
Diane LeClerc

Moving back to New Brunswick, while actively contributing to the economy of her community: This is a challenge that Diane LeClerc has successfully achieved. Her story is fascinating and will inspire more than one.
In 2014, Diane started her own company in Allardville, in the northeast of the province, where she was born. To listen to her inner voice, she decided to leave a steady job at the Zoo of Granby, Quebec, as an Animal Health Technician and Animal Keeper.

Carole Caron

When You Think Architecture, Think CLADinc.

Carole Caron launched her business because she had a desire to work and live in her hometown of Bathurst and opportunities in her field of architecture were limited. Therefore, in 2007 she opened Aedifix Architecture Inc. In 2016, a young architect joined her practice and they modified their name to CLADinc (Caron Lagacé Architecture + Design). CLADinc now has five full-time employees (including two partners) and one part-time employee. Their mission is to make the experience of clients as simple as possible.


Go-Go Gymnastics Inc.
Kara Hachey

2011, Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award
2016, NB CBDC Female Entrepreneur of the Year Award
2016, CBDC Atlantic Business Award of Distinction

Go-Go Getter Kara Hachey Is a Rising Star

Kara’s ambition has led to countless awards and recognition. Being a certified gymnastics coach and one of UNB’s elite MBA students, is a combination that ignited the idea for Go-Go Gymnastics Inc. It began in her New Venture and Entrepreneurship class that challenges students to develop a business plan. She and three group members introduced the class to the dynamic “Go-Go Gymnastics” plan.

Estey Creations
Jen Krueger

Jen Krueger is bringing art back to local schools

Jennifer Estey is a young artist that is making waves in New Brunswick’s art scene with her new business. She is the owner of Estey Creations, offering fresh designs and fine art created by Jennifer herself.

The Barking Lot
Heather MacLeod

2014, Femal Entrepreneur of the Year Award by the NB Association of CBDCs

When asked about the philosophy behind her business, Heather MacLeod - owner and operator of The Barking Lot - will tell you that to her, “a dog or cat is not just an animal, but a member of the family”.

Sterling Creek Stables
Cindy McCloskey

Cindy McCloskey Turned Passion into Successful Business

Cindy McCloskey is the owner and operator of Sterling Creek Stables, located in Noonan, New Brunswick. Sterling Creek Stables is a multifaceted business, which offers boarding services, riding lessons, therapeutic riding lessons, leasing, horse shows and horse brokerage services.

Lulujo Baby: A World-Renowned Local Business
Lulujo Baby

Lulujo was founded in Fredericton in 2009 while Dawn Marie Pottier was on maternity leave. The idea of creating baby products gradually took shape after she made a wrap carrier to use for her newborn. She had no prior business experience and never thought she would one day start her own business. Five years later, her brand and products are known throughout the world.

Whispering Gardens Boutique
Barb Palmer-Foster

Woodstock Female Entrepreneur of the Year Award, October 2016

I am a native of Woodstock. I’ve always had a great passion for life, arts, music, gardening and people. My education is grade 12, and I am a self-taught artist.

Wanigan Consulting: Untapped Alternatives
Christy Arseneau

Everything you need to maximize the potential within your organization and to positively impact the communities you serve.

Christy Arseneau is the owner and sole proprietor of Wanigan Consulting, located in Fredericton. With a "think global act local" mindset, Wanigan Consulting promotes excellence in municipal governance, change management and attainable environmental actions at the community level.

Heartbreak Boutique
Pam Wheaton

Classic, Quirky and Timeless Fashion for Everyone

Located in Saint John, Heartbreak Boutique offers clients a mix of classic and quirky styles with modern and fun twists. Owner Pam Wheaton aspires to create an environment for everyone regardless of his or her size, shape, gender and ethnicity. Her ultimate goal is for everyone to feel safe and beautiful.


Smith CustomCAD
Lori Smith

Making the Vision of Your Home a Reality

Building the home of your dreams can be an overwhelming process but Lori Smith, of Smith’s CustomCAD, located in Miramichi New Brunswick, makes this process a rewarding experience with her personalized approach and her expertise.

Miramichi Hearing & Audiology Inc.
Dr. Tina Saulnier

Hearing loss is something most of us attribute happening to senior citizens, but just ask anyone who has suffered a nasty head cold and they’ll attest to the discomfort of experiencing diminished hearing capabilities.

Real Estate Sales
Lisa McCormack

Real Estate Sales: Providing a Personalized Touch and a Significant Experience in the Miramichi

“If you can find a passion to do something you love, you will never work a day in your life.” And this passion and drive is what motivates Lisa McCormack.

The Homestead Inn & The Jam Shack
Darlene Bamford

"I take the time with each of my guests to give them personalized one on one service. It’s all about genuine service done with love and I genuinely love all my guests."

CHM Management Group
Claudia Mutch

2013, Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award by the NB Association of CBDCs

Claudia Mutch - Helping People Meet Their Needs

They aren’t just about filling numbers or jobs ~ they’re about the individual looking for work and the companies that are trying to hire the right person.

AFRO-CAN gifts and crafts
Rebecca Campbell

Becky Campbell is an inspirational woman who has been in business her whole life – from selling rice and cobs of corn to survive in Sierra Leone, West Africa, to owning a specialized boutique in the Miramichi, New Brunswick, her story is one of perseverance, optimism and vision.

The Medicine Shoppe
Treena Richard

“When it Matters Most.”
 Treena Richards of the Medicine Shoppe Built an Award Winning Pharmacy in the Miramichi
Treena Richard, owner of the Medicine Shoppe’s entrepreneurial spirit was ignited at an early age, with her parents owning a family business. Born and raised in the Miramichi, Treena left for six years to pursue pharmacy and quickly returned to her hometown upon the completion of her degree.
She wanted to be self-employed and own a pharmacy that focused on the patient and not on selling products such as soda and tuna fish.

Genesis Salon and Spa
Sherry Sturgeon

Female Entrepreneur of the Year 2011 – Miramichi Region

Ten years ago, Genesis Salon and Spa “A Place for New Beginnings” was a dream come true for Sherry. She was now able to provide all of the services loved by women under one roof. Over the past 10 years, Sherry has grown from hairstyling and aesthetics to registered massage therapy and laser hair removal with a staff of 20 professionals filling the positions of 8 stylists, 8 aestheticians, 1 Registered Massage Therapist, and 3 receptionists.

UNICARE Home Health Care
Lisa Williams

Lisa Williams of UNICARE Home Health Care, describes her journey as a female entrepreneur as risky, challenging and completely life altering. At the same time, she says it is immensely satisfying with great rewards and opportunities beyond all expectations.

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“I find the Women in Business Initiative like a breath of fresh air. The ladies seem very comfortable with a gathering of their peers and perhaps more willing to speak up on issues of interest or concern to them. The guest speakers and discussion topics we choose for our meetings are of interest to the majority of the women. I wish there had been a group like this years ago. I am grateful to you and CBDC for all the help you’ve given our group in its founding and continued growth.”
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