Ahead of International Women’s Day, we’re highlighting seven strong, influential women that not only head their businesses, they do so locally – right in our very own Westshore Town Centre.
On March 8th, the world collectively comes together to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women – the day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality.
IWD has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people. Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. IWD is not country, group or organization specific – it’s everywhere.
We’re also doing a special giveaway from each of the seven businesses we highlight this week – read below to find out what you can win!
Today, we meet Ha of Elegance Nails and chat with her about what it means to be a woman in business in the Westshore:
Tell us a little about yourself: My family is originally from Vietnam and, and I’m a mother of 5. I’ve been a business owner for 12 years.
Tell us a little about your store: We specialize in nails, brows and waxing. We saw it as a great business opportunity to start our business, as we knew Victoria at the time did not have a lot of nail salons where you could just drop in.
What do you love the most about having a business in the Westshore? The Westshore is a great loyal community. People here love supporting small businesses and getting to know each other.
What are some challenges about being a woman in business? As a female in the industry, it is something that can never be taken away from us and despite what happens in the world feeling pampered and beautiful will always be a priority. I think the challenge is breaking the stigma that nails brows and waxing is just for females when in reality it’s for everyone of all ages.
On International Women’s Day, what is the most important message you want to send out to women thinking about starting their own business? My advice would be not be afraid of failure. Every successful person starts somewhere and with passion, education and determination you can be successful in any industry.
To enter for your chance to win a $50 gift card to Elegance Nails, please complete one or more of the following:
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Contest entries will be accepted from the time and date of publishing until 11:59 p.m on Sunday, March 14th. One winner will be chosen at random and contacted through the platform they used to enter. Make sure to register when commenting below.