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 Karen Ricketts of Island Sub and chat with her about what it means to be a woman in business in the Westshore:
Tell us a little about yourself: I am 62 years old, and before I got into my business I really had no confidence. My business has made me strong, confident, and most of all HAPPY. I love what I do!
Tell us a little about your store / business: Island Sub was started August 2019 – I was a franchise but went independent. Now, everyone is truly supporting local in my store when they come in. I’ve been a woman in business for 21 years!
What do you love about being a woman in business? The look on some peoples’ faces when they ask to speak with owner, and I say “Here I am.” But seriously, I am proud of what my journey has been thus far. It’s not been a cake walk, but still love what I do.
What are some challenges about being a woman in business? Sometimes being underestimated or compared to others. Everyone is their own person / identity, but sometimes the old ways of women being judged in the business world creeps in. Not everyone is accepting.
On International Women’s Day, what is the most important message you want to send out to women thinking about starting their own business? GO FOR IT!! If you are passionate about your business, have NO FEAR, jump those hurdles, push judgments aside. Look to believers for support when you need it, and most of all, BELIEVE in YOU.
You can find Karen at Island Sub in Westshore Town Centre at #610-2945 Jacklin Road, next the Signature BC Liquor store.
To enter for your chance to win a $50 gift card from Island Sub, please complete one or more of the following:
- LIKE Westshore Town Centre on Facebook, and leave a comment below once you have (1 entry)
- LIKE Island Sub on Facebook, and leave a comment below once you have (1 entry)
- COMMENT below with your favourite woman in business! (1 entry)
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.