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Women show Brampton’s entrepreneurial strength at Rose Theatre event 

BRAMPTON, ON: More than 150 women entrepreneurs gathered at the Rose Theatre on March 8 for
an event marking International Women’s Day 2016.
Comedian and actor Kate Davis was the headline attraction, delivering a keynote address on Balancing
Life with Humour, inspiring participants with new approaches to use humour to balance busy work and
home life demands.
The Brampton Entrepreneur Centre (BEC) hosted the event, with the support of the Province of Ontario
and generous sponsorship by RBC Royal Bank.
Councillor Jeff Bowman, Chair of the Economic Development Committee, helped kick off the event. “I
was very pleased and excited for Brampton to see such a great turnout of strong and successful
women entrepreneurs,” says Councillor Bowman. “This event has grown every year, and is evidence
that small business is thriving in Brampton.”
The participants were at different stages of entrepreneurship, but all came to network, participate in the
community of women entrepreneurs, and find inspiration to make their businesses more successful.
Judy Whale, owner of Splendiferous Handmade Fine Soaps, has been to a few BEC events previously.
“They are always very uplifting. I always feel good when I leave,” says Judy. “As a small business
owner, it’s easy to get locked into your own space – it’s important to commit to participating in the wider
business community.” Judy has been working with the advisors at BEC for a number of years, most
currently as she transitions a previous business into the handmade soap venture she recently started.
Diane Michaud sees BEC’s events and support becoming even more important. “There will be a lot
more people moving to small business in the coming years,” she says. “It’s important to connect with
other entrepreneurs to get new ideas and inspiration. And it’s great to see how women entrepreneurs
are very active in Brampton.” Diane has been working with BEC for about 15 years, and is the owner of
A Spa Feeling, a mobile massage service.
“Humour is a life skill,” says Snigdha Malik, owner of Cooking and Yoga with Snigdha Malik and a
financial planner. “Running a business is rewarding, but stressful. De-stressing is important, and
humour is one way to do that.” She started working with BEC 16 years ago, and has maintained
connections with them ever since. “The Brampton Entrepreneur Centre helped me tremendously, and
played a strong role in helping me get started in business. They continue to do great work supporting
the entrepreneurial community and helping businesses grow.”
BEC runs events throughout the year to support business and connect entrepreneurs. They also offer
individual consultations and advice, and are the access point for funding and programs to support startup
and established businesses. For more information on BEC’s services and events, visit
brampton.ca/bec.
About Brampton: The ninth-largest city in Canada, Brampton celebrates a diverse population that represents people from
209 distinct ethnic backgrounds who speak 89 different languages. Brampton residents and visitors have access to state-ofthe-art
recreation facilities and one of the fastest-growing transit systems in Canada. Opened in 2007, Brampton Civic Hospital
is part of the William Osler Health System, which is one of the largest community hospitals in Canada. For more information,
visit www.brampton.ca or follow @CityBrampton on Twitter

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