Ahead of International Women’s Day, we’re spotlighting seven strong and influential women who not only run their businesses, but do so locally – in our own. Westshore Town Center.
On March 8, the world collectively comes together to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women – the day also marks a call to action to accelerate women’s equality.
The JIF has been around for over a century, with the first JIF gathering in 1911 being supported by over a million people. Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. The IJF is not specific to any country, group or organization – it is everywhere.
We’re also giving a special giveaway to each of the seven companies we’re highlighting this week – read below to find out what you can win!
Today we meet Tanya from Shears Hair Design and chat with her about what it means to be a businesswoman in the Westshore:
Tell us a bit about your store / business: Shears has been in the heart of Westshore since 1984. We are a family business, and my parents, Carol and Gary Talbot, both grew up in the Westshore and still live here today. We have 6 amazing stylists here at Shears, they are all very adorable people, and we carry Milkshake, Loma Organic, AG and Joico products to name a few. We make hairstyles for everyone!
What (or who) inspired you to open your store? I worked at Shears for the two previous owners. I think 17 years old now I’m a stylist here. The last owner gave me the opportunity to buy the salon from him, so I went into business with my parents. I always felt like I was at home here at Shears so couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see what we could do with the challenge of owning a business. It was a great family learning experience.
What do you love most about having a business in the Westshore? I love the fact that I grew up here, it’s my home. I meet people with whom I grew up or with whom my parents did, I like the atmosphere of a small hometown, where everyone knew everyone … it’s fun when you hear about it talk at the time!
What do you like about being a businesswoman? I like being from a country where we have the same opportunities as a man. Nothing prevents us women from owning a business and achieving our dreams. We are very lucky to live where we live.
What are the difficulties of being a businesswoman? I would say I can be a little gentler on the staff; I find that men find it easier to set foot on the ground. But really, there are challenges for every business and every business owner. Especially with COVID, it has made it very difficult for all of us to be a small business owner. Affected small businesses don’t just affect the business owner, they affect employees and their families as well as people who have lost their jobs. The fact that women own more than 50% of businesses in Canada shows how much we have really taken a back seat because of gender. Women are equally involved in creating jobs for people in our communities.
On International Women’s Day, what is the most important message you want to send to women who are considering starting their own business? Dark! If you really want it you will get there, it is a great feeling to see a healthy work environment that you have created. I am currently at the beginning of the creation of my second company in the clothing industry! I just want to see what I can do in this life and nothing stops me but me, so I go for it, I want to see how far I can take this.
You can find Tanya at Shears Hair Design at Downtown Westshore at # 138-2945 Jacklin Road.
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