We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back. We call upon our sisters around the world to be brave – to embrace the strength within themselves and realize their full potentialMalala Yousafzai
While living in Niagara I have witnessed the many great women entrepreneurs, business executives and community members who are driven to help others and make a difference.
Female Owned Enterprises
Women in many countries are not given the same opportunities as women are in Canada and other first world nations. According to the Economic Insights: Women‑owned Enterprises in Canada Report from Statistics Canada, women-owned enterprises still lag behind men owned enterprises though the number of women own enterprises has increased from 233 000 to 309 000 from 2005 to 2013. This demonstrates women’s desire to strike out on their own and make a difference in our economy as entrepreneurs.
As an owner of Bean & Barrel Coffee Roasters it was my desire to start a company where I could give back to both my suppliers and my community.
Female Grown Coffee
I discovered a source of green coffee beans that were produced by women owned or operated farms in the coffee growing regions. In these regions women are often not afforded the same opportunities as men. My heart was set and I developed my company to give back to these hard working women as well as women in our Niagara community.
The elegant quote at the beginning of the post by Malala Yousafzai embodies my desire to empower women on both a local and global level. Therefore every cup of Bean & Barrel Coffee is a cupful of women’s potential.
Niagara Women’s Charities
Locally BBCR work with the Women’s Enterprise Center, which services the Niagara Region. I had the opportunity to do a speaking engagement to the women being assisted by the organization as they look to enhance their skills and gain employment in our region. I am proud to be connected to this organization and believe these women have lots to offer our Niagara community.