Archive for April, 2009

Amanda Beisel, of SKN Holistic Rejuvenation Clinic, on the business of natural beauty

Posted in Bended Bow with tags , , , , on April 27, 2009 by genennis

The Radiant Amanda Beisel

The Story of how SKN came to be…

Becoming an entrepreneur all happened very quickly as I am a leap-in-head-first kinda gal! I guess that’s how I conquer fear. As soon as I feel fear rear it’s ugly lil’head, making me second guess myself, I just dive right in.  Taking a leap may not the best business advice for everyone, but fear can be very debilitating.

I didn’t write a business plan and I don’t regret it one bit.  I did happen to find a really great business coach who helped me develop a business model which is very different from a business plan.

I became a licensed acupuncturist in February of 2008. At the time, I was a receptionist in a chiropractic clinic and working at a health food store. The owner of the clinic kindly offered his space to me on the weekends so I could start treating clients. Working in a health food store at this time taught me an invaluable amount about natural supplements and nutrition. Outside of work I continued to study and began providing all my clients with health plans and was getting amazing results.

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Interview and Contest with Cheeky Umbrella owner, Jen Zurowski

Posted in Bended Bow with tags , , on April 24, 2009 by genennis

Jen Zurowski of Cheeky Umbrella shares her thoughts on making rainy days bright.  Be sure to check out our contest at the bottom of the post!!


Loaded Bow:  What does your company Cheeky Umbrella do?

Jen Zurowski:  We brighten rainy days with our line of cute and colourful rain umbrellas for women!

LB:  Where did the idea for Cheeky Umbrella come from?

JZ:  The idea came out of my own needs and wants actually. When I first moved to Vancouver in 2001, I was living in Kitsilano and commuting downtown to work on transit, so I was looking for an umbrella with good quality and a cute design. Unfortunately I couldn’t find what I was looking for, and when I talked to my female friends and colleagues, I found that they had the same frustration in finding an umbrella. I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit, so this idea stuck with me until I was ready and able to make the jump to self-employment. I researched the idea over the many years that followed and launched Cheeky Umbrella in September 2008.

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Group Coaching in Vancouver

Posted in Loaded Bow: Following Our Story, Resources with tags , , on April 19, 2009 by loadedbow


Heather White, Gen Ennis and Zoe Pawlak

Heather White is launching a 6 Month Group Coaching Program. Attached is an overview of the program. The sessions will be held at The Roundhouse Community Centre Yaletown.

Thursday April 23rd – 6:00pm
Thursday May 28th – 6:00pm
Thursday June 25th – 6:00pm
Thursday July 30th – 6:00pm
Thursday August 20th – 6:00pm
Thursday September 24th – 6:00pm 

Contact Heather White




Smart Cookies Update

Posted in Bended Bow on April 7, 2009 by genennis

The Smart Cookies are some of our favourite ladies, and we continue to watch what they’re up to.  The new season of their television show starts this Friday, and they already have a second edition of their book, The Smart Cookies Guide to Making More Dough!  Here is our interview with them, originally posted May 2008.

The Smart Cookies

If you have not yet heard of this amazing group of women, please let me introduce you! Andrea Baxter, Katie Dunsworth, Robyn Gunn, Sandra Hanna and Angela Self are the Smart Cookies. Consider these numbers:

$45,000. The debt they collectively paid off.
$42,000. The savings they collectively accrued.
$140,000. The collective increase in their salaries.

Impressive, indeed. Mind blowing when you consider that they did all of this in less than 2 years. In 2006, these ladies came together to form a money group and take control of their finances. Their personal achievements are clearly admirable, but the Smart Cookies have taken their club a step further to create their own thriving company.

I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Andrea and Robyn to discuss the Smart Cookies business.

Loaded Bow:  Smart Cookies had a very public debut with your appearance on Oprah! This was not the beginning of Smart Cookies as a business though. What would you consider your launch? How did you transition from a personal money group to a formal business?

Smart Cookies: Well, I’m not sure that we ever had an official launch! We incorporated last summer, but we had made the decision to treat Smart Cookies as a business right from the beginning. We were always brainstorming how we could bring in revenue for the group and actually turn it into a viable business. There was a point at which we were talking about starting to walk dogs to make money for Smart Cookies!

We also talked about being on Oprah – joking, but serious – right from the start. We would say things like, “Oh, when we’re on Oprah, we must remember to tell her this…”!

Katie secretly submitted our story to Oprah. Her background is in PR and so she really excels at clearly and persuasively outlining the main points. Katie described how we had been inspired by an Oprah episode called America’s Debt Diet in 2006, and the results that we achieved from coming together as a group after that.

Three of us were working at the same company, and when Katie mentioned that Oprah’s producers had called, we just assumed that they had wanted to talk about our employer! We were so excited when we found out that they were actually calling about Smart Cookies!

Smart Cookies on Oprah

Smart Cookies on Oprah

LB: How did that experience affect your business?

SC: Things moved so quickly after that! Jean Chatzky, an Oprah financial contributor, was on the show that day and she invited us to speak on her Oprah XFM radio show. Afterwards, she suggested that we write a book and that she would put us in touch with her literary agent, who has worked on some major projects including the South Beach Diet publications and the Shopoholics series. We weren’t sure if she was serious. But sure enough, she connected us!

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Colin- You there?

Posted in Loaded Bow: Following Our Story with tags , , , , , , , on April 7, 2009 by loadedbow

While attending the CRAVE event on Monday, speaker Danielle LaPorte (WHO WAS AWESOME!) suggested that ‘no one is waiting for you to post, so relax, take some time off, don’t stress it, etc”


Heather White (Our Loaded Bow Mentor) and Gen Ennis and Myself at Art Market


Zoe and Gallery Director Merete Kristiansen

The other night I proved her wrong.  There IS someone who waits at the ‘other side’ for us to post…we discovered that we have a faithful reader named Colin.  This is my shout out.  Thanks for coming out last night.  Testing. Faithfulness testing.

If you are faithful and would like to be recognized, speak up and we’ll name you, mention your business or just give you a poke, nod, wink, or any other flirtatious-but-not-overtly-sexual gesture. 

Thursday night was magical.  I gave away 2 $400 paintings to the first couple of strangers, Jillian and Joel, to arrange a date at the show.  Congrats guys!  Here are some pics from Art Market, my latest show in Vancouver up till the 18th. Thanks again to everyone who was there!




Talking Business (which we secretly like as much as Art)