Owner stories

Wondering how other people succeed as entrepreneurs? Get inspired by these real-life stories.

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How Maggie McCormick built her playful, fair trade fashion brand

Maggie McCormick started creating the perfect products, but wasn’t sure how to make the sales. Learn how Maggie took her product, fair trade fashion, and created the brand and design studio Maggie Jayne.

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Steel & Oak Designs + Wave: Artistry meets adaptability

Anthony Snelgrove and Jono Peters were experts at creating something from scratch to solve any problem. But would that ingenuity be enough to build a successful business? Watch the video of their gritty journey from making theatre sets to scaling a thriving design and furniture business.

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Change Connect + Wave: strategy meets simplicity

The folks at Change Connect love helping small and mid-sized businesses grow and maximize their productivity. Learn more about their story, and how Wave has helped them improve their own operations.

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Happy Pops + Wave: Sweetness meets sophistication

Leila Keshavjee threw herself into her passion for making healthier sweet treats, but she wasn’t fully prepared for everything she’d need to tackle as an entrepreneur. Here’s how Wave helped her understand her business better and stay organized on the go.

Geek Girls in Vegas + Wave: technology meets transparency

Lisa has two loves: performing and geeking out on tech. Wave helps her run her agency exactly how she wants, so she can give her customers the best experience.

I.M. Success Tutoring + Wave: Education meets efficiency

Helping kids get the best possible education is Michael Gibben’s passion—he even built a successful tutoring business to make it happen. Watch his video story to learn about his journey from impassioned educator to entrepreneur.

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Mike Reisacher + Wave: Inspiration meets integration

Not every entrepreneur sets out to be one. Sometimes it’s just part of doing what you love. In this inspiring video, freelance film editor Mike Reisacher walks us through what it was like building a network, mastering a craft, and growing a small business, all at once.

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Fitness4Youth + Wave: Passion meets productivity

Shyanne McPherson knew how to get kids to love fitness, but she quickly realized that running a successful business requires a whole new set of skills. Watch the video of her inspiring story of passion, self-doubt, and, finally, success.

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Las Fincas: A story of passion and incomparable coffee from crop to cup

Building a business is a bit like brewing the perfect cup of coffee. When you pick the cherry, roast the beans, and brew it to your exact taste, it’s pure perfection. Follow Las Fincas owner Armando Gonzalez through his journey to becoming a successful coffee entrepreneur, starting with a passion dating back generations.

An Interview with Nancy Gaines

Systemization, outsourcing, and delegation: An interview with Nancy Gaines

Nancy Gaines, a Fortune 100 and small business advisor shares her advice for improving profitability and weeding out inefficiencies by using proven systems.

Titles of the four companies featured in the blog post, Patagonia, Power to Fly, The Ocean Cleanup, and Teach for America

Doing well by doing good: four stories of social entrepreneurs

Today’s consumers connect best with brands that have integrity. But that doesn’t mean a company can’t also be wildly successful. Here are four stories of businesses doing well by doing good.

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How classic rock and community are growing Public General Store’s brand

Olena and Erin had no idea that when they started their business, General Store, it would turn into a staple in their Winnipeg community. Building their brand didn’t come easy, but two years later, these entrepreneurs wake up everyday excited to go to work.

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10 examples of women killing it as moms/entrepreneurs

Running a business is never a 9-5 gig—and neither is being a parent. This Mother’s Day, we’re celebrating some amazing “mompreneurs” who are killing it in business, and at home.

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DON’T EAT THAT: six times being a mompreneur went horribly wrong

Mompreneurs. The women who somehow manage to find time to run a business while concurrently raising tiny humans. In honour of Mother’s Day, we got six entrepreneurial mothers to tell us about times when trying to run a business while mom’ing went horribly wrong (in the cutest ways imaginable).

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Passion over practice: How 20-year-old Riley Millican excels as an entrepreneur

Riley Millican’s story as an entrepreneur might not be typical, but his attitude and passion have driven him to succeed. Read his journey of founding the urban adventure camp, City Scouts, and navigating challenges along the way.