Top 40 Under 40 April 9th – Jasmine Aantjes

Penticton Top 40 Under 40

“Penticton Top 40 under 40 is presented by Prospera Credit Union in partnership with the Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce and JCI Penticton, with support from Community Futures Okanagan Similkameen

For Jasmine Aantjes the word community is “knowing that we are all working together.  We support our local charities, organizations, local businesses and participate in events.  We shop local and create jobs and grow our economy.  We teach our children the same values we believe in.  We are all linked by a sense of family and interact with one another.”

jasmine1 This strong sense of community comes from Jasmine’s role model, best friend and inspiration, her mother.  As a single mother, she had to work up to three jobs in order to support herself and her children.  She taught her children the value of hard work and the importance of family.  Unsurprisingly, Jasmine inherited her mother’s strong work ethic.  She loves her job working in marketing for Sun FM and EZ Rock in particular having the opportunity of “building strong relationships with clients and continuing to support their businesses”.  She also enjoys the fact that her job allows her to be “involved with local events and helping raise money for local charities.”

jasmine2

Jasmine is also an entrepreneur, with her husband Johnny, they own and operate the Penticton Speedway.  Jasmine and Johnny are dedicated to keeping up Penticton’s Speedway’s strong tradition in the community which draws over 40,000 people annually, as well as have ambitious plans to grow the venue and to host exciting new events each year.  This year, they are planning on debuting a 2-day Pro Bull Riding event.

Despite her busy work and business commitments, Jasmine finds time to spend quality time with her son and four step-children and still makes time to give back to the community.  Jasmine and Johnny launched the Penticton Speedway Foundation in 2011, and with their dedicated board of directors have managed to raise upwards of $30,000 each year.  Through the foundation, Jasmine has raised funds in support of SOWINS, Cadets, for breakfast programs at local elementary schools and for local families in need.

Speaking about the reasons for her and her husband’s busy yet successful careers and relationship “Working hard and keeping busy is something we both believe in.  Having a healthy family life while working full time is very rewarding; being able to give back to the community is a bonus.”

For more information on the Penticton Top 40 Under 40, including how to nominate someone click here.

Top 40 Under 40 April 2nd – Cameron Baughen

Penticton Top 40 Under 40“Penticton Top 40 under 40 is presented by Prospera Credit Union in partnership with the Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce and JCI Penticton, with support from Community Futures Okanagan Similkameen

Cameron Baughen feels fortunate that his job allows him to encourage sustainability in the community.  As the Regional District’s Solid Waste Management Coordinator, Cameron is dedicated to making a positive difference to the community around him in terms of sustainable living.  To Cameron, the word “community” means “being interested in people around you, beyond your circle of friends and family.  People are weird and interesting and the more you learn about them the better you can understand yourself.”

Cameron developed a solid waste management plan which included a significant component of reducing waste by encouraging collecting food waste for composting.  Cameron is also the leader of the RDOS’s Master composting program which goes beyond traditional composting and offers innovative suggestions on eliminating or greatly reducing food waste.  This program has helped raise $1,400 toward establishing a community garden for Penticton located on Vancouver Avenue.  He has also helped develop locally built worm composting systems from 100% recycled materials.  The reduction of waste going into our landfills combined with supporting local gardening initiatives is what motivates and inspires Cameron on a day to day basis

cameronOutside of his waste reduction initiatives, Cameron also volunteers with various community organizations including the Salvation Army and the Soupateria.  He is dedicated to giving back to the community and to “making Penticton a better place”.

In his spare time, Cameron’s other passions include community radio.  He was a past president and one of the founders of the Peach City Community Radio group and has been involved in Peach City Radio’s broadcasts for the Penticton Museum, Pen High 100 and the Meadowlark Festival.  He credits his involvement with community radio for helping him to overcome his shyness, gain confidence and to become a better public speaker.

When asked for words of advice for young entrepreneurs starting out, Cameron encourages them and all businesses to “Think about expense not just revenue.  Businesses can undertake easy steps that save money but they often don’t take the time to implement them.  Sustainable business practices should have good ROI as well as be a good promotional tool. Pretty much any business can save money on electricity, water and waste.”

For more information on the Penticton Top 40 Under 40, including how to nominate someone click here.

Top 40 Under 40 March 26th – Jason Cox

Penticton Top 40 Under 40“Penticton Top 40 under 40 is presented by Prospera Credit Union in partnership with the Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce and JCI Penticton, with support from Community Futures Okanagan Similkameen

“I have always believed that the way to leave things better than we found them is to get involved in public policy and community groups. That is a large part of what drives me and hopefully is the example and legacy I set for my children.” Jason Cox

As a long time member of the Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce, Jason is a glowing example of what being Top 40 Under 40 exemplifies.  He has served on the Chamber board for 8 years now; as well he is a Director of the British Columbia Chamber of Commerce and served one three-year term as a Director of the Chamber Group Insurance Plan as the BC Chamber representative (the only person form Penticton ever to do so).  His passion for his community and province doesn’t end there.  He has and is currently serving as the chair of the Okanagan International Children’s’ Festival, City of Penticton Economic Development Committee, City of Penticton Tourism Advisory Committee, City of Penticton Waterfront Enhancement Advisory Committee and Penticton Athletic Commission since 2009 and more.  His volunteer spirit has led him to be a part of the South Okanagan Similkameen United Way, JCI Penticton, Central Okanagan Red Cross, and South Okanagan Brain Injury Society.

Jason considers himself a leader, a risk taker and a driven forward thinking goal setter.  He is currently the owner three businesses in Penticton; J. Cox Consulting, Fit City Supplements, and Bayleys BrewHaHa Wine and Beer Studio.  He is in the process of rebranding Bayleys to “The Peoples Wine & Beer” With a second location in Osoyoos, Jason believes the two businesses compliment what Penticton is known for, high level athletics and great wine and beer culture. He looks forward to the next stage of development for his business as we are developing a line of craft made sodas, which will be made from local farm fresh ingredients and will be available in local restaurants, wineries and farmer’s markets.

With his years of experience as a commercial banker with Valley First Credit Union and RBC, Jason is adding a new venture to his list.  He was recently appointed as a financial consultant at Investors Group, as Jason’s passions as a community minded individual he fits in perfectly to the mission of Investors Group.  He is looking forward to building strong lasting relationships with his clients while he helps them realize their own financial successes.

His achievements through out the years haven’t gone unnoticed.  In 2006 he was named “New Member of the Year, Penticton Junior Chamber International”.  In 2007 he was named “Rookie of the Year, Penticton Harlequins Rugby Football Club” and twice a nomination in 2009 and 2010 for Penticton’s Business Leader of the year.  He is humbled with his recognitions as they drive him to continue his philanthropy.

As an innovator, he collaborated with Dan Albas to create The Economic Club of Penticton.  The Economic Club is a luncheon group for the business of Penticton. The group meets to hear from highly informative guest speakers, including politicians, business leaders, educators, historians and others. The Economic Club does not lobby or take on an activist role on issues; rather it provides a forum for discussion. The Club aims to foster development of civic-mindedness in individuals who embrace their role in building a better Penticton.

He is clearly a man that uses his time wisely; he loves to create positive change especially in his daughters.  Jason is a single father of two daughters Brynn (14) and Emma (11).  He loves being a dad, considers it his greatest accomplishment and the most important thing that he does. He loves to see their development as they find their own interests in life.  Amongst his busy schedule he always manages to find time for the little things in life too, reading, cheering for the Red Sox, cooking, playing rugby and making his own beer (not just as a job but as a hobby too!)

Congratulations Jason Cox!!

For more information on the Penticton Top 40 Under 40, including how to nominate someone click here.

Top 40 Under 40 March 19th – Jordan Ash

Penticton Top 40 Under 40“Penticton Top 40 under 40 is presented by Prospera Credit Union in partnership with the Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce and JCI Penticton, with support from Community Futures Okanagan Similkameen

The love for cooking started young for Jordan Ash, and his path on a culinary career began while he was still attending Penticton Secondary School.  In grade 12, he won a silver medal at a Skills Canada cooking competition held in Kelowna.  Jordan attended the high school apprenticeship program and towards a Red Seal certificate and acquired his Red Seal certification at the ripe old age of 20.

Being passionate about food and inspired by “fresh, local, seasonal ingredients as well as by having the freedom to create my own menus” Jordan cannot imagine himself in a career not related to cooking.

JordanHaving apprenticed with various well known chefs in the South Okanagan including Chef Heinz of Catering Dome and Patty Dyck at the Country Squire in Naramata, Jordan started making a name for himself in the food and wine community.

Through hard work and dedication to his craft, Jordan was able to overcome the far too common obstacle facing many young chefs in the area, “trying to find full time year round employment in the food service industry in the South Okanagan.  This was part of the reason I decided to start my own business and it helped give me the drive I needed to get Flambé Catering off the ground.”

Flambé Catering was started in 2010 and catered weddings and special events on a part time basis while Jordan still had a full time cooking job.  But in 2012, Jordan decided to fully dedicate himself to Flambé Catering.  This leap of faith has seemingly paid off.  Via word of mouth and social media Flambé Catering booked weddings and special events for almost every weekend between May and October in 2012 as well as hosted many successful public events throughout the summer.  2013 built upon that success and Jordan anticipates that 2014 will be Flambé Catering’s busiest yet.

Flambé Catering specializes in creating custom menus inspired by the “wealth of seasonal ingredients available”.  They also specialize in innovative solutions to create temporary “kitchens” out of people’s backyards, home-size kitchens, vineyards and even offices for their off-site catering venues.

Jordan’s advice to others considering taking the leap of starting their own business:  “start small and take the first step.  You can always grow your business once you have your feet planted but taking the first step is crucial.  Even if you don’t know exactly how you are going to make everything fall in to place it is very important to dive in and commit to yourself.”

For more information on the Penticton Top 40 Under 40, including how to nominate someone click here.

Top 40 Under 40 March 12th – Wendy Goudie

Penticton Top 40 Under 40“Penticton Top 40 under 40 is presented by Prospera Credit Union in partnership with the Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce and JCI Penticton, with support from Community Futures Okanagan Similkameen

For Wendy Goudie, owner of Get Bent Yoga and Wellness Recreation Centre, taking a step back turned out to be the greatest step forward in overcoming her obstacles.

A year after having their lovely daughter Cheysa, Wendy was facing challenges to her physical and mental health while trying to maintain her business through its most challenging year and her husband John made the difficult decision of leaving his career to dedicate fully to Get Bent’s success.

What got her through this difficult time in part was relying on Get Bent’s wellness programs.  Taking a step back from “always being the “leader”, and to be one of the people on the mat hurting and being the one hiding in the back of the room in dance class and not wanting to face the mirror.  It was truly a great lesson to experience the support of teachers and safety of the studio.”

wendyReflecting now on that difficult time, Wendy’s experience has affected her deeply “It’s taken a while, but now I can see the benefit of going through such experiences.  Already, I teach differently, I’ve had a huge perspective adjustment.”

Get Bent’s mission has always been to “build healthy individuals and a healthy community”.  With her dedicated team of 20 to 30 staff and volunteers whom she lovingly refers to as “Team Sparkle”, this mission drives everything Get Bent chooses to participate in.  From the Get Bent Active Arts Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to “support youth in need, promote youth leadership and build cultural arts through the province.” to the Get Bent Esteem Team, “a volunteer based group of youth that teach workshops in public schools on anti-bullying, self-esteem and the media’s influence on body image” to offering youth scholarships for youth in need in the Okanagan, Wendy and the rest of Team Sparkle are dedicated to giving back to their community.

As a result of this strong and generous community spirit, Get Bent has been getting great recognition in the Okanagan arts community and beyond.  Get Bent was voted the #1 yoga studio in the South Okanagan for 2009 and 2010 and has grown to be the largest Yoga centre in the South Okanagan and is the only Yoga Centre to offer Iyengar Style Yoga.  It is also Western Canada’s largest Belly Dance school and was awarded the Health and Wellness Award by SOWINS for its outstanding efforts to promote health and wellness throughout BC and the Contribution to Dance Award from the Arts Council in 2012 and was nominated for Arts Educator of the Year in 2014 by both the Arts Council of the Central Okanagan and the Penticton Arts Council.

Wendy is thankful for the support she has received from her amazing team and is continually inspired by “the fact that I was fortunate enough to wake up and have the health I do, the opportunities that our society beings and chance to make a difference to others.”

For more information on the Penticton Top 40 Under 40, including how to nominate someone click here.

Top 40 Under 40 March 5th – Erin Trainer

Penticton Top 40 Under 40“Penticton Top 40 under 40 is presented by Prospera Credit Union in partnership with the Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce and JCI Penticton, with support from Community Futures Okanagan Similkameen

Erin Trainer started ET2media with her husband Erick in 2011.  Both coming off successful careers in journalism on Vancouver Island, making the transition to entrepreneurs was a risky venture, but one which seems to have paid off.

With the support of friends and family, ET2media was created and is a successful business specializing in “creating strategic videos for businesses and organizations” and offering event management, video blog training and photography services.

Erin draws inspiration from “helping non-profits and business owners share their stories” and the reaction of happy clients to the videos ET2media produces, in turn motivates her to work harder and “discover new ways to help them communicate efficiently, effectively and economically.”

erintErin credits ET2media’s success in part to business relationships they’ve managed to develop in the South Okanagan community and as a member of that community she is committed to making it better by contributing her skill sets by both working and volunteering in it.  She encourages other young entrepreneurs to “Support your peers and local businesses.  Make a point of helping others, especially in a small town – it goes a long way.”

Apart from her business venture, Erin recently became the manager of the Penticton Farmer’s Market; a role where she takes great satisfaction in being able to support local farmers while simultaneously helping to educate people about the benefits of eating fresh, local food.  She also started the Trout Creek Community Association which supports community oriented projects such as community clean-ups, neighborhood picnics and projects aimed at fostering community engagement.

A good work life balance was one of the goals for Erin and her husband’s move to the Okanagan, and is one she seems to have successfully achieved.  Despite the time constraints of starting up a new business and her various volunteer projects, Erin finds time to write for Wine Trails magazine, foster cats for the BC SPCA, as well as staying active with yoga and exercise classes and hiking, biking and snow-shoeing regularly.

When asked to reflect on her journey as an entrepreneur, Erin replies “ET2media is nearly three years old now, and I would say we are successfully working through the ups and downs of running a new business.  It’s an interesting and exciting obstacle course that teaches me lessons, and makes me better a person professionally and personally.”

For more information on the Penticton Top 40 Under 40, including how to nominate someone click here.

Penticton Top 40 Under 40 February 26th – Robin Fredrickson

Penticton Top 40 Under 40“Penticton Top 40 under 40 is presented by Prospera Credit Union in partnership with the Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce and JCI Penticton, with support from Community Futures Okanagan Similkameen

Robin Fredrickson, owner and operator of RMF Electrical Contracting started working in his trade at a young age.  At the age of 14 Robin worked for his father Chris Fredrickson, a journeyman electrician.  His training and experience led Robin to take the leap in 2008 and start his own business.

Robin’s commitment to “strong values of efficient, quality workmanship and attentive customer service” have allowed his business to survive the economic downturn and recession that hit the construction sector.  In fact, Robin has grown his business and now employs 5 employees and is in the process of transitioning from a sole proprietorship to a limited company.

RMF Electrical Contracting was recently awarded the Lieutenant Governor General’s Award for Architecture in 2013 for its work on the Berkes Sloan residence.  RMF Electrical is staying ahead of the curve when it comes to trends in the industry.  Robin’s expertise in solar electric power has earned him the reputation as a go to resource for residential solar systems and he is currently exploring new systems in home automation which will allow owners to control their home power systems via a central keypad or smartphone.

When not working, Robin enjoys rock-climbing at the Skaha Bluffs, playing bass guitar or volunteering his time and resources to the Naramata Elementary School.  He had until recently been a member of the Naramata Volunteer Firefighting Dept., until his growing business demands became too great.

Robin finds inspiration in his day to day challenges which he overcomes by “fixating on the possibilities that exist in overcoming them rather than the fear of being overwhelmed by them.”  One significant obstacle he had to overcome, was learning how to run his business.  “The technical work is the easy part, it’s what I have experience in and what I’ve been trained for.  All the mechanics of running a business were totally foreign to me before and I’m still learning!  It’s a continual and ongoing process.”

Having achieved remarkable business success in such a short time, Robin has some words of advice for burgeoning entrepreneurs:

  1.  Know and understand how money flows in and out of your business, it is the lifeblood of your success (or failure);
  2. Be systematic and consistent in every aspect of your business.  Pan, schedule and organize things as much as possible;
  3. Where there is complacency there is opportunity.  Hold yourself to a higher standard and your business will be the higher ground others will cling to.

For more information on the Penticton Top 40 Under 40, including how to nominate someone click here.

Penticton Top 40 Under 40 February 19th – Diana Stirling

Penticton Top 40 Under 40“Penticton Top 40 under 40 is presented by Prospera Credit Union in partnership with the Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce and JCI Penticton, with support from Community Futures Okanagan Similkameen

 

Diana Stirling, owner of LocoLanding Adventure Park in Penticton is not afraid of doing things differently.  She has always believed “that being different is something to celebrate, especially in business”.  She credits this as a large part of LocoLanding’s success.  “We do several things in our business that are ‘outside of industry norms’ which have contributed to our growth as a tourism based business.”  Perhaps the most unique is their approach to staffing.  LocoLanding employs 55 staff, all of which are teenagers.  In a time where the general public and the business community typically view young people, and teenagers in particular as irresponsible or lacking in work ethic, Diana’s faith and confidence in her staff have demonstrated that young people when given opportunities and responsibility can excel.

DianaDiana strongly believes that businesses need to be about more than making money, that there needs to be a commitment to giving back to the community.  LocoLanding offers a variety of community related events including the “Food for Fun” program, wherein every Grade 3 student can enjoy one hour of fun for free in exchange for food bank donations.  As a result of this program, LocoLanding has been able to raise over 1.5 tons of food for the local food banks every year.  Additionally, the annual LocoLanding Easter Egg Hunt raises money to benefit the OSNS Child Development Centre.

Diana is one of the biggest proponents of Penticton and local businesses and sits on the board of directors of Tourism Penticton and the Penticton Triathlon Race Society.  She also balances a busy family life with two young children.  Almost impossibly effervescent and energetic, she describes her day to day inspiration as follows:  “I’m in the business of fun – which is inspiration itself!  I’m inspired every day to continue building a destination Adventure Park where young families can create cherished memories together, where our 55 teenage staff can have a fantastic first-job experience, and where we can collectively give back to the amazing community we live in.”

 

For more information on the Penticton Top 40 Under 40, including how to nominate someone click here.

Penticton Top 40 Under 40 February 12 – Nicholas Vincent

Penticton Top 40 Under 40“Penticton Top 40 under 40 is presented by Prospera Credit Union in partnership with the Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce and JCI Penticton, with support from Community Futures Okanagan Similkameen

Nicholas Vincent moved to Penticton from Sydney Australia in July of 2009.  He quickly went to work establishing himself in the community as a focused and passionate entrepreneur.  Before coming to Penticton he created “Visualize It” in 2002.  An Architectural Visualization, Web Services company within Canada and Australia.  His ambitions lead him to being a big part of the Farm Bag Fundraiser program.  This innovative program allows families to put local fruits and vegetables on the table, while directly and financially supporting farmers and schools in the community. The sale of each bag nets a profit for the fundraising body.

Farmers who supply to the program benefit from advance and flexible sales in addition to receiving a higher than average return for their produce. The 5-month season, which runs from October to February, means that the program is able to source locally grown, long-storing produce with preference given to organic suppliers.

If he wasn’t busy enough with that he decided to open up a vibrant environment for professionals to work on their projects, providing a strong internet connection, a place to collaborate and network and be creative called Cowork PentictonCowork holds regular workshops for anyone looking to improve their skills in business and professional networking.  With now a second location “Art House Penticton” available after only 18 months of the first location being available Cowork has proven to be a valuable asset to the community.

Nicholas is a published artist who maintains some practice in photography and painting.  He was recently elected to be the President on the Board for the Penticton Art Gallery; he is a navigator in the civil air search and rescue association (CASARA), was the photographer at the 2013 JCI Penticton’s Mr Muscle Miss Bikini Contest and is in partnership with Little Green Book and Local Motive Organics.nicholas

Nicholas says his greatest regret in life so far is not finding time to create more art and his greatest success is meeting and marrying the lovely Jennifer Vincent!  She is the reason he came to Canada and the reason he has the opportunity to be recognized for his achievements!

When asked these questions Nicholas replied:

1.  What inspires you on a day to day basis?
2.  What was the most significant obstacle you faced and how did you overcome it?

I have to answer questions 1 & 2 together because for me they define each other. To be truly inspired to the degree where the ‘day to day’ requirements of life’s pressures can not stop you is, in my opinion hard work. Being able to keep my focus on my true goals and drawing inspiration from them, I would consider to be the most significant obstacle I face and one that needs to be overcome frequently.

We live in an amazing part of the world and waking up every morning in Penticton is in itself inspiring. But after you open your email and read that note from the client that hasn’t watched the sunrise and is feeling a little put out with the world, can quickly flatten that inspiration. Staying objective and positive through the tough times in business, when clients are pushing and cash flow is tight is a real challenge and this is when keeping focus on your goals can give you the motivation to keep going.

Well defined and achievable goals that address the important areas of my life, family, health (mental and physical), social and then financial are where I draw my true inspiration. And therefore are how I overcome the significant obstacles in my life.

3.  What words of advice would you have for up and coming entrepreneurs?
Do it. But don’t do it alone.

Business is not a solo activity, which is something I have to continually remind myself. Advisors and mentors are critical to your success and should be included every stage of business. Use them to answer questions about sales, marketing, finance any area they have expertise in that you don’t. If they’re good, they’ll show you gaps and opportunities in your business that you didn’t see, saving you time and money!

We all hear about the famous business icons, and often get the impression via the media that they built everything themselves. Nothing could be further from the truth, Mark Zuckerberg, Michael Dell, Bill Gates, Rupert Murdoch… the list goes on, love them or hate them the businesses they are famous for were built by hundreds of other individuals supporting them.

4.  What does the word “community” mean to you?
Everything. Community is a very strong word that is used to describe many different collections of ideas and voices. I spend a lot of my time online and while I get great value from various online communities both professional and social, face to face time with the people can’t be replaced.

The cultural and community value of the gatherings that occur around the places I’m involved with (the Penticton Art Gallery, Cowork and Art House) is vital. Face to face contact with people and the experiences shared cannot be replaced and must be encouraged.

5.  If you were not doing what you are doing now, what would you be doing?

More art, a lot more art, photography and painting. Travelling, definitely. More art and learning how to be a cabinetmaker.

Penticton Top 40 Under 40 February 5 – Natalie Preston

Penticton Top 40 Under 40“Penticton Top 40 under 40 is presented by Prospera Credit Union in partnership with the Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce and JCI Penticton, with support from White Kennedy LLP Chartered Accountants

Natalie Preston has always dreamed of owning her own business. In 2009 that dream came to fruition with the inception of Le Cheap, C’est Clothing Company (LCCC).

natalie (3)LCCC offers affordable clothing with genuine service to create an exceptional customer experience.  Through hosted shopping parties and online sales, LCCC is continuing to grow everyday by expanding its number of independent sales reps.

Growing up in the UK Preston has always had an eye for trends and fashion.  Natalie takes pride in sourcing everyday essentials along with trendy seasonal pieces for women from all walks of life.

“I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit”, says Preston, so it only seemed natural for Natalie to become the owner and operator of her very own home based business.

As a stay at home mom of 2 and with her husband working on the road, Natalie strived to find the balance between having her own start up company and spending time with her family.

During the past 5 years Le Cheap, C’est Chic Clothing Company has evolved organically to meet the needs of the community and surrounding areas. LCCC is now a consistent household name and closet staple for many women in Penticton and across the province.

Given the overwhelming support that Le Cheap, C’est Chic has received from the community there was no question that Preston would use her business as a platform to give back whenever possible. In 2013 LCCC raised over $4000 through fundraising events and high profile fashion shows. Proceeds from these events have benefited SOWINS, SOVAS and local families in need.

“We are proud to service our customers in whatever way is most convenient for them”, explains Preston. The focus of the business is to bring friends together through home shopping parties.  “This is our niche”, Natalie exclaims enthusiastically.  In 2014 Le Cheap, C’est Chic will continue to build its brand and expand its number of independent sales reps thus enabling LCCC to bring the same great concept to women across BC and Alberta.

Photo Credit: Moments Under Frame Photography.

Photo Credit: Moments Under Frame Photography.

With such a positive attitude and great dedication it is no surprise that Le Cheap, C’est Chic Clothing Company has been nominated for best new home based business in 2013 for the Penticton Chamber business excellence awards. LCCC was also nominated in 2010 for best new business and has been honored as Okanagan’s best kept secret by okanagan4kids. 

In her spare time, Preston also manages her youngest sons’ initiation hockey team and is the tournament chair for their upcoming fun day tournament. “The tournament will be bringing in 6 outside teams and their families to spend the weekend in Penticton and enjoy our beautiful city”, shares Natalie.

Natalie also enjoys being the Fundraising coordinator for Uplands Elementary School.  In 2014 the focus will be to raise money for Uplands Elementary School by purchasing everyday necessities through local businesses that donate partial proceeds back to the school.

“It’s a busy busy time”, says Preston, “but when you’re doing what you love, it doesn’t seem like work.”

JCI Penticton had the opportunity to catch up with Natalie and ask her few questions.

JCI Penticton:
What has been the biggest surprise that you’ve experienced as a home based business owner?

Natalie Preston:
The community support has been absolutely incredible. The power of reach has been truly amazing and even as a small home based business I feel like LCCC has such a big impact.

JCI Penticton:
What motivates you on a day to day?

Natalie Preston:
LCCC’s clients are truly the best. They have been so supportive since day one and I am very fortunate to hear so many amazing stories from women in our community and how LCCC has impacted their lives. 

Photo Credit: Moments Under Frame Photography.

Photo Credit: Moments Under Frame Photography.

JCI Penticton:
What career goals do you have for yourself and LCCC in 2014?

Natalie Preston:
In 2014 I would like to see LCCC continue to build the brand and increase it’s number of individual sales rep’s so the we can continue to offer great service and product to other provinces.

For more information about Le Cheap, C’est Chic Clothing Company please check out their website and Facebook page.

For more information on the Penticton Top 40 Under 40, including how to nominate someone click here.