Meet the Real Entrepreneurs of the Fraser Valley

Okay, I’ll admit it – I’m a huge fan of the Real Housewives of Orange County. It’s juicy, it’s scandalous, but let’s face it; the show does not mirror reality one little bit.

We have some amazing women here in ‘the Valley’ who are kicking butt as the fastest-growing entrepreneurs based right in our backyard, minus the catfights, social media smear campaigns or tears.

On Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016,you’re invited to an intimate conversation with these talented ladies, who will be onstage at the West Coast Women’s Show.

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Here’s your chance to learn their secrets to success, their rise to social media stardom, how they took the pages of Vogue by storm and how they balance growing their booming businesses while raising their busy families. Let’s take a closer look at some of the REAL entrepreneurs of the Fraser Valley.



Amanda Penner – Owner of minimoc

Amanda is one part of the husband and wife team that run Minimoc. The inspiration for the popular soft-soled shoes came from Amanda’s desire to give custom, ‘made-with-love’ gifts to the many babies being born to her friends and family. After giving a few pairs to babies in the Fall of 2013, Amanda and her husband Jeff started receiving orders and it has been full steam ahead ever since! Minimoc leather shoes are handmade in Abbotsford, BC from ethically sourced materials and are available for sale online as well as in over 250 stores across North America.

Main Stage – Sunday, October 23rd at 12:30 PM



Lorene Mah – Owner of Glitter and Spice

With Lorene’s first born, she never had any issues with teething. Before you throw rocks at her, note that she made up for that with a baby that slept terribly! Then along came her son … and the teething, drooling, and constant need to smack mom’s face and pull her hair while nursing was in full-blown effect! Needless to say, Lorene was caught unprepared. She immediately scoured the shops for the perfect teething necklace, but came back disappointed. So inspired by her darling son, she decided to create stylish teething necklaces for the modern day mom that are safe and fun for babies to chew. Products are handcrafted right here in Canada and for sale online or at the Glitter & Spice booth at the West Coast Women’s Show.

Main Stage – Sunday, October 23rd at 12:30 PM



Laura Derksen – Owner of Arrow and Lace Designs

Laura Derksen owner of Arrow & Lace Designs has always loved fashion, interior design, thrifting, DIYing and crafting. After Ariella, her daughter, was born in May 2010 she starting making hair accessories which quickly became popular with family and friends. In August 2013, with her second child, Kenton in tow Arrow & Lace Designs were born as a way to work while staying home with her kids. Arrow & Lace is vintage inspired apparel accessories with a focus on quality and extra measures to make these accessories last. Details like adjustable headbands, ribbon lined alligator clips, and headbands use felt so they are soft and comfortable to wear. Arrow & Lace designs are available online as well at the West Coast Women’s Show booth.

Main Stage – Sunday, October 23rd at 12:30 PM



Karen Johnson – Owner of k’pure Natural Body Care

Karen’s business kind of happened by accident. Five years ago, when her youngest son of 4 kids was a newborn, she found out that he had abnormally high levels of aluminum and plastics in his system. Turns out, Karen’s deodorant and skin care products were loaded with aluminum and plastics and making their way into her breast milk. This is where her quest for natural skin and body care started. After five years of trial and error, that recipe has been perfected. Each product is hand made, labelled and packaged, with the strictest attention to quality control and detail. K’pure Naturals can be found online or at the West Coast Women’s Show today.

Main Stage – Sunday, October 23rd at 12:30 PM


Stay tuned for the Real Entrepreneurs of the Fraser Valley coming to the Abbotsford TRADEX Sunday, Oct. 23rd.  I can’t wait to meet this amazing women in person this weekend and check out their locally made goods! Speaking of local artisans, have you entered our MASSIVE WCWS giveaway to win over $400 of local swag and hotel stay at a posh B&B in Abbotsford?

What are you waiting for???? Contest closes tonight midnight. Hurry!!!!!!! CLICK HERE.


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