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Secret Life of Entrepreneurs with Barb McGrath, #GoogleGirl

Secret Life of Entrepreneurs with Barb McGrath, #GoogleGirl

By Barb McGrath

The Secret Life of Entrepreneurs chronicles the success and secrets of locally owned businesses and owners. We are live with a new guest each show including local business owners and entrepreneurs who are making a difference.

Join us to meet a new local business owner and hear their story of what makes them tick, what drives them to succeed and their role in growing a thriving business community.

If you are a business owner and would like to be a guest, please contact us.

Remember, you worked hard for your success! Don't keep it a secret!
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Ep. 73 Cory Furman of Furman IP Law & Strategy
I don't know about you, but when I think of a local business, I don't often think about lawyers.  And our guest today reaffirmed my thinking; Cory Furman is a homegrown, local guy with a law firm and client-base that extends around the world.  He's the first to tell the lawyer jokes and the last to leave the party (maybe the first to arrive as well?).  But his subject matter is anything but boring legal stuff.  He's in the business of helping businesses protect their intellectual property, trademarks, copyright and patents.  Got an idea? He's the guy you talk to first!   Connect with Cory @ Furman IP Twitter:
February 3, 2021
Ep. 72 Tracy Archer of Knight Archer Insurance
Today's guest is a business leader, a strong family advocate, and a role model for her girls. Nothing makes her more proud than to be there for her kids.    Tracy Archer is the President & CEO of a Knight Archer Insurance. A 40-year-old family business created in the basement of her parent's house. All these years later, this follow-in-her-mom's-steps entrepreneur is a confident, successful, down-to-earth leader.   Tune in to learn her secrets and find out how she "does it all!"   Connect with Tracy @ Knight Archer Insurance Facebook: Twitter: LinkedIn:
February 3, 2021
Ep. 71 Tim Nickel of Fifth Business Consulting
Our guest today has a very special skill.  A mediator and conciliator at heart, Tim Nickel is the owner/operator of Fifth Business Consulting. From mediating family disputes to facilitating the development of business strategy, Tim has a knack for helping others achieve win-win solutions. A vision we can all support, he aims to create a more ethical, resilient, and highly developed global civilization. No one will accuse him of being short-sighted! Connect with Tim @ Fifth Business Consulting Facebook: LinkedIn:
January 6, 2021
Ep. 70 Taylor Weisgerber of Spartan Mechanical Services
I’m excited to introduce you to today’s guest!  A graduate of Luther College High School in Regina, Saskatchewan, he started off as a plumbing apprentice.   But he had an idea, a passion, and a willingness to approach business differently.  Taylor Weisgerber took it upon himself to start doing things differently. The founder of Spartan Mechanical, he approaches business, life, and his customers with friendliness, outgoingness, and a straight-talking approach that his customers have come to know, like, and trust. Connect with Taylor @ Spartna Mechanical Facebook: LinkedIn:
January 6, 2021
Ep. 69 Lisa McIntyre of The Optical Shoppe
Today's guest has a very "clear" view of our community and her future as an entrepreneur!    Growing up, Lisa was part of a family-owned business. Sunday dinners, holidays and after school were spent talking about business.  Her family volunteered often; visiting virtually any venue that was hosting an event or fundraiser. This gave her a sense of what it means to give back and be part of something bigger.   Today, Lisa McIntyre is the owner/operator of The Optical Shoppe. A 37-year business she purchased in 2019 from the original family. A businesswoman by trade, she saw the opportunity to purchase the local business as both a means to support the community and a path to success for herself and the business.    Being a business owner in her hometown of Regina means everything to her.   So, when the opportunity came to own The Optical Shoppe she jumped in with both feet! It is the perfect marriage of her love for fashion, business, and professional expertise.  At The Optical Shoppe, it's their mission to cultivate personal confidence by ensuring you are looking and seeing your best. Lisa and her team of specialists are always ready to help you find the best frame & lens combo to fit your lifestyle.  Tune in as she talks about business ownership, leaving the family business and building her legacy.    Connect with Lisa @ The Optical Shop Facebook: Instagram: Twitter: LinkedIn:
December 3, 2020
Ep. 68 Santa Clause
Wow are we in for a treat today!!   Today's guest joins us all the way from the North Pole!!!   Fresh out of the workshop, he's left the Elves to tend to the last minute details. This is a very busy time of year for the jolly ol man.  He and the Missus are working noon so with all the Elves to make Christmas a magical time of year!   Tune in to learn about the business end of being Santa, how he manages a global business from a remote location, and who to expect to see on the naughty list!!   Connect with Santa @ The North Pole Santa Claus North Pole H0H 0H0
December 3, 2020
Ep. 67 Kait Waugh of Fat Plant Farm
Coming up today on the Secret Life of Entrepreneurs, our guest shares her story of turning a lifelong love into a thriving business. Fat Plant Farm started as an Instagram following built on passion and an authentic appreciation for the value of "green" in our lives. Whether you need a splash of green in the living room window facing north, or an entire wall of green in the south-facing window, Fat Plant Farm can advise on the healthiest and hardiest indoor plants for your home. Tune in as she tries to turn my black thumb green! Connect with Kait @ Fat Plant Farm Facebook: Instagram:
November 5, 2020
Ep. 66 Natasha Vandenhurk of Three Farmers Foods
Today's guest is the CEO and co-Founder of Three Farmers Foods; a Canadian brand that provides healthy, wholesome plant-based snacks. (And I can say from personal experience, they are delish!) Natasha Vandenhurk, her sister, and her dad bring flavours and an approach to our pantries and our palette that are literally popping! Imagine, a Red Seal Chef is helping prepare your Friday Night snack! How ya like them chickpeas? Tune in to learn more about this Saskatchewan success story, their journey to your pantry, and the different ways you can add them to your family's menu. Connect with Natasha @ Three Farmers Facebook: Instagram: Twitter: LinkedIn:
November 5, 2020
Ep. 65 Dianne Beauchamp from Puroclean
Today's guest is no stranger to clean up, messes, and spills with 3 kids and a busy business.  When Dianne Beauchamp and her husband, Greg Stephanson, were on the hunt for the right business, they stumbled upon Puroclean, an international network of disaster restoration services.   They officially opened their doors 2 weeks after the world shut down due to COVID-19 and in hindsight she says, they'd do it again.  Dianne meets people at their worst moments and she prides herself on serving her customers to the full extent possible. Making friends when families are devastated.  Tune in for today's episode!   Connect with Dianne @ Puroclean Regina  Facebook:
October 13, 2020
Ep. 64 Adele Buettner of AgriBiz Communications
As the Chief Inspiration Officer (aka President/Owner) of a boutique communications and management firm in Saskatoon, SK, Adele works closely with clients in the agriculture and food communities to meet their individual needs in the areas of communications, public relations, marketing, event planning, and office and association management. She loves connecting with like-minded thinkers and promoting her love of food and farming. Connect with Adele:
October 8, 2020
Ep. 63 Mary Weimer from Conexus Credit Union
Coming up on Ep. 63 of the Secret Life of Entrepreneurs we have Mary Weimer of Conexus Credit Union. Mary was born and raised in Regina. A University of Regina graduate, she and her husband, Jeremy, have owned the Assiniboia Gallery since 1999. In 2013, Mary took leave from the day-to-day operations of the gallery and joined Hillberg & Berk as its Chief Operating Officer. In July 2018, she joined Conexus Credit Union as its Chief Member Experience Officer. As Chief Member Experience Officer at Conexus, Mary will lead the design of the future-focused member experience for the organization as well as lead Financial Wellness and the Cultivator – Canada’s first credit union led business incubator. Mary has been involved in several non-profit organizations over the years as a volunteer board member and is currently the President of the Board of Directors for Youth Ballet Company of Saskatchewan and a Director on the board for Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce. She was recently appointed to the Saskatchewan Advisory Committee on Women Entrepreneurship. --- Connect with Mary: --- Missed an episode? Catch up here:
October 7, 2020
Ep. 62 Secret Life of Entrepreneurs with Winter Fedyk of Silo Strategy
Today's guest left the corporate world to purse a political dream. She spoke confidently and articulated her vision for our country and our home. In pursuing her dream she discovered she had a talent for bringing people together, creating a shared vision in people, systems and organizations.   She brings that passion to her work with Silo Strategy; S - I - L - O. Tune in to learn what SILO means (not what you think) and learn more about this fantastic lady who is remarkably passionate about her work.   Connect with Winter @ Silo Strategy Instagram:  
September 24, 2020
Ep. 61 Secret Life of Entrepreneurs with Heather Day from C.S. Day Transport
Heather is passionate about the trucking industry and is a member of the Board of Directors for both the Saskatchewan Trucking Association (STA) and for the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA).   Before transitioning to her current role, Heather earned degrees in Music and Education and enjoyed a seven-year teaching career in London, England where she led the Music Departments of both inner city and large suburban high schools.   Upon returning to Canada to become involved in the family business, Heather advanced her education in finance, human resources, business administration, and obtained her commercial 1A driver’s licence.   Heather is also the proud mom of two young daughters and, when not at work, provides a marvellous taxi and snack service to and from daycare, ballet, soccer, swimming, figure skating, and music lessons.
August 20, 2020
Ep. 60 Secret Life of Entrepreneurs with Amber Goodwyn, 91.3FM CJTR Regina Community Radio
Amber Goodwyn is the acting Executive Director at 91.3FM, CJTR Regina Community Radio on Treaty 4 land / in Regina, SK. Before moving to Regina in 2012 she was the Music Coordinator and Music Librarian at CKUT 90.3FM in Montreal, as well as a volunteer host.    She’s a new member of the Swamp Fest music festival Board of Directors and has previously served on the boards of Girls Rock Regina and Holophon Audio Arts. She has also served on various juries for music and arts funding and has written about music and the arts as a freelancer for Prairie Dog Magazine, Broken Pencil and other publications.    In her art life she’s a multidisciplinary artist with active performance, film and video, writing and music practices. Currently she plays music in her experimental synth pop solo project Natural Sympathies and in the duo Dialtone, and used to play in the Montreal bands Cobra & Vulture and Nightwood.
August 6, 2020
Ep. 59 Cari Bode, YWCA of Regina, Women of Distinction Nominee 2020
Cari ran her first half marathon in 2005, and her first full marathon just one year later in 2006. Since then, she has been committed to training early nearly every morning, and to eating healthy to fuel her body through these workouts.  Despite her long-time commitment to her physical health, she was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of cancer, at the end of 2018. Due to a radical hysterectomy to remove most of the tumor, followed by six months of chemotherapy, she was bedridden and unable to run. After being placed in remission in July of 2019, she immediately reached out to her running coach to slowly return to training. On Sunday February 9th, 2020, she ran her first half marathon since beating cancer.
June 19, 2020
Ep. 58 Donna-Rae Crooks, YWCA Women of Distinction Nominee 2020
Donna Crooks' personal vision is to make a difference in the lives of others through her work and in her life. She is the Founder & Chief at Brain Snacks Co, a platform business with a mission to help close the gender gap by supporting women with core services, like study and workspace, supervised play for children, networking, career coaching, and professional development.    Donna's career accelerated early. Despite her success, she found she lost ground in her career when she started her family. When she returned to work from her first two maternity leaves, her position was gone both times.   Donna began to focus on the necessity for women to have choices, financial freedom, autonomy and capacity to weather adversity. Thinking of this problem, she began to wonder how she could diversify her own career and financial stability while designing a business that would help women be successful in managing all the demands of work and family.   Thus, the idea for Brain Snacks Co was born.  The Brain Snacks Co experience is all about choices for women from all walks of life, mothers and careerists, women on maternity leave, Indigenous women, women of colour, newcomers, and members of our LGBTQ+ communities.   Even the food is inclusive, offering choices for vegan and gluten-free customers as well. Men are most welcome too!   Connect with Donna @ Brain Snacks Co Facebook: Instagram:
June 17, 2020
Ep. 57 Michelle Godecki, Nominee, YWCA of Regina Women of Distinction 2020
Michelle is a passionate teacher of the Deaf & Hard of Hearing in Regina. When one of her twin sons was born Deaf she began classes in American Sign Language (ASL). She fell in love with the language and the community; she has been an invaluable advocate and mentor to Saskatchewan’s Deaf community ever since.  She is an administrative team member and former vice-president of Deaf Crows Collective, a Deaf Theatre troupe. She is involved with the development and execution of performances and Art installations that connect the Deaf and Hearing worlds. She volunteers her time interpreting, and manages the media relations of the troupe. She is current vice-president of Saskatchewan Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services.  She organizes events for Deaf youth and their families such as a 2014 Signing Time Concert and Parent Workshop and the annual DHH children’s Christmas Party.
June 17, 2020
Ep. 56 Sarah Tkachuk, Nominee, YWCA of Regina Women of Distinction 2020
Sarah is the leader of KPMG's Tax Services practice in Regina. Throughout the past 21 years, Sarah has specialized in helping owner-managed businesses and entrepreneurs as their business adviser. Working closely with her clients, Sarah provides insight to help them grow their business, minimize tax and meet their organizational objectives. She is dedicated to assisting family owned and operated businesses to effectively deal with their unique management challenges. Her goal is to help guide family businesses in their day-to-day operations with a focus on the continuity of the family business.  In addition to her work at KPMG, Sarah is very active in her community. She has been involved in a number of organizations in the past, including the Saskatchewan Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs group in Regina, as well as served on several Boards, such as the Boards of SaskFilm, the Regina chapter of the Family Enterprise Exchange (FEX),  and with the Regina Women's Network as their Vice-President of Programming. She is currently involved with the Martin Family Initiative and sits on the board of Synchro Regina.  She is also the Chair of the Regina Chamber of Commerce. 
June 17, 2020
Ep. 55 Dr. Sharon Leibel, Nominee YWCA Women of Distinction 2020
Sharon Leibel is a family physician and Child Abuse Consultant in Regina.  A Saskatchewan girl through and through, Saskatchewan is where she completed all of her university and medical training! Despite her humble nature, Sharon has been recognized for her accomplishments through multiple awards and scholarships and graduated with Distinction from the University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine in 1983.   Her training and experience in the field of Child Abuse spans more than 30 years and she has been instrumental in creating the first and only Child Maltreatment Team in Saskatchewan.   Sharon has been the medical forensic examiner in over 1000 child abuse cases and spent more than 100,000 hours on call for the Child abuse Team.   She has trained and mentored over 20 team members and hundreds of physicians in training, police officers, social workers, nurses, court prosecutors and judges. Sharon actively engages these team members through ongoing educational sessions and committee work.   Although this work is very difficult, she is able to continue day in and day out with a positive attitude and never lose her humanity.  Sharon is an advocate and innovator who tirelessly shares her knowledge and passion for children in need.
June 17, 2020
Ep. 54 Doug Yaremko, Paddock Wood Brewery
Mmmmm, a tall cold one on the patio. Now that's a summer day in Saskatchewan.  Today's guest is going to talk about the 4 simple ingredients that make Paddock Wood beer a fan favourite. Paddock Wood is Saskatchewan’s first microbrewery and Canada’s indie beer.  They pride themselves on a unique flavour and refreshing taste. Their pure brews can be found bottled and on-tap in some of the finest independent establishments and beer stores in Canada. You can also stop by the brewery to pick up your own case (or two). We call Saskatchewan home and strive to support local music festivals, artist openings and anything “indie” because well, they hope you will support them. ---
June 16, 2020
Ep. 53 Madhu Kumar, Nominee, YWCA of Regina, Women of Distinction 2020
Madhu Kumar was born and raised in India where she received her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degrees. Kumar earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Regina with Great Distinction in 2017.   Her oil portraits, paintings of horses, and landscapes have been in juried exhibitions in Ottawa and Regina.  Her current work is an ongoing series of large-scale paintings on the experience of immigrant women in Canada, and she is involved in David Garneau’s Edmonton based Tawatina Bridge art project.   Madhu has exhibited her work in over thirty solo and group exhibits.   When asked about her artistic practice, she talks about the power of storytelling to connect and empower us.  When she collaborates with the women who are portrayed in her work, she holds dearly to the values of creating a safe space and solidarity.  It is her hope that the stories will illuminate women’s capabilities, imagination and resilience.   Connect with Madhu Kumar   Facebook:  Instagram:  CBC Documentary: Madhu Kumar's stories of immigrant women
June 16, 2020
Ep. 52 Eric Oelson from Mortise & Tenon Store
Eco Friendly. Environmentally Friendly. Natural Products. Zero Waste. Minimalism. These are just a few of the words used to describe todays' guests' business.    Mortise & Tenon Store, started like many, but continues to evolve based on customer feedback like too few businesses. Expect to hear & see fantastic things from this business in the future.   Connect with Eric and the Team @ Mortise & Tenon   Facebook:  Instagram:
June 3, 2020
Ep. 51 Kim Korven from The Gentle Way Divorce
Imagine a better way. A gentle way through family conflict or divorce.  Today's guest left her thriving law practice to create a better way for families to heal, move through conflict and remain whole.  Kim Korven is the Principal of The Gentle Way Divorce; a culmination of her life's work.  Every family has some level of conflict. Consider talking with Kim if you feel there could be better options for your family.   Connect with Kim @ The Gentle Way Divorce Facebook: Facebook Group: Instagram: LinkedIn:
May 27, 2020
Ep. 50 Erin Vaughn of Kinetic Auto Service Ltd
It's time to meet today's guest!   Erin Vaughan is owner/operator/head mechanic/chief marketer and lead tail wagger at Kinetic Auto Service. She and her team whip up delight on a daily basis for customers with vehicle pick up and delivery, scheduling ease and service information you can count on. They're a new breed in the auto service industry and they're shaking things up ~ in the consumer's favour.  WHAT?! Tell me more! Well tune in, 'cause here we go! ---  Connect with Erin @ Kinetic Auto Service Facebook: Instagram:
May 20, 2020
Ep. 49 Lisa Brice of Brice Photography
And here we go for another episode of the Secret Life of Entrepreneurs!  Today’s guest has a keen eye, steady hand and patience galore for her target audience!  In this digital age, we often forget to preserve and take them off our phones.  Our guest today is Lisa Brice from Brice Photography. She fell into pet photography and when she discovered she had a great ability to work with animals.   Tune in to hear about some of her crazy moments capturing these little ones.
May 13, 2020
Ep. 48 Colleen Strauch from Luther College at the U of R
Luther College at the U of R is a federated college on the U of R campus. All U of R & Sask Polytech students can live in The Student Village or apply to be a Luther College student. Luther College students graduate with a U of R degree. If your future scholar needs residence, or you'd like to learn more about small class sizes and improved success rates, tune in to today's show! --- Connect with Colleen @ Luther College Facebook: Instagram: Twitter: --- Missed an episode? Catch up here: --- #AudacitYQR #YQR #googlegirl #CultivateSK #SKstartups #getfound #getfoundongoogle Secret Life of Entrepreneurs Above the Fold Barb Dion McGrath
May 7, 2020
Ep. 47 Doug Pattison with Pattison Health
Feel a twinge? An ounce of prevention as they say… Our guest today is an expert in prevention; Dr. Doug Pattison is a chiropractor, health nut and speaker on the care and maintenance of your back. Tune in as he shares his insights and tips to stay healthy as a slave to the laptop. --- Connect with Doug @ Pattison Health Facebook: Instagram: Twitter --- Missed an episode? Catch up here: --- #AudacitYQR #YQR #googlegirl #CultivateSK #SKstartups #getfound #getfoundongoogle Secret Life of Entrepreneurs Above the Fold Barb Dion McGrath
April 29, 2020
Ep. 46 Erika Gayle from Erika Gayle Photography
Turn on your imagination station, today we are talking boudoir! :) For every woman, or man, who's ever dreamed about, or tried to muster the courage, to create boudoir photos, this episode will inspire you. (True confession. I was once offered pics but declined because I was too chicken and didn't think I was in “good enough” shape. In hindsight, I was rockin' it!) Erika Gayle will talk about how her clients find the courage to bare it (almost) it all, the impact of covid on her business and the creative ways she is still taking pictures. --- Connect with Erika @ Erika Gayle Photography Facebook: Facebook Group: Instagram: --- Missed an episode? Catch up here: --- #AudacitYQR #YQR #googlegirl #CultivateSK #SKstartups #getfound #getfoundongoogle
April 22, 2020
Ep. 45 Carly Patryluck from House of Paws Pet Boutique
As much as I love talking to local business owners, there is ONE thing I love even more! And that's talking to a local business owner about my dog! We are self-proclaimed pet parents and today's guest is going to set me straight on a few things!   Carly Patryluk is the owner of House of Paws Pet Boutique. Not just another pet store, Carly knows more about dog nutrition than most vets. If you want your pet to enjoy a longer, higher quality life, tune in for this episode!    If you are a local business owner, and would like to be profiled on the show, please contact us. This is not an exclusive, by invite-only show; we rely on local business owners who are willing to share their story.    Let's get our bark on!   ---   Connect with Carly @ House of Paws Pet Boutique  Instagram Facebook YouTube
April 12, 2020
Ep. 44 Erin Caleval from Erin & Associates Insurance
Surprised to hear us back again so soon? :) During isolation and social distancing, the Secret Life of Entrepreneurs will be produced weekly. If you are a local business owner, and would like to be profiled on the show, please contact us. This is not an exclusive, by invite-only show; we rely on local business owners who are willing to share their story. Today's guest is Erin Caleval from Erin & Associates, a Co-operators office here in Regina. Erin and her team are changing the face of insurance; they're making it comfortable (think “not insurance-y”) and they're making it personal (imagine getting to know your broker by name). --- Connect with Erin Facebook
April 8, 2020
Ep. 43 Jess Tiefenbach from Stay n Play Parenting and Nikki Jacquin from Nikki's Portraits of Childhood
Woo Hoo, we're back! These last couple weeks have been challenging for everyone; new norms, social rules to stay safe and a stronger sense of community (not seen often enough). So…., drum roll please! Today's “welcome back” episode is double the delight with two back to back episodes. In the first half of today's episode, Jess Tiefenbach, from Stay n Play Parenting joins me to talk about her experience working with families, teaching baby sign language and supporting parents throughout their parenting journey. Connect with Jess www.staynplayparenting,com Facebook: Email: Our next guest is a life-long artist, creator, teacher and grandma. This time is especially hard for her, as she hasn't been able to meet her newest grandchild. Stay tuned as Nikki Jacquin talks to us about the value art has brought to her life and her secrets to grow her business and share her passion with a broader audience. As a non-artist (I can do a pretty mean stick lady), I was blown away by her portrait work. She is offering free classes during isolation for kids and families alike. Check out her work, and if art is not in your budget right now, consider a free class or sharing some love by liking her on Facebook or Instagram. Connect with Nikki Http:// Facebook Http:// Http:// Instagram Http:// Twitter and Pinterest @nikkisportraits Subscribe Email:
April 1, 2020
Ep. 42 Nadene Joy from Nadene Joy
We have a very exciting guest coming up on today's episode of the Secret Life of Entrepreneurs. Nadene Joy is the CEO, Executive Leadership and Development Consultant and 5-star Amazon Author behind her namesake.   She is the author of the self-help book “Uncover your Purpose, Heal and Share Your Gifts With the World”. She is an accomplished life and business coach with a God-given gift for increasing hope and fostering greater abundance, healing, and purpose in individuals all around the world.   There will be plenty to learn from this accomplished and driven entrepreneur, you won't want to miss it.   1Stay tuned because here we go!
March 9, 2020
Ep. 41 Richard Arockiasamy and Sanjana Kumta from GreenMache
And here we go! Welcome Richard Arockiasamy and Sanjana Kumta of GreenMaché! Richard and Sanjana are two of four friends who started GreenMaché because they are deeply concerned about the growing amounts of waste being generated today. With all four working full-time corporate jobs, they witness the use of disposable tableware, which is harmful to the environment and is hazardous to your health. Having grown up in southern India, the concept of eating out of Areca Palm Leaf tableware was quite familiar to them - a simple yet very effective alternative to conventional disposable materials. A little research in, GreenMaché was founded to fix the problem. They are determined to encourage the use of these natural plates in as many avenues possible; letting nature help itself! This is sure to be a fantastic episode, one you don't want to miss! --- Connect with Richard & Sanjana --- 91.3 FM CJTR --- Missed an episode? Catch up here:
February 19, 2020
Ep. 40 Jodi Barrett from Kettlebell Kickboxing Canada
On this episode of the Secret Life of Entrepreneurs, we welcome Jodi Barrett, a kettlebell of energy and the CEO of Kettlebell Kickboxing Canada. Check out her offer below. ⬇️⬇️   Jodi, a full-time mom who lived for her children, discovered she needed to search for something for herself. With a degree in physical activity studies, Jodi knew she would be coming back to embrace her love of fitness and wellness.   She finished various trainer certifications and began to work almost exclusively with kettlebells, realizing that good kettlebell education and programming in Canada was scarce and not systematized.   That journey took her to complete her KBIA-master Level Certification, start her classes in Canada and create a real KB Canada community.   Check out KBK's website for the scoop on 'KB Live' and mention this episode to receive a free 15 minute Skype session direct with Jodi to help you get started!!  Let's get going!!
February 12, 2020
Ep. 39 Erin Kinder from Kinder Surprises Antiques
Today's guest turned a huge 100 year old hip roof barn and outbuildings into an amazing antiques shop! Winner of the 2018 Tourism of Saskatchewan Awards of Excellence, Erin Kinder is the inspiration behind Kinder Surprises Antiques. Take a drive out to Davidson and discover all they have to offer. The converted barn, outbuildings and yards provides a huge selection of antiques - all clean & beautifully displayed. Make a trip to the country and explore all she has to offer! Coming up on our next show, Jodi Barrett, a kettlebell of energy, is the CEO of Kettlebell Kickboxing Canada. Can't wait! Stay tuned to learn Erin's secrets! --- Kinder Surprises Antiques Instagram: Website: Kinder Surprises Antiques
January 24, 2020
Ep. 38 Tanner Goetz from Munz Media
Love what you do, and you'll never work another day in your life.  Our guest's story begins in 2011, when he started “Next Level Media” to create content for Saskatchewan sports organizations and small businesses.  In the years that followed, Tanner Goetz, saw a high demand for quality social media material, and he worked tirelessly toward his aspirations of creating a leading content creation agency.  In 2017, Tanner dove heart-first into his current endeavor to bring businesses to life through video & photo. Once a one-man band, Munz Media's audacious leader now heads up a full-scale multimedia collective, trusted by some of Saskatchewan’s biggest brands.   Thank YOU for joining us Tanner!
January 8, 2020
Ep. 37 Jessica McNaughton from memoryKPR
Ooooo, it's my favourite day of the week!   My guest today is Jessica McNaughton, High-Performance Coach and Founder of memoryKPR.   Stay tuned to learn about her endeavours into entrepreneurialism, working in a startup and building a tech organization.  This energetic woman will have you dreaming “what if"…   Stay tuned for a great episode today!
December 20, 2019
Ep. 36 Wendy Turner-Larsen from Turner-Larsen Consulting
Welcome to another Wednesday episode of the Secret Life of Entrepreneurs! Today is our 36th episode! Wow, time flies!   My guest today, Wendy Turner-Larsen, joins us to talk about "connection," its importance as a leader and something we all can use more of!  Wendy is a certified leadership coach with the International Coaches Federation and she conducts a variety of workshops for women and leaders alike.  Stick around to learn her secrets about being a stronger leader and connecting with your people and peeps.  Wendy's working on a new book, to be released Spring 2020. Sign up here to get early release details!
November 27, 2019
Ep. 35 Jill Poulton from Transformational Leadership
Today's guest needs no introduction!  She is a cheerleader, mentor, adviser, leader, coach and friend.  Jill Poulton joins us today to talk Juntos, history and her real connection to Benjamin Franklin.   Tune in live, or check out the replay, but do not miss this episode!   And don't miss our next episode, when Wendy Turner-Larsen joins us to talk about "connection." Something we all can use more of!
November 13, 2019
Ep. 34 Janci Templeman from Walker Wakefield
If you're on the prairies, today feels a little too much like winter. Our guest today will warm your heart and your soul with her real estate secrets of turning run down properties into beautiful family homes.   Janci Templeman is the President of Walker Wakefield, a real estate investment firm in Regina.   Our next show is Nov 13 at 11:30 with Jill Poulton, coach, mentor, speaker and trainor. Mark your calendar now!
October 30, 2019
Ep. 33 Denise Anderson, Author, Divorce in a Small Town
Today's guest is a bundle of energy, wisdom and heart! Please welcome Denise Anderson to the Secret Life of Entrepreneurs!   Denise is an author, speaker, coach and cheerleader of all. Her new book, Divorce in a Small Town starts to address the politics of small towns, workplaces and social norms that traditionally allow us to talk about others. Kudos to Denise for tackling a very personal and real issue.   If you'd like to receive a free copy of Denise's book, check out her website
October 16, 2019
Ep. 32 Anne Gibbons from Gibbons Travel Consulting
Wow, and here we go!  Our guest today is Anne Gibbons, owner of Gibbons Travel Consulting.   Anne will talk about the pitfalls of online booking and planning your own travel. Anne's business is a concierge travel service planning trips corporately and personally; around the world.  We've all been there; trying to book a trip and unsure about the accommodations or flights.  Let this lady ensure your travel is flawless!  As an added bonus, our viewers can download Anne's FREE Saskatchewan Flight Guide - everything you need to know, when Anne plans your next trip. You can find it here:
October 2, 2019
Ep. 31 Charlene Sanjenko from PowHERhouse Media
If you don't know this beautiful lady, you need to! The Western Canada Leadership Accelerator takes place in Regina Sept 25-27 and members of her team will join us to give us the latest details on the events. Check it all out here and register now! Join us for this last episode in our series, Women in Leadership on the Secret Life of Entrepreneurs.
September 18, 2019
Ep. 30 Dr. Vianne Timmons from the University of Regina
This Italian Catholic woman is a trailblazer from Northern Labrador, steadfast on her family relationships and a strong advocate for the #MeToo movement.   Tune in today for the final episode of Women in Leadership on the Secret Life of Entrepreneurs as the YWCA of Regina's Women of Distinction Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Dr. Vianne Timmons joins us to talk about the impact of this award.     Dr. Timmons is U of R’s first female president and vice-chancellor, serving in those roles for the past 10 years. Born into a coal-mining family in Northern Labrador, she completed her PhD in educational psychology from the University of Calgary in 1993. She has hosted the Inspiring Leadership Forum, an event that explores the power of women’s leadership, since 2010.   A lifelong learner, leader, mentor and advocate for women, Dr. Timmons will join us to talk about this award and the context of such an achievement in an already prestigious career.
September 4, 2019
Ep. 29 Margaret Kisikaw-Piyesis from All Nations Hope Network
Welcome to the Secret Life of Entrepreneurs and our ongoing series, Women in Leadership!   Our guest today is a recipient of the 2019 YWCA of Regina Women of Distinction. Margaret Kisikaw-Piyesis, CEO of All Nations Hope Network has been instrumental in reviving and restoring the traditional teachings of Indigenous culture to build a stronger and more resilient community.    Since 1988, Margaret has worked to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic affecting Indigenous peoples across Saskatchewan.
August 21, 2019
Ep. 28 Dr. Renatta Varma, Opthamologist
Dr. Renatta Varma, our guest today for Women in Leadership on the Secret Life of Entrepreneurs, is the first and only woman vitreo-retinal surgeon in Saskatchewan and one of only four female vitreo-retinal surgeons in Canada.   Her episode will be anything but dry-eye'd; you will be amazed by her passion for building community and learning where she invests her time.
August 7, 2019
Ep. 27 Jo-Anne Dusel from PATHS (Provincial Association of Transition Houses & Services)
Welcome to Women in Leadership on the Secret Life of Entrepreneurs!  Today's guest, Jo-Anne Dusel, Executive Director of PATHS brought me to tears when she revealed the incidence of intimate abuse in our province.   We can do better. We must do better.   Jo-Anne is also the winner of the 2019 Award for Social Justice with the YWCA of Regina Women of Distinction.   Please tune in and share her passion.   If you, or someone you know, needs support for intimate partner violence, please contact
July 24, 2019
Ep. 26 Dr. Emily Bamforth, Paleontologist
Dr. Emily Bamforth joins us today on the Secret Life of Entrepreneurs in our series, Women in Leadership, to talk about her secrets of success and how she has enjoyed the "thrill of the dig" since early childhood.    The winner of the 2019 Award for Science with the YWCA of Regina, Emily has long had a passion for science and encouraging more women to pursue STEM careers.  Emily is a paleontologist with the Royal Saskatchewan Museum, where she works primarily out of the T.Rex Discovery Centre in Eastend, SK.  During research for her masters degree, Bamforth discovered and named three new fossil species. While completing fieldwork in Grasslands National Park for her PhD, she collected and catalogued more than 14,000 fossils.
July 10, 2019
Ep. 25 Nigora Yulyakshieva from the City of Regina
Welcome to an exciting episode of the Secret Life of Entrepreneurs!  Today is our second episode in the Women in Leadership series and our guest today is Nigora Yulyakshieva.  Nigora was the winner of the YWCA of Regina's Women of Distinction Award for Mentorship.  A political refugee, Nigora arrived in Regina in 1999 with her husband and two small children, seven months pregnant and not knowing any English.  She had an engineering degree in Uzbekistan, but was told she may never work in her field in Canada. She enrolled at SIAST to study Canadian engineering, then obtained her bachelor of science in industrial and civil engineering in 2002 and professional engineering status one year later.  She currently serves as the City of Regina’s manager of roadway preservation.
June 26, 2019
Ep. 24 Pam Klein from Phoenix Group and Miriam Johnson from the Sask Roughriders
Join us for the first in our series, Women in Leadership, when Pam Klein from Phoenix Group will join me with Miriam Johnson from the Saskatchewan Roughriders, to talk about their role in the Powherhouse Media Group, Media and Manifestation to Mobilize Women western Canada Accelerator happening in September 2019.
June 12, 2019
Ep. 23 Gr 5 & 6 Students Talking About Entrepreneurship
On today's episode, I went off-roading with a class of Gr. 5 & 6 students to learn what they think about entrepreneurialism; what it is; why someone becomes an entrepreneur and what their future endeavours might look like.   Tune in for this extra special episode with a group of really great students. They impressed me with their knowledge, confidence, insights and spelling abilities!
May 29, 2019
Ep. 22 Tiffany Wolf from Helium Communications
So looking forward to this week's guest on the Secret Life of Entrepreneurs!   Tiffany Wolf from Helium Communications joins me to talk #ladyballs, communication success and the biggest FAIL ever (not hers).    She also shares her insider tips on communication for local business and offers up a sweet deal exclusively for audience members.    Do. Not. Miss. This.
May 15, 2019
Ep. 21 Jeff Kinash from Peregrine Farm
Welcome to the Secret Life of Entrepreneurs!  We are live on location at Queen City Collective, Regina's gathering space, with Jeff Kinash from Peregrine Farm.  Jeff's story will amaze you as he shares his insights to reconnecting with the land, raising chickens and producing honey and vegetables.    Many thanks to Queen City Collective, for use of their space and a nudge to each of you, if you have not checked out their co-working space, pop in, grab a coffee from the cafe and take a look around.
May 1, 2019
Ep. 20 Charlene Oancia from Springer & Oake
Welcome to the Secret Life of Entrepreneurs!  Many people are becoming more aware of what they put 'ON' and 'IN' their body.   As the saying goes, you only have one body, treat it well. And our guest today will tell us all about her decision to create a natural bath & body products company that is succeeding out of the gate!    Charlene Oancia joins us to talk about Springer & Oake, a local business providing natural products. If you'd like to check out the delicious line of products, visit or find them in NorthGate Mall.   And don't miss our next show when Jeff Kinash from Peregrine Farm will join us.
April 17, 2019
Ep. 19 Dan Benesh from BarterPay Regina
Ever heard of BarterPay Regina? If you have, you're sure to be smiling right now, thinking "love these guys!" If not, be sure to stay tuned for our show with Dan Benesh, to talk all things barter.   As a member, I can tell you these guys are great! They've helped make numerous connections for business owners in Regina and are helping to build a thriving local business economy.
April 3, 2019
Ep. 18 Prabha Mitchell from WESK
Many of you know our guest today, Prabha Mitchell, CEO of WESK - Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan.  If you are an entrepreneur, you can be sure her name is familiar!  Listen in as she talks about what drives her to work with one of the craziest and hardest working groups of self-employed. What keeps her going in spite of some challenging times financially?    Learn about what makes this lady tick in our show today!
March 20, 2019
Ep. 17 Terrie Dunand from Re/Max Crown Realty
Our guest today will change it up a bit. Spring is almost always a busy time in real estate but the last couple years have seen some deep declines.  Tune in as Terrie Dunand from Queen City Homes talks about the markets, things to consider if you are buying or selling and shares just a little of what she knows from her many years in the industry!
March 6, 2019
Ep. 16 Kim Zacaruk from Stone's Throw Coffee Collective
Coffee anyone? Stone's Throw Coffee Collective is a community favourite as a long standing coffee establishment.  Kim Zacaruk joins us to talk coffee, coffee house ownership and a behind the scenes look at the thriving coffee culture in Regina. Kim's story will connect with many, as she left the corporate world for greener, more rewarding pastures.   Entrepreneurship has not disappointed!
February 20, 2019
Ep. 15 Luke Rossmo and Gareth Bawden, Musicians and Entrepreneurs
Our guests today, yes that's plural, are easy on the eyes and easy on the ears. We had an extra special treat with Luke Rossmo and Gareth Bawden, who not only talked about their entrepreneurial journey, they also shared their music with us.   Luke is a musician, personal trainer and, little known secret, accomplished chess player.  Gareth is a musician, videographer, graphic designer and accomplished Dad (of three girls I believe!!).   Thank you both for joining us!  And 2 weeks from today, Kim Zacaruk from Stones Throw Coffee Collective will share her journey; one I know many of you will relate to!
February 6, 2019
Ep. 14 Kristen Hill from Kristen's Cultures & Joy Filled Face Painting
Our guest today is Kristen Hill, owner and sole proprietor of Kristen's Cultures, a local fermented foods creator and distributor.   If you are not familiar with the health benefits of fermented foods, or even if you are, be sure to tune in and learn all about the amazing health benefits of these super foods.    Oh and PS, Kristen has two businesses. Tune in to learn more!
January 24, 2019
Ep. 13 Cyndie Knorr from Cynergy Coaching
Join us Wednesday, January 9 for our first show of 2019 with Cyndie Knorr from Cynergy Coaching. Cyndie is a high performance coach who will help you turn excuses and acceptance into action and forward momentum.  Cyndie will talk about "why" we tend to accept 2nd best and "what" to do about it! Tune in to learn about her coaching and personal challenges that will have you thinking, and seeing, your life from a new perspective.   P.S. The bunny ears are courtesy Facebook with no explanation as to why!
January 23, 2019
Ep. 12 Paul Burch from Echo Lotto
We have a very special guest on the show today - meet Paul Burch from Echo Lotto, a Canadian company changing the way charities sell tickets for raffles during events. Using smart-phone technology, this company aims to raise more money through raffles with less effort.  
December 12, 2018
Ep. 11 Rea Faber from Amaranth Designs
Today's show will warm you up on this icy and chilly Wednesday as Rea Faber joins us to talk fashion (she's a designer), fitness (she runs marathons), parenting (2 boys!!) and managing a successful business.
November 28, 2018
Ep. 10 Brandi Good from BLG Business Solutions
Well today's show is a long time in the making. Brandi and I first talked about her joining me for an episode of the Secret Life of Entrepreneurs when we could still sit outside to enjoy a beverage! But here she is, ready to reveal all her secrets!!   Brandi Good started BLG Business Solutions over 6 years ago and since that time she's create a successful online and offline business that rivals some of the big names many of us know. Amy Porterfield. Gary Vaynerchuk. Marie Forleo.
November 14, 2018
Ep. 9 Dr. Gina Grandy from the Hill | Levene Schools at URegina
Join us to hear from Dr. Gina Grandy from the Paul J. Hill School of Business | Levene Gsb to learn more about the schools' role in building young entrepreneurs and their partnership with Powherhouse Media Group, Media and Manifestation to Mobilize Women.
October 31, 2018
Ep. 8 Candyce Fiessel from The Style Academy & Shear Escape
Ep. 8 with Candyce Fiessel from The Style Academy and Shear Escape Salon and Spa Today's guest is a powerhouse on the Regina entrepreneurial scene. She started her first business as a young teen and has never looked back! Candyce Fiessel is a business owner, a rock star leader, a visionary and mentor who cares deeply about her team and her community.
October 17, 2018
Ep. 7 Michelle Strawford from Belle Chic and What Women Want
Today's guest, on the Secret Life of Entrepreneurs, needs very little introduction.  Michelle Strawford is owner operator of Bella Chic Fashion & Décor and manager of the What Women Want events in Regina and Moose Jaw.
October 3, 2018
Ep. 6 Jordan McFarlen from Conexus Credit Union / Cultivator
In today's episode we'll talk with Jordan McFarlen from the Conexus Business Incubator about the project launch, the 24 Hour Startup Event and the long term benefits to our province.
September 19, 2018
Ep. 5 Cheryl Giambattista from Health Coach Cheryl
Today's guest is Health Coach Cheryl, founder of the Simple Swaps program. Cheryl is a busy mom with six children, a new grandbaby and a hubby who travels. I think she really does do it all!
September 5, 2018
Ep. 4 Joanne Frederick from Prairie Centre for Mindfulness
In Episode #4 we had the great pleasure to hear from Joanne Frederick, a Registered Psychologist and teacher of mindfulness. Joanne owns Prairie Centre for Mindfulness in Regina and works with both private individuals as well as corporations to assist in their mindfulness learnings.
August 22, 2018
Ep. 3 John Hopkins & Amanda Baker, Regina Chamber of Commerce
In Episode #3 we had the great pleasure of meeting John Hopkins, Executive Director and Amanda Baker, Membership Coordinator from the Regina & District Chamber of Commerce to discuss the challenges facing local businesses and the Chamber’s role in supporting economic growth in our community.
August 15, 2018
Ep. 2 Christina Carlson from Queen City Collective
Christina Carlson from Queen City Collective joins us to discuss the co-working trend and the supports available for solopreneurs and freelancers who are tired of the coffee shop life.
July 25, 2018
Ep. 1 Barb McGrath from Above the Fold
Tune in as we talk marketing, pets, local business and WHY the Secret Life of Entrepreneurs! Remember, you worked hard for your success, don't keep it a secret! Bye for now!
July 11, 2018
Prequel with Barb McGrath from Above the Fold
Before the Secret Life of Entrepreneurs, there was a guest appearance on another radio show. This TOTALLY hooked me on talking to others about their business, their insider secrets and what the heck kept them going in the face of crazy obstacles. Join me as I chat with entrepreneurs from around the world about their businesses!
September 28, 2017