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On May 4, The Globe and Mail hosted Women and Small Business – Opportunities and Obstacles to growth, a webcast featuring women in Canada who have founded their own companies.

Moderated by Susan Krashinsky Robertson, The Globe’s retailing reporter, the event was an extension of The Globe Women’s Collective, an initiative dedicated to sharing the perspectives of women in workplaces across Canada.

The speakers, Hyla Nayeri, co-founder of 437, Rowan McAnoy, founder of CurlShoppe and Mariam Ekram, founder of Koa Natural Foods, all spoke candidly about gaining access to funding, the power of social media as a marketing tool, and what they wish they had known before starting their businesses.

Prior to the panel, Stacey Madge, president and country manager at Visa Canada, set the tone for the day’s conversation, offering insights based on Visa’s extensive research on entrepreneurship.


The Globe and Mail presented the event with sponsor support from Visa Canada. For more information on upcoming Globe Events, visit our events hub at

Event summary produced by The Globe and Mail Events team. The Globe’s editorial department was not involved.