SMARTStart mentor

We believe in mentorship!

Small business plays an important role in our local economy. Airdrie is home to just over 1,800 licensed Airdrie-based businesses. Of that, 99 per cent have fewer than 100 employees (consistent with the Canadian percentage). A further 86 per cent of Airdrie businesses have less than 10 employees. And, more than 58 per cent of local businesses operate from a home – 24 per cent of those businesses are interested in one day moving to a storefront location. Here are this year’s Businesses and Mentors that are working towards greatness!

CLICK HERE to see the mentors and business bios of each!

Jacqui Jepson is the mentor for: Delree Dumont, Native Art Gallery

Mentor Name: Jacqui Jepson
Age: 37
Business: The Pink Wand Cleaning Services Ltd.
Years in business: 7
Growing up I wanted to be: Pet store owner
My first year in business: I did whatever it took to get my name out; posted signs in ditches, knocked on doors and pounded the pavement! I worked 12-hour days to ensure I could provide for my kids.
Best advice you ever got: “Plan your work and work your plan.” (from my dad, Dave Jepson)
Proudest achievement: 2014 Business Winning Edge Award
What’s on your desk/laptop right now: Profile pictures and bios of my staff
I define success as: Reaching goals I have set for myself, checking them off and setting more goals to achieve. I have been paired with: Delree Dumont, Native Art Gallery