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Roxanne Power & Anita Wells discuss the benefits of franchising for local economic recovery

Roxeanne Power, a local entrepreneur, opened her second Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa in Oshawa on December 9th, 2020. Hand & Stone is the premier massage and facial brand that has 475+ locations across the U.S. and Canada. We take a look at a successful franchise system and how and how Power’s first location in Ajax helps. Roxanne, the daughter of entrepreneurs in Newfoundland sold her first business, a daycare, and then chose to go the franchise route, people stay healthy and happy through the pandemic, Power also discusses how she hopes the business will help with the economic recovery of the city with the influx of much-needed jobs. Power always knew she wanted to own a business that would allow her to connect with and provide for a community. She started out helping her mother run a business in their hometown of Lamaline, Newfoundland, but after a few months, Power realized that staying in Lamaline and working at her mother’s business wasn’t for her. She moved to Ontario and found Hand & Stone. After opening her Ajax location in 2018, business took off and positioned her for future growth. She can tell you more about the plans for the new Hand & Stone location in Oshawa, including how she’ll encourage her staff to be good community partners through charity and other works. Anita Wells can discuss what plans how franchising is a great option — as her organization nears the opening of their 500th spa in 2021 and why Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa stands out among other industry competitors.

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The Importance of Embracing a Non-Linear Path to Success with Sahar Saidi

Sahar Saidi is the Founder and CEO of LUS Brands, a direct-to-consumer premium hair care brand for curly hair. Sahar completed her MBA at the University of Toronto and upon graduation applied for several corporate executive jobs, but had no success. Driven by motivation and a personal challenge, she decided to embark on a different path, one that would lead her to become the CEO of her own company.

The problem Sahar set out to fix was truly personal. “Growing up, I used to hate my curly hair. I would always beg my mom to straighten it. I finally started to embrace my hair’s natural texture when I was around 15 years old. Fast forward 20 years and having tried virtually every product on the market, I still had not found anything that actually worked,” she explains, on the why behind starting LUS. “I used to spend hours every single day doing my hair, and needed multiple products. I was tired of it and wanted to create a true ‘All-in-One’ product that simplified my hair care routine.”

Sahar wanted to prove to other entrepreneurs that you can start from nothing and bootstrap your way to a hyper-growth, profitable business. “It took blood, sweat and many tears (literally) to get the company to where it is today,” says Sahar, “but it’s definitely the accomplishment that I’m most proud of, so far in my life.”

Based in Toronto, LUS Brands launched in January 2017 offering a 3-step system product line, customized for different curl types. The brand has since added 3 new products to its line. LUS (which stands for ‘Love Ur Self’) encourages women of all ages and ethnicities to embrace their own natural and unique features, instead of altering or masking them.

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Lisa Shelley, CEO of Neal’s Yard Remedies Talks About the Challenges of Running a Small Business

Lisa Shelley is CEO of Neal’s Yard Remedies, which sells cosmetics, skin care products, and essential oils.

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