What is your story? What do you do and how did you get to where you are today in your career?
I am the owner and “one woman show” that is On The Rocks Ice. We are a locally owned and operated Ice Distribution company here in Vancouver BC. We provide services throughout the Lower Mainland and as far as the Okanogan and Vancouver Island. I’m also a co-owner of Simply Pure Hillside - where we sell and distribute RO and Alkaline Water to Victorians! I purchased On The Rocks about 4 years ago after its initial owners decided to step away. I was moving on from a job and found myself without the next thing to go to, and this opportunity basically fell into my lap. I spent several weeks diving into and analyzing financials, trying to source funding, and wrapping my head around owning an ice company before finally pulling the trigger and purchasing the company. 4 years have passed, and I haven’t looked back. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the future!
One resource you can share that has been beneficial to your job?
Networking! NETWORKING! And putting yourself out there. When I first bought the business, I was so focused on learning and understanding the ins and outs and just trying to survive that everything else fell to the wayside. After 4 years, I am figuring out how important it is to put yourself out there - ask for things! I have had a lot of great opportunities lately to showcase myself and my business simply because I’ve asked. I don’t think I ever would have had the guts to do that 4 years ago, but what I’ve learned is that the worst that can happen is someone says no!