Entrepreneurship, Truth, Reconciliation & The Battle For A Red Canada Post Mailbox, with Mariah Battiste
As an entrepreneur, I can relate to the many struggles and achievements that come with insurmountable learning curves when starting a new business. Not to mention the ridiculous amount of self-doubt you constantly try to talk yourself out of when faced with obstacles. Along with the incredible highs when you persist and find solutions.
The last ten years have been an era of rapid digital technology transformation, creating opportunities for people to start home-based businesses and service clients worldwide. As a result, people living in rural communities can compete in the global market and run six-figure businesses from their basements.
But how does equity play a part in the lives of new entrepreneurs when it comes to accessing resources that we might take for granted? How does colonization affect entrepreneurs who live on an Indigenous reserve?
My guess today is, Mariah Battiste, beadwork designer and owner of Sundaylace Creations & Bling. Raised in Unamaki (Cape Breton) in Nova Scotia, her business is rooted in contemporary beaded jewelry for weddings, special occasions, or everyday wear.
Mariah's business has received awards and has grown exponentially over the last few years. She was the keynote speaker for the 2022 In.Business Youth Mentoring Conference at Cape Breton University and Unama'ki College, her presentation was funny, insightful and shocking. Of all the things she thought would be a struggle when starting her business, she never imagined her biggest battle would be with Canada Post.