Want to start a business? Here’s looking at you!


I’ve been really grateful for the media about the cookbook – and as a confirmed introvert, I’m really glad to see the end of it!

To me, the toughest type of interview is television. With radio and print media you don’t have to worry about what to wear, if you’re smiling enough and why 2016 was the year to get braces.

I’ve noticed that a popular question is about becoming an entrepreneur – did it feel risky?  The answer for me is “yes, it sure did” and I wonder if there is anyone who ever started a business who would say no.

But I wish there was enough time in interviews to also say that the wonderful thing about being an entrepreneur is that by definition you get to control the risk. You can choose to make it full time or part time, you can have a storefront or sell online, you can keep your day job and work at it all night. There are lots of ways to start a business.

My niece, Jamie Blacklock Holinski, is a perfect example of adding entrepreneurship to an already busy life. Jamie works on the finance side of her husband’s contracting business; she’s raising two children who are very active in sports including horseback riding; she rides competitively herself; and oh yes, in recent years she decided to take up weight training in a focused way.

image1 Even with all this on her plate, in 2012, Jamie wanted to start her own business and instead of taking the path of saying,  “I wish I could start my own business”, she just went ahead and did it, logo and all.

Blackbelts is a cool custom belt business through which Jamie sells her designs in local shows and through Facebook.

Jamie has suggested she design a custom PGB belt and I think that would be great! In the meantime, check out the Blackbelts Clothing Facebook page for an example of defining entrepreneurship creatively.





About the author

Jean Blacklock

Jean opened the popular Prairie Girl Bakery in the financial district of Toronto in 2011. She owned and operated the business until it closed in 2021 as a result of the pandemic’s impact on downtown Toronto. Read more about her background in commerce, law, and entrepreneurship here.

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