Founder, The Canadian Networker
|Topics: Business & Finance|
|Interview Date: August-23-2011|
|Extraordinary Insights: "Focus on your goals and what you want, and believe in yourself. It sounds clichéd, but it’s one of the most difficult things to do."|
After graduating Seneca College and completing an apprenticeship in hairstyling, Ronnie Hannesen opened her first small business: a company that did mobile makeup and hairstyling services for brides, based out of a small office in Scarborough. That success leads her to a launch of a full service salon and spa in Markham. During this time she wrote the first of two successful industry based books – A training manual for women who wished to launch their own bridal business and one targeted to teen makeup artistry. In 2007 she launched a regional based beauty magazine, which leads her to working with other small business owners / entrepreneurs.
Her vast experience in the retail and service sectors allows her to understand the small business owner /entrepreneur and recognize their need for a cost effective method for gaining exposure to increase sales that will keep them in business.
She launched The AFV Network (a group of business owners that met monthly) to create a place where entrepreneurs / small business owners can get together and have a voice. Wanting to expand on that and recognizing that everyone can be both a teacher and a student, she launched The Canadian Networker – an online resource center that is a hub for entrepreneurs to connect, share experiences and learn form each other. It is a place for sales, purchases and alliances and place for education, inspiration and connections.