When Jackie Dan’s got the idea for a slogan for one of her clients, she found it easy.

“It was easy for me,” says Dance. “Well, Carol; let’s just say you’re better than the rest.”

For customers Campbell River Mirror and companies focused on providing the best hairstyles, this would be a great slogan if it weren’t for one thing. Her owner, Carol Chapman, wasn’t interested in self-improvement if it meant closing another deal.

“He really liked me,” Dance said Thursday in the businesswoman’s bedroom. “It’s shaped the way I market to women at every level.”

Duns performed at Campbell River mirror Miller’s annual Women of Business event. At the Maritime Heritage Center, Miller hosted nearly 50 women from the local business community to celebrate her success and launch the special Women of Business Year 7 (read here).

Online Gourmand Catering treated guests to an array of delicious dishes, while Wild Coast Cocktails made cocktails to order and Fog Ducker treated guests to hot tea and coffee.

Co-owner and craft bartender Kaitlin Zandvliet said she and co-owner Aaron Mercer were thrilled to be a part of the event and took the opportunity to show them what they can do.

“We provide good, fun, delicious food for women,” Zandvliet said. “Everyone is here to interact. We want to offer something special.”

Fog Duckers, who has been a part of Campbell River Mirror Miller’s Women of Business since its inception, is passionate about serving the community of women in business.

“Women are a lot of fun,” Kimberly Fairfax said. “The Campbell River Mirror is so beautiful. Women on the Campbell River, we’re doing it.”

Amanda Forks added that they are all quite realistic.

“They may have a billion dollar business, but they’re still dirty.”

Mandy-Rae Krak of Mirror Multimedia was the keynote speaker at the event. She spoke about her journey as a scuba diver in a male-dominated industry, her previous career.

Kruk is a seven-time free diving world record holder. Her records include an unlimited dive to a depth of 136 meters, a static breath of 6 minutes and 25 seconds and a constant weight record of 88 meters of her own strength.

Kruk spoke about how women support this sport. When she broke the women’s weight record set by Tanya Streeter (70 meters) in 2004, she wrote flowers and a note to the Cayman Islands: “Congratulations, get more.” It was a gesture Crack repeated when she broke her own record.

“Everything is a competitive sport and record for someone else, which could mean sponsoring them. It’s amazing to see people not trying to hide their secrets. I didn’t try to humiliate you,” he said.

As she aspired to unlimited disks, the late Audrey Master offered to lend her equipment.

“I always thought it was cool,” Crack said. “It’s not about how good you can be. If you’re at the top, you should be able to get there and help others get there.”


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