Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Connie Jakab, Director of Community Engagement of Certified Flourishing Coaching, located in Calgary, AB, Canada.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

We certify leaders, educators, and parents in an innovative model that is changing the game in mental health.

Tell us about yourself

I started my work with youth at risk in East Vancouver 25 years ago. As I began to take my resilience work into schools, I noticed as I went more into middle-class and affluent schools that the same issue I saw in lower-income communities with mental health was just as much present in other schools. I have been diving into what creates resilience and flourishing in individuals, families, schools, and communities ever since. There are too many suffering when they don't need to. My WHY is to help those who are holding up students falling through the cracks. My son is one of them and drives my work.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

Seeing leaders, parents, and educators equipped with tools to make a difference in youth. To see people overcoming depression and anxiety and starting to flourish!

What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?

Re-educating people on mental health and why this solution could change the game. We've been told too much about mental health, which has formed a way of thinking that makes us think we are stuck.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. What have you been through in your life? What are the pivotal moments?
  2. What did you learn? What can you offer others as a solution to problems they face that are just like yours?
  3. It's really that simple. GO FOR IT!

Where can people find you and your business?


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