Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in training and education but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Sherin Alibhai, Founder of Montessori Professional Training Canada, located in Calgary, AB, Canada.

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

We are in the business of Adult Education, and our customers are: educators, parents, and individuals wishing to change their careers to Early Childhood Education.

Tell us about yourself

I worked for colleges as a Montessori Trainer for over ten years and realized I wanted to organize course content in a certain way that would make it user-friendly for the learner. This was just the beginning because when I did start my own training center and worked on developing the course content, I realized I had other strengths to share, which previously had been underutilized. What motivates me each day? I know I have gifts and talents to share, and I want to make a difference in the world. There is the only way to do it - to DO IT! Even if it is one individual at a time.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

  • Bringing the community a time-tested pedagogy and yet delivering it in a unique manner that has every student of ours say at the end of the course, "I wish there was more!"
  • Holding true to my values and ethics.
  • Managing multiple businesses and being part of the teaching team with exuberance.

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

  • Being consistent in habits that lead to success
  • Staying strong through adversity
  • Finding a balance between cordial relationships with staff and doing right for the business - finding ways to communicate ideas in different ways

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

  1. Know your trade.
  2. Know your mission.
  3. Know marketing, start-up, and financials well.

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

I am a self-motivated individual with a warm personality that is very comforting to individuals that are shy or new in Canada. I am very strong in my values which helps my staff to trust me as their employer. I was nominated twice for the RBC Canada Women Entrepreneur.

Where can people find you and your business?


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