To mark Women’s Entrepreneurship Day on November 19, 2020, BMO Financial Group announced the ten recipients of its $100,000 grant program. This year BMO highlighted Canadian women business owners’ innovation and resilience during the pandemic. Since 2012, the program has honoured more than 180 women in communities across Canada and the United States.
“I applied for the grant this past summer,” said Robyn Ledoux, owner and founder of A Touch of Health Massage Clinic. “It’s humbling to be shoulder to shoulder with some of the best female entrepreneurs out there. That said, I know I wouldn’t be here without my amazing team, because you can’t succeed as a one man show,” said Ledoux.
Growing up, Ledoux always wanted to follow her father and grandfather’s footsteps by becoming an entrepreneur in Moose Creek, her hometown. “The best market for small businesses to flourish in is rural communities because we all support one another,” said Ledoux.
It was 11 years ago this fall, that Ledoux opened her clinic with the goal of providing private health care options to locals. “Obviously there was a need for it as my business has been successful from the beginning, and I have my community to thank for that,” said Ledoux. It didn’t take long before I had to hire other therapists, a receptionist and today we are a total of 12 employees.
After outgrowing their first location, Ledoux and her team opened their new 5000 square foot location this fall. They transformed an old elementary school into a hub of services providing everything from massage therapy, a tanning bed, a registered nutritionist, and a health food café, A Taste of Health. “Patrons love the quaintness of the café! It’s like walking down memory lane for locals who attended the school in the past while enjoying it’s recent and creative facelift,” said Ledoux.
Always putting her team first, Ledoux wanted to create some level of job security for her staff during these uncertain times, and that is what the café provides. “Should we ever have to lock-down again, at least my staff can continue working at the café so no one will ever have to go without a paycheck. And that’s very important to me,” said Ledoux. Our take-out menu has been doing very well, and we are grateful for that!
A Touch of Health is open Tuesday to Saturday and A Taste of Health Café is open Thursday to Sunday. For clinic and café hours, please visit: touchofhealth.ca or Taste of Health on Facebook.
To learn more about the grant recipients and BMO Celebrating Women, visit bmoforwomen.com