Nearly one-quarter of businesses in the Shuswap are owned and operated by women, and many of them are getting help and support from a program specifically designed to help them take their companies to the next level.
Tsuts’weye (pronounced “soots-way-a”) is a three-year, federally funded initiative managed through Western Economic Diversification Canada and facilitated locally through Community Futures Shuswap. The project supports female-owned or led enterprises within the Shuswap region and is available to businesses in any phase of operation: start-ups through to long-standing established companies.
The Tsuts’weye business program is available to ALL Shuswap female business owners.
Boots on the ground, find your calm energy
Kate Bischke has a long history of entrepreneurship in her family. Her great-grandparents opened Salmon Arm’s first pharmacy in 1904 on Hudson Avenue, and some of their furniture now sits in her wellness centre also located on Hudson Avenue.
She opened Shuswap Float & Wellness because of the profound, lasting difference alternative healing can have. Her business goal is to build a bigger wellness collective offering a wider variety of healing therapies.
Dissolve stress, anxiety, pain and enhance your human experience at the Shuswap’s best kept secret – a hidden healing oasis with a Float Centre, Neurospa and Halotherapy.
Floatation therapy is a zero-gravity environment that allows the mind and body to completely let go, relax, and reset. Using over 900 pounds of Epsom Salts, the buoyancy of the water makes floating on water feel like floating on air.
Kate is well aware of the effects chronic pain and limited mobility can have on your life. She suffered a brain injury, broke most of the major bones in her body and is a cancer survivor.
“I have gained more confidence in myself and my business has received a boost as I have been introduced to new marketing strategies.”
─ KATE BISCHKE
Tsuts’weye Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Caroline Grover has been working with Kate to identify the gaps and needs in her business; and to connect her to Shuswap business professionals to assist her with marketing and website. Learn more about Shuswap Float & Wellness at shuswapfloatandwellness.ca