"You have to be very self-motivated. I didnt realize how difficult it was to run my own business. You constantly have to be out there getting business."
46% of Canadian Aboriginal businesses hire additional full-time, permanent workers.
Christine Zacharko is always on the go with her mobile optical dispensary
Glasses to Go. Shes a crusader in a mini-van, helping
seniors, disabled people and whoever cant or wont travel to
the optician. She provides all the services a regular optician does except
she goes to her customers. When it comes to niche marketing a service,
Christines business vision is definitely 20-20.
Did you know? Entrepreneurial growth is strong across all Aboriginal heritage groups, but it is increasing most among the Métis.
Christines future goals are to pass her business on to her children. Glasses to Go is her dream and she wants to keep it alive as long as she can. Christine is also considering setting up a chain of businesses in different parts of Alberta.
is Métis and got government funding for her business based on her native
heritage. She says she didn’t realize how difficult running her own company
would be. She acknowledges the need to be very self-motivated, especially
when seeking out new business. There is no shortage of challenges to keep
you on the go with your own company.
Education: 2 year diploma optician course, NAIT
Hobbies: Crafts, skating, traveling and camping