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Women Find that Later in Life Can Be a Great Time to Start a Business

December 23, 2020

In the municipality of Brighton there are four powerful business women who’ve earned their success as women entrepreneurs. These four women turned their passion into healthy businesses, important to the local Bay of Quinte economy.

Researcher Hao Zhao, whose study was published in the Journal of Business Venturing, noted that older female entrepreneurs are often far more successful than younger ones at starting a business.  “Our findings suggest women should not give up too readily,” Zhao says, “because their chance of success increases as they move to later life stages, and their perseverance ultimately tends to pay off.”

3 Female-led Companies Prove It’s Never Too Late for Business Success

This cluster of the following three women-owned manufacturing businesses in the Brighton industrial park also provides an attractive regional shopping destination for customers looking for high quality locally made products. All three companies are conveniently located in the same building.

Rocia Naturals Pro-aging Skincare Solutions

After two years of research into cosmetic chemistry, aromatherapy, herbalism and cosmetology, Jacqui Maybee and her co-founder, the late Sue O’Ray, unlearned many conventional health standards. With a priority on health and wellness, the women created all natural premium beauty products, which are affordable and safe to use.

In 2012, the company won the Natural Health Best of Canada award. In 2016, after winning the Sustainability award at the Brighton-Cramahe Chamber Business Achievement Awards, Jacqui and Sue partnered with TerraCycle to create a recycling solution for used Rocia makeup and cosmetic containers to divert them from landfills. Jacqui is currently located at 8 Loyalist Drive, Suite A in Brighton.

Saucy Dotty’s Gourmet Sauce

After taking a tour of the Ontario Agri-Food Venture Centre (OAFVC) Dot Worobetz used a family gourmet sauce recipe that had been handed down by her Aunt to create Saucy Dotty’s Original Gourmet Sauce. Sweet, Extreme Heat and Gluten Free variations have been added over the years.

Dot opened her own production facility at 8 Loyalist Drive, Unit 1 in Brighton in the summer of 2020, proving she made the right decision to “put age restrictions, other peoples’ opinions, and other such nonsense aside and give an idea a chance.” 

Mrs. B’s Country Candy

After years of making chocolates in her home kitchen for family and friends, Lorie launched Mrs. B’s Country Candy in 1999, selling her artisan belgian chocolate treats at craft sales and fairs. 

Through several years of refining her recipes and consistently increasing demand, Lorie is now at her third facility and storefront at 8 Loyalist Drive, Unit 9, Brighton as of winter 2020.

Continuing her Grandmother’s traditional methods, chocolates are prepared one batch at a time and available for purchase at the Brighton store, several other stores or online.

Bay of Quinte Region Supports Women Entrepreneurs

Quinte Economic Development Commission provides resources, support and connections for manufacturing businesses like Rocia, Saucy Dotty’s and Mrs. B’s Country Candy. For more information on how they can help your business reach out to the Quinte Economic Development Commission (QEDC).


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