EMBERS Ventures Helps Turn Passions Into Business
EMBERS Ventures Build A Business Program helps entrepreneurs launch their business through expert training and advice. Meet Cheryl, EMBERS Ventures Build A Business participant and founder of Quirky Paper Co.
In May 2013, Cheryl Loh graduated from Emily Carr University with a full-time graphic designer position waiting for her. As ecstatic as she was, her passion for creating cheeky and cute greeting cards was incomparable.
Ever since high school, she dreamt that her paper creations would populate the world of craft sales, but she never had the time to pursue this aspiration.
While Cheryl’s credentials in the arts were infallible, she knew that she needed help on how to introduce her products to the market. Then, she discovered EMBERS Ventures’ Build A Business program.
“Since I don’t come from a business background, I really wanted to take a course that would help give me more confidence in running and growing my business. I work full-time, so the EMBERS Ventures program was a great fit because I could keep my job and attend classes in the evening.”
Cheryl admits that there are times where she has felt overwhelmed with running a business, but EMBERS Ventures was always there to help.
“The program has helped me clarify my vision and specific goals, and understand that my priorities are tied to both. I am now re-evaluating how I spend my time, and setting my priorities based on what’s most important for the success for the business.”
Cheryl has launched Quirky Paper Co., a collection of greeting cards and paper goods that are inspired by everyday life and conversations, re-imagined to express funny or quirky ideas. They are being sold worldwide, including local boutique stores, such as Much & Little and the Window Community Art Shop.
While she is watching her dreams unfold, Cheryl continues to attend EMBERS Ventures’ business programs twice a week to consistently build a strong foundation for her business.
Interested in starting your own business? Learn more about our programs here.