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2019 ATHENA Valley of the Sun Honoree Shatha Barbour

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For Valley co-working business owner, women are key to growth!


Despite an uptick in co-working ventures around the Valley, one space in Phoenix has seen early success in its mission of bringing the community together to support women-owned businesses.

Shatha Barbour of Hera Hub opened the Phoenix branch of the San Diego-based co-working consortium in April, but she has fought to improve communities throughout her career.

Shatha Barbour 2019 Athena Leadership Honoree

Barbour was born in Homs, Syria, a city that has been destroyed by civil war. She grew up in Illinois and Georgia before moving to Phoenix eight years ago.

Barbour’s time at Eli Lilly and Co., working with governments to make medicine more practically available, trained her to have an eye to the rest of the world. It’s what attracted her to Hera Hub, a for-profit venture that seeks to help women entrepreneurs through the continuum of company-building.

“If we can help people, we’ll help people,” Barbour said of the company’s mission. More »

Photodisinfection Therapy Success by Carolyn Cross

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Ondine, Business Insider, Carolyn Cross, GroYourBizA big congratulations to GroYourBiz’s Carolyn Cross and her company, Ondine Biomedical Inc. for the success of their photodisinfection therapy, which will now be used in Canadian healthcare facilities. Read more about this success in the Business Insider Press Release!

Growing Your Business by Marg Hachey

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BMO, Marg Hachey, Grow Your Business, Poscast

We are so proud of GroYourBiz’s Managing Director, Marg Hachey, for her recent BMO Bank of Montreal podcast that offers some lessons and tips on growing your business. Listen to the full episode HERE!






Master Your Disaster by Leann Hackman-Carty

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Master Your Disaster Book Cover Leann Hackman CartyWe are delighted to have Leann Hackman-Carty on the GroYourBiz team. Her work in emergency preparedness was featured on The Everyday Millionaire this month. You can listen to the podcast HERE! For more information, check out Master Your Disaster by Leann Hackman-Carty

“When you think about it, this [emergency preparedness] truly is about saving lives, saving livelihoods and saving quality of life in the community.” – Leann Hackman-Carty







Remembering Michelle — “The cycle of life and the meaningful connections we make”

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Family, Michelle Pokey Leadership Award, Barbara Mowat, GroYourBiz,

Pockey family 2015, and in 2019 w/Martha Manuel, winner of MP Leadership Award, Carolyn Cross & Barbara Mowat with JWR

What does BIV IWIB2019 have in common with “The National Retreat for Women”? The retreat, initiated in the 90s by the Right Honourable Kim Campbell, provides an occasion for women leaders from a cross-section of fields to meet in an informal, non-partisan setting to explore and share common concerns & experiences – and to hear inspiring speakers.

In April 2015, the late Michelle Pockey, and Carolyn Cross (GYB Executive Board) attended and heard for the first time Jody Wilson Raybould, as well as women leaders from different parties: NDP, Liberal and Conservative. Discussions always cover diverse subjects, including truth and honesty, resilience, self-determination & communications from a national/global perspective.

While JWR was not a Minister then, I was so moved by what she had to say, as were Michelle and Carolyn that we wanted to continue to speak with her. We concluded that we wanted her to sit on a panel for the GYB EXCELerate Conference to be held Sept. 2015.  Without hesitation, she said yes! More »