Never too Late

18 January 2019

Late Blooming Entrepreneurs

 

Some entrepreneurs decide to take the leap later in life, while their peers are most likely contemplating pre-retirement. And some, launch their business project after one, even two previous careers. For them, it is never too late for a project to see the light of day, even when it comes to the most outside-the-box ideas.

After the DH Code “It is never too late” video was posted, a great number of people reacted in such a vibrant way. Here are a few of the many testimonials we received.

Danièle Henkel TV

“For more than 20 years, I was employed as a manager in different industries working on transforming business models. From a young age, I always had hundreds of ideas for a business. For me, it finally happened at 40 years old, with JUST BITE, a business that specializes in the preparation and delivery of healthy and nutritious snacks. One thing is for sure: I would have never been able to start, let alone survive my first year if it wasn’t for my network and experience. That’s the reason I was able to effectively take on every step. When you start a business later in life, you know yourself more, but it certainly doesn’t come without resistance, since you are taking yourself out of your comfort zone. I am discovering myself through entrepreneurship. Every morning I wake up with one goal in mind: to touch people’s lives in a positive way.” – Mélanie Grenier, president, JUST BITE

“I worked in the film and television industry for at least 10 years before starting my own business. Like many mothers, I did it after having kids in order to spend more time with them. I was 34 years old. One more year and I wouldn’t have been eligible to receive any grants. Apparently, we are considered young entrepreneurs until age 35. Nevertheless, I don’t feel that age should be the factor that stops you from pursuing your dreams. Today, the market, commerce, business models, and consumer behaviour change continuously. A business doesn’t move like a long and calm river. You need to adapt all the time. I surrounded myself with competent people and I learned gradually. Since I put the brakes on its growth a few times, my business has seen a slow progression, but that worked for me. 11 years have gone by, and today, I am in my element. The values instilled in my company reflect my own.” – Alexandra Pagé, president and founder, Glup bébé inc.

Danièle Henkel TV

“I immigrated here from France in the 90s, and I worked in media relations for a number of years. At age 40, I wanted to do something else and I decided to take a cabinetmaking course. I became a craftsman, and at 48 years old, I created my own company, Amik Ébénisterie. Then at 50 years old, in my workshop, I started building wooden bicycles with two partners and we created Picolo Vélo. Looking back, I should have done this in my twenties, because this is my true passion. My days are always different. Entrepreneurs never get bored! However, I recognize that my path is what lead me here today. I am certainly more mature and more aware of my capabilities, even if there is always something to learn.” – Loïc Dehoux, co-associate and co-founder Picolo Vélo

Danièle Henkel TV

“I’ve always been curious about entrepreneurship, since it inspired my brother, and he’s had great success owning his own business. For me however, being comfortable in high-level positions, it was never a good time, without taking into account that I wasn’t financially secure. Until one day, life decided to give me a shake as I was entering my 50s. After 14 years as general director for the same employer, I found myself restructured out of a job. I worked in a few other positions after that, but I was finding it difficult to achieve my goals. I became self-employed three years ago, at 56 years old, and I have never looked back. Age doesn’t really have anything to do with self-accomplishment. I am very proud to have left the beaten path and to be able to share my experience with our staff at our consulting and head hunting firm.” François Lachaîne, partner and president, BLV Besner Lachaine Valiquette Inc.

“At 52, I purchased the business I had been working at for the past seven years. The occasion presented itself and I said yes, without really thinking about it. I just thought it was a great opportunity for me to grow and reach my full potential. I believed that I could make a difference in the company, primarily by saving jobs. I’ve always admired business people, go-getters with courage, a sense of initiative, and energy. Today, I feel like one of them (well, almost!) and I want to succeed! I embrace the challenge, even though it scares me…” – Nathalie Gauthier, senior partner, sales & marketing, VSM Marketing

Danièle Henkel TV

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Mélissa Proulx

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Mélissa Proulx is a journalist, news contributor, and copywriter. Passion and creativity have been driving her to create rich and diverse journalistic content since 2002.