Highlights from 2018
As we look forward to the new year, we wanted to rewind and share our top moments of Ellie Bianca in 2018. It was difficult to choose, but we narrowed it down to our favorites. We want to recognise YOU and thank you for supporting us on this incredible journey. Thank you for being part of the movement of Kind to your Skin | Kind to the Earth | Kind to Women.
LAUNCH OF THE ELLIE BIANCA WOMAN FOUNDATION
The Ellie Bianca Woman Foundation delivers hope through supporting education for boys and girls in Africa and administering a scholarship to single mothers in North America.
The Foundation was started by Evelyne Nyairo (Founder of Ellie Bianca) with the following objectives:
- Provide financial support to single mothers struggling to complete post secondary education.
- Bring sustainable change and writing a positive life story.
- Increase opportunities for women and children through education and business mentorship.
In October, we announced the launch of the Foundation with a Gala sponsored by Andy Strasser (Merlin Integrated Solutions). The evening was hosted by Evelyne Nyairo and was attended by leaders from the community leading positive change through business and education including James Boettcher (Fiasco Gelato), Houston Peschl, represented by Sanya Chaudhry (University of Calgary), and our MC Darrel Janz (CTV News). The incredible evening brought the community together at the beautiful Donna Mac Restaurant in Downtown Calgary. Topics covered the barriers women face today and how we can overcome these barriers to improve wellbeing while making progress toward closing the inequality gap. The Women InPower Gala will be an annual event to continue this initiative that is close to our hearts.
Photo: Victor Panlilio
Following the Gala, we hosted the Ellie Bianca Woman Run. This took place on the trails in North Glenmore Park among the beautiful snow-covered trees. The participants ran and walked the 5K and 10K route followed by a message by our volunteer RMT’s while having fun around the fire. The freezing cold weather and snow didn’t stop us from racing for a cause we deeply believe in.
Photo: Victor Panlilio
ELLIE BIANCA IS NOW AVAILABLE IN MORE STORES
In 2018 we saw tremendous growth with more locations to service our customers in North America. Now, find us at over 50 locations. Here are the new additions that joined our family in 2018:
- Blush Lane, Calgary & Edmonton
- Healthfitters, Lacombe
- Heritage foods, Brooks
- Epic Beauty Boutique, Edmonton
- Whole Foods, BC & Ontario
- Nature’s Emporium, Ontario
- Oaktree Naturals, Victoria
- Camomile Beauty, Montreal
- Marjani Beauty, Washington, DC
To learn more about collaborating or think we would be a good fit with a business you know, connect with us here.
We are honored to be selected to participate in the 2019 Vital Voices (VV) GROW Fellowship. This opportunity will provide practical business training in Strategic Planning, Human Resources, Financial Management, Leadership, Marketing & Sales, Strategic Networking and Communications through a 12-month program for our Founder. This world-renowned program admits 45 women from around the globe who are passionate and motivated to enhance their leadership skills and grow their businesses on a global scale.
CITRUS VERBENA BODY OIL STANDS OUT AS A FINALIST
Our commitment to developing and bringing to you the most effective, innovative products is catching wind. We know our products are great and others agree. The Citrus Verbena Body Oil was selected from over 350 products as the BEST MOISTURIZER for Indie Beauty Best In Show Finalist. In Canada, Citrus Verbena recognized by BC Living for the Simply Beautiful Awards Best Body Skincare product Finalist.
No wonder why our Citrus Verbena is fancied by the judges and customers. Here are the top benefits:
- All natural light oil that is easily absorbed
- Quenches dry skin
- Brightens and tones complexion
- Promotes skin cell regeneration
- Balances skin pH
Photo: Toi Et Moi
ELLIE BIANCA IN THE MEDIA
Evelyne was recognized as an Inspired Albertan and featured on the CTV Inspired Albertan segment. Showcasing the work EllieBianca is doing both in Canada and overseas. It was a privilege to share our story with the viewers and especially to those who did not know we are a local Alberta grown company with a global connection.
Our excitement could not be contained when we were invited to the CTV News studio to be featured on the CTV Morning Live Show talking about the brand story and science behind our all natural skincare products.
Cosmetics Design featured Ellie Bianca as the top 5 independent beauty brands in natural skincare. Deanna Utroske Editor of Cosmetic Design profiled our Founder in an article featuring entrepreneurs and innovative brands.
SHOPLAND HEALTH PODCAST
Jim and Laurie the amazing duo behind Shopland Health recorded a podcast with Evelyne with a special visit to our flagship store in Calgary. Evelyne shares incredible tips on starting and growing a brand in a super competitive industry. Listen here. Are you an entrepreneur or know a small business owner and would like to connect? Evelyne helps to mentor and coach other business entrepreneurs who want to take their dreams to the next level. For inquiries, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us at our boutique located at 814 16 Ave NW, Calgary
LAUNCH OF MINI LIMITED EDITION FRANKINCENSE & MYRRH
We heard what you had to say and created a 30 ml limited edition Frankincense & Myrrh for the perfect stocking stuffer. A customer favorite formula for all the skin health benefits especially great for skin aging gracefully including: targeting fine lines and wrinkles, pigmentation and boosting the tone and texture.
2019 Ellie Bianca will challenge the Status Quo. “ It feels like everything we have been working on over the last 3yrs will come together,” says our Founder Evelyne. 2018 was a year of trusting the process, however, 2019 will be the year of implementing, monitoring and expanding our reach.
In 2019 you can expect to see more international expansion beginning with a focus in the US and other markets, new products, recipient of the scholarship awarded, and increased presence in Canada. We wish you a Happy New year and welcome 2019!
Evelyne and The Ellie Bianca Team
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