Continuing on the International Women's Day (IWD) trend, it's essential to keep the spotlight on more remarkable women who inspire and empower others in the community of Strathmore.

Among them is Denise  Geremia, a beloved figure in Strathmore, originally hailing from Fairview, Alberta.

 Geremia's journey from a small town to becoming a successful entrepreneur is both inspiring and emblematic of the spirit of resilience and determination celebrated on IWD.

Around 2007,  Geremia and her husband made the move to Strathmore, instantly falling in love with the town's charm and sense of community.

Little did they know that this move would set the stage for  Geremia's entrepreneurial endeavors.

Armed with a degree in business administration with a focus on marketing,  Geremia embarked on a path that would see her transform her passion into thriving businesses.

Reflecting on her journey,  Geremia shares, "My whole plan was to just be a receptionist until I had babies, then just stay home for a year and go back to work, but I learned very quickly that I hated doing things for other people."

This realization catalyzed her entrepreneurial spirit, leading her to establish several successful ventures.

One of  Geremia's notable achievements is her ownership of Lil Hoots Consignment, a local destination for parents seeking clothing for their little ones.

Despite her busy schedule as a business owner,  Geremia remains dedicated to prioritizing her role as a mother.

"Even with running a business, I still put my kids first," she emphasizes.

When asked about the women who inspire her,  Geremia pays tribute to her mother, whose remarkable work ethic and determination served as a guiding light throughout her life.

"I admire my mom. Her work ethic is phenomenal. She was raising 3 kids, my dad was an RCMP member. She went to school to get her RN and she was always working like they worked opposite schedules, and they just did whatever they could."

In addition to Lil Hoots Consignment,  Geremia is also the driving force behind the local magazine, Newsy Neighbour.

What started as a simple endeavor to distribute real estate listings evolved into a publication that celebrates local businesses and events.

"It's not a community newspaper, but we do allow local advertisements,"  Geremia explains.

For aspiring female entrepreneurs,  Geremia offers invaluable advice rooted in her own experiences.

"Just go for it and start a business plan," she urges.

"If you don't have a business plan, you are just being irresponsible," she adds.

As we celebrate International Women's Day, Denise  Geremia's story serves as a reminder of the power of perseverance, determination, and female empowerment.

Through her entrepreneurial journey, she has not only carved a path to success for herself but has also inspired countless others to pursue their dreams fearlessly.

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