Tell us about your business.
Aradia Fitness is Canada’s leading Pole Dancing and Sensual Fitness company, with 15 studios throughout Canada. We offer pole dancing for fitness classes, workshops and parties. Our classes are taught by encouraging, supportive and fun instructors, who believe that every woman deserves to feel beautiful and strong. Jane Wilson opened Aradia Fitness Oakville in 2008, and has been enjoying the experience of supporting women in their life journey.
Who are you outside of work?
I love my family- spending time with my boys. I work a lot, so I cherish the time I spend at home.
What motivated you to start your business or choose your profession?
I fell in love with the art of pole dancing, and felt the direct results. I wanted other ladies to experience the same. The opportunity to open the Oakville franchise presented itself, and I went for it.
How do you overcome business challenges or obstacles?
Faith. I see challenges and obstacles as opportunities to navigate, overcome and learn from. They are expected in owning a business, so I prepare for them.
What are your greatest strengths?
Energy, enthusiasm, Willingness to reach my goals.
What are your favourite business tools?
My iPhone, laptop, Twitter, Facebook. Constant contact. Simply talking to my clients.
What are you most passionate about?
Helping people realize that life is an amazing journey.
Who is your greatest business mentor and why?
I look towards innovators, people who think outside the box.
What advice would you give to other business owners?
Stay on task with your projects and see them to completion. “Get it done!”
What is the most helpful business book you have read and why?
Help me understand that “dips” are a part of business, and that you should lean into the dip in order to overcome it.