Goldie Hartford, H.A.V.E. Solutions, Castlegar

WeBC April 5, 2024

Within her 30-year corporate career, Goldie Hartford gained experience in a wide range of sectors, including healthcare, utilities, and finance. Regardless of where she worked, Goldie provided project management, coaching, and professional development to the teams she supported. However, wanting to have a more significant and long-lasting impact on the clients she served, Goldie founded H.A.V.E. Solutions, a coaching and consulting company aimed at empowering individuals and organizations to excel at leadership.

At H.A.V.E. Solutions, Goldie offers executive coaching, leadership development, and project management services. Her approach is rooted in the value of making individuals feel Heard, Appreciated, Valued, and Engaged (H.A.V.E.). This serves as the foundation for creating a culture of successful and sustainable leadership within organizations.

With a passion for continuous learning and growth, Goldie’s entrepreneurial journey led her to seek out resources to enhance her business skills. Through online research, she discovered WeBC and was drawn to our programs being tailored to women business owners.

The opportunity to participate in the WeBC Growth Peer Mentoring Program caught Goldie’s attention, as she saw it as a chance to connect with like-minded individuals, share experiences, and learn from others. Initially hesitant about networking and feeling reluctant to ask for help, Goldie’s perception changed as she realized that networking allowed her to build connections and share knowledge.

Through the program, Goldie expanded her network, gained practical insights that benefited her business, gained access to resources, and found a sense of community and support through WeBC. As a solopreneur in a small community, she often felt isolated, but her involvement with WeBC reminded her that she wasn’t alone.

Looking ahead, Goldie is eager to continue her involvement with WeBC and explore additional programs and opportunities that align with her needs and interests.

Client Q&A

Q: What kind of coaching does H.A.V.E. Solutions offer?

A: I do virtual and in-person one-on-one or group coaching that is customized to the client’s needs. I love working with different groups and organizations to build a culture of successful and sustainable leadership. This can also include individuals who are thinking about going into a leadership role to those who have just become new leaders.

I also do what’s called observational coaching, where I’m actually in the field,  wearing a hard hat and full PPE to shadow clients in real time. This allows me to provide feedback on the spot and give them advice on how to be a better leader.

Q: What made you want to join the Mentorship Program?

A: Networking was something that I was resistant to in the beginning. I feel like the word has a negative connotation around it and I never wanted to feel like I was using somebody for their time to ask questions about my business. 

When the opportunity came up to be a part of the mentor program, it was something I wanted to join because it’s meant for sharing. I was looking for ways to meet like-minded women and share my own experiences and ideas.

The program shifted my whole view of networking and I’m now excited to set up virtual coffee dates. It’s about friendships, sharing, and collaborating. 

I understand now that networking is essential to business, not just from a business development perspective, but from a supportive and collaborative perspective.

Q: Can you share any specific insights you gained from the program?

A: There was a woman I connected with in the program and she referred me to resources that she used when she first started in business. I used the resources and it completely helped me understand the financial pieces I was missing. 

I knew money goes in and out, but the resources she provided transformed my way of working. It was a missing piece that helped me understand how cash flow works and it’s something that I’ll be forever grateful for.

Q: What advice would you give to someone starting their own business?

A: My advice would be never to underestimate yourself. Often, especially as women, we do limit our potential, whether it’s self-perceived limitations or doubts. If we believe in ourselves, embrace our journey, and find some support that might help us, anything is possible. You can do it. Don’t limit yourself.

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About WeBC

WeBC is a not-for-profit that has been supporting women business owners across the province for over 25 years. Working with our regional partners, we’ve provided thousands of entrepreneurs with business loans and expertise, training, resources, and peer network support to help businesses grow and thrive.

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