Meredith Garritsen, Hervana, Vancouver

WeBC May 9, 2018

Meredith Garritsen is helping women achieve financial independence.

She created Hervana to support and uplift female entrepreneurs. Hervana is a female-focused coworking space, offering monthly memberships to entrepreneurs, freelancers, remote workers as well as women leaders and champions. Its core offerings include monthly memberships for office use, desk use, and hot-desking time. It also provides meeting room rental, event space rental, workshops, and business services such as a shipping address. Members can also access monthly events, built around three pillars: Skill Development, Self Care, and Networking, for free or low cost.

Q&A: Meredith’s Journey

Q. What services has WeBC provided you and how have these services helped you?

A. I discovered WeBC initially when looking for financing. As a start-up, finding financing was scary and there was a lot of uncertainty about whether I would be approved. Being a female-focused business I felt WeBC would be a natural fit and that if anyone was going to get behind my initiative it would be WeBC.

Thankfully my instinct was right. Not only was I approved, I felt supported and championed. There is a personal touch to the financing process with WeBC. I feel like each person I speak with at WeBC knows who I am and knows about my business. I feel comfortable reaching out to them when I am stuck in my business and need a bit of perspective. I have also taken advantage of a number of informative phone conferences on various topics that have helped me in my business.

Q. What inspired you to take the leap and start your own business?

A. After working for ten years for another business owner, I felt I was ready to go out on my own. I wanted to align my work with my values and interests. Entrepreneurship has been a humbling and surprising experience. Being supported by a community, which for me includes WeBC has been essential in persisting through the roller coaster of entrepreneurship.

Q. What’s the biggest lesson you learned when starting your business?

A. Don’t rush and don’t force. You miss things and make uninformed decisions when rushing. I have also found that if I’m working too hard to make something work, it’s a sign to stop and evaluate if it’s the right thing.

Q. What are your goals for the business?

A. Besides the financial markers, what keeps me motivated is my impact goal. My impact goal is to be a part of 100 women’s successful journey to financial independence.

Q. What is your greatest strength as an entrepreneur?

A. Stubbornness (resilience if you prefer), and a complete inability to be embarrassed!

Q. What personal lessons have you learned as an entrepreneur?

A. I have learned that I cannot do everything on my own and that people who care want to help. I’m doing myself a favour by telling my staff how they can support me in realizing my business goals.

Where to find Hervana


Facebook – Hervana Vancouver

Instagram – @HervanaVancouver

LinkedIn – Hervana Vancouver

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.