October 2019 – Making Waves

With a mission to inform, empower, celebrate and advocate for British Columbia's current and aspiring business leaders, BCBusiness go behind the headlines and bring readers face to face with the key issues and people driving business in B.C.

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E N T R E P R E N E U R O F T H E Y E A R 2 0 1 9 / E M E R G I N G E N T R E P R E N E U R 32 BCBUSINESS OCTOBER 2019 W I N N E R Tara Bosch F O U N D E R A N D C E O , S M A R T S W E E T S n Tara Bosch started what would become SmartSweets in the sum- mer of 2015 with a mission to make candies every- one loves, but without added sugar or artificial sweeteners. She adored sweets growing up, but as a teenager she fell into an unhealthy cycle of binging and losing self-esteem. The then– UBC arts student wanted to create treats she could feel good about eating, so she spent three months testing recipes in her kitchen with a candy mould she bought from Amazon.com. Taking sugar out of candy is no small feat— that's usually what it's mostly made from. Bosch remained undaunted. "I had no idea how I would get there, but I was confident I could find a way," she says. She did. Next, she dropped out of her classes to learn how to build a company as a venture in residence at the WHAT'S ONE THING THAT PEOPLE WOULD BE SURPRISED TO LEARN ABOUT YOU? People assume that I'm super-confident and I have things figured out. But it's the entire opposite. I have to work on being confident every day

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