Margo Malabar, owner of “More than Pajamas”, is an ELEVATE participant living in St. Jean, Manitoba.
Her business manufactures adult-sized pyjamas, nightwear and loungewear, including adaptive and custom designs. Margo comes from a family of entrepreneurs.
She says “being an entrepreneur allows me to be creative, and work as hard and long as I want, and strive for excellence.”
When asked to give advice to other entrepreneurs with disability, Margo says “Don’t wait – just move forward and reach out to the support network that Community Futures has to offer”.
The ELEVATE program helped Margo in many ways – she found the Community Futures staff to be very supportive, creative and helpful with good ideas and resources. The financial support for the first few months was paramount, plus the bookkeeping and marketing support.
Margo will continue to build on her original business plan over the next 5 years. This includes fine tuning her supply of garments so that they reflect the market demand, continuing direct sales at farmer’s markets and trade shows.
She plans on possibly setting up a retail store by year 3.