February 27, 2018
Naomi Keane, who owns Airdrie’s Oranj Fitness alongside her dad Warren Keane, comes by her entrepreneurial spirit naturally, with both of her parents being entrepreneurs.
This spirit, coupled with her love of group fitness, motivated Keane to start a company offering outdoor boot camp in Victoria, B.C., nine years ago that grew from offering one to 117 classes per week.
Buoyed by this experience, Keane opened Oranj Fitness in September 2016, and is getting ready to open a second location, in Calgary’s Kensington neighbourhood.
Keane attributes her success to the welcoming atmosphere, for both staff and clients, she works to create for her business.
“I pride myself on relationships,” she says of her success. “I love community, love connecting with people.”
Shannon Hamel, who works alongside Keane, says her boss is captivating, visionary, inspiring and generous.
Hamel explains Keane is also passionate about giving back to the community by hosting regular charity events for organizations such as Quinn’s Legacy, Airdrie Food Bank and the Canadian Cancer Society.
Keane says she wants her business to be integral to the community.
“My business plan includes giving back to the community we live in,” she says.
She advises other women who are considering starting their own business to be creative and think outside the box.
“If it is what you want, you can’t take no for an answer,” she says. “Don’t let roadblocks get in your way.”
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