There’s something special about being a female business owner that Mandy Lines loves.

As the co-founder of Sisters Of Airdrie, Lines wanted to create a place where women in business could get together to encourage each other while giving back to the community.

“Women just connect on a different level because we have so many aspects of our lives that men don’t get. Especially when it comes to being a business owner and all the things that we juggle,” says Lines, who owns Budget Blinds and A La Carte Marketing.

The group makes lunches for local kids in schools and volunteers for various organizations like the Airdrie Food Bank.

In the past, Lines has mentored students at Bert Church High School through an entrepreneurship program where she helped students come up with a business, build a plan and present their idea to a panel of judges.

“My philosophy when it comes to mentoring is connecting people. I love to share real life stories and experiences with others so that people realize that nobody has it perfect or easy.”

Nominator Jacqui Jepson has known Lines for more than 10 years.

“I have, firsthand, watched her dedicate hours of her time to assist others with the number one goal to give back, build confidence, and ultimately grow leaders,” Jepson says.