The owner of Little Steps Preschool, Bentley dedicates much of her free time to helping others succeed in business.

“I have felt throughout my life that if I wanted to get something done, I had to do it myself, and I don’t want anyone else to feel that,” she says, noting she didn’t know where to find resources when she started her business five years ago. “I learned as I went, but just knowing there was some support and mentorship would have made it easier for me.”

Bentley is determined to make a difference for other entrepreneurs and fulfills her passion by serving as president of the Airdrie Women in Business Association.

She is also an active volunteer for Junior Achievement, which teaches youngsters life and business skills.

Airdrie’s Dawn Benfin is impressed with Bentley’s commitment to helping others.

Benfin explains besides volunteering, Bentley donates to numerous charities and recently raised $7,000 for a family whose child was diagnosed with cancer.

“She is an inspiration to her staff and families,” says Benfin.