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An Interview with Katia Millar: Networking Tips for Entrepreneurs


Katia Millar headshotWe have a fabulous guest on the 411.ca blog today!

Katia Millar, Founder & Chief Inspirational Officer of Positive Fabulous Women, is also a mentor, speaker, connector and visibility strategist.  


Katia graciously agreed to visit our blog today to answer our questions, provide networking tips for entrepreneurs, and chat about mentorship.


Welcome Katia! Positive Fabulous Women (PFW) has a fantastic website with many stories of women entrepreneurs. Why do you feel it is important to promote and inspire women entrepreneurs?

Katia Millar: Let’s face it, entrepreneurship can be challenging and often quite lonely. This is particularly the case for women entrepreneurs who are often juggling a number of responsibilities in pursuit of their dreams. Many rarely get acknowledged for a job well-done or for meeting a deadline, etc. I think it’s important for all of us to take the time and pat each other on the back once in a while, to shine the spotlight on someone who is making a difference. As someone with a network of women entrepreneurs, it is my privilege to hold space for others and cheer them on so they can continue to do what they love and love what they do.


What can and should entrepreneurs do to build their network / support system?

KM: I always say your visibility is more critical to the growth and success of your business than your ability — and therefore should be a priority for all business owners.

When you’re building a network and creating a support system, it’s imperative to show up consistently, powerfully and authentically. It’s easy to show up when things are going well – but not so much when things are challenging and not going according to plan. When that happens, we tend to hide. Yet when we hide, nothing happens and we’re not serving others. The single most important thing entrepreneurs can do to grow their business is to show up – for themselves, for their business and in their personal lives. Simple, not always easy.


What can entrepreneurs do in their everyday life to help inspire and promote others in the small business community?

KM: The most important thing for all of us to do is to connect, contribute and share our gifts, talents, knowledge and wisdom with each other. And we have to keep it real and do it from a place of integrity.


Many small business owners seek out mentors. What tips or advice can you offer when seeking or choosing a mentor?

KM: It’s important to have clarity as to what it is you need from a mentor and be willing to let them know how they can best support you. You need to share openly and authentically of yourself and where things are at. It’s also important to be patient in allowing the relationship to grow and the trust to build.


How can an entrepreneur recognize when they are ready to become a mentor?

KM: You are ready when you can set your own agenda aside and just be present with someone else.


How do you create an elevator pitch?

KM: Start by ditching the pitch and focusing instead on how you can be of service to others. What’s in it for them? What is the transformation you’re offering?


Thank you so much for taking the time to answer our questions and provide some awesome networking tips for entrepreneurs! Before you go, is there anything else you’d like to add about networking for entrepreneurs?

KM: Networking is not an Olympic sport. Be choosy where you spend your time and money. Instead of going to a ton of events all the time, pick 1-2 that resonates with you the most. The goal is to connect with people you actually enjoy spending time with.

Also, let’s not forget social media provides us with an opportunity to network with like-minded people from the comfort of our own homes, so it’s always good to balance the online with the offline.


If you’re in the GTA, make sure to attend Katia’s next networking event on November 23, 2017: Inspired, Fabulous and Unleashed for 2018!

It’s going to be a full-day immersive experience for inspired women entrepreneurs to provide support in gaining massive clarity, a new level of confidence and new connections to help accelerate your business in 2018! The day will focus on mindset, strategy and visibility so that you can plan, show up and rock your new year!



About Katia Millar


Katia Millar is the Founder & Chief Inspirational Officer of Positive Fabulous Women. She’s also a mentor, speaker, connector and visibility strategist supporting purpose-driven entrepreneurs to communicate their WOW in their branding, marketing & social media so that they can stand out and be seen.


Over the past 10 years, Katia has gone from being an overwhelmed, under-employed single mom with virtually no connections and no sense of purpose to creating a juicy life, building a solid brand, hosting 350+ events and growing a network of over 15 thousand. She’s passionate about supporting others transform their lives so that they can do what they love & love what they do.


Katia has appeared in the Globe & Mail, SiriusXM, The Women’s Post, Chloe Magazine, Rogers TV, Extraordinary Women TV and has spoken to numerous local and national audiences both on stage and on camera.


Contact Katia via any of the links below:


Facebook | Facebook Page | Facebook Group




Laura has a B.A. in Honours Communications Studies from McMaster University and is currently enrolled in Humber’s Public Relations Postgraduate program. She is passionate about writing and local business, so this blog is the perfect combination of the two.