Heba Ahmed Malki is a RevolutionHer™ Business Member who has been part of our community since 2011. Both her and her husband Rachid run their home renovations company domilya GROUP together, and Heba is also a consultant with Sendout Cards as well as the winner of our 2019 Award of Excellence. We connected with Heba to find out more about her journey…
What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?
From a very young age, I understood the importance of working independently. My father, a businessman, always instilled in me the value of honesty and uprightness; my mother, meanwhile, the value of respect and service to others. With much enthusiasm and dedication, I partnered up with my husband to create domilya GROUP. Ambition, discipline and purpose allows me to balance both: my two successful businesses and taking care of my family.
What’s the best part about owning your own business?
Owning domilya GROUP and being part of the SendOutCards family has been extremely satisfying. As a family we have choices and we get to make the decisions. Owning our own businesses, allows us to shape out our dreams. We get to help people and have the option of a more flexible lifestyle. It has opened up the possibility of increasing our income and best of all, it has changed our daily routines. We start our days with a smile every day and look forward to transforming our clients’ dreams into reality.
Who do you count on for help? Do you have a network of family that answer the call?
We come from a strong support structure with our families. We are blessed to have their unconditional support. We are very blessed to be surrounded by a large family and group of friends who live nearby and are very excited and supportive of our success.
Have you ever had to sacrifice something at home for work? Or vice versa?
Yes, I have to make sacrifices all the time. Success is not easy and it always comes at a price. Sacrificing free time, sleep, your evenings and weekend, will inevitably be a part of the process but in the long run, they’ll pay dividends.
What do you do on a day off? Do you even know what a day off is?
Nothing but hang out with my kids and hubby. My days off are perfect days spent with family. They give me the balance and motivation I need. Moments with my family are incomparable opportunities to experience special moments, build memories and appreciate what we have in life.
Are you active in your community? What does supporting local mean to you?
domilya GROUP and my SendOutCards business have a continued commitment to behave ethically and contribute to the region’s development by making donations and sponsoring events whenever possible. Lending a helping hand to the community is part of our vision, a way of doing things all year long. The company has sponsored and supported several charities including, the Halton Women’s Shelter, the Oakville Hospital, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Kids Help Phone, INCITE: A Single Moms Support Group, Food4Kids, Circle of Women, Milton District Hospital Foundation and the United Way of Milton.
Name another entrepreneur who inspires you.
Wow! This is a difficult one. Being a multi-preneur, I have many women that inspire me. My mom is the first and most important one and even though she does not own a business, she is a go getter, she seizes the moment, she is my best friend!
Any tips for other women thinking of starting a business?
Educate yourself. Find a mentor. Build a support network. Join online communities that connect you with other mom entrepreneurs. They will become your lifeline for advice, resources and friendship. Do your research, single out a specialty and most importantly, protect your work and family.
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