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Behind The Business With Karey Anne Large

by Apr 2, 2022MEMBER STORIES, NEWS

The Executive Director chair at the Scugog Chamber of Commerce sat empty for nearly two years before Karey Anne Large walked in the door. Karey Anne brought with her experience, talent, and creativity coming from real experience running her own bakery for 12 years and as the former Executive Director for the Downtown Whitby BIA. 

From Entrepreneur to Director

Karey Anne’s leap from entrepreneur to executive director extraordinaire was a natural one owing to the connections and support she received while navigating small business ownership. Still driven by the connections combined with networking and improving the business community, Karey Anne is eager to help Scugog businesses enhance what they’re already doing.

The position also allows Karey Anne the opportunity to organize community events, along with networking meet-ups that provide opportunities to local businesses to discover each other creating more meaningful relationships in the overall business community. 

Karey Anne has a deep understanding of the importance of working with a team, as everything the chamber does requires pulling together to pull things off. Have you ever wondered how many people it takes to coordinate a Santa Claus parade or a Beer Festival? Many.  

Two Remarkable Women 

Karey Anne’s greatest influence is her own mother, who was her biggest supporter always offering words of encouragement. She was the person in Karey Anne’s life that made her believe there wasn’t anything she couldn’t do if she put her mind to it. 

Throughout her career, Karey Anne has met and worked with many amazing people, but she was lucky enough to meet another woman that left her feeling inspired, Natalie, a former co-worker. Sometimes Karey Anne finds herself asking, “what would Natalie do?”,  because she was always extremely supportive of every aspect of her professional career. 

Easy As Cake?

From practical experience, Karey Anne knows just how hard it can be to start and run your own business. Looking back at her cake days, Karey Anne remembers all the responsibilities from marketing and finance to managing staff. It was never a typical 9 to 5 gig, however, the satisfaction of being able to go out on your own and have complete control of your own work/life balance can’t be beat. 

“I used to say being a business owner is great – you get to choose what 18 hours a day you work.  And while that is still true, it’s so rewarding to be able to look at what you have done and what you have accomplished and that you have made a difference in someone’s life!” — Karey Anne Large 

If you are considering starting your own business, Karey Anne thinks you should do it. Of course, have a solid business plan in place, but keep in mind you have the Scugog Chamber there to support you every step of the way. 

 “The most challenging part of owning any business or being the CEO of any organization is to stay relevant to your clients, remain creative, and show value.” — Karey Anne Large

The Scugog Chamber of Commerce can help you check all of those boxes. 

Fun Fact: When Karey Anne was in the bakery business her ultimate goal was to be on a Food Network US show. In 2016, she achieved that goal when she became the first Canadian to be on Cake Wars. Karey Anne got to travel to Los Angeles to compete. 

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