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Krista Walsh of Union Road is climbing the ladder of success in the business world.

She was recently chosen to take part in


an exclusive business conference in New Brunswick. Submitted photo

Union Road business woman to attend


exclusive Atlantic Canada summit
By David MacDonald Atlantic Canada," she said. "It’s a great While visiting her brother in Winni-
david@peicanada.com
networking event, and a way to get peg, she opened the phone book and
ideas on how to improve business called as many collection agencies as
Krista Walsh, owner of KC Collect, communications throughout PEI and she could until she got the owner of
says it’s a "surreal" feeling to be in small communities." one of those companies to meet with
among 50 people from Atlantic Cana- The 30 year old has had an exten- her and discuss how to start up a
da to be chosen to take part in the sive background in business and vol- business of her own.
Emerging Leaders Summit and Ideas unteer organizations. She is the owner "I figured, somebody will meet with
Festival at St Andrews-By-The-Sea, of KC Collect, a collections agency me," she said. "I met one of my men-
New Brunswick in November. she established back in 2005, and is tors that way."
Ms Walsh was among 407 people also the manager of Barry Walsh Heat- Ms Walsh is the first Island woman
from across Atlantic Canada nomi- ing Ltd, owned by her father. She is to be issued a collections agency
nated to be part of this year’s summit, also the president of Volleyball PEI license, and is the only Islander with a
which focuses on individuals between and a director of the PEI Business Certified Financial Collection Profes-
the ages of 20 to 35 who show out- Woman Association. sional designation from The Interna-
standing leadership in their commu- Ms Walsh began her business career tional Center for Professional Collec-
nities. Participants at the summit focus at age 20 when she became manager tions. She won 2008 Business of the
on enhancing various leadership for the family business. She said she Year from the Eastern PEI Chamber of
skills with the help of several of the had a knack for collecting money so Commerce, and was the 2010 runner-
region’s most respected leaders, who she had the urge to develop her own up for Business of the Year from the
will serve as mentors to the group. business in a similar field. PEI Chamber of Commerce. She was
Ms Walsh received word more than "After five years of being with my also a 2010 Excellence in Collection
a week ago that she was chosen to go dad I wanted more, I wanted to go nominee from CCR World Magazine,
to the summit. into business for myself," she said. based in London, England.
"It’s pretty surreal to be chosen for Ms Walsh showed much persistence. Originally, KC Collect was involved
only in debt collection, but it has
expanded to include credit training
facilitation and process serving, and
the company also teaches receivables
management for small and medium-
sized companies on PEI.
"We’ve had a phenomenal year,"
she said. "We’re growing every year. I
like to offer services to small and
medium-sized businesses - I don’t
want to forget my roots."
When it comes to advice for young
people wanting to get into the busi-
ness world, Ms Walsh says, "it’s defi-
nitely a lot of work but it’s very reward-
ing too.
"One of my mentors said you can
Krista Walsh of Union Road, and owner of KC Collect, is one of 50 people from be a failed business owner or a suc-
across Atlantic Canada taking part in the upcoming Emerging Leaders Summit tak- cessful entrepreneur. I don’t like to
ing place in St Andrews-By-The-Sea, New Brunswick in November. fail. I want to be the best at what I
David MacDonald photo do."

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