National Women's Small Business Month is a time to recognize and celebrate the incredible contributions of women entrepreneurs who have defied the odds to make their dreams a reality. In this special feature, we shine a spotlight on two amazing women who have carved their paths in business. Meet Emily Hershey, the owner of "The Beauty Boost Lancaster," and Betsy Shank, the Founder and Executive Director of "Acorn Acres Wildlife Rehabilitation." Their stories are inspiring examples of resilience, passion, and the power of following one's true calling.
Emily Hershey: Empowering Women through "The Beauty Boost Lancaster"
Emily Hershey, a multifaceted woman who wears many hats, has always been driven to make a difference. Hailing from various places across the United States, she eventually made Lancaster her home. Emily's journey into entrepreneurship was an unexpected one. After working as an oncology registered nurse for seven years, her nursing job was downsized. This twist of fate led her to take a bold leap into creating "The Beauty Boost Lancaster."
Emily's mission is to foster a community of like-minded women who are passionate about health, wellness, and the beauty that comes from within. "The Beauty Boost" is more than just a business; it's a lifestyle that empowers women to be the best versions of themselves. Through events, experiences, fitness activities, empowerment workshops, and social gatherings, Emily's venture creates a supportive and vibrant community.
You can connect with Emily Hershey and "The Beauty Boost Lancaster" via email at Thebeautyboostlancaster@gmail.com or visit her website here. Stay updated on activities by following her on Instagram at The Beauty Boost Lancaster.
Betsy Shank: Saving Wildlife through "Acorn Acres Wildlife Rehabilitation"
Betsy Shank's journey towards entrepreneurship took a unique and inspiring path. One warm spring day in April 2010, Betsy discovered her calling when she rescued her first baby squirrel. He was successfully raised and released. Her fast-paced life in corporate America came to a screeching halt about a year later when five baby squirrels were given to her to raise.
This experience led her to delve into wildlife rehabilitation, and her passion for it only grew over time. She started her own business, "Auntie MM's Custom Boutique," which focused on creating sturdy bedding for small, caged animals.
In between projects, she studied wildlife rehabilitation with the goal of becoming permitted. She trained under several rehabilitators in many states before becoming permitted in Pennsylvania, then went on to earn her Certified Wildlife Rehabilitator (CWR) designation by the IWRC. Betsy went on to found her non-profit organization, "Acorn Acres Wildlife Rehabilitation." This non-profit organization specializes in rehabilitating squirrels, cottontails, and woodchucks while educating the public about these animals. Her services are extended to anyone in the state of Pennsylvania, with a primary focus on Lancaster, Lebanon, York, Dauphin, and Chester counties. "Acorn Acres Wildlife Rehabilitation" is a unique facility in Pennsylvania that specializes in the rehabilitation of squirrels and cottontail rabbits, two of the most common species in need of rehabilitation.
Betsy's dedication to her cause is evident in her role on the Board of Directors for Wildlife in Need Emergency Response of Pennsylvania (WIN) and as the 2023 Pennsylvania Wildlife Rehabilitation Conference Planning Committee Co-Chair.
Betsy resides in Millersville, PA, with her husband and their domestic rabbit named Latte. For more information on Betsy Shank's incredible work, please visit www.acornacreswr.com. You can also keep up with their inspiring journey on Instagram at Acorn Acres Wildlife Rehabilitation and Facebook at Acorn Acres WR. You can contact them via email at info@AcornAcresWR.Com.
National Women's Small Business Month is an opportunity to celebrate the indomitable spirit of women like Emily Hershey and Betsy Shank. Their journeys from different backgrounds and careers into entrepreneurship are a testament to the power of following one's passion and making a meaningful impact in the world. We applaud their resilience and dedication to their respective causes, and we hope their stories inspire others to pursue their dreams, no matter how unconventional the path may be.