Monisola Bukola: Business was a daily conversation in my family
Nigerian women are breaking boundaries in Canada, and they are inspiring other women to do the same. Monisola Bukola is one of the most sought-after business owners in Canada. She is the founder and CEO of a fast-growing Sugartowndesserts, a cakes and deserts catering brand that provides custom cakes, desserts & chocolate-covered treats for all occasions and celebrations. The brand, which has since grown in leaps and bounds, is known for its unique tastes, colorful designs, and customer-centric offerings, which stand them out from the pack.
Monisola holds a BSc in Statistics from Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ogun State, Nigeria. Her statistical knowledge helps her to better understand her customers, optimise her production process, improve her product quality, and increase profitability. She is revered for her commitment to excellence, eye for detail, and innovative ideas. In 2023, Women of Rubies named her among Top 22 Inspiring Women to Watch. She has also been invited to speak at various conferences and events about her experiences as an entrepreneur.
Though the inspiring damsel faced numerous challenges when starting her business, however, she persisted and was able to overcome through hard work and willpower. Her ultimate dream is to grow Sugartowndesserts, own her own bakery/dessert bar, and establish it as a leading cake & desserts catering brand across Canada. She is also looking to explore new business opportunities and give back to women who desire to impact society.
Tell us about your growing up, did your childhood prepare you in any way for what you do today?
I grew up in a family of entrepreneurs; business was a daily conversation in my family. While growing up, I learned patience, resilience and relationship building, which prepared me for my entrepreneurial journey.
What inspired you to start Sugartowndesserts?
I have a history of entrepreneurs in my family, which has been a major influence I must say. I also have an entrepreneurial spirit and a very strong desire to succeed.
How has the journey been since you started?
The journey to starting a business can be rough and interesting. I mean, the thought of being my boss is enough motivation for me to keep it going. Honestly, there have been ups and downs, struggles and failures, losses and gains… it’s worthwhile I must say.
What are your thoughts on the pastry industry in Canada?
It is a thriving industry with prospects. I have seen and met other bakers who are doing amazingly well, because we are in a society where the system helps entrepreneurs to thrive.
Where do you hope to see Sugartowndesserts in the future?
I am looking to have my bakery where I can serve cakes and desserts, a one-stop place for everything pastries where customers get value for their money and refer my business to others.
In celebration of Intl Women’s Day on March 8, kindly mention three women Who inspires you and why?
My mum for her inspirational teachings and advice; Oprah Winfrey for her compassion; Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for her boldness.
What are some of the challenges you experience as a business owner?
Accessing funds and balancing business and family life. As a career woman, I try to balance every area of my life and ensure everything runs smoothly. I am also blessed to have a supportive partner who understands the challenges of my business, and steps in to help at all times.
You are a mum, wife, and business owner, how do you manage it all?
I set daily goals and I don’t forget self-care. I have set a boundary between workspace and family time that works for me.
Could you share a few nuggets on how to build a successful business in Canada?
If you want to be successful, surround yourself with business owners in your field and have a clear purpose of your unique selling point.
Final words for young women who want to go into your line of business?
Dream big, never stop improving yourself, be teachable, and never give up. The sky is comprehensive for everyone to fly. Soar and keep pushing.