Kahnawà:ke’s Economic Development Commission

Kahnawà:ke’s Economic Development Commission


Business Spotlight: Jody Diabo Owner of Exalted Eyelashes
March 30, 2023

Owning and operating her own business was something Jody Diabo always wanted to do, however wasn’t quite sure what business to explore. Eventually, she decided to follow her passion and take an eyelash course. After gaining knowledge and experience in the field Jody opened her new business, Exalted Eyelashes. “I have no regrets! I get to do what I love and share that with my clients. Seeing their reactions when they open their eyes is what motivates me to keep learning and becoming a better lash artist,” said Diabo.

Jody attended the Tewatohnhi’saktha’s Entrepreneurship Training Program, exploring what is to be an entrepreneur. Through this program Jody discovered the Workforce Development Training Program. The objective of the Program is to provide financial support to individuals who are currently employed at a privately owned businesses in Kahnawà:ke who require professional development, upgrading to retain and or enhance their current employment. “The amount of knowledge that was shared through the Workforce Development counselors were very clear, and questions were always answered fast!” said Diabo. With the help of this program, Jody was able to take a Velvet Rose Lash Mega Volume Masterclass. “This course was my 6th certification in the lashing field, and I knew that by enrolling in the course it would benefit my existing clients and also provide me with an edge over the local competition.”

Jody is proof that with the right motivation, dedication, and an excellent work ethic you can achieve your goals. “Through the years Tewatohnhi’saktha has always helped me achieve my goals, when I went to college, they also helped cover costs for equipment. I also got to work at the Kahnawà:ke Youth Center through a partnership with Tewatohnhi’saktha. I have taken advantage of many trainings through their assistance. I always believed in doing what brings you happiness and am happy to have been recognized as a successful local business. If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere! I highly recommend those that are thinking of starting a business reach out to Tewatohnhi’saktha to enroll in the Entrepreneur Program and decide if being a business owner is a right fit for you,” explains Diabo.