SBA Women-Owned Business of the Year 2020
Kathleen “Nikki” Edmundson, Canty Boots, Harrison has been named Montana’s U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Women-Owned Business of the Year for 2020. This award is given to a business that is at least 51% woman-owned with a successful track record and a commitment to strengthen women-owned businesses within the community.
Canty Boots was nominated by: Julie Jaksha, Headwaters SBDC Regional Director, and Headwaters team member Courtney Loeffler.
“If you open the dictionary up to the word ‘Inspiration’, Nikki’s photo would appear. Nikki is an inspiration to all that meet her,” said Jaksha “Not only has she persevered in establishing her trademark, she has been able to grow the footprint of her small business in Harrison, Mont. (population 140) into a successful brand that is known internationally.”
Canty Boots is a unique boutique that celebrates individuality in every pair of boots. Owner, Nikki Edmundson, takes vintage cowgirl boots and upcycles, re-fashions, and re-makes them into a new, fun, and upbeat pair of boots. She has sold boots from your next-door neighbor to celebrities throughout the entertainment industry. Canty Boots is able to re-design 40 pairs of boots per week!
“Nikki is a prime example of a successful rural Montana small business, by creating good paying jobs, providing high quality products, and paring her skills with SBA resource partners to create a brand sought after nationwide.” said Brent Donnelly, Small Business Association District Director.
Canty Boots began operation in 2011 by selling boots on Etsy and doing small trade shows. In 2019, they opened a brand new flagship store on their 10-acre property in Harrison and now has four full-time employees. Canty Boots continues to work with the Butte SBDC as their business grows and new opportunities arise.
“Owning a business has been very challenging but immensely rewarding. I have always kept the focus of my business on high-quality products, excellent customer service, and keeping my employees happy” owner, Nikki Edmundson said.
A private reception will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. to honor Nikki and her team.