When you’ve been in business for more than 10 years, it’s safe to say your company is successful. But a truly successful business knows not to take the foot off the gas. For Heba Malki and Oakville renovation company domilya GROUP, however, it’s more than money that motivates the moving forward.
We interviewed Heba and spoke of the importance of her family to the success of her business, as well at what it takes to make a company successful and keep it there.
What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?
From a very young age, I understood the importance of working independently. My father, a businessman, always instilled in me the value of honesty and uprightness; my mother, meanwhile, the value of respect and service to others. With much enthusiasm and dedication, I partnered up with my husband to create domilya GROUP. Ambition, discipline and purpose allows me to balance both a successful business and taking care of my family.
What’s the best part about owning your own business?
Owning domilya GROUP has been extremely satisfying. As a family we have choices and we get to make the decisions. Owning our own business, allows us to shape out our dreams. We get to help people and have the option of a more flexible lifestyle. It has open up the possibility of increasing our income and best of all, it has changed our daily routines. We start our days with a smile every day and look forward to transforming our clients’ dreams into reality.
Can you describe a typical day?
A typical day would start by going over what we’ll be doing that day. Rachid, my husband and director of construction operations will go onsite to supervise work and employees. He is there at all times to answer customer’s questions and concerns relating to the design of their projects, costs and logistics. I oversee all business processes and provide support to clients with purchases and material choices.
Who do you count on for help? Do you have a network of family that answer the call?
We come from a strong support structure with our families. We are blessed to have their unconditional support. We are very blessed to be surrounded by a large family and group of friends who live nearby and are very excited and supportive of our success.
Have you ever had to sacrifice something at home for work? Or vice versa?
Yes, I have to make sacrifices all the time. Success is not easy and it always comes at a price. Sacrificing free time, sleep, your evenings and weekend, will inevitably be a part of the process but in the long run, they’ll pay dividends.
What do you do on a day off? Do you even know what a day off is?
Nothing but hang out with my kids and hubby. My days off are perfect days spent with family. They give me the balance and motivation I need. Last long weekend, for example, we laid out in the backyard all day, we had a water balloon fight and had a blast! Moments with my family are incomparable opportunities to experience special moments, build memories and appreciate what we have in life.
Are you active in your community? What does supporting local mean to you?
domilya GROUP has a continued commitment to behave ethically and contribute to the region’s development by making donations and sponsoring events whenever possible. Lending a helping hand to the community is part of our vision, a way of doing things all year long. The company has sponsored and supported several charities including, the Halton Women’s Shelter, the Oakville Hospital, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and INCITE: A Single Moms Support Group, and most recently Food4Kids.
Local purchasing is a preference for me and one more way to show support to my community.
Name another entrepreneur who inspires you.
Wow! This is a difficult one. Being a multi-preneur, I have many women that inspire me. My mom is the first and most important one and even though she does not own a business, she is a go-getter, seize the moment person, and my best friend!
My other key mentors are too many to name, but they know who they are!
What does the future look like for you and your business?
We continue on our current path of growth. Healthy increases are expected to continue in the near future. With a clear vision of expansion and leadership in the renovation sector, we have come to occupy a leading position in this business. We want to be recognized and awarded as the best renovation company in the region. Our professionalism, ethical principles and values come together to keep offering our customers with the most impressive renovation service. We foresee opening our own showroom and grow to have 15 to 20 employees.
Any tips for moms thinking of starting a business?
Educate yourself. Find a mentor. Build a support network. Join online communities that connect you with other mom entrepreneurs. They will become your lifeline for advice, resources and friendship.
Do your research, single out a specialty and most importantly, protect your work and family.