Craven branch of the Federation of Small Businesses will hear from the managing director of a successful local firm at its next meeting.
Julie Dodgson, the founder and MD of Settle-based Crossgates Bioenergetics, will be the speaker at the event, to be held at the Rendezvous Hotel, Skipton, at 6pm on Tuesday.
Julie started her career as a nursery nurse and then became a sales manager for a well-known health and beauty manufacturer.
As the wife of a busy dairy farmer, she was used to fitting her working life around four children and the demands of a thriving farm. But her life was changed in 1995 when she became extremely ill and found herself immobile for 12 months.
Realising that conventional medicines and treatment had no effect on her condition, Julie was cared for by a close friend who introduced her to different health options, including a consultation with a homeopath.
With help, Julie slowly regained her health and her journey into learning about alternate therapies began.
Initially Julie developed remedies for use on the animals at the farm, refining the processes to combine her remedies with the bioresonance systems and establishing the Crossgates Bioenergetics brand. It was a small step to then introduce the remedies for human use.
As the business grew, larger premises were found and  a team of 11 dedicated staff now works at Crossgates  Bioenergetics, which serves people and their animals all over the world.
Julie qualified as a homeopath at The Lakeland College of Homeopathy in 2009 and has developed her marketing and management skills over the years. She continues her dedication to developing new ways of healing.