Carissa Reiniger is a proud Canadian and New Yorker. Born and raised in the prairies of Canada and found her second home when relocating toNew York in 2010. Carissa lived in Toronto for 6 years in between and has been granted numerous opportunities to spend time in other countries and build some roots in other places in the world- most recently, Melbourne, Australia!
While building and running Silver Lining and advocating for small business is a huge part Carissa’s life (which you will read all about in just a second) there is much more to her story.
Knowledge of the small business sector comes natural to Ms. Reiniger - but she is also well versed in making big choices, trying and failing, fighting anxiety, believing in something bigger and people. Carissa was home-schooled from grades one to nine after struggling in kindergarten with reading and a lot of anxiety. She finally went back to school in grade 10 and experienced a radical shift from anxiety to accomplishment.
A graduate of the University of Alberta and was almost a theatre major, Carissa finally realizes why her gut pushed her to pursue Psychology instead. Realizing quickly that being in school for 9 years in order to get my PhD was not going to work, Carissa spent less time worried about grades and more time fixating about the rest of life. During her 4 years at the University she volunteered, had 4 jobs (at the same time!), ran summer camps, took big groups to Mexico to build houses, traveled and lived a lot of life.
Shortly after her last days at Alberta University Carissa moved to Toronto literally within 24 hours of her last exam and landed a job at a big advertising agency in Business Development. With that being said, she quickly realized that working in a big company wasn’t her niche, so she quit – and started Silver Lining…..
“I always say that my entrepreneurial story should be titled “ignorance is bliss”! “- Carissa Reiniger
Carissa Reiniger was 22 when she started Silver Lining. Her motivation to start Silver Lining was because of the big conundrum in her surrounding world. With ties to various corporate people that have sacrificed their passion to make money and small business owners who have sacrificed money to pursue their passion, Carissa decided it was time to make money AND do what she loved (whiles helping others do so). Silver Lining developed with that mission at hand; Carissa Reiniger began with interviewing 400 small business owners to figure out why it is so hard to grow a small business, built the SLAP (Silver Lining Action Plan) methodology in response, and has spent the last decade building a company that helps small business owners grow.
Silver Lining has worked with over 10,000 small businesses in 9 countries around the world and continues to provide them with tactful ingredients in order to help them succeed. This was achieved by completely changing their business model three times in those ten years to find a way that would allow them to help others fully while being sustainable. While enduring big wins and big failures, Silver Lining continues to fip the funnel with continuos learning.
In addition to Silver Lining Carissa serves as an advisor, investor and board member of numerous other businesses. She wrote her first book in 2008 called Stories From Our Black Books and ended up turning it into a company that included a play version of the book. These plays were also produces by Carrisa Reiniger herself and will be in production across Canada (more coming on that project soon!).
“I get excited about business – creating them and helping others succeed with theirs.” – Carissa Reiniger
Released in 2010, this book teaches business owners how to build simple systems to get their head in the game and manage their overwhelming to do lists so that they always do what they say they will- including growing their businesses!
Released in 2013, this book tells us that we CAN change the economy one small business at a time and inspired the global movement that is on a mission to do exactly that.
Carissa is always involved in numerous initiatives to help give back. She is particularly drawn to any organization or project that supports the arts or helps children and is known to jump in and help bring people together to support great causes. Carissa passionately believes in using whatever she has at her own disposal to help others create the reality of their dreams.
Small Biz Expert
Carissa actively writes, speaks and advises on how to grow a small businesses and on issues related to small business. She is an extremely strong advocate of getting corporations and governments to think differently about how they work with small businesses. In addition to all of the Partnerships and Projects that Carissa Reinger continues to work on, she has put together two major movements, The Coalition Committed to Growing Small Business and Thank You Small Business.