Military Spouse hosting entrepreneur program

Military spouse and owner of Hour Accounting Service, Diane Maddox, recently launched a new Zoom program packed with information for people interested in entrepreneurship, whether they’re just starting or have been in business for some time.

Maddox became a military spouse 30 years ago, and the values she obtained through military families and networks are reflected in her practice.

Over the past 20 years, she has continued to listen to and grow with the Canadian Armed Forces community and military families Canada-wide.

Admittedly she “understands the importance of being true to yourself as no matter where we live, our heart, true self is always with us just as your own special business will be if when you decide to consider starting a business.”


The one-hour program, HOUR TIME, is designed to give participants the foundation they need to build their own business, whether it is in the present or future.

The program began on May 30, 2021, and runs:

    • Sundays from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. (PST) and
    • Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (PST).

The programs have a positive focus and really aim to remove the fear factor people experience at the start of their journey as entrepreneurs.

“It’s not like jumping off a cliff. People get a little bit nervous because it’s a lot, and they think, ‘I don’t have a whole lot of money to invest in a business, or I don’t have the skillset,’ but you do have this. And that’s what my hour is,” Maddox informed.


Participants can expect a more hands-on experience. Maddox has everybody close their eyes and think about what makes them happy, which could be as simple as a hobby. When they have established what they are passionate about, the program runs like a business plan.

“When they established what they would like to do with their business, that’s their product, whether it’s a service or a widget that they’re making. The great thing about my classes is that it’s transferable to any type of business,” she said.


When starting a business, entrepreneurs are responsible for everything. The programs give people an opportunity to start thinking like a self-employed individual and realize whether starting a business is something they are interested in right now.

Maddox emphasizes networking and how it’s critical within the business environment. While this program is for everybody, she hopes that the military community will embrace the programs as it could cultivate a sense of community.

“The great thing about military family is everybody is a strong connector, and they need that, especially when your partner is deployed. Hour Time helps to reinforce the importance of our community no matter where we might actually be physically located,” shared Maddox.

There is no set fee to register for the programs, as it is donation-based. Donations can be put towards the Military Family Resource Centre, or a favourite veteran advocacy group charity, Maddox informed.


To register, participants can go to the Hour Accounting Service website and click on the ‘mail button.’

From there, they can indicate their preferred day (Sunday, Wednesday, or Thursday), name, phone number, email address, and a copy of their donation receipt. Once the information is received, participants will be sent a zoom link for the class they requested. Participants will be advised of alternative dates if the minimum number of attendees is not met, as the classes must have at least four participants.


Hour Accounting Service is an understanding multi-service accounting/ bookkeeping organization that puts people before profits. Their motto is: ‘Keep businesses solvent = saves jobs….People matter.”

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Julia Lennips

Julia is a journalist who is an avid reader and an artist. She is living in North Bay, ON pursing her passion for reporting.

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