Serial entrepreneur and fashion maven, Ciara Stockeland has owned and operated businesses since her early teens.

In 1993, at the age of 14, Ciara’s passion for building and creating propelled her into her first start up: the Third Street Acting Company.

In 2006, Ciara continued the pursuit of her small-business dream by opening her first retail store, Mama Mia, a high-end maternity boutique.

Shortly after, Ciara invested her resources and experience in a second retail concept, MODE, an innovative clothing boutique which she later franchised nationwide. Through the MODE concept, she had the privilege of leading a team and building a wholesale and distribution business within the franchise system.

Most recently, Ciara launched btqBOX, the first wholesale subscription box built exclusively for boutique owners. Gleaning from more than a decade of boutique retail and wholesale experience, as well as the knowledge she gained through experiencing the benefits and challenges of entrepreneurship, Ciara advanced the btqBOX concept from launch to investment in 12 short months.

Ciara currently resides in North Dakota with her husband, Jim, their two children, Harrison and Isabella, and her Great Pyrenees, Bentley.


Panelist, International Franchise Association National Conference

Panelist, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Capital Markets Summit

Keynote, Prairie Family Business Conference

Keynote, It’s Her Brand Women’s Conference

Moderator, Emerging Franchise Conference

Small Business Representative, White House Summit on Worker Voice

Small Business Representative, White House Summit on Economics

Testified Before U.S. Senate Committees on Small Business Legislation

Speaker, One Million Cups


SCORE National Outstanding Franchise Small Business Award

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Dream Big Midwest Award

Prairie Business Magazine “40 under 40” Award

Prairie Business Magazine “40 under 40 Women in Business” Award

Small Business Administration “Emerging Leaders Graduate”

International Franchise Association “Certified Franchise Executive”

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