Seven Peterborough-area entrepreneurs have been awarded a $5,000 micro-grant to support their small business in spring entry into the Peterborough & Kawarthas Business Advisory Centre’s Starter Company Plus program.
Funded by the Government of Ontario and administered by Peterborough & Kawarthas Economic Development (PKED), the program provides aspiring or experienced entrepreneurs in the City and County of Peterborough with five weeks of business training to help them start a new business or expand an existing one.
Twelve small businesses participated in the program’s spring intake, with the following seven entrepreneurs and their businesses selected to receive a $5,000 grant based on the overall strength of their business plan and business proposal:
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- Voula Halliday of The Flavor Fix Co. in Peterborough, offers delicious toppings to transform your meals, including sprinkles, spreads, slathers, rolls and spreads.
- Matt Anderson of Chemong City Greens in Peterborough, a grower and harvester of organic micro-greens that sells to restaurants and home consumers.
- Jessica Blair from Follow Me Photography in Cavan-Monaghan, a therapeutic photography service to capture and commemorate loved ones during the final stages of their lives.
- Dave Bourgeois from Drumlin Cycle in Cavan-Monaghan, a mobile bike repair and maintenance service for cyclists and commuters in Cavan-Monaghan.
- Julie Drain of your Furever Friend Professional Pet Services in Douro-Dummer, a registered veterinary technician offering dog training, behavioral programming and health support for your pet’s life.
- Jenish Odigineyev of Odigski Media in Peterborough, which offers video recording services including media shoots, full production and editing services for programmatic content, educational videos and corporate recruitment.
- Lewis Park of East City Guitar Co. in Peterborough’s East City, offers guitar manufacturing and repair as well as workshops.
“This Starter Company Plus program intake has resulted in 12 businesses that have started and grown amid the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Madeleine Hurrell, PKED’s entrepreneurship officer who oversees the program, in a press release. “As a result of the ever-changing economic and public health environment, these new businesses have become resilient and adaptable.”
Since its launch in 2017, the Starter Company Plus program offered by the Peterborough & Kawarthas Business Advisory Center has helped over 203 local entrepreneurs and over 162 small businesses, creating more than 190 jobs in the local economy.