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Six Small Businesses Awarded Grants Through Starter Company Plus

The December 2019 Starter Company Plus winners hold up a giant cheque together.

[PETERBOROUGH, ON]: On Thursday, December 5th, 2019, Peterborough & the Kawarthas Business Advisory Centre announced $30,000 in funding to support local entrepreneurs with their business growth.

This announcement of funding is for participants in the December 2019 intake for Starter Company Plus, a Government of Ontario funded program. This program, which has been running since March 2017, supports entrepreneurs in starting, growing or acquiring a business, offering a robust series of workshops to support the creation of a formalized business plan, culminating in the chance to pitch for competitive grant dollars. This intake’s grant recipients are:

EntrepreneurBusinessAbout this BusinessLocation
Anna Perry Your Second Family Your Second Family provides respite services to individuals with developmental and/or physical disabilities in Peterborough & the Kawarthas. City of Peterborough
Kristin Cole Kawartha Complete Care Kawartha Complete Care provides in-home care and nursing services to seniors and those wishing to remain in their homes. We offer home health care services, such as respite and support with day-to-day living, as well as staffing. We believe clients deserve more. RNs, RPNs, and PSWs are on staff to provide dedicated client care and support. KCC services both Peterborough and Kawartha Lakes, including the communities of Bobcaygeon, Fenelon Falls, Lindsay, Omemee and North Kawartha. City of Peterborough
Sonja Martin Rooted Lavender With over 25 years in the field, Rooted Lavender uniquely offers mindfulness, yoga and behavioural consultation to families, communities and educators. We support children on the autism spectrum, worried parents and frustrated teachers. We offer mindfulness training to staff, group classes and one on one mental, emotional and behavioural health support.  City of Peterborough
Katelin Turcotte Wilde Beauty Wilde Beauty offers non-invasive, non-medical, safe and aesthetically pleasing pedicures. Trained at The North American School of Podology, Wilde Beauty offers more than a standard pedicure by providing an in-depth assessment of the feet and lower limbs before performing a fully customized pedicure. The Certified Master Pedicurist is trained to address common challenges that work against healthy feet such as calluses, cracked heels, corn clusters, sweaty feet, and more! They are also gentle enough for diabetics. Wilde Beauty’s assessment is extremely educational and stresses the importance of regular foot care maintenance, no matter what stage we are in life.   City of Peterborough
Brett Pritchard B&B Game Designs B&B Game Designs is an innovative 3D design company. Bringing 3D design and print services to the local and global tabletop games world. With a vision to offer these emerging technologies to the greater Peterborough business community.   Selwyn Township
Nicole Cooke Organized by Design Organized by Design offers professional organizing solutions for residential and commercial clients. Residential services include purging, sorting, packing, storage solution design and move management. For commercial clients we offer process redesign, organizing and/or development of filing systems, space management and assistance with client events. Our goal is to help homeowners live in an uncluttered, relaxed and stress-free. Selwyn Township

“This program is generating results for our community and strengthening our region as a destination for small business,” explains Madeleine Hurrell, the Economic Development Officer who oversees the Starter Company Plus program. “Since this program began in March 2017, we have seen over 122 entrepreneurs supported through the program, with $200,000 grant dollars announced.”

This program has been a key stepping-stone for businesses and entrepreneurs looking to grow in the region. Since 2017, it has resulted in the creation of 65 startups and supported 37 business expansions. The program has also seen the opening of 15 bricks-and-mortar locations in the region and has created 140 jobs in the local community.

Starter Company Plus grant recipients  posing with a novelty cheque