Pitch Perfect Week for Starter Company Plus Participants

Last week participants from the first intake of the Starter Company Plus Program, made their pitches to a panel of judges from our local business community. The participants in this program have been busily working away for weeks as they fine-tune their business plans with the supportive expertise of the Peterborough & the Kawarthas Business Advisory Centre staff.

We have also offered a series of workshops exclusively to participants of this program on topics including Lean Canvas Overview, Market Research, Operations, Finance & Cashflow and Creating a Business Pitch.

We are looking forward to announcing who made the best pitch and will be the recipient of a grant ranging from $2000 – $5000. Join us at Showplace Performance Centre, 270 George Street North on Thursday June 7th at 4pm for this exciting announcement!

Who are these busy business people who are taking advantage of this amazing opportunity to grow their business? Learn more about our program participants below:

Nancy Nickle of Birchview Design

Birchview Design is a  design firm offering Residential, Commercial and Cottage design services in Peterborough & the Kawarthas. Nancy is in her element working from the ground up. She works with her clients through colour consultations all the way through to the final, finished, beautifully-designed space.

Connect with Birchview Design:

Twitter: @birchviewdesign
Instagram: @nancy.nickle
Facebook: birchviewdesign

Roxanne McDonald-Brown of Renew MediSpa

Renew MediSpa is a medical spa located in Peterborough’s East City offering microdermabrasion, chemical peels and laser hair removal.

Connect with Renew MediSpa:

Twitter: @renewspaptbo
Instagram: @renewmedispaptbo
Facebook: @Renew MediSpa Peterborough

Keith Bessey of Simply Trees

Simply Trees is a tree service which provides professional Arboricultural services to the Peterborough and Kawarthas region.Our main focus is promoting overall tree health & development. We encourage our clients to “enhance what you have”. Offering service including: tree planting, tree removal, structural support systems, tree health assessments, storm cleanup and tree pruning.

Connect with Simply Trees:

MJ Weightman of  is an online shop based out of Peterborough, Ontario. Curating hundreds of vintage, retro and hard-to-find sports clothing, it is your one-stop-shop for that one-of-a-kind piece for the sports fan.

Connect with

Twitter: @thenandnowgoods
Instagram: @thenandnowgoods
Facebook: Then and Now Goods

Erin Watson & Anna Eidt of Watson & Lou

Watson & Lou will be a shared studio space and contemporary handmade boutique in the heart of downtown Peterborough with the goal of empowering local creative entrepreneurs to reach a wider audience. In the vein of hundreds of new studio-boutiques across the country, but as the only concept store of its kind in the region, Watson & Lou will connect makers and art lovers by hosting workshops, studio space, and a beautiful shopping experience under one roof.

Connect with Watson & Lou:

Twitter: @watsonandlou
Instagram: @watsonandlou
Facebook: Watson & Lou

Tara Genge of Chalk Therapy

Chalk Therapy specializes in refinishing & redesigning vintage and antique furniture.  Located in Peterborough, Ontario, portions of the proceeds are donated to cancer care patients and local families.

Connect with Chalk Therapy:

Twitter: @chalk_therapy
Instagram: @chalk.therapy
Facebook: Chalk Therapy

Monica Silva of Fresh Dreams

Fresh Dreams is an authentic Spanish style restaurant in downtown Peterborough. For lunch, tapas, dinner or catering, Fresh Dreams serves Spanish-inspired meals using fresh and local produce.

Connect with Fresh Dreams:

Facebook: Fresh Dreams

Martin Carbajal of La Mesita Catering

A locally-owned and operated authentic Mexican Cuisine and Catering business, La Mesita offers wholesale products and has a weekly stall at the Peterborough Farmers’ Market.

Connect with La Mesita Catering:


Facebook: La Mesita Catering

Kelli Coon of Ship Shape Service

Located on the Trent-Severn Waterway, SHIP SHAPE SERVICE is a unique dockside interior boat cleaning service. While you enjoy your dock stop, our experienced, professional and courteous crew will whip your boat interior into SHIP SHAPE.  Our crew is fully-insured to offer you a worry-free experience with each visit.

Connect with Ship Shape Service:

Facebook: Ship Shape Service

Jennifer Moon of Fransky Mechanical

Located in Peterborough, Ontario, Fransky Mechanical is locally-owned and operated by certified professionals. For your plumbing, heating & air conditioning, project management, and rental & financing needs, Fransky Mechanical is here to help make your space comfortable and safe.

Connect with Fransky Mechanical:

Facebook: Fransky Mechanical

Sandra Young of Statement House

Statement House offers a mix of vintage, new and pre-loved clothing for women. This includes dresses, skirts and classic pieces, as well as accessories. With a mission to “own your style, not your clothes,” Statement House offers a personal shopping consultant to help you feel fabulous. Whether you’re strapped for time, looking for a one-of-a-kind piece, or need something to wear for a special event, Statement House can help you.

Connect with Statement House:


Brian Fawcett of Fawcett Architectural

Fawcett Architectural provides high quality architectural design services, specializing in all types of Residential and Small Commercial architecture. Our primary focus is to ensure that our design meets your unique needs and tastes while remaining economically viable.

Connect with Fawcett Architectural:


Aryn Mahood of Sweet Song Herbals

Sweet Song specializes in making herbal infusions of bioregional plants of the Eastern Woodlands in the form of teas, tinctures, elixirs, balms, syrups, vinegars, oils, and creams, in addition to a small line of preservative-free face and body products. At Sweet Song, everything is handmade in small batches with the highest standards of care and integrity.

Connect with Sweet Song Herbals:

Twitter: @songsweetsong
Instagram: @sweetsongherbals
Facebook: Sweet Song Herbals

Q & G Unique Wood Designs

Q & G Unique Wood Designs offers custom wood furniture and décor pieces tailored to the clients’ needs. Domestic and exotic wood pieces are creating based on client specifications and needs.

Connect with Q & G Unique Wood Designs:

Twitter: @qandgwood
Instagram: @qandguniquewooddesigns