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Northern Designs: B.L.A.S.T. Top 16 in 2016 Success Story

Binder open to a page with interior designs of cottages.

Northern Designs is a full-service architectural design firm offering solutions with certified in-house staff. They take designs from paper to reality – analyzing the home’s energy usage, indoor air quality and occupants comfort. They allow clients to make properly informed decisions about their health, family needs, budget and retirement. Northern Designs provides their clients the peace of mind to know they are saving time and money.

Owner Dennis Jenkins finds Peterborough & the Kawarthas to be a wonderful community that is very supportive of local businesses. One such support he found was through the B.L.A.S.T. Pilot Program. The business plan that he created through the program will give support and direction to the future of his business. The grant will be utilized to market the expansion of their architectural design, HVAC design and energy advising services, supporting the growth with the hire of additional staff.

Success for Dennis is all about loving and enjoying what he does. Northern Designs allows him to do just that, as he works with people as they design the future of their home. He will continue to evolve with the changing industry – upgrading certifications and qualifications and building a network of professionals that will allow Northern Designs to continue to meet and exceed the expectations of their clients.

Dennis Jenkins. B.L.A.S.T. Top 16 in 2016. Owner of Northern Designs.

We asked Dennis, what advice would you offer other aspiring entrepreneurs. He answered: “Be true to yourself and don’t try to be something you aren’t. Set your own goals and aspirations and don’t worry about what others are doing.”

To learn more about Northern Designs:


Phone: 705-743-3728 or 705-930-6882

Learn more about the B.L.A.S.T. Pilot Program and see all the Top 16 in 2016 Finalists here.