Meet the small businesses of Kawartha Lakes’ Starter Company PLUS fall cohort

By Lindsay Advocate

Brouwer's Bake Shop is one of seven local businesses who were part of the Kawartha Lakes Small Business Centre's Starter Company PLUS program's fall cohort.

These diverse entrepreneurs are set to make significant contributions to the local business landscape.

The Kawartha Lakes Small Business Centre (SBC), in partnership with the Province of Ontario, offers the Starter Company PLUS program twice a year. Entrepreneurs are given access to small business training, mentoring and grant money of up to $5000 to assist in the start-up or expansion of their business.

Meet the fall cohort:

Brouwer Bake Shop – Hannah Brouwer’s venture specializes in custom cakes and baked goods. Indulge in some sweet creations by visiting the Brouwer Bake Shop website.

Lindsay Blinds – Marc Bilz offers custom blinds and shades, adding elegance and functionality to any space. Discover their offerings on the Lindsay Blinds website.

Kawartha Lakes Shuttle Service – Steven Slack’s service provides dependable shuttle transportation, ensuring convenient travel across the region. Learn more on the KLSS website.

Perspective by Peel – Scott Peel captures stunning videos and photographs for businesses, enhancing their visual storytelling. Explore his work on Instagram.

Wild Acres – Kim Callaghan specializes in fresh, local flowers, adding natural beauty to any occasion. Visit Wild Acres Flowers for more information.

Bistro 93 – A culinary experience led by Justin Gartshore, this restaurant promises an exceptional dining adventure. Check out their menu on the Bistro 93 website.

Barbara Jones, program participant and owner of Homespun Alchemy.

Homespun Alchemy – Barbra Jones offers quality handmade preserves, artisan soaps and fibre art products. Her affordable luxuries are handcrafted with quality and safety in mind. Check out Homespun Alchemy on Facebook.

The Starter Company Plus program is a fabulous opportunity to learn the fundamentals of entrepreneurship while networking with other new entrepreneurs. The program blends instruction by real life experts with one-on-one coaching to offer a really individualized learning and development experience. All with the bonus of start up grant support. As a lifelong employee that decided to pursue a dream, I am so grateful to have the support of the program to get me off to a great start,” shared Barbara Jones, program participant and owner of Homespun Alchemy.

“We are thrilled to welcome such a dynamic and talented group of entrepreneurs to the Kawartha Lakes Starter Company Plus fall cohort. These businesses represent the future of our local economy, and we are excited to support them on their journey to success,” Sandy Greenberg, Economic Development Officer, shared proudly.

For more information, and if you’re interested in becoming part of the 2024 cohort, follow the Small Business Centre webpage for updates.

Stay tuned for more information on the upcoming Starter Company PLUS 2023 Business Showcase and Marketplace on February 20, 2024 at The Lindsay Lounge.

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