Seven local entrepreneurs are the benefactors of $35,000 in grants from the Stratford Perth Centre for Business.
The recipients have completed the Starter Company Plus Program, and were mentored during a four-week online training program which included business education, one-on-one coaching, and professional mentorship.
Program graduates included:
Dustin Shean, The Dusty Wood Company – The Dusty Wood company began as a hobby during the pandemic and has grown over the past two years to become a full-time woodworking business. The Dusty Wood Co specializes in one-of-a-kind, handmade designs that include charcuterie boards, beer paddles and dining tables.
Krista Leis, The Movement Centre – The Movement Centre is an integrated Pilates studio located in Stratford that offers movement, Pilates, and health care services. The Centre has recently opened their doors and plans to explore an expansion into outreach programs for seniors and local sports teams.
Yoko Pollock, Yoko Nail Artist – Yoko is a classically trained nail artist who brings Japanese artistry to every nail project she takes on. Located in the back of the Green Hair spa, she brings a safe and environmentally friendly nail spa that offers fully customizable nail art to her clients.
Kelly Lindsay, Corner Store Candy Co. – Corner Store Candy Co. is a boutique candy shop located at 27 York Street in Stratford offering international, hard to find and retro candy. Well known for their specially curated and popular gummy candy mixes, they offer candy charcuterie boards, mystery boxes and candy treat bags for any occasion.
Rowan Alexander, Alexander Exterior Improvement – Alexander Exterior Improvement (AEI) is a lawn care/driveway repair service that provides affordable and reliable service that will leave a customer satisfied. AEI offers lawn mowing, window washing, asphalt sealing/coating, aerating, and weed whacking service to the North Perth and Listowel area.
Morgan Kneider-Patterson, IlluminatED Coaching – IlluminatED Coaching is an online learning platform for educators, teens and parents teaching resilience skills, effective communication tools and ways to live flourishing lives. Morgan is a full-time educator and is certified in Applied Positive Psychology coaching, Bounce Back Better Resilience Trainer, and LIFT Facilitator. Through IlluminatED Coaching she facilitates online education and experiences for an international clientele.
Kaleb Roth, Roth Property Management – RPM is a lawn care company that has been in business for the past 18 months serving the Listowel and surrounding area. Kaleb, a Summer Company graduate (student entrepreneurship program) is working on creating a full-service, customized offer for his clients.