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SARNIA, ON: Six entrepreneurs and small businesses in the Sarnia-Lambton area have been awarded grants of $5,000 each through the Starter Company Plus program, administered by the Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership’s Business Enterprise Centre and funded by the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation, and Trade.

The volunteer selection committee began the difficult process of making their final selections following the May application deadline. Of the successful applicants, three are engaging in growing an existing business and three are starting a new business.

“We know that funding is top of mind for all businesses and entrepreneurs right now,” said Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership Chief Executive Officer, Stephen Thompson. “Being able to help the people and companies that make up the backbone of our economy is important, and Starter Company Plus will provide the tools and resources to help these six businesses in their endeavours. We are pleased that we will be able to offer this program again in 2021 as well,” Thompson added.

Previous participants of the program credit the mentorship and networking components as the most valuable aspects of the program. “The Starter Company Plus grant was used in a myriad of ways around the farm, but the true value of the program lies in the networking and support structure that the SLEP team provides,” said Ryan Slyzuk of Taproots Green Gardens, a participant of the 2019-2020 Starter Company Plus program. “Being a successful applicant gave us confidence that our business was viable in the eyes of business professionals, which is immensely important to us as young entrepreneurs.”

Previous participants of the program credit the mentorship and networking components as the most valuable aspects of the program. “The Starter Company Plus grant was used in a myriad of ways around the farm, but the true value of the program lies in the networking and support structure that the SLEP team provides,” said Ryan Slyzuk of Taproots Green Gardens, a participant of the 2019-2020 Starter Company Plus program. “Being a successful applicant gave us confidence that our business was viable in the eyes of business professionals, which is immensely important to us as young entrepreneurs.”

A full list and descriptions of this year’s program participants can be found below.

Starting A Business

Canopy Wellness

Canopy Wellness is a collaboration between Mackenzie Zavitz and Loren Boccanfuso that offers a multi-disciplinary approach to health and wellness. The pair weaves together inclusive inquiry-based practices, techniques, traditions, and research to support the community in seeking mindfulness and wellbeing.

Tammy Martin Counselling

With years of experience in trauma, mental health, and addiction counselling, Tammy Martin has started Tammy Martin Counselling to serve the residents of the Sarnia-Lambton community. Tammy brings a new approach to counselling and offers individual sessions and group healing workshops.

Lake Effect Studio

Owned and operated by Kelly Moir and Sam Eastman, Lake Effect Studio is an environmentally conscious business that provides Sarnia-Lambton business owners with a variety of essential marketing and branding services. Kelly and Sam offer website design, event planning, social media management, campaign creation, and more.

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