Starter Company Plus Success Stories
Starter Company Plus: Helping Entrepreneurs Launch and Grow their Businesses
Each year, Huron County Economic Development supports the launch or growth of local businesses through the Starter Company Plus program’s micro-financing, training and coaching services. Below are some success stories of local entrepreneurs who started or expanded their businesses with the help of the Starter Company Program.
Arend and Paige Haverkamp
Boundary Roasting Co. is a family business founded by Arend and Paige Haverkamp. Located on the boundary between Huron and Perth Counties, this micro roastery transparently sources coffee from Brazil, Columbia, Ethiopia, and Honduras. Their locally roasted coffee is available from their online shop, local retailers and for pickup at their farm.
Hopewell Counselling located in Blyth, Ontario offers a variety of counselling services including psychotherapy, faith-integrated counselling, and parenting consultations. Owner and Registered Social Worker Hannah Uyl launched the business last December with the intention to walk alongside clients and lend hope.
Maureen Cole is the founder of We R Strategic which offers strategic planning, consulting and coaching services for nonprofits and charities. A retired nurse and hospital administrator, Maureen knows the important place that nonprofits play in rural communities, from helping purchase costly equipment to providing much-needed support for the community to contributing to the economic growth of Huron County.
Inherit the Earth Apparel, owned by Pete Meades, is an environmentally conscious running and recovery wear company. Encouraging environmental stewardship in their mission, the running and activewear clothing company is based out of Holmesville and their clothing line is available online through their website, at Runner Choice Waterloo, and at pop-up shops and fun runs throughout Ontario.
Located in Centralia, the Jolt Fitness team consists of preventative health care professionals offering fitness education through personal fitness training and classes. “We serve the entire community with specialized programs, for youth, beginners, adults, and seniors. We offer a variety of cardio and strength classes, along with wellness-based classes such as mobility and yoga. We also have chronic pain rehab and pain management support classes,” said Katie Sigurdson, owner of Jolt Fitness.
Brød Bread & Pastry is a Scandinavian-style bakery owned by Karen Middleton in Blyth, Ontario. The concept of the bakery, serving a variety of pastries, hot beverages and classic bakery items, is in honour of Middleton’s grandmother who was the first person to teach Karen how to bake. The storefront features Middleton’s family rye bread, amongst other rotating flavours. “There’s a lot of work and a lot of love put into each loaf and that is really important to us,” said Middleton.
Ben and Bri Gingerich
Coastal Coffee is on a mission to bring the best specialty coffee the world has to offer to Ontario’s West Coast. Partnering with global coffee farmers who produce the highest quality of premium, specialty coffee, Coastal Coffee is a small batch roastery located on the shores of Lake Huron, near Amberly. Proudly offering crazy fresh, ethically sourced and artisan roasted coffee, they offer their customers “the good stuff.”
Michelle and Doug Dunn
Huron County Collision is an autobody repair facility that specializes in insurance work, rust repair and rust restoration. Located in Vanastra, Michelle and Doug Dunn opened the business a year and a half ago after establishing a local client base in the surrounding area. “I had a great experience working with Huron County Economic Development.”
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