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    Downtown Development Small Business Award 2017
    Posted on by SBEC

    The St Thomas Downtown Development Board has selected Shawn De Vree of Vesta Shop. Located at 797 Talbot Street, Vesta Shop opened their doors in downtown St. Thomas 7 years ago. Vesta customers seek out this store because of the unique products that target Moms from Maternity to Baby and to Kids. Customers also seek […]

    St. Thomas Economic Development Award 2017
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    Some may say that the winner of the St. Thomas Economic Development Award is a fish out of water in a landlocked city where a steelhead may be confused for someone who works on the railroad, but this company has proven that to be far from the truth.  Cole Munro is one of the most […]

    Elgin County Economic Development Award 2017
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    The Elgin County Economic Development Award is given to a business who exemplifies Elgin’s progressive nature, by being an integral part of Elgin County’s Economic Development & Tourism programming. Doris & Gabriel Chordeker of Shebaz Shawarma & Falafel, realized that a different style of cuisine in the village of Port Stanley would be a great […]

    Libro Small Business Award 2017
    Posted on by SBEC

    This is awarded to a Libro small business customer who has created a successful and growing business that is positively impacting the economic well-being of the Elgin/St Thomas community through job creation and demonstrated support of other businesses in the community, innovative business strategies that display positive financial trending and demonstrated flexibility and adaptability in […]

    LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD 2017
    Posted on by SBEC

    The Wayside Dining Lounge has been a fixture in our community since 1936. The Wayside has a rich history and when Nick purchased the business on June 16, 1975, he introduced catering an expanded the building by adding a meeting room and a back lounge. The Wayside has hosted countless family meals, networking and community […]

    ST. THOMAS SMALL BUSINESS ACHIEVEMENT AWARD 2017
    Posted on by SBEC

    The award is to recognize the efforts of a St. Thomas entrepreneur who has created a successful and growing business through the application of commitment, dedication, hard work, ingenuity and innovation. Starting with renting a commercial kitchen and a strong, effective marketing and sales campaign, Living Alive Granola quickly grew into a larger space for […]

    ELGIN SMALL BUSINESS ACHIEVEMENT AWARD 2017
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    The Elgin County Economic Development Award is given to a business who exemplifies Elgin’s progressive nature, by being an integral part of Elgin County’s Economic Development & Tourism programming. Cindy Bircham of Elgin Harvest is a pioneer of promoting and educating on the benefits of locally sourced ingredients. Whenever and wherever possible, the food, preserves […]

    Summer Company Award 2017
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    The Summer Company award is presented to the Summer Company student that has demonstrated personal growth and development, good business planning and positive financial trending in their business. Taylor Robertson is this year’s winner of the Summer Company award.  Taylor started Rail City Lawn Care, a full service lawn and yard maintenance business, at the […]

    Under 40 – Business Leadership Award
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    MMD Data Systems is a great example of a successful business pivot. Using a Summer Company grant, the company started as website design for small business. Daniel has experience in open electronic scheduling and medical records. An inquiry from Western Canada resulted in MMD Data Systems providing a custom solution and that was the start […]

    Starter Company Award 2017
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    The Starter Company award is presented to the Starter Company business that has demonstrated personal growth and development, good business planning and positive financial trending in their business. Seed Confections on Hiawatha St. in downtown St. Thomas is a small batch, hand-crafted artisan chocolate company. Gen Scarfone, owner, leveraged the Starter Company program to start […]

    STARTER COMPANY AWARD 2017
    Posted on by SBEC

    The Starter Company award is presented to the Starter Company business that has demonstrated personal growth and development, good business planning and positive financial trending in their business. With the help of the Starter Company program, Adam Beverly of Total Plumbing Solutions expanded his business in July, 2016. He has strategically leveraged the Small Business […]

    PROMISING NEW START UP AWARD 2017
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    This award is to reward the efforts of entrepreneurs who have started a business using strong research, good business planning, dedication, hard work, ingenuity and innovation. Port Stanley native Carly Ryan has a love for plants, especially succulents. In May 2016 she started on the front yard of her home selling succulents in reclaimed vessels. […]

    PROMISING NEW START UP AWARD 2016
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    Salt and Pepper Meals This award is to reward the efforts of entrepreneurs who have started a business using strong research, good business planning, dedication, hard work, ingenuity and innovation. Anita Waite and Sarah Paradis were two busy moms with full time jobs and hectic lives and the longing to provide their families with fresh, healthy, […]

    Starter Company Award 2016

    Serenity Wellness The Starter Company award is presented to the Starter Company business that has demonstrated personal growth and development, good business planning and positive financial trending in their business. Serenity Wellness Centre offers counselling and support services to individuals managing the effects of depression, anxiety, grief, trauma and life transitions. Cassidy approached the Small […]

    Young Business Leadership Award 2016
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    ClapBalm This award goes to a business that rocks and business model and sets themselves apart as a business leader in their area of expertise. Leadership is having a vision, sharing it and inspiring others to support the vision while creating their own. It’s about setting a tone, motivating, inspiring, thinking big, and never giving […]

    Inspirational Entrepreneur Award 2016
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    Out There Creative Therapy This award is presented to a small business in Elgin County or St. Thomas that has overcome life transitional challenges while starting or running their existing business. Out There Creative Therapy in Springfield is a vibrant, non-profit social enterprise that provides hip-hop workshops, dances, theatre production and creative activities for youth […]

    LIBRO SMALL BUSINESS AWARD 2016
    Posted on by SBEC

    Smart Dental Hygiene This is awarded to a Libro small business customer who has created a successful and growing business that is positively impacting the economic well-being of the Elgin/St Thomas community through job creation and demonstrated support of other businesses in the community, innovative business strategies that display positive financial trending and demonstrated flexibility […]

    St. Thomas Small Business Achievement Award 2016

    Twelfth Night Events  The award is to recognize the efforts of a St. Thomas entrepreneur who has created a successful and growing business through the application of commitment, dedication, hard work, ingenuity and innovation. Twelfth Night Events is a full service Event Planning that serves South Western Ontario. They plan conference, weddings, social events and […]

    Elgin County Small Business Achievement Award 2016

    Bee Loved Gardens This award is to recognize an Elgin County entrepreneur who has created a successful and growing business through the application of commitment, dedication, hard work, ingenuity and innovation. Deanna van den Dries of Bee Loved Gardens is probably one of the hardest working people I have ever met. She is a one-woman […]

    Summer Company Award 2016

    Country Canning The Summer Company award is presented to the Summer Company student that has demonstrated personal growth and development, good business planning and positive financial trending in their business. This summer Sydney Woodhouse started Country Canning.  Sydney was the first Summer Company student to run a summer business while completing a summer co-op. This […]

    Elgin County Economic Development Award 2016

    Great Lakes Farms The Elgin County Economic Development Award is given to a business who exemplifies Elgin’s progressive nature, by being an integral part of Elgin County’s Economic Development & Tourism programming. Great Lakes Farms bring families, fun and farming together. MaryAnne and Joe Van de Gevel are the third generation to carry on the […]

    Downtown Small Business Award 2016

    Sherry’s The Downtown small business award is to recognize the efforts of the entrepreneur who has created a successful and growing business in the downtown core through the application of commitment, dedication, hard work and innovation. Sherry and Jim Chambers started their business from scratch about 8 years ago and evolved from Gifts and Décor by […]

    St. Thomas Business Achievement Award 2016
    Posted on by SBEC

    Amino North America Corporation As the world’s premier sheet hydroforming production facility, Amino North America Corporation specializes in offering cost effective solutions to demanding automotive skin applications in both aluminum and steel. ANAC brings Amino Corporation’s leading edge forming technologies to North America to produce complex Class A panels for the automotive industry. ANAC’s goal […]

    Lifetime Achievement Award 2016
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    Yurek Pharmacy At Yurek Pharmacy Ltd., you get the best of two worlds. You get the best of modern pharmaceutical practices and technology, combined with a commitment to care and a personal touch that can only come from being part of a community for over 50 years. “When my father Edward first unlocked the doors […]

    Summer Company 2016
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    Congratulations to all of our 2016 Summer Company entrepreneurs! Acceleration Boards Andrew Payler Angelica Louise (Artist)  Angelica Stok CK Window Cleaning Will Cook Cool Treats! Tori VanderSpank Country Canning Sydney Woodhouse Elgin Auto Detailing Andrew Baxter Elgin Screen Repair Clayton Sturk Impressions Auto Detailing  Robert Carter Loby Backyard Swimming Lessons Mary Kate Looby NOS Graphics […]

    Word of Mouth
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    Elgin/St. Thomas SBEC is so lucky to have such a motivating and inspiring employee such as Tara McCaulley .  Tara and SBEC have supported me through so much over the last year.  Wandering Spirit Nursing had been a dream of mine for over a decade, and with help I was able to make my dream […]

    Start Wise Celebration

      On Tuesday, July 12th participants in the 2016 Start Wise Program gathered at Glassroots Restaurant to celebrate the completion of the program. Delivered by the London Small Business Centre and Elgin/St. Thomas SBEC, this Ontario Government funded program provided business plan training, skills development and grants to help entrepreneurs launch and grow businesses. At […]