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Meet the Makers: Starter Company Plus April 2018

By Kelly Jessup
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As we do every few months at Peterborough & the Kawarthas Business Advisory Centre, a new group of entrepreneurs has been selected and trained through our Starter Company Plus program. The group has been selected to take part in a business training workshop series, mentorship, and the chance to win up to five thousand dollars in grant funding. Over the course of the last five weeks, these entrepreneurs have been put to work on improving their business plans and getting ready for the final pitch.

You can get to know our latest round of Starter Company Plus clients below.

Olive Cedar Studio

Owner: Chantel Stovell

Olive Cedar Studio on Facebook Olive Cedar Studio Instagram

Olive Cedar Studio: Hand-crafted one-of-a-kind jewellery with concepts and feels inspired by the Canadian natural world using sterling silver, semi-precious and prepared stones, with the occasional foray into other mixed metals.

The Healthy Sweet Potato

Owner: Jessica Dalliday

The Healthy Sweet Potato on Facebook   The Healthy Sweet Potato on Twitter   The Healthy Sweet Potato on Instagram

The Healthy Sweet Potato – Pilates On Demand is an online video subscription website for Pilates classes, a service branch off our current website, The Healthy Sweet Potato Blog. The service will offer classes taught by certified and highly knowledgeable instructors with fun personalities and will include features such as: • Monthly goal setting system • Goal tracking • Motivational email reminders • Private Facebook support group as well as regular Facebook live classes • Dog Pilates classes *A small percentage of all monthly sales will be donated to the PTBO Human Society

Accountability Financial

Owner: Christine Teixeira

Accountability Financial on Facebook   Accountability Financial on Twitter

Accountability Financial provides bookkeeping services to small and medium-sized businesses as well as income tax preparation services for individuals and sole-proprietor and partnership businesses within Peterborough and the Kawarthas. Accountability Financial will look after your bookkeeping and income tax preparation needs so you can focus on what you do best: running your business.

Solid Leather

Owner: Jesse Bateson

Solid Leather on Facebook   Solid Leather on Instagram

Hand Made solid leather belts. Designed for style, built for life.

Random Acts of Green

Owner: Jessica Correa

Random Acts of Green on Facebook   Random Acts of Green on Twitter   Random Acts of Green on Instagram

Random Acts of Green is an environmental behaviour change agency and social enterprise that creatively inspires both individuals and organizations to combat climate change through products, tools, programs and services.

Three Sisters Natural Landscapes

Owner: Carlotta James

Three Sisters Natural Landscapes on Facebook

Three Sisters Natural Landscapes is a social enterprise that provides eco-landscaping solutions to homeowners and businesses in Peterborough and the Kawarthas. Our eco-landscaping services help residents and businesses transform their properties into a vibrant ecosystem, enhancing the region’s biodiversity and local food security. Three Sisters landscaping services include creating, designing, building, and maintaining pollinator-friendly gardens that are beautiful, environmentally sustainable, and support pollinator populations, including bees, butterflies and birds. Using primarily repurposed materials, Three Sisters also designs and produces a variety of bee houses to support native bee populations.

The Willow Studio

Owner: Stephanie Reynolds

The Willow Studio on Facebook   The Willow Studio on Instagram

The Willow Studio is Peterborough’s first yoga, fitness and Pilates studio dedicated to helping women find strength, balance and confidence from bump to birth and beyond. Specializing in prenatal and postpartum yoga and fitness with expertise in core and pelvic floor health, Willow provides unique classes, expert instruction, and a warm community of supportive women. Willow offers Unique, high-quality yoga fitness and Pilates classes for all stages of the journey through motherhood (not all prenatal and postpartum fitness classes are created equal!) – Up-to-date, expert instruction in core and pelvic floor rehabilitation through exercise. – Limited class sizes and personalized service – you’re not just a name. – A beautiful, baby-friendly refuge (we’re on the ground level and have lots of free parking!) – Thoughtful touches such as complimentary tea and infused water, free use of our high-quality yoga mats and props, and lavender eye pillows. – On-site pelvic floor physiotherapy and massage to compliment your classes.


Owner: Olaf Dunn

Pitched on Facebook   Pitched on Instagram   Pitched on Twitter

Escape the crowds and find the perfect campsite with Pitched. We provide Canadians with greater choice to explore the great outdoors. We also provide private landowners with an opportunity to earn additional income. From backyards to farms, forests to islands, Pitched makes it easier.

Emerald Beauty

Owner: Niamh Bradler

Emerald Beauty on Facebook   Emerald Beauty on Instagram

Emerald Beauty is a day spa located in the heart of downtown Peterborough. It offers a variety of beauty and relaxation services such as manicures, pedicures, hair removal and specializing in Nail Art.

Corcoran’s Boxing Club

Owner: Elysia Catherwood

Corcoran’s Boxing Club offers recreational and competitive boxing training. It also offers a variety of fitness classes and personal training.

Tracey & Co Inc.

Owner: Tracey Nguyen

Tracey & Co Inc. on Facebook   Tracey & Co Inc. on Twitter    Tracey & Co Inc. on Instagram

My business seeks to provide and body-mindfulness and emotional-psychology education on how to resolve psychosomatic disorders such as, chronic bowel and autoimmune disorders (Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Candida Overgrowth, Eczema and Leaky Gut Syndrome).

Blush Drop Inc.

Owner: Rick Dolishny

Blush Drop Inc. on Facebook   Blush Drop Inc. on Twitter   Blush Drop Inc. on Instagram

Weddings are expensive and BlushDrop Wedding Video can change that! We created BlushDrop Wedding Video to help brides and grooms get the wedding video they deserve at a fraction of the cost. Friends and family do the shooting on their phones, and the BlushDrop team handles the editing. We deliver a beautiful hand-crafted fully edited wedding montage with music and effects for just $349.

We B Primal

Owner: Jessika Harding

We B Primal on Facebook   We B Primal on Instagram

We B Primal specializes in customized raw meal plans for companion animals and also helps pet parents navigate the pet store shelves when selecting a food for their pet.