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12 New Starter Company Plus Applicants Announced

By PKED Comms
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The Peterborough & the Kawarthas Business Advisory Centre (BAC) has selected 12 successful applicants to take part in the Winter 2021 intake of Starter Company Plus.

This program runs for 8 weeks and aims to teach new entrepreneurs the necessary skills to start and grow their business. Six of the participating businesses will be selected and awarded a grant of $5,000 based on creativity, strength of business plan and viability.

“I am honoured to be working with such an exciting group of entrepreneurs and small businesses from Peterborough & the Kawarthas this winter,” explains Hillary Manion, the Entrepreneurship Officer who oversees the Starter Company Plus program.

“This intake of the program is focusing on creativity and adaptability. These are two key skills businesses need to be resilient and work through the shifts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and other unforeseen circumstances that may arise.” 

All Starter Company Plus Winter 2021 intake workshops and consultations will be done online, with a focus on digital platforms, marketing and communication as well as financial acumen and mental well-being.

Starter Company Plus is a program offered through the Peterborough & the Kawarthas Business Advisory Centre with funding from the Government of Ontario. This program is designed to provide business training for entrepreneurs (from aspiring to experienced), aged 18 and over in the City and County of Peterborough who are launching a business or expanding an existing business (that has been operating for five years or less). To learn more about this program, visit

Meet the newest entrepreneurs below:

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Christine Jaros: VerminiX – Pest Control Company

VerminiX offers pest control solutions for: residential, commercial and cottage customers in the Peterborough area. Specializing in difficult interior wasp and bee removal without the use of chemicals. Exterminations services are all delivered using an IPM (Integrated Pest Management) system to integrate safe and effective solutions for your most difficult pest challenges.

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Daniel Etmanski: Daniel Etmanski’s Cannabis Consulting

Dan Etmanski Cannabis Consulting has specialized in cannabis growing and training since 2017. Dan provides discreet online or in person consultations to new growers to help shorten their learning curve and maximize their yields.

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Dave Ross: Branded Heron Leatherworks

Rustic, rugged & unique quality handcrafted leather goods.

The feel, smell & natural beauty of leather as it draws in and wears the life surrounding it are what make it truly unique. This is why leather has and will continue to stand the test of time. At Branded Heron Leatherworks we know the only limit to what can be done with leather is imagination. Whether it be one of our signature production pieces or a custom order, each piece is crafted with care by hand and is sure to become a one of a kind heirloom item.

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Fenna Renee Green: Daily Development

Daily Development was established in 2017 to provide 1 to 1 support for people with disabilities and their families. Daily Development provides the opportunity for individuals and families to plan for the future, work on everyday skills, and a live a life that is of their choosing. Each client is supported in a personal and individual way backed with education and knowledge in Psychology and Developmental Services.

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Hamayuwa Mwanangonze: Spores No More

Spores No More is a locally owned and operated company specializing in mold remediation, inspection, and air quality testing. We are passionate about ensuring safe and healthy living spaces for our clients.

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Kelly Ward: FoodFabulous

FoodFabulous is a food service company which identifies and understands that good nutrition is important no matter what your age. Our Chef prepares delicious, well balanced, convenient and special diet meal options for individuals and families to eat well at home.

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Lia Gomez Lowe: Full Bloom Health

At Full Bloom Health, I offer holistic nutrition counselling to women in the Perinatal stages of life. I support women from preconception, throughout pregnancy and into postpartum with the use of food, supplements and lifestyle additions. This is the most energetically, emotionally, and nutritionally demanding time in a woman’s life and I want to show women that they do have some control and can feel good and nourished throughout this time. With my training, experience and passion surrounding this time in life, I know that I can make a difference in women’s lives.

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Mike Frampton: Tragically Dipped Donuts

Tragically Dipped Donuts is an old school coffee shop disguised as a food truck. Offering fresh handmade donuts, all-day breakfast, and amazing locally roasted Coffee. Tragically Dipped’s focus is on quality, simple, and local ingredients. Made in our community for our community. Pop-ups, events, and weekly orders will also be available.

Ryan Vieira: Our Little Worm Farm

Our little worm farm helps its customers both reduce their organic waste and restore the microbiology in their soils. We do this through the sale of both vermicompost (worm manure) and other organic soil amendments, as well as by providing our customers with the tools necessary to do their own in-home vermicomposting of their organic waste.

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Scott D. Bain and Sandy Spremo: The K9 Clipper

The K9 Clipper is a developing, west end Peterborough dog grooming business set to open this spring (2021). Initially, it will be offering bathing, skin care, clipping, styling and general grooming services for your pet. The business will eventually be offering dog walking services, and pet related retail sales.

As animal advocates, we have devoted thousands of volunteer hours toward supporting rescued dogs, cats, and horses. The K9 Clipper will also help support animal rescue and welfare organizations through various fundraising drives and programs.

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E. Tristan Pulham and Tyler O’Conner: Elemental Tree Care

Here at Elemental Tree Care we provide a wide range of services for all your tree care needs. We are locally owned and operated out of Bridgenorth, Ontario, just outside of Peterborough. We are a full service company, from hazardous removals, tree pruning, plant health care services and beyond. We are all about dedication to our clients and their trees. We take pride in being certified arborists and hold ourselves to a high standard. Through constant training, years of experience and knowledge, we strive to keep current to provide you with the best tree and shrub care possible. We will work with you to make a plan for your trees that works for you!

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Tyson Newell: Creative Landscaping and Post Holes

Creative Landscaping & Post Holes offers residential and commercial landscaping, hardscaping, post holes, property maintenance services and snow removal for Peterborough & the Kawarthas.