Success Stories

At YSBEC, we pride ourselves on helping entrepreneurs and small business owners reach their goals and grow their businesses. Over the years, we’ve had the pleasure to assist many new and small businesses get up and running or refine their processes to be better positioned to succeed. Every one of our startup and small business clients is unique, as are their stories and histories.

Take note budding entrepreneurs! Find the inspiration you need to forge ahead with your own plans by reading about these successful startups, learn about the challenges they had to contend with and overcome, and the lessons they’ve learned along the way.

Success Story: Whole Family Health Food

Whole Family Health Food is a community-focused health food store in Georgina, Ontario, offering vitamins minerals, herbs, specialty, grocery, natural body care, and even a section for pets. Watch and learn how the York Small Business Enterprise Centre supported their business. Did this story inspire you? Do you have a business idea, or an existing business you want to grow?

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YSBEC Success Story: Doorr

Doorr is a digital lending platform designed for the mortgage industry. They help mortgage brokers, financial institutions better connect and collaborate with their clients. Watch and learn how the York Small Business Enterprise Centre supported their business. Did this story inspire you? Do you have a business idea, or an existing business you want to grow? The York Small Business

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Success Story: Pretty in Pictures

Julie Williams is passionate about her community and living in Whitchurch-Stouffville. Although engineering was her initial career path, she wanted to make a change. “After taking time off to raise a family, I turned my storytelling passion into a successful portrait and event photography business,” said Williams. A former York Small Business Enterprise Centre client, today she is the official

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Success Story: Happy Bones Osteopathy and Wellness Clinic

As a former professional dancer and yoga instructor, Kaylene Joseph has a good understanding of the mechanics of the human body. Although she always wanted to work for herself, her interest in business didn’t go much further than that. “I was teaching the odd class, handing out business cards on the side, and posting about my services on Facebook,” she

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Success Story Video: NewMakeIt

NewMakeIt is a facility that provides innovators, entrepreneurs and creative professionals with the tools and technology to turn ideas into reality. Watch to learn how the YSBEC helped them launch this creative business!

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Success Story: Harmony House Wellness

Christine Moran spent her whole life helping others. After moving to Newmarket from Orillia over 25 years ago, she dedicated her life to raising her two children. But shortly after moving to Newmarket, her youngest child was diagnosed with Autism. For years she worked various jobs that would allow her the time to take her son to various appointments, day

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Success Story: Stella Graphix

  Some people have a love for music and are lucky enough to make a career out of it. Others do the same for art and design. Stella Grinfeld has at one point or another done all three. From her education to her lifetime involvement in the arts, Stella has always had a passion for what she does, including music,

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YSBEC Success Stories: Muttz with Mannerz

It’s not where you’ve been, it’s where you end up. This rings true for Corey McCusker, owner of Muttz with Mannerz, based out of Whitchurch-Stouffville. After a 13-year career in finance, she was ready for a change. “I had a successful career as a Senior Manager, but I simply didn’t have the drive anymore,” she said. “During this transitional time,

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YSBEC Success Stories: Integra Mechanical and Air Ltd.

You could say that Nathan Moore was destined to land in the heating and cooling trade. His father works in the industry, as did his grandfather and great-grandfather. “I really enjoy fixing things and addressing the needs of customers,” says Moore, an HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) mechanic who launched Integra Mechanical and Air Ltd. in 2013. But what

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YSBEC Success Stories: PhysActiv Sports Medicine

  Julian Roach has every reason to be confident. A registered physiotherapist, he has treated more than 18,000 patients in England, Finland and Canada. He’s also an adjunct lecturer and clinical educator for the University of Toronto and served as a lead physiotherapist for the 2015 Pan Am Games. That’s just for starters. He clearly knows his stuff, but when

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