Tag: Success Stories

YSBEC Success Stories: STEM Minds

After a 20-year banking career, Anu Bidani had a decision to make: She could continue in the corporate world or she could channel her passion for technology and innovation into her own business. “I’ve always been an entrepreneur at heart,” she says, so she chose the riskier route and created STEM Minds, which provides STEM — science, technology, engineering, math — and now arts — programs for children.

YSBEC Success Stories: Professional Lifestyle Services

When clients walk in the door of Nicole Weston’s office they are greeted by a chalkboard sign that reads “Welcome. What you focus on expands.” Weston knows all about focus. A lifestyle coach and counsellor, she’s intent on building her business, Professional Lifestyle Services, and empowering others to live their best life. Her drive to succeed led her to Starter

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Starter Company – Welcomes Victoria Fenninger and Samantha Lahonen!

Congratulations to two more YSBEC’s successful Starter Company applicants – Victoria Fenninger and Samantha Lahonen.  These youth entrepreneurs will now receive business training, mentorship and grant money to help them launch or expand business operations. Victoria Fenninger Fenninger Racing Inc. Fenninger Racing Inc. is an Alpine Ontario Alpin sanctioned ski race club that offers race training at Sir Sam's in Haliburton and at Earl Bales Park in
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YSBEC Success Stories: OHSpros

In high school, Paul Pires drove a forklift truck part-time. By age 19, he was training co-workers on a variety of lift trucks. And now, at 40, he’s launched OHSpros, a company that specializes in province-specific online forklift training and health and safety documentation software. “I saw where safety training was heading and that was one of the main reasons

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Starter Company – Welcomes Hailey Reiss and Jeannie Yeoh!

Congratulations to two more YSBEC’s successful Starter Company applicants – Hailey Reiss and Jeannie Yeoh.  These youth entrepreneurs will now receive business training, mentorship and grant money to help them launch or expand business operations. Hailey Reiss Harmonic Expressions Hailey Reiss of Harmonic Expressions provides music therapy and music lessons to people of all ages and abilities. Music therapy is the clinical use of music in order
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YSBEC Success Stories: Haptic Health & Chiropractic

With a degree in kinesiology and four years at Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, Dr. Judith McCann is proud of the education she’s earned. She just wishes she’d had more of a grounding in business while in school. “I received some business training in my final year of chiropractic college, but not much,” says McCann. Unlike a lot of new chiropractors

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YSBEC Success Stories: Matrix of Motion Fitness Studios

Recipient of the Entrepreneur of the Year and Excellence in Small Business award by the East Gwillimbury Chamber of Commerce Three years ago Greg Moulton decided to start his own business—quite literally—overnight. On a Sunday, the kinesiologist and personal trainer was told that the gym he’d been working at for eight years was closing its doors. The next morning, he picked

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Starter Company – Welcomes 2 more youth entrepreneurs!

Congratulations to two more YSBEC’s successful Starter Company applicants – Alexa Cheznowski and Nathan Moore.  These youth entrepreneurs will now receive business training, mentorship and grant money to help them launch or expand business operations. Alexa Cheznowski Age of Wellness Alexa Cheznowski of Age of Wellness provides natural solutions to those seeking to better themselves. Alexa provides a detailed personalized plan that incorporates the mind, body and spirit
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YSBEC Success Stories: Incube8 Creative

When Michael Trapani launched his graphic and web design business four years ago, he decided to go freelance for two reasons: First, he wanted the opportunity to bring more creativity to his work than previous jobs had allowed, and second, he wanted to earn more money. He knew he could do better, so he came up with the catchy name

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YSBEC Success Stories: Timeless Harmony Salon & Spa

It makes perfect sense that Katie Gilligan chose “Time for You” as the tagline for her business, Timeless Harmony Salon & Spa, in Newmarket. After all, her target customers are stressed out, middle-class working women in search of a little R&R and pampering. Gilligan, an esthetician and reiki master, had long dreamed of hanging out her own shingle, but not

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