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Success Stories

Over the past 10 years, Halton Region Small Business Centre has responded to over 100,000 inquiries and offered advice to entrepreneurs through more than 10,000 one-on-one consultations.

Read their quotes below to find out more about how our young entrepreneurs and business clients have turned that advice into success:


Small business client success stories

Chrilleks Productions

Chrilleks Productions is a multi-award winning digital media house that creates leading edge motion content.

"Thanks to the Halton Region Small Business Centre team we have been able to properly achieve our goals. Catharine would work with us for hours to make sure our business plan was strong. She broke the process down for us and went through every detail with us. It can be scary to start, or expand a business but the Halton Region Small Business Centre helped us stay on track and believed in us. The resources are always there, we just wish we took advantage of it sooner! Thank you to the Small Business Centre and thank you Catharine - you are a big part of Chrilleks' success story." Aleksandra Lason & Chris Grubisa, Owners


The Candy Cave

The business specializes in retro candy and making life events memorable and unique. We offer customized birthday loot bags, gift baskets, candy buffets, corporate events and more! We use a simple approach that offers a large selection of candy at competitive prices.

"I had a pretty good idea of the path and considerations to start my business, but I contacted the Halton Region Small Business Centre because of the invaluable expertise, in-depth services and their genuine desire to help you succeed. I took advantage of the events and seminars offered, one on one Business Consultant meetings, literature and checklists available and online tools and information."


Ace2Putt

Ace2Putt is a portable mini-putt provider. Our unique service provides a fun and engaging activity during various events, such as business functions, conferences, fundraisers, team building activities and weddings. People of all ages, from children to seniors, will enjoy putting.

"Catharine Frith and Cameron Tulloch were very helpful and supportive for us. They provided us with the tools and knowledge we needed to open our business They gave us the guidance we needed to make a business plan, a forma budget and a marketing plan." Maureen and Albert Winata, Founders of Ace2Putt


The Computer Gal

The Computer Gal, provides home computer training and troubleshooting across Oakville, Burlington and Mississauga.

"I received assistance from Catharine, who referred me to Ryan Carson LL. B. for direction drafting my Terms of Service document. Thank you!"


The Clothespin

The Clothespin is the smart solution to laundry and dry cleaning needs for your clothes. We provide affordable laundry, dry cleaning and alteration services under one roof for your convenience.

"Thank you, Catharine from the Halton Region Small Business Centre for all your mentoring and guidance. You have been a great support for my business You provided great ideas and most important giving me that confidence and power that new small business owners need to continue the journey and let me take my business to the next level." Patricia Hopkins, Owner


Two Gals and a Toolbox

Two Gals and a Toolbox is run by two handywomen. We tackle the jobs that are too small for other contractors. We provide our clients with quality work at reasonable prices in the Burlington and Oakville area. The services that we provide are: painting and trim work, gardening - planting and weeding, organizing and storage, and lawn cutting and edging just to name a few. We are pet and children friendly.

"We meet with our Business Consultant every one to two months just to keep on track. Catharine assisted us with our business plan and also suggested marketing tactics and helped us to decide what services we should offer. Claudia helped us to register Two Gals and a Toolbox on-line at the Small Business Centre." Carole and Lynne Flory, Owners


Parand Design

Parand Design specializes in all aspects of stylish custom kitchen, bath, accessories and designs,

“When we were looking to open our business in Oakville and started to look for a location, we had little knowledge about the community and opportunities in the area. The staff at the Halton Region Small Business Centre were very supportive and gave us a much needed helping hand early on. Their website was a very useful tool for us with valuable information and the Centre was also generous to feature us in their large glass display cabinet to promote our business.” Kamal Moshg, Owner


Arts At Work

Arts At Work supplies handcrafted Canadian glass art to inspire employees in their respective workplaces.

“Without exception, the Halton Small Business Centre staff are welcoming, enthusiastic and readily available to answer questions or share useful information. During the start-up phase of my new company, having them ‘on my team’ has been invaluable.” Lisa Penny, Owner


Stone+Aqua Design & Home Staging

Stone+Aqua Design & Home Staging brings together a passion for design with architectural experience to create amazing and distinctive spaces.

“Thank you Small Business Centre for all your mentoring, support and guidance, which has helped me in consolidating stronger my business and everyday do what I love.” Gisele Shepard, Owner and Founder


Effective Eloquence

Effective Eloquence offers home décor and renovation, home improvement products, residential and condo development, green building practices, construction and architecture.

“The Halton Region Small Business Centre helped me to gain a perspective on how to narrow my marketing focus so that I could gain more traction in my specialty sector.” Margaret Anne Fehr, Owner


Mimi Hanson - Yoga

Mimi’s Yoga offers classes with a focus is on recognition and identification of individual needs. Contact Mimi Hanson at mimisyoga@gmail.com.

“The Halton Small Business Centre helped me identify the appropriate demographic for my clientele base. The business consultant also suggested programs that I may be able to incorporate into my business to further build my client base.” Mimi Hanson, Owner, Yoga Instructor


Futurpreneur Canada success stories

Futurpreneur Canada is the only national, non-profit organization that provides financing, mentoring and support tools to aspiring business owners aged 18-39. The Halton Region Small Business Centre is the local community partner for Futurpreneur Canada in Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton and Oakville.

We offer:

  • monthly information sessions
  • pre-launch coaching
  • business plan development and review

Primal Cravings Burlington

Rachel Baker met with the Halton Region Small Business Centre and successfully applied for and received a loan through the Futurpreneur Canada program. She opened Primal Cravings Burlington in April 2015 and offers a full range of unprocessed (paleo) and gluten, sugar and sodium-free takeout meals and baked goods.




Starter Company success stories

Starter Company is an entrepreneurship program designed to help young people in Ontario between the ages of 18 and 29 start, grow or buy a small business. The program provides training, mentoring and a micro-grant of up to $5,000 for eligible participants.

We offer:

  • one-on-one training from a knowledgeable small business consultant
  • mentoring with experienced, local entrepreneurs
  • an opportunity at funding for eligible participants of up to $5,000 to help start, grow or buy a small business

Peggy Sue Collection Inc. (Starter Company participant 2015)

Peggy Sue Collection Inc. is a ready-to-wear, luxury clothing line for women to revitalize the North American farm and natural fibre industry. Deaven-Smiltnieks works directly with farmers, start-up mills and artisans to design and produce sustainable clothing.

To learn more about Peggy Sue’s experience with Starter Company, view her video.

Le Cordon Vert Cuisine (Starter Company participant 2015)

Caitlin Iten-Scott, a passionate chef, is the owner of Le Cordon Vert Cuisine (LCVC) in Oakville. LCVC is a mobile business that teaches interactive cooking classes, provides private chef services, develop meal plans and shopping strategies to improve daily eating habits.


Artifact Skin Company (Starter Company participant 2014)

Artifact Skin Company is a partnership formed by Narae Kim, (majority shareholder) and Elie Nehme. It is a natural skincare manufacturing company, specializing in facial masques – wash-off treatments used for general skin health and specific skin conditions




Summer Company Success Stories

The Summer Company program provides hands-on business training and mentoring to help enterprising students between the ages of 15-29 start and run their own summer business.

Successful applicants receive up to $1,500 in the spring to help with business start-up costs, and up to $1,500 in the fall upon successful completion of their Summer Company experience.

The Small Business Centre co-ordinates the program locally, and delivers it with the help of volunteer business advisors from the community.


Summer Company Participants 2016

Ben Allmark
Ben Allmark Photography

Ben Allmark Photography is based in Oakville and provides quality photography services focusing on equestrian and skateboarding events throughout the GTA.

Phone: 289-772-7166
Web: BenAllmarkPhotography.Shootproof.com


Steven Tandarich
Class on Grass Lawn Mowing

Class on Grass provides lawn cutting and maintenance services in the Burlington area.

Phone: 289-828-3628


Daniel Peragine
DJP Productions

DJP Productions, based in Oakville is a photo and video production company focused on capturing memories; from personal family shoots to business events.

Phone: 647-505-3825


Mohanad Fouda
Ecentric Auto Detailing

Based in Milton, Ecentric Auto Detailing provides professional detailing services specializing in classic and premium automobiles.

Phone: 905-462-6900
Web: Ecentricauto.com


Jeannine Hulshof
Hulshof Pet Portraits

Hulshof Pet Portraits is an Oakville based business that offers individual sketches and paintings of any family pets, including dogs, cats and other pets.

Phone: 519-276-9990
Web: Jeanninehulshof.com/painting


Jack Malleret
Be the next MVP

Be the next MVP is a promotional business that helps young, talented athletes promote themselves by creating promotional materials such as websites and videos as well as marketing and social media consultation services to increase athletes’ exposure to collegiate athletics.

Phone: 289-834-2946
Web: BethenextMVP.com


Brian Bursic
Prime Tutors

Prime Tutors is a service business based in Oakville that provides specialized tutoring in Halton Region for elementary and high-school students in a variety of subjects. We help students to excel in standardized testing such as SAT’s, the Canadian Achievement Test, the Ontario Literacy Test and EQAO.

Phone: 647-771-5209
Email: PrimeTutors2016@gmail.com


Wiley Brooks-Joiner
Reid Brooks

A Burlington based business that manufactures and sells specialized metal-stamped creations to be used as art pieces or functional garden accents.

Email: sales@reidbrooks.com
Web: reidbrooks.com


Kyle Kokotailo
Relentless Hockey Development

Relentless Hockey Development is an Oakville based student-run business that provides high-level training and coaching skills for professional level hockey teams and players.

Email: kyle@relentlesshockey.com
Web: relentlesshockey.com


Lili Paradi
Summer Splash Swim Lessons & Lifeguard Services

Based in Acton, Summer Splash will come to your home to teach children how to swim in a fun, yet structured atmosphere. Lifeguard services are available for poolside events to ensure safety and security.

Phone: 289-924-1544
Email: lili.paradi@outlook.com


Alex Givens
Tyandaga Lawn Care

Based in the Tyandaga area of Burlington, Tyandaga Lawn Care provides grass cutting and weeding services.

Phone: 289-795-2928
Email: tyandagalawncare@gmail.com


Josh Carlan
Upstream Creative

Upstream Creative is an affordable and creative video production company that helps businesses in Halton Region develop content to increase their online presence.

Phone: 905-599-2940
Web: Upstreamcreative.ca