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Success Stories

Newburgh Pharmacy

Rural Opportunties sector
Growing up in a small community in northern New Brunswick, Jennifer Bergeron enjoyed the benefits of the friendly, co-operative atmosphere and more relaxed pace of life.  After moving to Ontario and living in Kingston for several years, when it came time to open her own pharmacy she wanted it to be in place where she could feel a similar vibe. A few months after moving to Yarker, Bergeron opened Newburgh Pharmacy, a full-service pharmacy and retail outlet in the picturesque Stone Mills Township community.
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Mariposa Electric

Rural Opportunties sector
For a little more than a quarter of a century, Lindsay-based Mariposa Electric has provided excellent, responsive service and quality work for residents of the Kawartha Lakes region and beyond, based on fundamentals of superior workmanship, treating customers well, and ensuring that the business and staff supports the community. It’s a recipe for success that began when two formerly independent electricians chose to partner up, proving the adage that the whole really is greater than the sum of its parts.
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4 Degrees Brewing Company

Food Processing sector
Get the founders of 4 Degrees Brewing Company, Nick Ritchie and Andrew Howard, talking about beer and it’s easy to see where their passion lies – with the cold, frothy, hoppy brew that’s taken the Ontario food and drink industry by storm, and is set to do the same in Smiths Falls. With breweries popping up in virtually every community in Eastern Ontario, you’d think people would tire of hearing about yet another opening, but it seems there’s no end in sight for the craft brewery trend, least of all in Smiths Falls. Here, the local community has rallied around 4 Degrees, and waited patiently for more than five years for its arrival.
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Beking's Poultry Farm

Food Processing sector
The Beking family likes to put smiles on the faces of their customers by providing great tasting eggs. This third-generation farm uses natural farming methods feeding their 23,000 free-roaming hens a vegetarian, all-grain, diet free from animal by-products, hormones and antibiotics. Their slogans are 'Direct from farm to you' and ‘Eggs the way they are supposed to taste.'
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Willis Manufacturing

Advanced Manufacturing sector
Already an in-demand custom metal fabrication business, Odessa-based Willis Manufacturing has added a second facility and new services to help the company develop, enhance and diversify it’s burgeoning Eastern Ontario customer base. Once it’s fully operational by the end of fall of 2017, the new 7,000-sqare-foot space will mean the solving of some growth-related logistical and storage issues. It also presents the opportunity to add a dimension to the suite of services the company can offer, making it a veritable one-stop shop for those looking for fabrication solutions that are fast and of superior quality and workmanship.
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The Lakeview Tavern

Rural Opportunties sector
Under the able stewardship of Tanya Meszaros since 2007, the Lakeview Tavern has become a hub of activity in Stone Mills Township. Always a popular ‘watering hole’ for many generations, the Lakeview has been more of a meeting place and restaurant than ‘tavern’ these days, catering to families, couples and community groups. Located ideally along County Road 41 in Erinsville, the Lakeview is a full-service establishment that has cultivated a truly down-home, welcoming atmosphere.
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The Lindsay Paper Box Co. Ltd.

Advanced Manufacturing sector
In a corporate climate that is increasingly dominated by giant corporations gobbling up their smaller competitors, The Lindsay Paper Box Co. Ltd. stands apart as a successful, independent family oriented business that can still compete with the ‘big boys’ by offering specialized products and superior service to clients throughout North America.
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Capital Waterfowling

Rural Opportunties sector
Ryan Reynolds, who is from Napanee, and his business partner Eric Grypa, of Saskatoon, are unlikely entrepreneurs. They met because they were both working as water fowl guides, and not surprisingly they share a similar story. They were both introduced to waterfowling as very young children, and grew up loving everything about the sport, “the setting, the camaraderie, the challenge, the high success opportunities, just everything ...” said Ryan Reynolds in a phone interview...
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Wills Transfer Ltd.

Logistics & Transportation sector
In 1945, G.H. Wills began with two small trucks owned by a hard-working, community-oriented family. The business was created to ship items in and around Smiths Falls and surrounding communities, quickly building a reputation for excellence, efficiency and affordability. From those humble beginnings the firm, which is now known as Wills Transfer Ltd., now boasts 160 employees working out of six warehousing facilities, operating a fleet of more than 40 tractors and 150 trailers delivering cargo throughout Eastern Ontario.  The Company is still based out of Smiths Falls and is now owned and operated by Terry and Heather Wills and their son, Jordi, who is the fourth generation of this family business.
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The Cove Country Inn

Investment Tourism sector
There is always something new to experience at The Cove Country Inn. It could be a night out at the popular Blues on the Rideau, a concert series benefitting local causes, Wings 'n Tunes Wednesdays, Jazz Night or a special menu event like the March 9th Thai Food and Wine Dinner. The Cove, winner of the 2016 South Eastern Ontario Wedding Awards Best Accommodation prize, is keeping true to being a community hub and a fun destination. 
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