Success Stories

Hart N Hart

Rural Opportunties sector
Hart N Hart continues to be a community business fixture. Ryan Moore humbly admits that the biggest challenge he faced when purchasing the long-established Hart N Hart Signs and Promotions company eight years ago was “to not mess it up.”
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Homestead Organics Ltd.

Food Processing sector
A pioneer in organic agriculture in eastern Ontario, Homestead Organics has now become a leader in organic food processing and marketing, with an impressive, diverse and ever-expanding customer base that reaches throughout eastern Canada, the United States and overseas.
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Award-Winning Hummingbird Chocolate Maker Thrives in Almonte

Food Processing sector
The Gilmours never set out in their inaugural entrepreneurial endeavour for praise, accolades and renown. They simply wanted to make amazing chocolate, in hopes that other folks would enjoy it too. But through tremendous hard work, exceptional skill and dedication, over the past five years Erica and Drew Gilmour have turned their plucky little company – Hummingbird Chocolate Maker – into the talk of the confectionary world, earning a prestigious 2016 Golden Bean Award and other distinctions at the recent London Academy of Chocolate Awards.
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JAE Automation

Advanced Manufacturing sector
JAE Automation is proof positive that a cutting-edge, high-tech company can work with some of the biggest, most innovative manufacturers in North America but still enjoy the camaraderie and enviably balanced lifestyle of living in a small, close-knit community.
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Ross Video

Advanced Manufacturing sector
A live video production equipment and services company, Ross Video’s success is characterized by their continuous drive for innovation, worldwide distribution and production, and their excellent management. Their broad range of technologies and equipment is used by major broadcasters in North America and 140 countries worldwide.
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Elements Luxury Tented Camp and Nature Spa

Investment Tourism sector
Elements Luxury Tented Camp is a glamping resort located in Renfrew, Ontario owned by local resident Nicole Laframboise. Glamping, also known as glamourous camping, has become a growing trend in outdoor travel. It’s an experience which gives travellers the best of both worlds: an escape into the outdoors while enjoying the comforts of a hotel.
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Heliconia Productions

Rural Opportunties sector
Heliconia has made some significant waves in the outdoor production industry. Heliconia was started in 1997 by former world champion kayaker Ken Whiting. His business partner, Brendan Mark, who has worked with Heliconia for over 12 years, was also a world champion kayaker. After winning the world championships, Whiting was looking for the next step in his career. He decided to venture into the publishing industry and published instructional books on kayaking.
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Upper Canada Creamery

Rural Opportunties sector
For 30 years, Pieter and Maria Biemond ran a successful dairy farm in the lovely, lush farmland near Iroquois, Ontario. For most of that time the farm has also been fully organic, serving an increasing demand for organic milk throughout Eastern Ontario. In that sense, the Biemonds were ahead of the curve, meaning the farm was busy and prospering.
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Ontario Water Buffalo Company

Rural Opportunties sector
Expect water buffalos to be clever and playful, says Martin Littkemann, co-owner of Ontario Water Buffalo Company in Hastings County. “Cows are quiet and mind their business, but the Buffalo thinks, ‘I’m not sure he locked that gate 100%, I better go check it out.’”
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Lorenz Conveying Products

Logistics & Transportation sector
As an example of the true spirit of entrepreneurial achievement, there are few stories that are as compelling as that of Cobourg’s Lorenz Conveying Products.
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