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Success Stories

McCormick’s Country Store

Rural Opportunties sector
McCormick’s Country Store’s ability to adapt is key to its continued success in L&A County. Lindsay Noyes and her brother Justin Martin have spent a significant portion of their lives within the inviting and homey confines of McCormick’s Country Store in Camden East. As teenagers they worked in the store, which has been both an important business and social hub of that part of Stone Mills Township and Lennox & Addington County for decades. After managing the store for a couple of years under its previous owners, Mike and Amy Martin, Noyes and her brother bought the venerable entrepreneurial institution in 2003 and have been operating it ever since.
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Guildline Industries

Advanced Manufacturing sector
Guildine Industries is proof that you can be a world-class, industry-leading manufacturer in a highly technical and specialized field and yet still be based in the lush, beautiful rural landscape of Southeastern Ontario. The firm will mark an incredible 60 years of operation in 2017, having been founded by four British researchers in the Town of Smiths Falls back in 1957.
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Napanee Beer Company Inc.

Food Processing sector
Napanee Beer Company catches the craft beer wave. What started out as a passionate new hobby has turned into an adventurous – some might say intoxicating – new business enterprise for Napanee’s Geordan Saunders. Taking his award-winning brewing knowledge and experience, and combining it with an already successful career as a marketing professional, Saunders opened the Napanee Beer Company over the Victoria Day long weekend to general acclaim.
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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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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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