Media Release

Local Companies Benefit From $35,000 Investment

For immediate release

June 30, 2021


Supporting business growth and entrepreneurship in Kingston

Kingston, Ontario, June 30, 2021 — Kingston Economic Development announces 14 entrepreneurs in Kingston are benefitting from training and micro-grant through the Starter Company Plus program.

Starter Company Plus is offered through Kingston Economic Development Corporation with funding from the Government of Ontario. All successful applicants to the program receive business training at no cost to them. Fourteen of them received up to $5,000 microgrant based on the strength of their business plans and business pitches to a panel of community judges.

“Even after a difficult year of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, entrepreneurs and small business owners in Kingston have shown up,” says Norman Musengimana, Business Development Manager, Small Business & Entrepreneurship. “With both new startups and expansions, this intake of the Starter Company Plus was a diverse and unique group. I am very proud to see we have received over 80 applications for the program and honoured to have had the chance to watch their businesses take shape. They will, without a doubt, add to our community as a whole.”

Participants attended a week-long virtual business bootcamp covering a wide variety of topics including market research, digital marketing, small business financing, and hiring practices.

"I've always felt I had the spirit of an entrepreneur; however, it wasn't until the pandemic hit that I decided I wanted to take more control over my financial future. Starter Company Plus is a well-structured and supportive program for those exploring the idea of starting their own business. I would highly encourage it to anyone thinking about entrepreneurship," says Dan Hendry, founder of DH Logic and a successful Stater Company Plus applicant.

The next Starter Company Plus offering is in the fall of 2021, applications will open September 26, 2021. Visit to learn more.

Meet the new successful Starter Company Plus recipients:

Packraft Adventure Canada by Alex Hanes

Packraft Adventure Canada is a wilderness adventure company that offers multi-day packrafting trips and skills courses on remote white-water rivers in Ontario and Quebec. They are the first company in Canada to provide packrafting trips and training. They provide quality equipment, meals, and professional guides for their outdoor experiences for adventurous individuals and families.

Chewmarks by Brandy Wright

Chewmarks provides brand strategy and copywriting for all sorts of entrepreneurs. Owner Brandy Wright, an introverted and neurodiverse, self-proclaimed “nerd,” focuses on helping entrepreneurs think outside the box. She helps fellow entrepreneurs, neurodiverse and otherwise, take their vision and make it clear, concise, and customer-facing.

Bread By Elise by Lisa Robitaille

Bread By Elise is a micro-bakery located in Kingston, run by Lisa Robitaille and her daughter Elise. Their concept focuses on all things sourdough, offering high-quality, healthy products and a no-contact pickup system, as well as sourdough bread baking tools through their online store. Elise is the driving force behind Bread By Elise. Elise was born with developmental disabilities. This micro-bakery and the online store allows her to have an opportunity for meaningful employment.

DH Logic by Dan Hendry

DH Logic is a boutique consulting firm that focuses on planning, supporting, and evaluating community-based solutions for sustainability, social impact, and climate action.

JF Masonry by Jason Fotherby

JF Masonry is a local small masonry business serving Kingston, Napanee and surrounding areas. They provide private residential customers and residential/ commercial contractors with top-quality masonry services. Jason and his team value putting in a hard day’s work for customers and providing fast, friendly and satisfactory customer service.

Maddee Rose Design by Madeleine Linton-Henderson

Maddee Rose Design is a Kingston-based interior design studio, helping home and business owners in the design-build process. Maddee Rose is passionate about creating spaces that will be a true reflection of her clients, which will stand the test of time. She strives to support local businesses and incorporates antiques as much as possible.

Muto Productions by Matt Muto

Muto Productions is a multi-media audio-visual production company specializing in high-quality video recordings, live-streamed broadcasts, and professional audio. The team at Muto Productions has experience working with household, Canadian names. Hannah Georgas and Roots Canada are just two examples of the handfuls available. Whether you’re looking for live internet broadcast services, state-of-the-art video production services, or high-fidelity audio productions, Muto Productions can help.

ubu Skills by Megan Hamilton

Megan Hamilton is a speaking, visibility and confidence coach for women. She uses her classical theatre training and 25+ years of performance to build a step by step speaking system that not only allows you to deliver incredible speeches, but also provides you with a framework to have difficult conversations, build your confidence and increase your visibility. She uses shadow work to help you tune in to your intuition and discover the root of what contributes to burnout.

Haven Terroir Services by Ryan Dhillon

Haven Terroir Services is a consulting company that offers precision agriculture data to the viticulture/agriculture industry and educational courses to those interested in Ontario terroir. They collect high-resolution multispectral imagery with drones, evaluate soil chemistry, and offer soil surveys. This precision agriculture data allows farms and vineyards to make informed decisions regarding crop management.

Shop Central by Victoria Condlln

Shop Central is a one-stop online shopping platform that brings small, independent businesses across the KFL&A region onto a single website, making shopping local easy. With over 500 products from 50 local companies and makers, Shop Central helps shoppers find products from their favourite local brands or discover something new.

Commanda Collective by Taylor Fox

Commanda Collective is a vision for the future. Founded by two Ojibwe sisters, the brand seeks to inspire a pathway to healing through hand-made adornments. Each design is rooted deeply in storytelling. The sisters thoughtfully encourage the normalization of Indigenous languages, explore the traumas & beauty of their lineage, and inspire healing within their community.

Vicki Westgate Fine Jewellery by Vicki Westgate

Vicki Westgate Fine Jewellery is handcrafted fine jewellery business. Following 20 years as the adjunct goldsmith at Metalworks Contemporary Goldsmithing in downtown Kingston, Vicki has launched her namesake jewellery line specializing in sustainable and ethically sourced pearls, gems, diamonds, and metals. The business features both ready-to-wear and custom jewellery available through an online store.

Farm Sum Convenience by Xiaobing Shen

Farm Sum Convenience is a new farm-to-table food truck, using local ingredients grown on Xiaobing Shen’s farm to create his dishes. As the food-truck scene evolves in Kingston, Xiaobing has developed authentic Asian dishes that are reminiscent of the Asian-style street food he had growing up.

YGK Takeaway by Teagan McLaren

YGK Takeaway is Kingston’s online food ordering and delivery solution. Designed for local independent businesses, the YGK Takeaway App helps connect food merchants and their customers through on-demand delivery, fixed delivery, and customer pickup options. The company offers an appealing 5% commission and a platform that is on par with similar large corporate apps. When customers choose YGK Takeaway, they are helping change the face of the food delivery industry.


Media Contact:

Nour Mazloum

Communications & Events Officer

Kingston Economic Development Corporation


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