Grey County is highlighting nearly a dozen new companies in the area.
You can now try sheep's milk gelato, become a better shot in hockey, have some jewellery appraised, or rent a tiki themed inflatable water slide among many other things thanks to 11 businesses that received a boost from a County program.
Grey County Business Enterprise Manager Courtney Miller says now in its third year, Starter Company Plus is a granting and mentorship program for small, new or existing businesses in Grey County who are looking to either launch or expand.
Miller and most of this year's entrepreneurs attended county council Thursday (July 11) to highlight their achievements and introduce themselves.
Bruce County also offers the Starter Plus program. The grant is up to $5,000 and the county generally takes applications in the spring.
Miller says "They do full business plan development as well as marketing training and financial training. There's quite a few aspects of the training portion of the program."
Small companies launched or expanded this year:
Zac Coulter & Mitch Wright of Top Corner Training have a synthetic ice pad and also provide hockey skills training to people in the Owen Sound area.
Clare Donaldson & Stephanie Sollazzo are physiotherapists who have opened CONNECT Rehabilitation in the Sunlife plaza in Owen Sound where they offer rehabilitation, yoga and fitness.
Kate Robinson is offering her interior design expertise with Home Town Design.
John Campbell is a landscape architect who has started up "Johnny Two Shovels" (Property Maintenance)
Katrina Watertonhas Jewellery Appraisals does appraisals in Owen Sound, and can be reached at [email protected]
Mike Fleming is offering innovative epoxy live edge, river table, benches, harvest tables, back splashes, vanities and countertops through his Owen Sound business Unique Epoxy.
All Sorts Acre Farm in Ayton makes Sheep milk gelato that Tim & Jennifer Osborn, offer in eight flavours, depending on the season. Tim Osborn says in his experience, many people who are lactose intolerant, can consume sheep’s milk.
Liza Manning of Round the Bend Preserves in Eugenia makes gourmet jams, jellies and chutneys that can be found in stores around Grey Bruce including Milk Maid in Owen Sound, Lamblicious in Park Head, Black Angus Fine Meats and the Leslieville Cheese Market in Flesherton.
Brittney Colborne has started up Georgian Oaks Garden maintenance out of Shallow Lake serving the Grey Bruce area. Colborne is an experienced, insured, certified Horticulture Technician.
Neustadt's Sarah Thompson has started Kowabunga Kidz which is a mobile kids entertainment company offering bouncy castle rentals, glitter tattoo parties, ball pits and party packages.
Ilana Vanderweit of Floreren Farm offers Medicinal herbs for sale as well as a herb clinic. https://www.florerenfarm.com/