Every business starts as an idea and grows from there. Take a look at our local success stories and how TBC was able to help them prosper in our region!
It all started with a cupcake.
Now Sugardaddy Cupcakes and Catering has grown into a flourishing business that is satisfying every sweet tooth for miles around.
John and Nathan Serran started their business in their own home in 2016 and installed a commercial kitchen to meet the growing demands of their customers. After participating in the Starter Company program through The Business Centre they were able to purchase additional equipment and open a retail shop. Their unique designs and flavours, as well as the care they put into each order quickly established them as the area’s premier supplier of gourmet cupcakes. After outgrowing these locations, they recently purchased a vacant restaurant in North Bay that has allowed them to exponentially increase their offerings. In addition to their amazing cupcakes they have a fully licensed restaurant, event space available to rent and full catering services on or off site. Whether you are planning an event or just looking for a sweet indulgence, Sugardaddy Cupcakes and Catering is sure to satisfy.
Bailey is the owner of Elliot + Olivia Bridal Boutique in North Bay.
She graduated from Nipissing University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and is an Accredited Family Mediator. She has worked within the family court system for over 10 years and for the last few years commuted to Sudbury 3 times per week. While stuck in Sudbury overnight due to a snowstorm, Bailey made up her mind that she needed a change. She decided to take the risk and pursue her dream of becoming an entrepreneur and opening up a Bridal Boutique. She chose to name the boutique after her younger siblings; Joey Elliot and Charley Olivia.
From writing her business plan, completing reno’s and everything in between, she could not have opened Elliot + Olivia without the support of her family and friends who helped in so many different ways. She also would recommend The Business Centre and Futurpreneur to anyone wanting guidance or resources on becoming an entrepreneur. She would like to give a special thank you to Jennifer Nickerson, Manager of the Business Center for her mentorship and support during throughout the entire process.
Elliot + Olivia is located in a beautiful loft space in downtown North Bay and is home to a wide variety of modern and romantic wedding gowns as well as bridesmaid gowns, accessories and gifts. Offering brides and their family and friends an intimate, special and unique experience while searching for the dress of their dreams is of the utmost importance to Bailey. She loves nothing more than welcoming brides and their guests into the boutique and that special moment when a bride finds “the one”.
In her spare time Bailey enjoys hanging out with her dog, Ari, practicing yoga, enjoying a good glass (or two ;)) of wine and spending time with her family and friends. She is so grateful for the supportive community of North Bay and cannot wait to see what the future holds for Elliot + Olivia.
Please visit www.elliotandolivia.com for more
information or to book an appointment!
Jason Harris has been working behind the camera since 2010.
He started learning hands-on at Canadore College while in high school. Simultaneously he held an internship with YourTV (formerly Cogeco). Since then he has worked with many artists, companies, and non-profit organizations in Northern Ontario. Jason has recently officially started Harris Productions, a production company offering complete professional and artistic corporate and commercial video and photo services.
Harris Productions is a Northern Ontario based media production company that offers commercial and corporate video and photo. Whether it is a company function, instructional video, product photography, headshots, commercials, or social media spots, Harris Productions is here to help every step of the way. Guiding you through the production process from writing and storyboarding your ideas, to making sure you love every detail of the final product, Harris Productions wants you to succeed.
Remember your first love?
Meg’s was a camera received as a gift in elementary school. She quickly discovered it was a way for her to tell her story as well as others’ stories, and she’s been hooked on photographic storytelling ever since. Adventurous by nature, she loves meeting new people, learning new things and playing in the great outdoors.
Meg Wallace Photography was founded in 2011 and specializes in wedding and portrait photography. The business quickly grew, and in 2015 she quit her teaching job to run Meg Wallace Photography full time. In 2018, she opened up a full-time studio and launched Georgian Bay Boudoir. Meg’s openness, sense of humour and photography expertise facilitates incredible experiences for her clients that keep them coming back.
Boudoir photography helps women of all shapes, sizes, and colours see how beautiful they truly are, inside and out. Boudoir sessions not only show women their beauty; it’s also an incredibly fun and empowering experience that leads to improved body-positivity and confidence. Meg feels grateful to be able to provide such powerful experiences for women.
To learn more, visit georgianbayboudoir.com. Those who identify as female are welcomed and invited to join her private Facebook group 'Georgian Bay Boudoir VIPs'. This online community of over 1600 women focuses on body positivity, empowerment and confidence.
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It all started with a drink at a bar in Victoria, BC,
with a couple of tourists asking the bartender for recommendations of places that were more 'off the beaten track.’ The bartender excitedly began to draw maps on the backs of napkins directing them to the hidden gems of Vancouver Island. That bartender was Emma Jones. It wasn’t too long before she had a business plan ready and became the ambassador of adventure herself. 'Off the Beaten Track, Victoria' was launched, - a business idea that was born at that bar.
Two years later, when the lure of family and the opportunities awaiting in Northern Ontario enticed her back to her native province, ‘Off the Beaten Track, Northern Ontario' became a reality. After participating in the Starter Company program through the North Bay Business Centre, Emma eagerly planned new pursuits as she visited several beauty spots and began enlisting the help of various local businesses. Now tourists to North Bay are able to participate in these unique tours - just watch for her van around town - you can’t miss it!
Whether they choose to sample local brews on the trails n' ales, experience local cuisine, or enjoy a chocolate fondue specially prepared by Emma as they are enjoying the outdoor beauty, 'Off the Beaten Track, Northern Ontario' will not disappoint.
If you are planning an event, or just wanting to try an amazing new discovery, Emma is the one to call. She’ll have you back feeling refreshed and energized.
Lana is the owner of Bow + Arrow Boutique in Sturgeon Falls.
She lived and worked in Toronto in retail management for 16+ years before she decided to come home to her roots. She has worked for companies such as Banana Republic, Aritizia, and Pottery Barn.
Lana knew that a boutique was missing in her town. With the help of the Starter Company Plus program at The Business Centre she completed a solid business plan. Lana purchased her own building and opened her Brick and Mortar location in December 2018. Lana’s vision of bringing a Omni channel business to the north is key to the business' success. Offering traditional services with a boutique as well as a more modern service like e-commerce and social media platforms to satisfy the new generations of shoppers will expand her client base and keep her on trend.
Bow + Arrow's location is 170 Main Street in Sturgeon Falls, ON. Offering quality men’s and women’s clothing. Brands such as Micheal Kors, Levis, Mexx, Tom Tailer and Dockers.
Lana’s courage and drive to push herself creatively and to go after her dreams comes from her 4 year old son William. Being a single mom and a female business owner has many challenges and is scary at times, but she has the support of her triplet sisters Tanya and Leslie (who will soon join the company) and her other family members to help her along the way. She is very grateful for everyone’s help and support and is excited to see what the future holds for her!
Jared Kelso Production is a video production company,
with the purpose of capturing cinematic recap videos for events and ceremonies. Jared is currently participating in the Summer Company Program, where he has had the opportunity to start up his own business venture, Jared Kelso Productions. Jared hopes to continue his business after the completion of the program and will continue to offer these services to the North Bay and area.
If you are interested in his services, please contact Jared Kelso Productions with the contact information below.
Jared Kelso 705-493-1232
Compass Music Academy is building community ties through music
and spreading the message that everybody is musical, and everybody can participate in music making. Facilitated by Co-Owners Lindsay Sullivan and Eric Treleaven, the multi-teacher music lesson facility offers music instruction on a wide variety of instruments as well as group classes. In addition to lessons, Lindsay and Eric host Vox Choir every second Wednesday at Gateway City Brewery. Vox is a drop in, no commitment community choir where participants learn a new song each session including 3 part harmony in about an hour and perform it on Facebook Live. Anybody can participate and there is absolutely no singing experience required.