After struggling to find work after a short stint away, Jessica McCarrel decided to take her future into her own hands and start a small Kickstarter campaign to help start her own business, Kaffeeklatsch.
Claudia Mutch found her passion through helping workers transition from one workplace to another and from one province to another. CHM Management Group is a unique Human Resources business offering construction safety courses, drug and alcohol testing, career transition services, job search advice, recruiting and much more.
As a speech language pathologist, Robyn learned how difficult it could be for some families – especially those in rural areas – to make it to in-person appointments. After losing her mother to breast cancer, Robyn founded Kids Uncomplicated on her mother's legacy of service and love of helping children.
It all started when the two entrepreneurs were introduced through their wives, who were close friends from the same town in Mexico. Steve and his wife were living in Ottawa at the time, while Raymundo and his wife still lived in Mexico. Little did they know that this introduction would lead to a friendship, and then later to a fruitful business relationship.
Matthew Doucette's passion for games began at the age of seven when he was only in grade two. He and his twin brother worked side-by-side creating games, programming graphics, and more. The pair were both passionate about coding and the creativity it allowed them. This passion is what led Matthew to start his own business, Xona Games.
Where some people see a risk, Kristell Tremblay sees an opportunity. What we could consider to be a disadvantage, she turns into an asset. This 33-year-old young entrepreneur, with a strong character and candor, is one of those who know where they are going.
High-quality baked goods for people who suffer from food allergies or have alternative diets are hard to come by in Ottawa, Ontario, and that's why vegan bakers, Claire Tomchishen and Jacqui Okum saw the opportunity to fill the gap with Strawberry Blonde Bakery.