Award-winning local business, Renew MediSpa Peterborough is on a roll…

Renew MediSpa Peterborough delivers the perfect blend between high quality medical aesthetic services and advanced spa treatments to help clients’ look and feel refreshed.  Clients at Renew benefit from excellent care by owner Roxanne McDonald-Brown.  Not only is she a Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) but she holds other industry-specific professional certifications.  Staff at Renew prioritize cleanliness, safety and customer service to ensure top-quality treatments so customers get the best experience they can. 

Roxanne’s entrepreneurial dedication and tenacity is truly an inspiration.  Over the course of of 2 years, she worked as a RPN while attending school to open the doors of Renew MediSpa.  The time and balance challenges did not wean as she continued to nurse tirelessly supporting her new venture.   Many doubted her for giving up a stable career, and as much as she loved her co-workers, and loved providing patient care, it wasn’t feeding her soul.  

Since opening their doors in 2017, and getting a small business loan with Community Futures Peterborough, Renew MediSpa Peterborough has flourished in both their sales and popularity.  They received a grant through our partner, Peterborough and the Kawarthas Economic Development’s Starter Company Plus program for their business plan. In 2019 she won “Best Medi Spa Peterborough” with Peterborough This Week and she won “Best Laser Hair Removal Peterborough 2019 People’s Choice Awards” with The Peterborough Examiner.  Adding to this list of accolades in October, Roxanne brought home a Business Excellence award for “Micro-business” through another #TeamPtbo partner, the Peterborough Chamber of Commerce.   

Their success took a vast amount of grit and determination with many long days and nights, copious amounts of sweat and elbow grease only an entrepreneur can understand.  Roxanne credits her family as the real driving force behind her success saying “My kids drive me to always set the best example for them, and my husband Dave is so supportive and pushes me to succeed.”

After being measured against a 50-point inspection, Renew MediSpa Peterborough has a 5-Star rating, and was handpicked as one of the top 3 best Med Spa’s in Peterborough City by Threebestrated.ca.

They offer treatments such as Chemical Peels, Body contouring, Facials. Micro-needling, laser hair removal, microdermabrasion, wrinkle relaxers, dermal fillers, permanent make up and platelet rich plasma.  They recently launched new services including body contouring technology, Forma facials, and permanent make up. 

They have a lot planned for 2020 and will be sharing it in the upcoming months; so stay tuned!

Learn more about Renew MediSpa Peterborough:

Visit: https://renewmedispaptbo.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/renewmedispaptbo/

Phone: (705) 775-3005


Play Café Peterborough Scaling Up and Moving Locations to accommodate her growing business.

Similar to a growing family in shrinking house, Play Café Peterborough is moving from their Brookdale Plaza location.  They move into their new home at 1434 Chemong Rd Unit 1 & 2  on November 1st with an open house set for mid November.

Play Café is known for its cozy, warm environment for children to create, explore, play, and connect with new friends.  This indoor play space boasts crafts, activities, toys, puzzles, books, and gross motor equipment to keep little ones busy.   They host a variety of classes focusing on creativity and family wellness including yoga for kids and adults, mom + baby groups, and family paint nights.  The new space will also feature an outdoor classroom.

An online review obtained from a regular visitor is a sentiment shared by many on the review page: that “Play Cafe Peterborough is somewhere my kids look forward to going each time. The activity centres, toys and books are rotated frequently so that it feels “new” and exciting each time we go.”  Highly recommended by this mom, she shares “This space has saved my sanity many times! Sarah and her staff are wonderful and make you feel like old friends.”

To date, parents and children enjoy the comfortable and welcoming environment Sarah Susnar has created over the last four years in business.  Parents are drawn to the space because of its clean and safe environment that’s fun for kids and relaxing for parents.

With a fully booked monthly calendar and sold out classes, Sarah is enjoying a busy season offering classes ranging from Musical Sign Language, Music and Movement, Yoga, infant massage, dance classes, sleep and postpartum workshops, crafts and a newly added preschool program. 

“We are so pleased to be busy with a full calendar and thankful for our amazing customers” says Sarah. “We are going to be able to offer more classes with the new space, including outdoor classes! We will have 2 classrooms separate from the play room and are super excited about that, as it has been tough to try and do everything we want in our current location.”

With her husband and young child in tow, Sarah and her family relocated to Peterborough 10 years ago. She enrolled in the Early Childhood Education program at Sir Sanford Fleming College while balancing life with two children under three years of age.  After graduating in 2011, Sarah worked for a few years in centre-based care, feeling the pains of the long hours it required.  She wanted more control over the amount of time she spent with her children and took an entrepreneurial leap of faith on a half-decade old idea: a cafe that you could take your kids to and meet with other parents.   “Two years into business we were already outgrowing the space” beams Sarah.  “The need for programming for families was clear, and so I adapted to those family needs.”

With Community Futures Peterborough, Sarah found a partner who cares about her success, and a financier that understands the challenges of small businesses. 

Community Futures Peterborough provides business owners with flexible financing solutions, in depth counselling sessions, along with information sharing through their Financial Foundations workshops.

 

Learn more about Play Café Peterborough:

Visit:  www.playcafepeterborough.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/PlayCafePeterborough/

Phone: (705) 874-3517


Percheron Plastic looks to diversify with two acquisitions and growth in product lines

Percheron Plastic Inc. hasn’t been shy about its intentions to diversify beyond distribution and manufacturing plastic tanks since its humble beginnings in 2016.

If it wasn’t heard before, its latest deals broadcast the message loud and clear.

In spring 2018, the plastic tank and material handling manufacturer entered an agreement to acquire Trojan Classroom Furniture, a Bobcaygeon-based furniture manufacturing company specially designed for early childhood learning centres and classrooms. Last October, Percheron Plastic founders, Matt Tanguay and Eric Quane, moved the furniture business to Peterborough which now boasts sales of over a million dollars annually.

The previous year, they acquired a paraffin wax business and also moved it to Peterborough where they now sell FDA-approved multi-use paraffin wax products to national distributors, Newell Brands and Home Hardware, and online through Amazon, which has been a tremendous success for the company.

The decision to house both businesses in Peterborough was a no-brainer for Tanguay and Quane.

“We enjoy Peterborough and we like the community and the labour force. There are plenty of incentives for growth and for entrepreneurs looking to get started,” says Tanguay.

Percheron Plastic has developed a large customer base across North America, supplying a full range of plastic storage tanks for potable water or industrial use using the highest quality of plastic for industries such as agricultural, chemicals and additives, cider and spirits, food and beverage and water treatment.

“When we first ventured out, we started with what we knew,” says Tanguay, who had 20 years of experience manufacturing polyethylene plastic tanks prior to starting Percheron Plastic with Quane, who comes from a fitness and manufacturing background. “Now, we’re continuously focused on looking ahead for new opportunities.”

A classic product with over 100 years of achievement, the company’s Paraffin Wax is available in granulated form or easy to break bars. There are many uses for the non-scented product in multiple fields and industries, primarily for candles, plastics and rubber, crayons, and as a layer of coating to guard from environmental moisture.

While the company continues to build and look for opportunities, both organically and through acquisitions, innovation remains one of its main principles so it can create value down the road for other products it has been working on.

The most notable example is the creation of Firestraw®, a fire starter made from straw and wax. In 2018, Percheron Plastic added the non-toxic fire starter to its product line.

“We had different ideas of what we could do with paraffin wax and fire starters was one of them,” says Tanguay. “We wanted something that was innovative and not like anything else that was on the market.”

Firestraw comes bundled for campfires or fireplaces and has a clean burn that lasts for 5 to 7 minutes. The secret is the thin coating of the high-quality paraffin wax, causing the flame to burn longer and become more sustainable through the weather and outdoor elements.

While Firestraw was in the early stages of production, Tanguay and Quane realized they needed an extra boost to get their product to market. The business partners approached Community Futures for funding through its Eastern Ontario Development Plan, and the staff in the Peterborough office helped them work out their business plan.

“When we approached Community Futures, we had a good idea of what we needed but they really helped us put together a comprehensive plan as part of getting funding. By focusing on our business plan and next steps, we were able to get grant money through the Eastern Ontario Development Plan and a loan to help develop and manufacturer Firestraw as well as any costs related to manufacturing, marketing, labour costs, and product development,” says Tanguay.

Firestraw is available in several stores and Percheron Plastic is actively working with engineers to ramp up production to meet the volume and price point required by its existing distributors and growing online sales.

The company employs nine full-time employees and have plans to increase staff. Part of the company’s future strategy is to automate its manufacturing process so it can compete on a global scale with larger manufacturers in the United States and China.

Percheron Plastic is clearly making a mark in the Peterborough entrepreneurial landscape. In 2018, it was declared the Goods and Services category winner in the Bears’ Lair Entrepreneurial Competition Final Pitch, which gave it “street credibility” says Tanguay. In April, Percheron Plastic became a semi-finalist in Ignite 100, an innovation challenge hosted by Community Futures Peterborough open to all existing business in the Peterborough region to compete for significant funding opportunities that support business expansion and growth.

For aspiring entrepreneurs, Tanguay offers this insightful and transformative piece of advice: “As your business grows, get used to operating outside of your comfort zone, whether it’s working with new staff, delegating, or approaching new suppliers or banks. Get used to asking for money; as your business develops, there’ll always be a need for more capital.

“This is where Community Futures really excel. They understand that entrepreneurs don’t have a lot of experience with this. When we go to Community Futures, we have a lot of questions and they provide a lot of options to help us. They also have a huge network, so if the solution isn’t with them, they’ll point you in the right direction.”

 

Learn more about Percheron Plastic Inc.:

Visit: www.percheronplastic.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/percheronplastic

Phone: 1-800-780-3609


Injection molding manufacturer Bridgenorth Molds expands operation, employs local expertise

Although they may not know it, many people who use plastic houseware products have relied on Bridgenorth Molds Inc.

Since its humble beginnings in 1984, the injection molding manufacturer has provided precision design and molding tools for major brands in the plastics industry, such as molds for kettles and hot dog cookers in the early years of operation, and now focuses on complex engineering parts for the auto industry, as most of the consumer products have been off-shored. 

Bridgenorth Molds Inc. is now known as Bridgenorth Molds RB Manufacturing Inc. after acquiring RB Manufacturing and purchasing the larger building in June of 2018.

Known for solving complex molding challenges, Bridgenorth Molds RB Manufacturing Inc. combines skilled craftsmanship with state-of-the-art computer-aided design and manufacturing software and equipment. It has earned them a reputation for on-time, custom molds and long-lasting customer relationships in Peterborough and the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

The company has a strong commitment to providing the highest level of quality for all products, manufactured to defined specifications as well as a Quality Management System, which is why they are proud to be ISO 9001:2015 certified and have been for the past 14 years.

President Carl Campion says his company was built on the strength of its skilled staff, the trust of its customers, and its high-quality products that satisfy customer expectations and exceed their requirements.

“We continually work with our employees to ensure they are up-to-date with industry trends and new equipment,” says Campion, who began his career as a toolmaker with Bridgenorth Molds in 1988 for then owner, Irwin Peking.

“It shows in the quality of products we produce for our customers, who put their confidence in us and our manufacturing experience.”

Bridgenorth Molds RB Manufacturing Inc. sells directly to Ontario plastics companies, specifically Ritz Plastics and DynaPlas Ltd. and its complex plastic parts are used in important performance applications.

Its Peterborough-area facility includes an office, a tool shop, and a manufacturing plant, totalling 9,500-square-feet. The space also holds 25 machines that are involved in the manufacture of injection molding tools, as well as custom machining for customers such as Rolls Royce, PepsiCo, Dynacast, and Siemens.

Injection molding produces parts in large volume and is by far the most versatile of all molding techniques. With optimal production efficiency in mind, Bridgenorth Molds RB Manufacturing Inc. uses careful engineering, planning, and computer-generated volume calculations to ensure exact overflow and fill levels, which are crucial to producing a quality mold.

Today, Bridgenorth Molds RB Manufacturing Inc. employs ten staff, who are highly-skilled tool and die makers, and continues to be guided by its founding principles of a mission to innovate and a determination to do things in the industry that other companies in the region can’t.

“Over the last five years, we have invested over half a million dollars in new equipment and have become the only premium mold-making shop this side of the GTA,” says Campion.

Bridgenorth Molds RB Manufacturing Inc. no longer has the need to outsource to machine shops in the GTA and keeps labour in-house and local. The long-standing decision to stay local has helped solidify the manufacturer’s already strong customer relationships. One way to ensure quality customer service, Campion notes, is to be involved in the entire process, including assisting in the design process and identifying cost savings.

Campion expects his company to enjoy significant growth over the coming years, but mold making requires all components to be machined to close tolerances, meaning investing in the latest techniques and innovations in manufacturing is critical to remaining competitive in the marketplace.

Although Bridgenorth Molds RB Manufacturing Inc. has demonstrated the viability of their technology, even successful companies have obstacles to navigate. It is costly business, Campion says, to purchase top design software and CNC programming that is needed to keep up with the demand.

Last year, when the company considered financial support, they turned to Community Futures Peterborough and applied for funding through the organization’s Eastern Ontario Development Program, specifically for CNC technology for mold applications.

The investment helped Bridgenorth Molds RB Manufacturing Inc. purchase two new machines and train their machinists on how to use the equipment, eliminating the need to utilize vendors outside of Peterborough.

Campion says the support from Community Futures Peterborough was fundamental to decreasing lead time when delivering a high-quality product on-time, increasing the company’s current level of employment, decreasing costs and increasing revenue, as well as strengthening its customer base.

“The purchase of new machines led to more opportunities for Bridgenorth Molds, allowing the company to be more competitive and bid on more projects. This will eventually lead to the need for more full-time employees and enable the continuing stability of our company.”

And, the timing to reinvest in your business couldn’t have come at a better time. Bridgenorth Molds RB Manufacturing Inc. recently moved to a larger facility in Cavan-Monaghan — a 5,000-square-feet increase — to allow for an expansion of its automation equipment, molds and machining services for customers.

 

To learn more about Bridgenorth Molds RB Manufacturing Inc.:

Visit: www.bnmolds.com

Phone: (705) 743-8655

Email: sales@bnmolds.com


Imprinted Apparel combines personalized service with creativity for custom apparel decorating needs

Imprinted Apparel wants their customers to feel as comfortable in the boardroom as they are on the golf course, all without having to change their attire. As a result, their products must be high-quality while embracing the versatility of the Peterborough region, which the company calls home.

The apparel-decorating store provides custom embroidered apparel, promotional products and trophies for small-to-medium businesses, hockey associations, camps, breweries, schools, and not-for-profit groups looking to boost outreach and recognition.

“If there’s anything you want a logo on, we can do it,” says Clinton Smith, co-owner of Imprinted Apparel.

Items that Clinton is referring to include workwear, sportswear, school and athletic wear, and apparel for professionals. It’s not just apparel — they can decorate tote bags, hats, coffee mugs, water bottles, and more.

Looking for a great way to promote and brand your business? Imprinted Apparel carries thousands of products available through their Canadian suppliers that can be personalized with a logo or name and used as client gifts, staff giveaways, donations, appreciations, and product launches. If you need to acknowledge someone for a job well done, you’ll find trophies, plaques, awards and corporate gifts.

Their merchandise is also available at your very fingertips, simply by visiting their website. Customers will find not only the ease of shopping and the variety of price points just like in the physical store, but partnership programs and a client e-store.

Although the company has an extensive catalog of items and a large public showroom jammed packed with hundreds of samples of styles, colours and sizes, the high level of customer service is what keeps their customers coming back, says Clinton.

“There are approximately six or seven competitors in the area and from a product standpoint, we’re all similar in what we offer,” says Clinton. “However, the biggest reason we’re having the success that we are is because we deliver the best customer service and the best pricing for our products.”

The company takes pride in the longevity of their decorations. When it comes to branding apparel with a professional look, nothing quite compares to the vision of a logo screen printed on a garment or meticulously stitched right into the fabric. Regardless of the process, all of the finished products look good, are durable and stand the test of time.

It’s that quest for quality that led the company to begin offering in-house embroidery 20 years ago. Clinton and his wife, Lesley, took over the business from the original owners in 2016 after moving back to Peterborough from the Greater Toronto Area. The staff readily agreed to stay on with the Smiths, making the transition seamless for the company’s loyal customer base.

In addition to providing the services of custom-decorated items, the store is also home to The Peterborough Curling shop, which is the largest retail curling space from Scarborough to Kingston, and where they sell the top six curling brands on the market.

Over the last two years, Clinton notes there hasn’t been a one-size-fits-all strategy for success. The owners knew there would be some challenges to build the business back to where it would be profitable and to meet the increase of product demand.

“In order for us to grow to the extent that we’ve been able to, we needed to increase our production capacity,” he says. “Because we only bought the business in 2016, there were challenges with traditional financing as we still had outstanding loans for the acquisition of the business.”  

Meeting with Community Futures Peterborough, the Smiths found a partner that understands the challenges of small businesses and could provide them with the financial support they needed to keep their business thriving. The organization was able to assist them with funding through the Eastern Ontario Development Program and helped them with the application as a small business advisor.

“With any questions we had or anything along the way that we needed to address, Community Futures had answers for us within hours. It was really good support,” says Clinton.

“So often we lose sight of the fact that small businesses in town are mom and pop operations. When they’re not doing well, the owners are struggling. Community Futures is a great example of a community resource that can help your business reach the next level. They’re not just a resource for providing money; there’s a lot of knowledge there and mentoring, among many other things you can get through that relationship.”

 

Learn more about Imprinted Apparel:

Visit:  www.imprintedapparelstore.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/imprintedapparelstore

Phone: (705) 749-1136


Black’s Distillery offers high-quality spirits made from locally-grown wheat

Trips to Lang Pioneer Village as a kid stuck with Robert Black. He recalls touring the old grist mill and learning about Red Fife wheat and its importance to the agricultural community, not only in Peterborough County, but in Canada. He learned that wheat variety was one of the oldest in Canada and was first planted by David Fife and his family in 1842 at their farm near Peterborough.

That tidbit of knowledge sprouted into an idea while on a week-long distillery tour in Scotland with his brother in 2010. Black returned home to Peterborough with an idea.

“It’s (grown) right here in our own backyard with a historic connection to Peterborough. And I thought it’d be wonderful to create a spirit from that grain and that’s what I set out to do,” says Black.

In early March, he opened Black’s Distillery inside the former Video 99 store on Hunter Street East. It took about a year before Black could begin distilling. The store space had to be renovated to house the copper stills needed for the process. An intricate plumbing system of valves and levers also had to be installed.

Read the full story here on mykawartha.com

To learn more about Black’s Distillery:
Visit: www.blacksdistillery.com
Phone:
(705) 745-1500


Marijuana production company Canveda Inc. sold to MPX Bioceutical Corp.

Community Futures Peterborough first brought Canveda Inc. on as a client in March of 2014.

The privately-held company out of Toronto began the process of applying for a license for medical marijuana production about five years ago. The federal government granted them a cultivation license in June 2017 under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations. Seeds were put into the ground early this year.

“We are happy to be in Peterborough,” says CEO Les Hansen. “We are looking forward to being part of the community while providing some economic growth and some jobs to the community.”

Canveda fully built-out a 12,000 square foot facility, located in Peterborough, Ontario, that is capable of producing 1,000-1,200 kilograms of high-quality cannabis flower annually. The facility located in a Peterborough industrial park hired between 30 to 50 people. Jobs will include operations management to technical gardening and general labour positions.

Hansen says the company is used all local contractors to prepare the facility for production. “We are very proud to say we’ve already poured millions of dollars into Peterborough economy,” he says.

In June 2018, MPX Bioceutical Corporation announced that it has successfully completed the acquisition of 100% of the issued and outstanding shares of Canveda. This enabled CEO Les Hansen to fully pay out his loan to Community Futures Peterborough.

“Please share my thanks with your team. As I mentioned yesterday, your guys lent us money when no one else would. You were critical in the success of our business plan. We will always be grateful,” says Hansen.

To learn more about Canveda Inc., visit www.canveda.ca.


Hard Winter Bread Company: Community Futures funding helped Lakefield bakery expand

Hard Winter Bread Company, a wood-fired sourdough bakery in Lakefield owned by Jessica Arsenault and Graham Thoem, found demand for their handmade baked goods, including their popular Montreal-style bagels, grew quickly beyond their expectations.

They applied for and received matching funding through the former Community Futures Eastern Ontario Development Program (EODP) to help them hire additional staff and build a new wood-fired oven. 

Read full story here on kawarthaNOW

 

To learn more about Hard Winter Bread Company:

Visit: www.hardwinterbreadco.com

Phone: (705) 931-4922

Email: hardwinterbread@gmail.com


Black & Smith Ironworks brings spaces to life with handmade, custom-designed furniture and fixtures

Barry Wiskel had a knack for building since he was a kid growing up in Peterborough. He came by his passion for metalworking honestly: his parents ran a fabrication shop and he worked in the summers for his uncle who owns a metal distributing facility.

“I grew up around fabricating metal. In my spare time and during the summer when I was attending university, I would build things for myself and for others, mainly tables and hand-forged railings,” says Wiskel, co-owner of Black & Smith Ironworks.

“Word of mouth got around and next thing I knew I was taking a lot of orders and making all sorts of stuff.”

Although he comes to the table with a degree in accounting, Wiskel found his true calling in custom furniture design. In 2017, while he pursued his post-grad career, metal fabrication became a side hustle. Suddenly, orders continued to grow, so Wiskel decided to leave behind the 9-to-5 grind to take his hustle full-time as an entrepreneur and started Black & Smith Ironworks.

Seeing the potential in her partner’s startup, Michaela Brown, a native of Cavan, also left her career to blaze the trail with him and became the company’s co-owner.

Black & Smith Ironworks is a woodworking and metal fabrication business based in Cavan, Ontario, that designs and handcrafts superior custom, industrial, and modern-industrial furniture, furniture components and store fixtures.

Wiskel and Brown primarily focus on building heavy-duty table legs, bench legs, hairpin legs and shelf brackets. They also build and install hand-forged railings, steel-framed pergolas, fences and gates.

They’ve introduced wood furniture, creating dining tables, coffee tables and benches, but currently put their efforts into metal fabrication and installation until their new wood shop is ready for production.

The chic industrial style designs are all hand-made and built to order.

The couple are proud to have built lasting relationships with local artists and masters of other trades whose work shows the same high level of care. Through these valuable partnerships, they are able to purchase their raw materials locally and have their finishes done professionally by various coatings companies within Ontario.

Black & Smith Ironworks has the resources and technical expertise to help customers realize their vision from concept to installation, ensuring that any project they tackle is structurally sound and seamlessly integrated into a finished space.

“People will come to us with a vague idea or a photo of something they want and we build it,” says Brown. “Others come to us because the pieces available at stores won’t fit their unique space—that could be a table that’s too large or a shelving unit that’s the wrong size. Our pieces are also very high in quality compared to some you’ll find in lower end box stores.”

Wiskel adds that customers are thrilled to find a local company who does custom metal work, particularly for specific projects. 

“We have a lot of customers who come to us saying they can’t find anyone to create a specific project for them,” says Wiskel. These clients are excited to find someone local who does custom metal work. “Because our overhead is relatively low, we’re able to charge a reasonable price for custom work,” he says.

Customers can choose from a library of samples showcasing the uniquely handcrafted furniture and fixtures on the company’s website or on Etsy, an e-commerce website focused on handmade or vintage items and supplies, as well as unique factory-manufactured items.

“Our main selling platform is Etsy where we sell mainly to do-it-yourselfers working on individual projects and to woodworkers. If someone comes to us with a wooden table top, we can offer a variety of pre-designed table legs that they can use to complete an original piece of furniture that will bring character into their home,” adds Brown.

“A lot of our customers from Peterborough have found us through Etsy. People don’t know that we’re in the area especially because we’re a fairly new startup. We would like for our business to gain more awareness in Peterborough.”

In December 2018, Wiskel and Brown moved their fabricating process to a 3,000 sq. ft. workshop in Cavan. The new shop is larger and equipped with the essential tools and equipment required to create complex pieces.

The artisans credit part of their success to funding they received through the Eastern Ontario Development Program through Community Futures Peterborough.

“Like any job, challenges sometimes arise. Because of the high volume of custom orders, we realized that we needed financial help. So, we turned to Community Futures to help us grow our business,” says Brown.

“A big challenge for us was that we had both left our jobs, so we were 100 per cent committed to the business at that point and it was our only source of income. We had to be frugal with our spending.”

That meant, she explained, being limited on what kind of equipment to buy due to the hefty price tags. Plus, they were in the process of building a new metal shop.

For Black & Smith Ironworks, the funding through the Eastern Ontario Development Program has had a positive impact on the business. Wiskel and Brown put the money towards a saw, a welder, and a fixturing table.

“It helped us equip our shop better than it was before and made it more efficient,” says Brown. “We wouldn’t have been able to purchase that equipment sooner in the startup stage of our business as we didn’t have the funds.”

As for the application process, Wiskel says “it was attainable.”

“It was actually pretty easy dealing with the applications, the paper work and the meetings with Pat (Peeling) and Ryan (Plumpton) at Community Futures,” says Wiskel. “For anyone feeling intimidated about the process, it’s definitely worth the try. We’ve been recommending it to our entrepreneurial friends about the programs in Peterborough, like the Eastern Ontario Development Program, that may give them guidance to help their business grow.”

While Black & Smith Ironworks is gaining traction in the market, Wiskel and Brown have big plans for 2019. In January, they started selling their products to U.S customers due to the demand for metal works. They also plan to hire more employees and increase their volume to supply local retailers.

“It’s great making pieces for people locally instead of having everything imported,” says Brown. “People should have the option of buying local if they want to.”

 

Learn more about Black & Smith Ironworks:

Visit:  www.blackandsmithironworks.com

Etsy: www.etsy.com/ca/shop/BlacknSmithIronworks

Facebook: www.facebook.com/blackandsmithironworks

Instagram: www.instagram.com/blackandsmithironworks

Phone: (905) 396-7303


Full Tilt Cycle brings unique fitness experience to Peterborough

Full Tilt Cycle isn’t your average spin class. Imagine low lights, dance beats, and a room buzzing with high energy. It’s a vision of something fresh to Peterborough’s fitness scene.

The first of its kind in the region, Full Tilt Cycle is a boutique cycling studio that targets the cycling community and fitness-minded individuals using the allure of revolutionary, innovative equipment called the RealRyder® Indoor Cycling bike.

While the RealRyder® bike may mimic the look of a stationary bike with its base secured, the articulating frame tilts and turns like a real road bike, while providing a joint friendly total body workout that burns up to 20% more calories than a stationary bike.

The studio also offers a variety of high intensity cardio and muscle-sculpting strength training to help strengthen your core as part of their class offerings.    

After experiencing the RealRyder® bike firsthand in Toronto, owners Erin Marshall and Sadie Cavanagh, who are both fitness enthusiasts, knew they had to bring it to Peterborough. Their hope was to offer an additional or alternative cycling option, previously unavailable in the area, by offering a unique, personalized experience with bikes, coupled with high intensity cardio and training, that cannot currently be found in other gyms in Peterborough.

In December 2017, the two entrepreneurs opened their 2,000-square foot location at 188 Hunter Street. The studio features 20 RealRyder® bikes, a variety of body weight and resistance training classes, along with change and shower facilities.

The smaller facility offers less of an intimidating environment than a larger chain gym. Classes are available seven days a week and are friendly to all fitness levels, as each rider is in control of their own bike and can take breaks or scale back when needed. 

But what makes this boutique fitness studio unique isn’t just its revolutionary new bikes or its focus on core strengthening, it’s the dedication to their customers.

“A tribe-like culture has developed at Full Tilt with all of us completely addicted to the rush we experience while cycling there,” says Devon Girard, an avid member of Full Tilt Cycle. “The studio has created a space for people to go and be motivated by one another and to experience the pure bliss of a high-performing workout.”

Community Futures Support

Prior to launching Full Tilt Cycle, Erin and Sadie spent a considerable amount of time doing research to create a pricing structure, marketing initiatives, and a viable business plan before approaching Community Futures Peterborough for funding. Community Futures was able to work with them to provide the financing needed to move forward with their venture.

The funding was instrumental in expanding their business and preparing for future growth. The fitness studio has created 15 part-time jobs, including instructors and administrative staff, and has drawn clients from all across the City and County of Peterborough. Local businesses have also benefited as it has created additional customers during non-peak hours and increased activity in the neighbourhood.

“Community Futures helped us quickly and efficiently get our capital to start our business. We were treated fairly and with respect. As female entrepreneurs, we quickly learned that is not always the case,” says Erin.

“Community Futures has invited us to multiple educational and networking events that we wouldn’t have known about otherwise,” adds Sadie. “A huge advantage is that we know they are just a phone call away when we have questions as we scale our business to the next level. We aren’t just a number with Community Futures. We feel valued and have developed a trust with them. They truly want Full Tilt Cycle to succeed.”

The fitness studio has been well received in the community. Full Tilt Cycle was a finalist in the 2018 Bear’s Lair competition and been a catalyst in women’s healthcare in the area. There is a plan for the future including opening a second location in three to five years.  

Overall, Full Tilt Cycle has a positive outlook and with a lot of hard work and venturing into other aspects of business, they have a lot to look forward to in the years to come and are excited to see what the future brings for their business.

Community Futures Peterborough is proud of the hard work that Full Tilt Cycle has displayed and wishes them continued success with their business.

 

Learn more about Full Tilt Cycle:

Visit:  www.fulltiltcycle.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/FullTiltCycle

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Phone: (705) 748-2829