Success Stories in Rural Oportunities

Abrams Bakery

A mouth-watering destination in Lennox and Addington County. Entrepreneurship is all about combining passion with opportunity and demand. Throw in a lot of hard work, persistence and a desire to please your clients and customers and you have the recipe for a successful business enterprise. For Trever and Donna Abrams, ‘recipe’ could not be a more apt term, as the couple recently turned their homespun and hearty baking recipes into the couple’s first business – Abrams Bakery, in the village of Newburgh.
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McCormick’s Country Store

McCormick’s Country Store’s ability to adapt is key to its continued success in L&A County. Lindsay Noyes and her brother Justin Martin have spent a significant portion of their lives within the inviting and homey confines of McCormick’s Country Store in Camden East. As teenagers they worked in the store, which has been both an important business and social hub of that part of Stone Mills Township and Lennox & Addington County for decades. After managing the store for a couple of years under its previous owners, Mike and Amy Martin, Noyes and her brother bought the venerable entrepreneurial institution in 2003 and have been operating it ever since.
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Hart N Hart

Hart N Hart continues to be a community business fixture. Ryan Moore humbly admits that the biggest challenge he faced when purchasing the long-established Hart N Hart Signs and Promotions company eight years ago was “to not mess it up.”
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Heliconia Productions

Heliconia has made some significant waves in the outdoor production industry. Heliconia was started in 1997 by former world champion kayaker Ken Whiting. His business partner, Brendan Mark, who has worked with Heliconia for over 12 years, was also a world champion kayaker. After winning the world championships, Whiting was looking for the next step in his career. He decided to venture into the publishing industry and published instructional books on kayaking.
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Upper Canada Creamery

For 30 years, Pieter and Maria Biemond ran a successful dairy farm in the lovely, lush farmland near Iroquois, Ontario. For most of that time the farm has also been fully organic, serving an increasing demand for organic milk throughout Eastern Ontario. In that sense, the Biemonds were ahead of the curve, meaning the farm was busy and prospering.
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Ontario Water Buffalo Company

Expect water buffalos to be clever and playful, says Martin Littkemann, co-owner of Ontario Water Buffalo Company in Hastings County. “Cows are quiet and mind their business, but the Buffalo thinks, ‘I’m not sure he locked that gate 100%, I better go check it out.’”
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Lorenz Conveying Products

As an example of the true spirit of entrepreneurial achievement, there are few stories that are as compelling as that of Cobourg’s Lorenz Conveying Products.
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WJP Media

When Dale Morrisey was five years old, his parents took him to the movies. It was an experience that changed his life. The motion picture they chose was Star Wars, the epoch-shattering science fiction/fantasy
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Northumberland Players

As an ambitious theatre company, the Northumberland Players never shied away from putting on larger-scale productions to help satiate the appetites of area theatre goers, and to demonstrate that one didn’t need to leave the town of Cobourg to see quality shows with great staging and a dazzling array of costumes.
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Nickle’s Drug Store

With a commitment to the community that goes well above the call of duty, Nickle’s Pharmacy in Marmora is a model for how a business can grow and thrive in a smaller community.
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