Entrepreneur Spotlight

This page features some of the businesses that have started while using the services of the St Catharines Enterprise Centre.

Lisa Vandenberk, LV Physiotherapy

Lisa Vandenberk, LV Physiotherapy St Catharines

Lisa Vandenberk opened LV Physiotherapy in July 2016. Around this time she found the St. Catharines Enterprise Centre online and applied for the Starter Company Program.

Lisa was able to utilize the grant money from the Starter Company Program to purchase specialized equipment and market her business. In addition, the free business courses offered at the St. Catharines Enterprise Centre and the mentorship program helped to grow her business in the first 6 months from a small treatment room inside a wellness centre to an independent facility with a team of qualified health care professionals providing optimal Physiotherapy care.

Lisa’s success stems from a passion for helping others achieve their rehabilitation goals and from recognizing a need for specialized Physiotherapy
services in the Niagara Region.

Lisa demonstrates business and professional excellence through steady growth of clientele without compromising core values. She regularly attends courses and promotes ongoing innovative learning for her employees.

Lisa stays involved in the Niagara Community through offering student placements, volunteering at various community events and most recently volunteering as a mentor at the St. Catharines Enterprise
Centre's “Summer Company" Program.

Visit http://www.lvphysiotherapy.com/ for more information.

Stefan Ali, Hourglass Barbershop

Stefan Ali, Hourglass Barbershop, St. Catharines

Hourglass Barbershop was established in downtown St. Catharines in 2018 by Stefan Ali.

The name, Hourglass Barbershop, represents that the business values its customers' time. The business features online bookings and exclusive time slots for clients in the barber chair.

Prior to becoming a full time barber, Stefan has a background in business studies and he cut hair for 10 years while working in the banking sector.

When asked about how the SCEC helped him, Stefan commented that "the Enterprise Centre offered seminars and beneficial information on what needs to be done to help grow a successful business"

For more information about Hourglass Barbershop, check out their website at https://www.hourglassbarbers.net


Reece Fisher, Instillment Productions

Picture of Reece Fisher, Instillment Productions

As an entrepreneur, Reece Fisher has been able to use his experience in high-level sports, a creative eye and a strategic mind to instill emotions through videos and photos. His company, Instillment Productions, is renowned specifically for media production services of live events and sporting promotions and events.

When Reece had to decide whether to continue with sports, or to start focusing on his career, he chose a little of both. Brock University basketball games gave him the chance to film high level players and edit the footage to capture and convey the story of the game. His work on Brock's #WeAreReady campaign was award-winning and encouraged him to make Instillment a full-time business and expand to cover not just sports, but any live event.

"Starter Company has helped me take Instillment to a level that is equal with the professionals in the industry in terms of gear, knowledge, and the mindset to succeed and run a business. The program has not only increased the value of Instillment and its work, but has also allowed improvement to happen at a more rapid pace."

Sabina Gross, Corbie's Dog Training

Image of Sabina Gross of Corbie's Dog Training

Sabina Gross combines her education background in animal behaviour and her love of animals to train your dog. What truly sets Sabina apart is her personal approach, and that she is one of the few dog trainers in Niagara with a post-secondary degree in animal behaviour. She started her own dog training business, Corbie's Dog Training in 2014. 

Sabina originally contacted the St. Catharines Enterprise Centre about its business counselling services, but soon after realized that the Starter Company program was right for her. Through the program, Sabina received mentoring and advice for running her business. In addition, she was able to access the Starter Company grant money, which has had a significant impact on the success of her business.

"The grant money allowed me to expand my business's online presence. I hired the services of an SEO expert, which has directly resulted in an increase in my number of clients. Additionally, the grant expanded our service offering and allowed us to appeal to a broader clientele thanks to the purchase of professional equipment."

Visit www.corbiesdogtraining.com for more information.

Kynna Moore, Parlour Hair Lounge

Image of Kynne Moore, owner of Parlour Hair Lounge

Parlour Hair Lounge was opened by stylist and educator Kynna Moore in July 2014. Having worked in the hairstyling industry for ten years and as a brand educator for five, becoming a salon owner was a natural progression for Kynna.

Clients from Niagara to Toronto have created a dedicated following thanks to Parlour's attention to a one-on-one service experience and highly detailed skill sets. Parlour offers more than just dye, spray and scissors: its team of stylists work with clients to ensure their hairstyle complements their style and personality and can be recreated every morning without professional assistance.

In January 2016, Kynna was put in touch with the Enterprise Centre by a contact at her bank in order to help her organize Parlour's expansion. In particular, Parlour needed a business plan. It was through her experience with the Enterprise Centre that Kynna learned about the Starter Company program.

"With the money from the Starter Company grant, Parlour was able to purchase a computer and a salon booking system which has helped in tracking salon sales and growth, in addition to each stylist tracking their personal growth within the salon as they further their careers," says Kynna. "Also, Parlour was able to purchase signage for the salon windows to help solidify a stronger street presence for our Welland Avenue location."

For more information on Parlour, including high-quality examples of Kynna's work, visit https://www.facebook.com/parlourhairlounge/ or connect on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/parlourhairlounge/.

Caleb Thorpe, Thorpe Concepts

Picture of Caleb Thorpe of Thorpe ConceptsThorpe Concepts crafts unique furniture and cabinetry pieces to match your space and your vision.

Founder Caleb Thorpe pushes the limits to add brand new flair and function to an industry as old as civilization itself.

A friend recommended Caleb check out the services available at the St. Catharines Enterprise Centre. He found the Starter Company program was the exact assistance he needed to start his own business, Thorpe Concepts. 

"I was confident in my skills as a craftsman, I just needed that boost over the top to get started as a business owner," says Caleb. "The Starter Company grant helped me purchase new equipment that improves design and delivery time. Combined with my passion and experience for the craft, Starter Company helped give me a competitive edge in the marketplace."

Connect with Caleb on Instagram @thorpeconcepts or at his website www.thorpeconcepts.com

Thinking of starting a new company or have done so recently? Find out how we can help you! Call us at 905-688-56010 ext 1767 or email enterprisecentre@stcatharines.ca

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