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North Simcoe offers businesses of all sizes ample opportunity to prosper. Check out these real-life examples of businesses that have found success in our region.
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Murray Van Halem
The artist’s life on Georgian Bay
With past careers in photography and real estate, Murray semi-retired to our area almost 10 years ago to follow his passion for painting.
EMBRACING THE GEORGIAN BAY LIFESTYLE
The ideal place for children to grow up and the love of the active, outdoor lifestyle that North Simcoe offers brought Barb Coxworth to the Heart of Georgian Bay over 20 years ago.
Barb has taken her passion for Georgian Bay and the outdoor lifestyle one step further with my Gbay, a lifestyle and apparel shop in Downtown Midland. my Gbay focuses on sustainable, Canadian brands that are built for all seasons! Barb loves the shop local movement, placing huge importance on getting to know her customers and neighbours while giving back to her community.
Ganaraska Hiking Trail Association
Take a hike!
The Heart of Georgian Bay has been called a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts and Frieda Baldwin agrees! As the president of the Ganaraska Hiking Trail Association, Freida and her fellow members enjoy 4 seasons of fun on the vast trail networks in North Simcoe – hiking, biking, paddling, snowshoeing and more! In fact, her group volunteers to maintain 500 kms of trails stretching from Port Hope to the Bruce Trails with a loop through Simcoe County.
Queenan Family Medicine
Planting New Roots in North Simcoe
Rochester N.Y. physician, Dr. Emily Queenan, decided to uproot her medical practice and plant her new roots in Canada and selected North Simcoe.
Dr. Queenan, her husband and their 3 boys fell in love with the beauty and the active lifestyle of Georgian Bay, making Penetanguishene the new home of Queenan Family Medicine & Maternity Care. North Simcoe’s proximity to a major airport make visits back to the USA simple with a quick trip down the highway.
Igniting the magic of the season
Experience the beauty of the historical site and the neighbouring Martyrs’ Shrine by the light of 5,000 candles at this annual holiday event. Enjoy live entertainment, 50+ local vendors, fireworks and so much more!
Sans Souci Tart Co.
Sarah Elliott grew up baking up to 18 dozen butter tarts each day at the famous Henry’s Fish Restaurant alongside her parents. Sarah eventually went on to work in Barrie but, being a true Georgian Bay girl at heart, she returned to North Simcoe to start the Sans Souci Tart Co., using the original recipe passed down through generations.
Assisting You Social
Building community connections
Successful social media marketing is all about making connections, but it was the strong community feel and connections that led Assisting You Social to Midland.
Barbara Lowe saw Midland as the ideal place to raise her kids and build her business from the ground up, making strong networking connections with community involvement and support. Barbara’s brother Jim expanded the operations into Barrie, using the “Mom & Pop” feel of the Midland office as a template to serve the social media needs of customers of all sizes and budgets. As their client roster grows, the team continues to provide the personal touch that big-city agencies just don’t have
IT ALL BEGAN IN A HOME GARAGE
From their beginnings in a home garage in Alberta to thousands of installations across the globe, Keebee Play is a true example of how North Simcoe is the perfect place to find your work/life balance. Marc Kanik started out as a commercial contractor and saw the need for play areas in medical offices and retail settings. Once his first piece of modular play equipment was placed in the Calgary Airport, business began to soar.
North Simcoe Signs
Signs of Success!
Action Play Centre
IN THE BUSINESS OF PLAY
Jen & Mike took advantage of a wealth of local resources in order to make their dream a reality, right here in North Simcoe, and the Action Play Centre was born! The APC has worked together with fellow local entrepreneurs Keebee Play to integrate their high-quality play equipment into their Premier Indoor Playground for all-weather fun!
James & Deanna
Starting an Entertainment Empire from their Small Town
Like most actor/producer/comedian/rappers, James & Deanna got their start in the Big City. But the pressure of juggling multiple jobs to pay the bills while pursuing their passion got to be too much. That’s why James & Deanna stepped outside of their comfort zone and made the move to North Simcoe.
Make a Mess Art Studio
a Mess with success
Making a living by making a mess! It’s possible with the right amount of creativity and passion. This business is a “mess” and that’s fantastic. Nahthanha chose to succeed in North Simcoe because it’s a great place to raise a family.
Poppy & Peonies
A passion for fashion!
Natalie has had a passion for fashion since she was 16; it has allowed her to shape a very successful business and create a very exciting life. She has been all over the world for fashion. She has worked in many fashion districts, in many cities, including New York.
Collaborative Haus Marketing
WHAT HELPS PEOPLE, HELPS BUSINESS!
Living and working in rural North Simcoe has allowed Nicole French and Collaborative Haus Marketing thrive while supporting companies like GlaxoSmithKline and products like Oreo and Buckley’s. Living in North Simcoe helps Nicole recharge. She moved from the big city and hasn’t looked back.
WEAVING SUCCESS A STEP AWAY FROM PARADISE
Christine van der Weg describes how her innovative company is run without supervisors, yet thrives right here in North Simcoe while selling products as far away as Vietnam!
A High-Tech Company with a Historical Twist
Meet Riina & Stephen Makk who think “you may as well live where it’s good to live.” For them, it is right here in North Simcoe, where their high-tech company can thrive as well.
Producing BIG music in a small town
Marlon is a very successful music composer who has written soundtracks for many popular TV shows, such as: The Bachelor, Temptation Island, American Idol and Dancing with The Stars. Marlon does business in Los Angeles, California, but chose North Simcoe as home — check out the video, he’ll tell you why!
Bulbs of Fire
AGRIBUSINESS IN NORTH SIMCOE
Bulbs of Fire is a garlic farm located in the Township of Tiny, just west of Awenda Park. Founded by Bart and Simone Nagel, the farm specializes in heirloom garlics with a special interest in hot varieties. Garlic wasn’t really the plan when the Dutch couple moved to Canada in 2006.