Stand out

It’s inspiring to see people in Wellington County standing up for what they believe in and trying to get new businesses and not-for-profits off the ground. 

Jennifer Kindred-Bulbulia recently held a community meeting to talk about doing business in Erin. She and her husband run the BK Foundation, an animal therapy facility.

However, the foundation has run into repeated roadblocks with the Town of Erin and supporters. Kindred-Bulbulia is hoping to gather a sample of the challenges and success business owners have experienced in Erin so she can make a presentation to the town. 

Unfortunately a public meeting to that end was held on Jan. 23, which saw snow and rain result in a poor turnout. 

Nonetheless, seeing locals step up and advocate for positive change within their communities is promising. 

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Mark your calendars. The Wellington North Showcase is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year on March 25 and 26. 

This business showcase is another way for businesses to spread the word about their business to the public in their immediate area. 

Taking place at the Mount Forest and District Sports Complex, the showcase allows businesses, retailers and organizations to show off their products and services. 

Having interaction between business owner and consumer is vital. The business owner will be able to garner ideas about what consumers are looking for, while the consumer can share their thoughts and opinions, good or bad, with those providing services and goods in their community. 

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In a somewhat surprising result, the majority of municipalities in Wellington County opted in to allow pot stores.

With Erin the first to make a decision, I just assumed all municipalities would likely follow suit and opt out. 

Municipalities allowing pot stores include: Minto, Wellington North, Puslinch and Guelph-Eramosa. Those that have opted out are: Centre Wellington, Erin and Mapleton.

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As important as it is to celebrate new businesses and offer support as they’re taking flight, it’s equally important to celebrate longevity in the businesses community. 

On Jan. 31, the Fountain Head Health Store in Fergus held a 25th anniversary celebration. Originally the Fountain Head was strictly a health food store, but now it’s connected to the Red Door Café, which offers healthy lunch and dessert alternatives. 

Ivan Armstrong Tucking is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The Arthur-based trucking company is owned by Diane and Ivan Armstrong and their daughter Amy Van Ankum. 

Keep an eye out for a feature story about this local trucking company in an upcoming issue of Business Leader. 

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