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Feature Article - June 28, 2007

Sydenham HighSchoolBusiness Plan competition winners

Harrowsmith - The Frontenac Community Futures Development Corporation this past week awarded its 2007 Student Business Plan awards at Sydenham High School. The competition kicked off this year with local entrepreneur David Craig from “Mobile Kitchens Canada” speaking to students about his experience of the trials and tribulations of starting a business and getting his product to market.

This was followed by a pizza luncheon where the Frontenac CFDC Business Development Officer Lance Gibson spoke and gave examples of how to write a business plan. There were over 30 submissions in total this year from local students.


The first prize overall, a Toshiba laptop, went to Raymond Tolls for his business plan “Ray’s Guitar Tech”. Ray’s plan involved building on previous skills he learned in a specialized school program where he built a guitar from scratch and he would both build and repair from a shop located on his parent’s farm. Timing of the award was perfect, as Ray was currently in the process of looking to purchase a new computer to take with him to college next year.

Second place went to Scott Lombardi for his plan entitled “Scotties Sweet Tooth”- a mobile novelty food retailer attending summer events & concerts in the Kingston area, and Natasha Babcock for “Personalized Savvy Shoppers” - a service that would do both personal shopping and image consulting for clients in the area. She identified teachers as a key target market for the image-consulting component of her business -watch out Mr. O’Grady & Mr. Curtis! Aaron Bruyns won the GPS unit for the most ‘innovative’ plan entitled “Net-Zero Solutions Ltd” a business he would operate in the future after completing an engineering degree!

This is the third year that the Frontenac CFDC has run this program and would like to thank teachers Mark O’Grady and Roger Curtis from Sydenham High School for all of their assistance and John Inglis from the Frontenac CFDC board for his continued leadership and development on this worthwhile endeavour. A special thanks to David Craig for sharing his personal experiences with the students and answering their questions.

The Frontenac Community Futures Development Corporation (CFDC) is a private, non-profit corporation, run by a volunteer board of directors and is funded by Industry Canada. Our mission is to stimulate community and economic development throughout the Frontenacs.

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