A business in downtown Kemptville has been accepted into the Leeds Grenville Small Enterprise Centre’s Starter Company Plus program. Kim Smalridge runs Stepping Stone Pediatric Physical Therapy out of Kemptville Kids Pedratric Therapy Services, which she started with her partner, Kim Bennett. Bennett is also a previous participant of the Starter Company program, with her business Wellington Kids Therapy Services. The pair joined forces about six months ago and participated in the Old Town Kemptville BIA’s Pop Up Shop program to open Kemptville Kids on Prescott Street.
The Starter Company Plus program assists businesses in existence for one to five years, a business looking to expand, or an entrepreneur looking to purchase an existing business. The six-month program is funded through the government of Ontario and includes one-on-one guidance from a Small Business Enterprise Centre advisor, a business plan workshop, coaching and mentorship, and up to $5,000 in grant money.
“It gave me the confidence to start my own company,” Kim Smalridge says. “I now have a network of people to lean on, and I got to know a lot of the business community.”
Stepping Stone Pediatric Physical Therapy provides private, local physical therapy services for infants and school-aged children in North Grenville and the surrounding areas.