Winners of the Women’s Business Grant Program

Instilling confidence in women entrepreneurship

Grant Winner 2016 | JOLENE ANTLE


Garden City Essentials

Jolene Antle won in 2016. Garden City Essentials grew from the desire to create the most effective natural skincare products, and the belief that nature provides the best resources for the job!

Grant Winner 2016 | JACKIE TROUP


Blosson Bakery

Jackie received our grant in 2016 for her wholesale bakery on a family farm. Traditional, gluten free, and vegan foods. Specializing in gourmet flatbreads, nut based cheeses, cookies and handmade cracker chips.

Grant Winner 2015 | STACEY VUKOVICS



Stacey was a 2015 recipient. Huggaloops, features a line of baby carriers and baby wearing accessories to keep mom and baby close, content and hands free.

Grant Winner 2015 | BETH MCINTEE


Sweetie Pie’s Bakery

Beth’s Sweetie Pie’s Bakery is a wholesale and by-order bakery promoting the farm-to-table movement and creating many products with Niagara-grown fruits. Beth received the Women in Business grant in 2015.

Grant Winner 2014 | SUE-ANNE STAFF


Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery

Sue-Ann, a 2014 grant recipient, is an award winning winemaker vinifying wines on her family’s 200 year old estate in Jordan. In the 5 short years that the winery has opened, it has played host to many community and corporate events plus weddings. In 2015, an exciting new brand named “Fancy Farm Girl” will be available in 62 LCBO stores across Ontario.

Grant Winner 2014 | JOANNE VAN LIEFLAND


Wrap it up Raw

Joanne received the Women in Business grant in 2014. Joanne is the creator and founder of Wrap It Up ~ Raw™. This 52-year-old Registered Holistic Nutritionist/Fitness Instructor, mother-of-two, is inspired to help people make The Nutrition Connection: the connection between what we eat and how we feel. Her vegan, organic, raw, wheat/dairy/gluten-free wraps has can be purchased at over 60 independent health and fine-food stores throughout Ontario.

Grant Runner up 2014 | DONNA CHAMBERLAINE


Chevy Lane Fabrications

Donna, our 2014 runner up, combines her interest in recycling, and her background in the metal fabrication industry to design and supply customized recycling and waste diversion products. She uses her experience in working with many trial and pilot projects to help clients implement or grow their own programs with products that are designed to address obstacles and challenges to meet their goals.


mini mioche Inc.

Alyssa Kerbel, one of the 2013 recipients, founded mini mioche in 2008 after giving birth to her first child and realizing how difficult it was to find great baby basics and layering pieces for infants. Noticing a niche in the marketplace that needed to be filled, she immediately set out to design and produce the best line of Canadian-made organic baby basics. The brand has grown steadily to include a full fashion component and toddler sizes 2-6 years.


Provisions Food Company

Lori Elstone, winner of the 2013 grant, published THE AWARD- WINNING’ The Harrow Fair Cookbook’ with her sister Moira in 2010. In February 2012, Lori opened Provisions Food Company, targeting sales to local Niagara wineries after noticing a neglected niche market for high-end, edible foodstuffs that compliment wine and appeal to winery visitors. She has plans to become a nationally distributed specialty foods company by 2015.

Grant Runner up | LEAH FEO


Simply Sustainable

Leah was our runner up in 2013. Owner & Artisan Leah Feor creates with macramé and traditional silversmithing techniques. Always using quality materials such as silver, semi-precious stones & waxed string, the jewelry is handmade. In addition, Simply Sustainable has been using Fair Trade practices to showcase handmade products made by a small group of Artisans in Argentina and Guatemala.