Recently, the Prescott and Russell Entrepreneurship Centre (PREC) awarded eight grants from its $40,000 Starter Company Plus program. Of the eight that each received $5000, two are small business owners in Vankleek Hill: Daily Dose cafe owned by Dara Barton, and independent dental hygienist Rae-Ann St. Pierre. They rose to the top of 30 program participants all vying for the business grants. Barton opened Daily Dose at 52 Main Street East in August 2017. She said, “The Daily Dose has been an adventure that I decided to pursue because of my love of food and nutrition, and my love for people! It’s been so much fun and I can’t wait to see where it goes from here.” St. Pierre, an Algonquin College grad, has more than nine years of experience and opened her Vankleek Hill dental hygiene clinic in the Lions Club building on Mill Street in October 2017. “What I love most about what I do is seeing people smile when I complete their cleaning. When clients tell me that they are happy with the service I provide and they don’t even want to eat because their teeth feel so smooth. I love seeing children as well. It’s always so nice to hear the parents say they couldn’t wait to come back to see me.”
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