Bruce County celebrates entrepreneurial success across generations

Bruce County is a blend of entrepreneurial opportunity that spans energy, tourism, agribusiness, culture, technology, retail, and manufacturing. The growing local business community contributes positively to economic growth, social change, and community development.

Larsen & Shaw Limited is a long-standing example of such positive influences. The manufacturer has been family-owned since 1919 and employs more than 100 people at the 93,000 square foot facility in Walkerton.  Revenues for the business are around $24 million annually.

‚ÄúLarsen& Shaw Recognition‚ÄĚ: Municipality of Kincardine Mayor Anne Eadie; John Larsen, Chairman of the Board, Larsen & Shaw; Bruce County Warden Mitch Twolan; Mary Jane Bushell, President/CEO, Larsen & Shaw


‚ÄúLarsen & Shaw is a true success story for our local economy. The company trains local workers, who design,¬†build, and maintain every aspect of production,‚ÄĚ commented Bruce County Warden, Mitch Twolan. ‚ÄúI¬†congratulate Larsen & Shaw for 100 years in business.‚ÄĚ

Recognizing the importance of businesses to our local economy, Bruce County’s Business to Bruce program is empowering a new generation of entrepreneurs. Summer Company helps young aspiring entrepreneurs (between the ages of 15 and 29 and returning to school in the fall) run a business over the summer months with training, mentorship, and a $3.000 grant.

This summer, four new businesses were started through Summer Company:
РDrone FX in Lion’s Head (sole proprietor: Zachary Rogers)
– Black Wolf Poutine in Neyaashiinigmiing (sole proprietor: Miingan Akiwenzie)
– GardenzUp in Paisley (sole proprietor: Nick Veenstra)
– Bruce County Barn Board Signs in Tara (sole proprietor: Hayley Swigger)

‚ÄúSummer Company Participant Recognition‚ÄĚ: Municipality of Kincardine Mayor Anne Eadie; Summer Company participants Nick Veenstra, Zachary Rogers, and Miingan Akiwenzie (absent from photo: Hayley Swigger); Bruce County Warden Mitch Twolan

‚ÄúSummer Company gives students the experience of running their own business with the intent to grow future¬†entrepreneurs, ‚Äúsays Jill Roote, Bruce County‚Äôs Manager of Economic Development. ‚ÄúThe students of 2019¬†have demonstrated commitment and enthusiasm and I look forward to their bright futures in business.‚ÄĚ