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Catherine Johnston

Catherine has very quickly be come a strong benevolent force in the Hamilton Community. Her unwavering support and advocacy for mental wellness is inspiring and much needed. Erich’s cupboard started off as an inlet for food and clothing donations and has very quickly become so much more.

The local charity has seen itself expand its focus to mental wellness with its safe talks, education, and educational support for people in need. Some of the local small businesses who support EC are Vagabond Saints, AM Cunningham, as well as local churches, schools, realtors, and even local bands.

You can find out more about Catherine’s work at: https://www.erichscupboard.com/

Erica Savoy

Erica is one of the very proud Co-Owners of Bitten Cupcakes on Locke Street. She has had a lifelong relationship with organizations like the Hamilton SPCA and Neighbour 2 Neighbour who provide food and education (among other things) to the Hamilton community. Her love and dedication to providing high-quality desserts might only be overshadowed by her love for the people (and animals) she supports through the business and in her personal life.

Erica’s Origin Story has been non-traditional, like many, and has seen emotional highs and lows throughout her first experience with business ownership. Her smile was infectious and we had a great time hearing her share her story.

Ryan Moran

Ryan is on of the Co-Founders of Comotion Group in Hamilton. Along with the other partners at Comotion Group, Ryan has dedicated a great deal of time and resources to helping foster the development of Hamilton’s small business community. Self-described as a passion project, Comotion has seen its fair share of challenges with vandalism, break-ins, and natural disasters to name a few.

Comotion Group are proud supporters of local small businesses, champions of Hamilton’s economic growth, and play host to locally-focused events that help to elevate our community through education, donations, and in-kind support.

Nadine Ubl

Nadine has the unique experience of being both the Co-Founder of Steel City Studio and the Community Outreach Coordinator for PATH Employment Services. Nadine’s work with Steel City Studio has opened up the doors to many creative artists and entrepreneurs to find a home in the downtown core of Hamilton. Her work with PATH Employment Services fills a great need in the city for finding long-term employment for persons with disabilities.

Nadine has dedicated much of her time, effort, and finances in support of everyone in the Hamilton community. It was a pleasure having her in to discuss some of the challenges she’s faced in her journey.

Origin Stories of Hamilton Small Businesses is a volunteer project developed by Jet Propelled.
The opinions expressed in these videos are that of the participants and do not necessarily reflect the views of Jet Propelled, it’s clients, or employees.