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OSEntreprendre Challenge: Inspiring young baker is chosen as local winner

Ormstown-based baker Carolie Schinck has been selected by the MRC du Haut-Saint-Laurent as the winner of the local finals of the Défi OSEntreprendre challenge. Schinck was recognized in the Business Creation category during the opening stage of the province-wide competition, which aims to promote innovative entrepreneurship in Quebec.

Schinck discovered her passion for baking in elementary school. She launched her company, Les Délices à Caro, at the age of 20, after receiving her pastry diploma from the Institut du tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Québec (ITHQ). She makes cookies, squares, mousses, brownies, breads, and cakes, which are available at several locations including several public markets throughout the region.

 

MRC du Haut Saint Laurent prefect Louise Lebrun presented Carolie Schinck the owner of Les Délices à Caro with a certificate as the winner of the OSEntreprendre Challenge at the local level PHOTO MRC du Haut Saint Laurent

 

Louise Lebrun, the prefect for the MRC du Haut-Saint-Laurent, congratulated Schinck while noting her winning an entrepreneurship award at just 21 years of age is an incredible achievement and proof of her determination. “Your journey shows that age is no barrier to achieving great things when you’re passionate about what you do. It’s inspiring to see how you’ve turned your dreams into reality, and how you continue to push the boundaries to achieve your goals.”

Schinck says she has long dreamed of opening her own business in Ormstown. “By Grade 6, I knew the products I was going to offer and had already designed my store and kitchen layout,” she explains. Now, she is already focusing on giving back to the community by donating to local organizations and schools, and by running contests on her website and social media pages. She currently works out of a kitchen on her family’s property but plans to open her own pastry shop in a few years.

Along with community involvement, the young baker emphasizes innovation and consistency as core values to her business. She doesn’t hesitate to jump on different trends as they emerge and is meticulous in weighing out each ingredient, so her products always taste the same. She plans to continue developing new products while also growing the number of locations offering her products for sale.

Schinck says she takes pride in seeing her products for sale in local grocery stores, convenience stores, coffee shops, and boutiques. “I love the recognition I get from my customers when I attend markets. I love promoting my products and telling my story,” she adds.

Meubles Toco wins in Beauharnois-Salaberry

Meubles Toco won the local final in the Business Creation category of the 26th edition of the OSEntreprendre Challenge for the Beauharnois-Salaberry region.

 

Alek Vallée Justin Houle and Vincent Larin who own the Meubles Toco furniture store in Salaberry de Valleyfield won the local final of the annual entrepreneurship contest for the Beauharnois Salaberry region PHOTO MRC de Beauharnois Salaberry

 

Owners Alek Vallée, Justin Houle, and Vincent Larin were inspired to launch their furniture restoration business after taking a gamble and buying a storage unit at an auction. A couch was sitting inside the unit when they first opened it, which the three entrepreneurs cleaned and then sold for the price of their initial investment in under 24 hours.

The childhood friends, who are all under the age of 20, were encouraged by their initial success and began buying, cleaning, and selling other used sofas. Initially, the furniture was stored largely in family members’ garages, but as some relatives began to express a certain limit to their generosity, the trio began looking for somewhere to base their operations. They moved into their current location on Dufferin Street last November.

Both Meubles Toco and Les Délices à Caro now advance to the regional finals of the OSEntreprendre Challenge, which takes place on April 25 in Longueuil. If either business wins at this stage, they will go on to represent the region at the national finals on June 12 in Quebec City.

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