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Entrepreneur has passion for pastry

“You can have so much fun with cupcakes,” said the 29-year-old Ottawa resident. “Whether it’s flavours, colours, decorations, different events you can do them for, it really is endless possibility.”

Melissa Somers loves cupcakes.

“You can have so much fun with cupcakes,” said the 29-year-old Ottawa resident. “Whether it’s flavours, colours, decorations, different events you can do them for, it really is endless possibility.”

Last spring, Somers turned her passion for pastries into a cupcake store.

The Canadian Youth Business Foundation, said Somers, was instrumental in helping her make her dream happen.

The organization was invaluable in helping her with start-up loans and pairing her with a mentor, she said yesterday.

Rob Moore, secretary of state for small business, kicked off Global Entrepreneurship Week yesterday with a visit to The Flour Shoppe and a roundtable meeting with young businesspeople from the Canadian Youth Business Foundation.

“They’re out there moving our economy along, employing people and doing what they want to do, so it’s always a great day when I can meet with them,” he said.

Somers also identified another vital support system.

“I’m very well supported by family,” she said. “My brother-in-law and sister-in-law both work for me full-time as bakers, and my husband’s here on I guess a part-time volunteer basis, in addition to his full-time job.”

 
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