Brockville – The St. Lawrence – Rideau Immigration Partnership is pleased to announce that Yun Ting Tsai of Panache Bakery & Café, is the winner of the 5th Annual Leeds Grenville Immigrant Entrepreneur Award.
Ting was recognized at the Bridges to Better Business Conference hosted by the Leeds Grenville Small Business Enterprise Centre on Thursday, October 24th at the Brockville Country Club. Ting is the first winner from Gananoque.
Ting had a long road to maneuver before being ready to open her business. Being new to Canada, she had to learn about the many cultural differences between Canada and her home country of Taiwan. Learning how to live, in her words, ‘like a true Canadian’ was a significant challenge. Interested in the food industry, Ting had to research new foods, ingredients, and dishes that were available in Canada – some she had never heard of.
Dealing with student loans, being young and new to Canada made it very difficult for Ting to obtain any financial assistance to start a business. She applied for funding through government grants and finance programs, in addition to all commercial banks, and was turned down every single time. But, deciding to start small at the local
farmer’s market paid off, and eventually Ting was able to purchase a building for her business.
Ting now runs the very successful Panache Bakery and Café in downtown Gananoque. Open six days a week in the winter and seven days a week in the summer, Ting serves primarily ‘Canadian’ food, but has started to introduce food from Taiwan as well.
Connecting and contributing to Gananoque is important to Ting, and she shows her support for her town through
daily bread donations to the local food bank, supporting local breakfast clubs, and contributing donations to local
Visit https://www.panachebakery.net/ to learn more about Ting’s business.
Melissa Francis, Program Manager of the St. Lawrence- Rideau Immigration Partnership states: “We are so pleased to recognize Ting for her resilience, resourcefulness, and commitment to her business and Gananoque. Managing a number of significant challenges simultaneously, Ting was able to rise above and plot a path towards her dream. Congratulations Ting!”
The Immigrant Entrepreneur Award is an opportunity for immigrant entrepreneurs from across Leeds and Grenville to be recognized and celebrated for their hard-work and dedication to their business and community.
The award is sponsored by the St. Lawrence – Rideau Immigration Partnership and its partner organizations; Employment + Education Centre, CSE Consulting, TR Leger Immigrant Services / TR Leger Immigrant Services aux Immigrants, Volunteer Centre of St. Lawrence-Rideau, Leeds and Grenville Small Business Enterprise Centre, and KEYS Job Centre.