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Ontario East gives an entrepreneur the opportunity to work with children, even though she is not a teacher.

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Just Toys Educational, Peterborough

Bhavna Patel always knew what she wanted to do. She found her opportunity in Ontario East.

Patel was born in Africa, and raised in India where she earned her Master of Finance degree. When she moved to Canada 20 years ago, she wanted to start a business and work with children, but she wasn’t a teacher. “So, I started Just Toys Educational in Peterborough. The products allow children to play and learn at the same time,” she says.

Patel says the fact she had a good business plan and a good understanding of the market helped her get the financing she needed. She also connected with the local business owners and stays active in the community though networking and fund raising.

The quality of life in Peterborough is also important to her. “With all the water nearby, Peterborough has a natural beauty,” she says.

“It is a wonderful community in which to live and do business.”

For more information about Just Toys Educational, please visit www.justtoys.ca

You can see a video of Bhavna Patel’s Store here

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