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Small Business Stories

Customers share what motivated them to start a business, what success means to them and how BMO helped them along the way.


BMO logo, Loretta Anne Hamilton
Loretta Anne Hamilton

Owner, The Ivy Basket, Midland, ON

BMO small business customer since 2012. The freedom to be self-employed motivated her to open a flower and gift shop.

BMO logo, Arjun Kumar
Arjun Kumar

CEO, KAI Innovations, Toronto, ON

BMO small business customer since 2010. Inspired by his grandparents’ entrepreneurial spirit, he started an electronic medical record company.

BMO logo, George Kallonakis
George Kallonakis

Owner, Olympus Burger, Port Hope, ON

BMO small business customer since 2013. His restaurant serves gourmet burgers that are rated No. 1 in Port Hope, Ontario by TripAdvisor.