This looks to be a just a fantastic story and it’s happening right here in Peterborough, ON !
Chimp Treats CEO Combines Her Two Startup Innovations to Provide New Jobs Through Community Living Partnership
PETERBOROUGH, ON July 18, 2017 – Founder and CEO of Chimp Treats Brooke Hammer has taken the drive and passion of her two startup businesses to hold a job fair through a partnership with Community Living, providing three employment opportunities for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The young entrepreneur of 22 fueled her entrepreneurial journey after founding Take Flight, a business inspired when her brother with Down Syndrome faced community barriers trying to find meaningful work. Breaking down those walls, Hammer founded the organization helping those with developmental disabilities to find independence, social interaction, purpose, and meaningful employment through day programs and services.
“I wanted my brother to be able to experience the joy, satisfaction, and pride that comes with meaningful work and belonging to a community,” says Hammer.
Now working at the rapidly-growing Chimp Treats, an innovative health food company selling the popular “Nicecream” frozen dessert made entirely from fruit, the track star is supporting a healthy lifestyle in her second startup.
In the days where the Canadian Food Guide is removing dairy as a food group and replacing the meat category with plant-based protein, the healthy living movement is soaring and creating a huge demand for healthy, tasty, and convenient snacks like Nicecream.
Starting out the business solo, Hammer has now added two full-time employees to her business. Still needing to hire more, Hammer saw an opportunity to take her passion from her previous business and hold a job fair through the Community Living partnership.
“During my first meeting, I could barely contain my enthusiasm learning about this locally owned company Chimp Treats,” says Jen Edwards, who manages the program at Community Living Peterborough. “Normally companies aren’t knocking on Community Living’s door asking for people to come work for them with the offer of meaningful work that is competitively paid. After touring the factory, visiting their office at the Innovation Cluster, it is very apparent this company is offering a rewarding job.”
The job fair will be held at the Innovation Cluster, where Chimp Treats is based, on July 20th, offering a full-time inclusive employment opportunity to work with the Chimp Treats team. The three chosen hires will be trained personally by the CEO Hammer herself at their manufacturing location, and get to be part of the startup team promoting healthy lifestyles.
Once the three employees are hired, Chimp Treats will have grown from a “one-woman-show” to a team of six full-time employees and 4 part-time Brand Ambassadors in just two months.
This year the Ontario government is investing $12.5 million to support creating jobs and growing the economy, through providing more inclusive opportunities for people with developmental disabilities.
“I’m pleased to see communities becoming more aware of employment gaps, underemployment, and the need for inclusive opportunities for individuals with special needs,” says Hammer. “No person is the exact same, but the opportunities available to us should be.”
For more information on Chimp Treats, visit: chimptreats.com