Leeds Grenville
Economic Development eNews | April 7, 2015
Business Profile

Wood Effects is based in Maynard in Augusta Township and has a registered Master Business Licence.

Top feature photo: Greg and Allan Moorhouse in the workshop. Allan turned his woodworking hobby into a thriving business. His wife, Mary, does the bookkeeping.
Small business success story in Augusta
Allan Moorhouse is one happy small business owner. When he retired from corporate life eight years ago, he decided to start up a part-time business combined with his love of woodworking. Today his home renovation business, Wood Effects, is a full-time operation and still growing. It's so successful his son Greg (construction and civil engineering technician) has joined to help keep up with demand. They're thinking of incorporation.

"We've had a lot of repeat customers. If you do a good job for someone they'll tell two or three people," says Allan.  He has formed good relationships with other local businesses. Wood Effects specializes in kitchens, bathrooms, flooring and furniture. Learn more about this Leeds Grenville business on their facebook page. Wood Effects will also be at the upcoming Business Showcase and Expo in Prescott May 8-9. See details below under upcoming events.
Funding Opportunities
Start a business through the Summer Company Program
The Leeds and Grenville Small Business Enterprise Centre is accepting applications for the popular Summer Company Program. The application deadline is Friday, May 8.

The young entrepreneur's initiative is for youth 15 to 29 years of age; in school and returning to studies in the fall. It offers up $1,500 in start-up cash. Participants receive hands-on business training, coaching and mentoring from successful community business leaders.
To learn more about it or to fill out an application go to the Summer Company website or contact the Enterprise Centre at 613-342-8772, ext. 471. In North Leeds contact the Small Business Advisory Centre, Smiths Falls-Lanark at 613-283-7002, ext. 108 or 109.
Ontario-Canada Job Grant there for training employees 

Local employers can have help with their employee training costs through the Ontario-Canada Job Grant. Announced last year, this six-year funding program provides up to $10,000 per trainee. The government pays two-thirds of direct training costs.

Employers in Gananoque, Leeds and the Thousand Islands, Rideau Lakes and Westport may contact Trish McNamara at KEYS Job Centre, 613-382-1085, ext. 203. In the Brockville, Front of Yonge, Athens, Elizabethtown-Kitley and Augusta area the contact is Michelle Carroll at the Employment and Education Centre, 613-498-2111, ext. 231. Employers in Prescott, Spencerville, Merrickville and North Grenville may contact Ted Livingston at CSE Consulting at 613-342-2312.
Economic Development Summit
Summit videos now online
We had a great line-up of speakers and panelists at our Leeds Grenville Economic Development Summit last November. We captured them on video and now you can watch their inspiring presentations online via our website's Video Gallery or our YouTube Channel. Once there, check out our Leeds Grenville promotional videos as well.  

Now is the time to Save the Date for the 2015 Economic Development Summit on November 20th at the North Grenville Municipal Centre. 

Upcoming Events

Augusta Mayor's Breakfast

This annual event is on Friday, April 10, 7:30-10 a.m. at the Grenville Snowmobile Club. Call the Leeds Grenville Small Business Enterprise Centre at 613-342-8772, ext. 470 to register.
Business Showcase and Expo

The seventh annual Business Showcase & Expo hosted by Edwardsburgh Cardinal and Augusta Townships and the Town of Prescott is Friday to Saturday, May 8-9. Visit their Facebook page to learn more.