Leeds Grenville
Economic Development eNews | May 5, 2015

Top feature photo: Starter Company entrepreneurs are from left Simon Williamson, owner of Williamson Landscaping Services, Jacqueline Noseworthy, of Jack Attack Fitness, Mariah Gallacher, of Sunshine Photography, and William Thomson, of TechTutors. The new business owners credit the program saying knowledge is power. Mentors have given them the tools to build their companies.

Learn more about these new businesses, their contact info and the services they provide on our Community Media Releases page.
Calling all young entrepreneurs: Program 
and funds available for ages 18-29
Young people with a business idea can access support and seed funding with the Starter Company program offered through the Leeds and Grenville Small Business Centre.

"It's a fantastic opportunity," said William Thomson, who has launched TechTutors through the second intake of the program. "The mentorship puts you on the right path, keeping you from being a statistic. It gives you an edge."

Jacqueline Noseworthy has started Jack Attack Fitness, "I didn't know a single thing about running a business and now I'm 100% confident and I can profit from my business immediately," she said.

Part of Ontario's Youth Job Strategy, the Starter Company provides training for six months with participants eligible for up to a $5,000 grant. In Leeds Grenville, seven new entrepreneurs have launched businesses and another 13 spots are open. The Next information session is May 20. For more information call the Small Business Enterprise Centre at 613-342-8772, ext. 471 and visit the Starter Company website.
Key priorities listed in departmental review
The results of a six-month Leeds Grenville Economic Development Office review found the department is valuable and a good investment. 

"It was obvious from the municipal consultations and research the department is on the right track and is an important regional resource," said Counties CAO Andy Brown. "We were encouraged hearing the support and finding, in the end, only minor changes are required," he said. 

Five key strategic priorities with recommendations were identified in the report. Areas of focus are to include leadership and capacity building; communication; business investment and attraction; business retention and expansion; tourism.

View the Economic Development department review or the Implementation Plan

The Economic Development 2015-16 strategy was presented to Counties Council in late April.

North Grenville builder Robert Noseworthy receives ambassador award

Robert Noseworthy, President and Owner of Kemptville's Westerra Homes and Developments, is the recipient of the North Grenville Economic Development Ambassador Award. The award was presented at the 6th annual Appreciation Breakfast at the North Grenville Municipal Centre on April 24 by Councillor Tim Sutton (at left) and Forbes Symon (at right), Director of Planning and Development in the municipality. Mr. Noseworthy has donated his time to numerous charity and economic development causes. Learn more about the Ambassador program at North Grenville ambassadors. 
Upcoming Events

First tri-municipality Business Showcase and Exposition
this coming weekend

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, at the Leo Boivin Community Centre. Visit their Facebook page to learn more.

Workshops and Seminars
Launch Lab: Managing Cash Flow
Thursday, May 7, 1-3 p.m.
Prescott Town Hall Community Room
360 Dibble Street West, Prescott
View more details about the event or to register.
Employer Training Workshop 
Tuesday, May 26, registration 7:30 a.m.
Employment and Education Centre
105 Strowger Boulevard, Brockville
View more details about the event