Leeds Grenville
Economic Development eNews | October 6, 2015

Mayor Pat Sayeau shows an aerial view of the Johnstown Industrial Park, which includes the 225 acres for the Giant Tiger centre. The park is an Ontario Investment Ready Program Certified Site.

Top feature photo: From left to right: Edwardsburgh Cardinal Councillor Karie Smail, Deputy Mayor Peggy Taylor, Augusta Township Mayor Doug Malanka, Giant Tiger Executive Vice-President and CFO Paul Wood, Edwardsburgh Cardinal Mayor Pat Sayeau, Prescott Mayor Brett Todd, Giant Tiger Associate Vice-President Real Estate Jean-Marc Desjarlais, Councillors Michael Barrett and Gerry Morrell.
Giant Tiger announces consolidated dry goods distribution centre in Johnstown Industrial Park
Giant Tiger Stores Limited, Canada's leading discount retailer, and the Township of Edwardsburgh Cardinal announced September 29th the signing of a conditional agreement for the acquisition of land in the Johnstown Industrial Park to build a new consolidated dry goods distribution centre in support of the company's continued expansion strategy throughout Canada. Company officials said the centre is expected to open within 24 months.

"We are honoured that Giant Tiger has chosen Johnstown Industrial Park to build its new distribution centre and we look forward to being a part of the legendary Canadian retailer's evolution," Edwardsburgh Cardinal Mayor Pat Sayeau said at the announcement held in the Spencerville council chambers.

Giant Tiger's current Ottawa-based distribution centres employ approximately 300 full- and part-time positions. With the consolidation to the new location in Johnstown, officials said they will require additional employees to be added over time. 

Giant Tiger President and CEO said the Johnstown Industrial Park was chosen due to its proximity to their Ottawa base, easy access to 401 and 416 highways and the ability at the site to have future growth. Read more.
Celebrating Business

Prescott Animal Hospital's Dr. John Donovan, second from left, accepts the Business of the Year Award on behalf of his team. Helping present the award are Gord Brown, MP and Conservative candidate, Economic Development and Tourism Committee member and Master of Ceremonies Wendy Onstein, Augusta Township Mayor Doug Malanka and Committee Chair Bill Buckler, right.

Prescott Animal Hospital is Augusta Township's Business of the Year

With a history dating back more than four decades, the Prescott Animal Hospital is this year's Business of the Year. The hospital, located on Edward Street in Augusta Township, has a staff of 27. Dr. John Donovan accepted the award on behalf of his partners, Doctors Alex Knoepfli, Ken Newman and Henry Ceelen.  

"It's a true team effort," Dr. Donovan said, adding the business is boosted by the team's love of animals. Prescott Animal Hospital underwent a major renovation in 2010, including the addition of a large-animal medical and surgical referral hospital - one of only two such facilities in eastern Ontario. The team is involved in the community and helps sponsor many agricultural events, the Leeds and Grenville OSPCA, the Farley Foundation and other non-profit groups in the region. In 2010, the province awarded the clinic for its long-term support of high school co-op programs. 

Honoured nominees for the award included Brockville Tractor-Trailer Maintenance, Cedarwood Farms Fencing and Decking, Elmer's Construction and Wood Effects. The guest speakers were Doug Hayes and Ron Stewart from Semex Genetics for Life. The event was held at the Roebuck Hall on October 2. Read more.

SEB Program celebrated on October 15
The Self-Employment Benefit (SEB) Program is being celebrated for its 25 years in operation, the 977 clients its served and the 1,300 jobs impacted.

The complimentary event is on Thursday, October 15, 7-9 p.m. at the Prescott Golf Club, 900 Boundary Street, Prescott. There will be networking, guest speakers and refreshments. It is a time to reunite with SEB alumni and learn how great things happen when entrepreneurs get together.

Register by this Friday, October 9th here, call Cathy Gilmer at 613-925-4275, ext. 26, or by email.
Fourth Annual Heritage Symposium Oct. 23
Heritage Smiths Falls is presenting its Heritage Symposium "Revitalizing our Main Streets" at the Station Theatre on Friday, October 23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

The event features six guest speakers: Adele Arbour, of Thorold, Ontario, Maire Hogan, of Elizabeth Interiors, Steve Maddock, of HyFund Studio, Andrew Edmondson, of the Heritage Institute at Algonquin College, Robin Pixar of Rhino Wood Repair, and Jan Hawley, creator of the "Win This Space" business recruitment initiative.

Register by Friday, October 16, by contacting Niki McKernan via email or call 613-283-4124, ext. 1116. The cost is $15, students $10.

Expert business advice - free of charge!
Looking for business advice, look no further. The Grenville Community Futures Development Corporation (GCFDC) and the 1000 Islands Community Development Corporation (TICDC), in partnership with Eastern Ontario CFDC Network Inc., are hosting Launch Lab's Entrepreneurs-in-Residence (EIRs) each month this fall. 

Entrepreneurs can meet with Stephen Beamish and Scott Runte, who together have more than 45 years of experience. The Grenville sessions are Thursday, October 29 and Thursday, November 26. To book an appointment e-mail or call 613-925-4275, ext. 22. 

The TICDC hosts its Launch Labs the second Friday of each month. Visit their website to learn more.

Scott Runte and Stephen Beamish
Funding Opportunities
Rural Economic Development program accepting applications

A renewed Rural Economic Development (RED) program is now open and taking applications on the following dates: 
  • October 2, 2015 to January 15, 2016
  • January 16, 2016 to April 15, 2016
  • April 16, 2016 to July 15, 2016
There will be two streams for applications: Community Development and Business Development. For projects to qualify under the stream, applicants must demonstrate how their project benefits rural Ontario. The RED program is designed to help rural Ontario be in a better position to attract investment, create high-value jobs, and to train and sustain highly-skilled, knowledge-based workforce. It is designed to promote innovative and creative local industries with products and services for a global market. Learn more about RED on the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs website.
Workshops and Seminars
Two free business training modules still have spots available

An all-day workshop on Financial Statements and a half-day session on Marketing Strategies have seats available. The sessions are hosted at the Grenville Community Futures Development Corporation (GCFDC) at their office at 197 Water Street West, Suite 406, Prescott. To register and for more details call 613-925-4275, ext. 26, or  visit their website