Leeds Grenville
Economic Development eNews | June 7, 2016
Business Profile
Award-winning Kemptville photographer helps businesses create an online brand
NORTH GRENVILLE - Turning the camera on area photographer Elenora Luberto reveals a talented new entrepreneur already winning awards and receiving five-star ratings from clients.

Elenora registered her business JEMMAN Photography just 3 years ago when she and her family moved to this area. That same year she earned the Photographer of the Year Award from BP4U, a professional online photography forum. She has received the WeddingWire Couples' Choice Award the past 2 years. Nominations include "top photographer" in 2015 and "People's Choice" in 2016 at the Ottawa Wedding Awards. Her work has appeared in Ottawa Wedding Magazine and Ottawa Bride Magazine.

"I joke and say the very first wedding I shot was when I was 16 and stole my sister's camera to photograph the highlights of my cousin's wedding," says Elenora. Her passion is evident in her work. Positive testimonials abound on the WeddingWire website. Family and corporate portraits are another specialty.

More recently, Elenora successfully began media branding sessions for entrepreneurs who are looking for more than a standard head shot. "It's a blend of headshots, portraiture and the creation of personalized "stock" images specific to the individual and their business needs," she says.

Client Danielle Warren, owner of Styling with Dani, is a believer. "With the launch of my business around the corner, I needed photos to capture what I do to post on social media and on my website," Danielle says. "I knew I didn't want the traditional business photos. Elenora understood my online marketing vision."

Elenora strives to put her subjects at ease to get the best shots."I'm inspired by the words 'I'm not photogenic' as that gives me the drive to show my subjects just how great they can look."

Learn more about this Leeds Grenville business by visiting the JEMMAN website and see more images on Elenora's Facebook page. For samples of business branding sessions go to Dani or Maggie.
Top feature photo: Elenora surrounded by her wedding and family portraits. Below: Samples of her work.


Above: Maggie Patterson, of Scoop Industries, in a marketing photo.



Danielle Warren is photographed to clearly illustrate her business.

Community Events
Above photo: The freighter Robert S. Pierson, of Lower Lakes Towing from Cleveland, unloads salt at the Port during the open house.

People line up to participate in the Port Day activities.

Joanne van Moorsel of GreenField Specialty Alcohols addresses the crowd. Below, the Griffon open for tours.

Port of Johnstown open house big success
JOHNSTOWN - Hundreds of community members and supporting clients turned out for the Port of Johnstown's premiere Port Day on Saturday, June 4.

Among the guest speakers was Chamber of Marine Commerce President Stephen Brooks. He commended the Township of Edwardsburgh Cardinal, Port staff and community supporters for expanding and upgrading the facility to attract millions of dollars in investment.

"Eastern Ontario farmers and manufacturers now have access to world-class facilities to import and export goods throughout the Great Lakes and to more than 60 countries via the St. Lawrence Seaway," he said.

Port General Manager Robert Dalley said ongoing upgrades, including a new bypass access road to allow for height-restricted, over-sized cargo, have helped double cargo shipments. Grain storage has also been expanded by a further 10,000 tons. Cargo tonnage since April 10th shows a 100% increase over last year.

"As it marks its 85th anniversary, the Port is well positioned to keep on growing, creating more jobs, investment and tax dollars for our community," said Edwardsburgh Cardinal Mayor Pat Sayeau. 

Other guest speakers included Leeds Grenville MPP Steve Clark, Joanne van Moorsel from GreenField Specialty Alcohols, Tom Lynch from Ingredion Canada Corporation, Gino Becerra of La Coop Fédérée and Scott Krakar of Longon Agricultural Commodities Inc.

The free event featured tours of the Port and the Canadian Coast Guard's CCGS Griffon, displays by agricultural clients including Ingredion and GreenField Specialty Alcohols, a BBQ, a children's play area, archery games hosted by the Grenville Fish and Game Club and live music by Sons of Gord. 

See our Community Media Releases page for the full release.
Funding Opportunities

FedDev Ontario launches Intake Two
of Community Infrastructure Program
Intake Two of the Canada 150 Canada Infrastructure Program (CIP 150) in southern Ontario was announced May 24th. 

The Canadian Government is doubling its investment in community and cultural infrastructure, providing an additional $150-million over the next two years to renovate, expand or improve these spaces across Canada. Cultural and recreational infrastructure places, including parks, arenas and community centres, help support healthy communities.

FedDev Ontario is delivering the program in southern Ontario (including Leeds Grenville) with a total allocation of up to $88.8-million over two years. Half of this amount is now available under Intake Two of CIP 150. Read more. See the application guide for more information on how to apply.

Deadline to apply: Friday, June 24 at 5 p.m.
Upcoming events
Brockville Connect links together industry, entrepreneurs with regional support systems
Brockville Connect is bringing together non-profit organizations which support industries and budding entrepreneurs in the city and throughout Leeds Grenville.

The goal is to exchange ideas and open paths to generating new revenues, improve product development and delivery through research collaboration and internships. It is also designed to help start new companies or help them to learn about funding and financing opportunities as well as tax credits. There are a number of exhibitors from non-profit support organizations, including the Leeds Grenville Economic Development Office. 

When:  Thursday, June 16, 1 - 4:30 p.m.
Registration starts at 1 p.m.
Agenda at 1:30 p.m.

Where: Brockville Memorial Centre,
1 Magedoma Boulevard

Cost:    FREE


Friday, June 10, 6-9 p.m. and
Saturday, June 11, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Ingredion Centre
4040 Dishaw Street, Cardinal

The two-day event is hosted by Augusta Township, Edwardsburgh Cardinal Township and the Town of Prescott.

Come out and see what products and services our businesses have to offer you.

Learn more by visiting the event website.
Merrickville Celebrates Women

Saturday, June 11
Registration at 8:30 a.m.
Merrickville Legion
223 Main Street, Merrickville

A fun-filled day of events, activities and shopping featuring the Market Showcase, mini Health and Wellness sessions as well as:
  • 11 a.m. Fashion Show
  • 2 p.m. Arlene Dickinson - Canadian author, Entrepreneur, TV personality, CEO and venture capitalist - will speak about "Entrepreneurs and Women's Empowerment".
'Meet and Greet VIP Lunch with Arlene' tickets still available (includes general admission ticket) Buy now.
Learn more by visiting the event website
To learn more or register for an event, visit our Workshops and Seminars page.