Happy Small Business Week from Downtown Brockville!
We thought it was ironic, that October is not only Small Business Month, but this week is also Small Business Week!
October 20th – 26th have been busy days in the hallways of the Business Resource Centre, with the Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce, Leeds and Grenville Small Business Enterprise Centre and 1000 Islands Community Development Corporation; it seems we’re only getting started with things to do in Brockville.
We kicked the week off by organizing and executing a celebration for our Downtown Businesses pictured here:
Attendees had access to yummy appetizers and a cash bar hosted by Moose McGuire’s Brockville – in their Quarter Deck Lounge; we all know that a celebration isn’t a celebration without cake! The cake was purchased through our members Metro and cut after a short presentation of a year in review and followed by a highlight of our Associate Members, Merit Travel who well attended this event and sponsored a door prize that was won by Rob Thompson Hotel’s General Manager, Ursula Dowd (pictured below).
The Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce have been busy bees too. On Wednesday, they hosted Charlie Mignault, the Commissioner or the St Lawrence Corridor Economic Commission for a Luncheon at the Brockville Country Club and guests learned an update on happenings within the corridor.
The Leeds and Grenville Small Business Enterprise Centre held their annual day of learning entitled, Bridges to Better Business. At this event they hosted a panel of business leaders from several industries who answered various questions from the crowd of eager to learn business owners. They were presented with an interactive and well received presentation about “Bringing your A Game” by Clarke Harvey of BizXcel INC. To wrap up the day they awarded two local entrepreneurs with well-deserved awards to celebrate their successes, Congratulations - Kaitlyn Dullemond of Brockville Wellness Massage Therapy, who won the Paul D. Boivin Memorial Award and 2019 Entrepreneur of Year Sophie Cushing of 1000 Islands Hearing Centre.
The Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce are wrapping up their celebrations today, starting with an informative learning session on "Sexual Harassment in the Workplace. What employers can do about it and why they should care" with Anne-Marie Langan, a Staff Lawyer the Legal Clinic. This afternoon they are hosting a free afternoon to help you:
Seek and Succeed - A One Stop Business Resource also held at the Brockville Country Club in Sponsorship with the Employment and Education Centre, Business Development Canada and 1000 Islands Community Development Corporation and the Eastern Workforce Innovation Board.
Things to do in Brockville
I wasn’t kidding when I said we were busy this week with things to do in Brockville because we’re still not done yet! The 1000 Islands Community Development Corporation excitedly reminded us of their Rural Innovation Initiative, supported by the Government of Canada this week, to expand business growth and adopt advanced business innovation processes and that is certainly cause for celebration. Successful recipients may receive up to 50% of eligible costs with a minimum project size of $50,000. Grants of $25,000 to $100,000 are available for those who qualify but funds are limited so we advise those interested to contact us as soon as possible to discuss. Apply at www.ticdc.ca, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.