The Town of Gananoque and the Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands have received Rural Economic Development funding through the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. The project, Economic Innovation Through Community Partnerships, will allow both communities to continue to collaborate on new innovative initiatives. The first initiative, the “Grow With Us” Campaign included sunflower seed mailouts to residents, a post card contest, and shop local videos.
“We are excited to be working with our partners in Gananoque, with the support of OMAFRA, to support small business as they adapt to the changing environment. The project team is working hard to bring a robust series of workshops, all of which are geared to build and grow capacity among our small businesses. I encourage businesses to reach out to any one of the project team to learn more about Economic Innovation Through Community Partnerships and the Small Business Workshop Series,” said Kim Goodman, Manager of Community and Business Services.
This year, the annual 9th Fall Small Business Workshop will be held virtually over a series of four weeks, Thursday, October 22nd from 9-11am and Tuesday, November 3rd, 10th, 17th from 9-11am. Recover, Restart & Rebound will be free learning and working webinar sessions held by Karen McDonald-Hurley, lead consultant at Opportunity Group. During these webinar sessions, participants will have the opportunity to refresh their business plan, learn about the new COVID-19 normal, complete a 2-year cash flow plan, and a 12-month advertising and promotion plan.
“Small businesses need all of the support they can get in working through these challenging times. I’m pleased that our government is able to fund this excellent collaborative initiative by the Town of Gananoque and Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands,” said Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes MPP Steve Clark. “These sessions will help businesses in our community identify new opportunities to grow and prosper, which is exactly what the Rural Economic Development program was designed to do.”
Recover, Restart & Rebound will also provide 10 one-on-one follow-up sessions after each webinar. These will be only be available to businesses physically located in the Town of Gananoque or Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands. When registering, identify which one-on-one sessions you would be most interested in. Participants interested in follow-up sessions will be randomly selected. Registration: https://recover-restart-rebound.eventbrite.ca
“I was excited to hear of the Town and Townships idea to have work and learn sessions”, said McDonald-Hurley. “I feel the timing is perfect for owners to be thinking about the realities of the pandemic and to be forward looking. Over the course of these webinars, participants will learn what they can do to come back stronger and be sustainable. The follow up sessions will allow the participant to receive feedback and develop their unique strategy.”
For more information contact: