Leeds Grenville
Economic Development eNews | April 24, 2018
Business Profile
Four-legged friends and their owners 
turn Klips Pet Grooming into a destination
GANANOQUE - At Klips Pet Grooming & Boutique there is always a lot happening in the lively, open-concept grooming area. A visit means you'll see some pet pampering first hand.

Owner Becky Mills decided to bring grooming "out of the back room" when she opened her business 13 years ago. She's created a niche "pet destination" popular enough to have a year-round, downtown core presence with a large client base.

"Originally it was just supposed to be me running it," says Becky, who now employs five people and is often looking for qualified groomers interested in working full-time. 

"I'm blessed because I have fabulous clientele," she says. Pets come from as far west as Belleville, north to Portland and east to Prescott. A full dog grooming appointment can take two hours. During that time the out-of-town pet owners are visiting other town shops, restaurants and attractions, says Becky. 

Local town and area customers are also very loyal. "When they leave here, they leave with their next appointment (already booked). Gananoque has been very good to me," she says. At one time she thought of setting up shop in a larger centre but is glad she didn't. Her customer list is between 150 to 200.

In the summer months her clientele swells.  "Tourists are a bonus for me," says Becky. New customers often come back the following tourist season.

"I enjoy the people and I enjoy the dogs. You get to know them and they're like family," says Becky. 

Team member Kim Perry agrees. While grooming Tasha, a spunky Pomeranian, Kim knows exactly how her canine client will react to the nail trimming portion of the appointment. "She'll roll onto her back. They all have unique personalities," says Kim.

Customers say their pets feel relaxed. "Becky is amazing. She takes such good care of my puppy," says pet owner Nicki. Within minutes her dog Roxy is enjoying her appointment.

Klips is located at 176 King Street East. Give them a call at 613-382-9696, send an email or learn more and follow their Facebook page.

Top feature photo: Becky Mills has hundreds of repeat customers, including Goldendoodle Fern.

Groomer Kim Perry with Tasha, a pomeranian, after her trim. 

Above photo: Becky gives a good brush to Caesar. Below: The Boutique features a variety of pet foods, toys, beds, apparel and specialty items.

Business Retention and Expansion

From left, Augusta Township CAO Ray Morrison, Deputy Mayor Bill Buckler, Planning and Development Coordinator Krista Weidenaar, Mayor Doug Malanka, Clerk Annette Simonian and Leeds Grenville Business Retention Officer Krista George. 
The communities of Augusta, Merrickville-Wolford and Rideau Lakes have officially launched their Business Retention + Expansion (BR+E) program teams.

Team members joined together recently to put faces to what is the largest BR+E project ever undertaken in Leeds Grenville. The project was launched at the Counties level in late March.

The main objective is to assist existing businesses within the communities to become more competitive and increase their chances of staying in the area. The Counties and the three municipalities will see staff and volunteers connect with more than 300 businesses in the region. They will gather information via a survey about business needs and concerns. A local Task Force of community leaders will review the aggregated data to address issues and opportunities.

"The focus of the project is on assisting existing businesses that are already heavily invested in their community," says Krista George, Business Retention Officer for Leeds Grenville and the overall project coordinator.
Augusta, Rideau Lakes, Merrickville-Wolford Business Retention + Expansion new teams

The Merrickville team includes, photo above from left, Terry Gilhen, Yves Grandmaitre, Krista George, Mike Zaversenuke, Wendy and Dave Cherry, Cheri Kemp-Long and Nick Previsich. 

Photo below: Leading the team in Rideau Lakes is Associate Planner Malcolm Norwood, shown here with Krista George. 

For more information about the program, participating as a business, or volunteering, please contact Krista George at 613-342-3840, ext. 5368, or 
email her. Rideau Lakes is actively seeking team members.

Read the media release on this launch and learn more about the first Counties-wide BR+E program. Visit the Counties webpage.

The BR+E program is a structured Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) action-orientated approach to business and economic development.

Job Opportunities
Reposting for ONroute Centre summer staff
The United Counties of Leeds and Grenville Economic Development Office is hiring four summer students for the ONroute Mallorytown Travel Centres.

The positions will be reposted today, Tuesday April 24, at 
4 p.m. The positions include:
  • Tourism Representative Supervisor, Summer Student Temporary Full-time
  • 3 Tourism Representatives, Summer Students, Temporary Full-time
To apply, visit the Leeds Grenville Careers page.
2017 Tourism Representative Aleisha Newman.
Upcoming Event
Tri-municipal Business Showcase looking for vendors
CARDINAL - The annual Business Showcase & Expo hosted by the Town of Prescott, Augusta and Edwardsburgh Cardinal Townships is fast approaching.

WHEN: Friday, June 8th, 6-9 p.m., and Saturday, June 9th, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
WHERE: Ingredion Centre, 4050 Dishaw Street, Cardinal 

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Showcase features business exhibitors, cars and boats, indoor and outdoor displays and concessions. 

Vendors have an 8x8 space and chairs. For details call 613-925-2812, ext. 6215. The registration form can be filled out online. For more information visit the Town of Prescott's website

Workshops and Seminars
Business Succession Planning

The presenter of this session is Robert Dyke, CPA, CA. He will cover Taxation Basics, Business Structure, Facts on Succession Planning, Assessment - when do you start working on your succession plan, Options for Succession, Soft Issues, the Exit Process.

WHEN: Thursday, May 24, 
9 to 11 a.m.
WHERE: Small Business Advisory Centre, 91 Cornelia Street West, Entrance B, Smiths Falls
COST: $20

Google My Business 
and YouTube

Are you a business owner struggling to learn more about the Google Suite? This workshop will discuss getting on the Google Map, setting up a Google My Business account as well as YouTube - and tools to make simple videos. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop and smart phone. The presenter is Jennifer Baker Consulting.

WHEN: Friday, May 25, 
7:30 - 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: Chateau Brock, 803 Chelsea Street Brockville
COST: $25
Starter Company Plus Information Sessions

If you are 18 and over and not a full-time student, or working in another job full-time and are an Ontario resident with a great idea for a business, Starter Company Plus may be for you. It is a fit for you if you're proposing a new company, buying or expanding an existing company in a full-time capacity or growing your business (in your first five years).

WHEN:  Wednesda y, May 30, 11 a.m.
WHERE: Brockville Museum, 5 Henry Street, Brockville
COST: Free
Learn more about these sessions and how to register on our Workshops and Seminars page.
Workshops and Seminars