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Economic Development eNews | August 23, 2022
Business Profile
Top feature photo: Judy and Jim Beveridge in their B&H store in downtown Kemptville.
Above: Leslie Smith makes pie pastry from scratch each day. There are 15 different meat pies. Below: Derek Hutt and Connor Johnston show a display of local meats and specialty sausages made in house.
B&H Your Community Grocer Has You Coming Back for More
KEMPTVILLE - This is not your average grocery store.

In fact, B&H Your Community Grocer is very much above and beyond and unforgettable in so many ways. Let's start with the made-from-scratch meat pies. They make more than 600 in the store each week with people travelling from miles around to get these mini masterpieces.

"We dare to be different," says Jim Beveridge, owner along with his wife Judy. They pride themselves on making sure their store serves, supports and reflects their greater community - North Grenville and beyond. They do that, in part, by showcasing regional and local produce, dairy and meats, including grass-fed beef, along with their famous made-in-store specialties and bakery items.

"We started going in this direction after 2007," says Jim, noting they became an independent store and adjusted their business plan. They built on years of experience to become a destination in an unusual place - the community's downtown area. And it's working!

Come through the doors and see a bountiful display of local produce, flowers, honey and sauces. Walk a little further to smell and take in the array of bakery products - from baked in-store breads to cream pies and cinnamon buns. Look around to see fresh salads and quiche.

"We're continuing to expand our offerings of local products," says Jim, noting they're looking forward to celebrating the store's 60th anniversary next year.

"We keep it exciting. We have people who come from southern Ontario and other parts of the province as we're becoming well known in a broadening circle for what we're doing," says Jim.

Their community support record over the years is nothing short of outstanding. Community is key, along with a great staff of 47 people. "Behind every successful business is a strong and vibrant community," says Judy.

The store's history dates back decades to when Jim's father and his partner (B&H - Beveridge and Haggett) started the business in 1963. Jim recalls "growing up" in the second location store in Osgoode the partners purchased in 1968. Much later, Jim and Judy would take the reins of B&H.

"We're extremely proud of how we've been able to make this our store," says Judy. The couple say it is a reflection of the core values they've learned from family and by working together since the 1980s after meeting at Algonquin College.

Learn more about B&H Your Community Grocer by visiting their website and Facebook page, sending them an email or by calling 613-258-3014. The store is located at 301 Rideau Street in Old Town Kemptville. The Farmer's Market is held in the store parking lot each Sunday. Check out a Success Stories video by the Grenville Community Futures Development Corporation on B&H.
News
Made in Leeds Grenville Products Showcased at the IPM
The Leeds Grenville Economic Development Office is coordinating a Regional Showcase at the International Plowing Match and Rural Expo being held in Kemptville from September 20-24. If you would like your locally produced products featured at the Showcase please contact Shelbi McFarlane via email.
 
The IPM is a five-day event that will bring an estimated 70,000 people to the region. Business and organizations from all 13 municipalities are being showcased in the themed areas of Water, Nature & Recreation, Food & Culinary, Agriculture & Logistics, History & Heritage, Arts & Entertainment, and Municipal / Economic Development / Workforce / Education.
 
You can become a part of the Showcase in the following ways:  
  • Interactive Promotional Booth
  • Provide an educational session or demonstration
  • Provide your locally-produced goods for a Regional Product Display
  • Provide your brochure for the Leeds Grenville Kiosk

For more information and how to be part of this promotional opportunity, please contact us via email.
 
The IPM Promotional Poster is now available to print and share via social media. 
 
Advanced online tickets are now on sale for more information visit the IPM website.
More Digital Grants For Your Business

In the last few editions of eNews, we have been sharing information about the $2,500 Digital Transformation Grant but did you know that there are two other digital grants available to businesses through the Canadian Digital Adoption Program?
 
This $2,400 grant can be used to help with the costs related to adopting and improving e-commerce and is supported by a network of digital advisors.
Eligibility Criteria:
  • Is a for-profit business (including for-profit social enterprises and co-operatives)
  • Is a registered or incorporated business
  • Can be accessed by consumers or provides in-person services to consumers
  • Has at least one employee on payroll (other than the owner)

This up-to $15,000 grant is used for the services of a digital advisor to work with companies to recommend digital pathways and strategies that will help them achieve their business goals and increase their competitiveness in the digital economy. Businesses also have the opportunity to secure a 0% interest loan of $100,000 from the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) to facilitate the acquisition of new technology. 
Eligibility Criteria
  • Be incorporated federally or provincially, or be a Canadian resident sole proprietor
  • Be a for-profit, privately owned business
  • Have between 1 – 499 full time equivalent employees
  • Have at least $500,000 of annual revenues in one of the previous three tax years
 
If you are interested in learning more about digital grants available to your business, reach out to our Digital Service Specialist Cyndy Bolton via email or call 613-342-3840, ext. 5368.
Workforce Development
Attention Employers: Get Your Free Booth!
Are you hiring for the Fall and Winter seasons? The Employment + Education Centre has teamed up with CSE Consulting to provide a platform to talk with and collect applications from job seekers across Leeds Grenville. Meet qualified candidates and hire your new team members.

About a dozen area companies have already registered.

WHEN: Thursday, September 22, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information and to register a free booth, email Jayme at the Employment + Education Centre. If you are in the Prescott or Kemptville area email Rod at CSE Consulting.
Canada-Ontario Job Grant gives Support to Employers or Employer Consortia

Do you want to provide training for your staff? Employers can access up to $10,000 to train team members! The Canada-Ontario Job Grant provides direct financial support to individual employers or employer consortia who wish to purchase training for their employees. It is available to small, medium and large businesses with a plan to deliver short-term training to existing and new employees.

Contacts:
Teanne Larocque, Employment + Education Centre - 613-498-2111 Ext. 365 or send her an email.
Jennifer Fournier at CSE Consulting in Prescott - 613-925-0222 or send her an email, and Tracy McDonald in Kemptville at 613-258-6576 or send her an email.
Dana Betournay, Keys Job Centre in Gananoque - 613-453-3923 or send her an email.

See the coverage areas in the map below.
Workshops, Seminars and Webinar Library
Ontario Tourism Education Corporation launches
De-escalation Training

OTEC is introducing its new Service Excellence: De-escalation Training, a simple, unique way to equip your team with the necessary skills to pivot through difficult interactions at work. The pandemic has created higher levels of stress and anxiety in daily life. At times, customers can become confrontational with workers, who then need to manage the situation.

The training empowers your team with the skills, knowledge and tools to transform negative situations into opportunities. The training can impact your workplace by:
  • Fostering effective communications and improving work climate
  • Helping workers apply emotional intelligence concepts in customer interactions and through the work with other colleagues
  • Showing workers how to recognize and manage their emotions during interactions with guests

Who should attend?
  • Front-line employees
  • Supervisors
  • Management

This is a 20-minute eLearning course that is being offered for $10. Learn more, or to register, visit the OTEC website. OTEC is a not-for-profit organization delivering training, insight and consulting.
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