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Economic Development eNews | December 20, 2022

Business Profile

Athens Physiotherapy Clinic Getting Great Reviews

ATHENS - Giving patients the positive results they need is the main focus at the Athens Physiotherapy Clinic.

New owners Kal Patel and Titi Mulani are expanding services and clinic hours to their business, which was first established in 2009. The couple purchased the clinic earlier this year and are enjoying the community.

"It's a great opportunity and we've had great community support," says Kal, a licensed physiotherapist with a background in providing service, home care and referral consultations in the Seeley's Bay, Brockville and Athens area for the past several years.

"Our goal was to establish a clinic and this location is ideal," says Kal, who earned a Bachelor or Physiotherapy in India and later a MSc. in Physiotherapy from the University of East London, UK.

Kal is committed to maximizing his patients’ rehabilitation. His clinical interests include musculoskeletal and orthopedic conditions, shoulder and knee injuries, post-operative rehab, manual therapy, patient education, and exercise prescription. 

Complete services include physiotherapy, acupuncture and dry needling, cupping therapy, laser therapy, kinesio taping, spinal traction machine treatment, motor vehicle accident injury and vestibular rehabilitation and an assistive device program.

"We provide patient centered care to each patient and we practice evidence-based rehabilitation quality care to maximize our patient’s safety and outcome and to minimize time consumption of the rehabilitation process," says Kal. "Our clinic is experienced and qualified in treating orthopedic, neuromuscular, sports, workplace, and motor vehicle accident injuries."

A detailed physical assessment is completed and then the patient is recommended a unique exercise treatment protocol. The treatment protocol is unique for every patient because it is specially designed for each individual, their needs, comfort and priorities. The clinic uses advanced technologies such as Interferential therapy, TENS, ultrasound and laser therapy and more.

"We're getting really good reviews and we have lots of happy customers," says Titi, who does the scheduling and administration.

Top feature photo: Physiotherapist Kal Patel and his wife Titi Mulani in their Athens Clinic.

Above photos from top: A patient with the spinal traction device, Titi at reception and the front of the clinic located at 10 Wellington Street.

"We feel good about helping the community," adds Kal. The clinic is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays but Kal and Titi are looking at expanding to include Saturdays. Learn more about the Athens Clinic by visiting their website or their Facebook page. Call them at 613-924-8888 or send them an email.

Economic Development Summit

Economic Development Summit Videos now

on YouTube

The 14th annual Leeds Grenville Economic Development Summit held in person at the North Grenville Municipal Centre on November 18th is now available to view on our YouTube Channel.

All sessions are now online:

  • Welcome and introductions
  • Keynote addresses: The Honourable Peter Bethlenfalvy, Ontario’s Minister of Finance, and Pierre Cléroux, Business Development Bank of Canada Vice President and Chief Economist 
  • Bill Thake Memorial Award for Economic Development Leadership
  • Presentation by Leeds Grenville Economic Development Manager Ann Weir.

Thank you to the more than 175 people who attended the Summit. Don't forget to Save the Date for next year - please join us on Friday, November 17, 2023.

Visit our 2022 Summit webpage.

See our YouTube Channel

Leeds Grenville business survey findings

Thank you to the 341 businesses who completed the 2022 Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes Business Survey which is up from the 319 in 2021.


The 2022 survey respondents were from a mix of industry sectors with the largest numbers coming from Retail, followed by Construction, Agriculture and Manufacturing. Over 90% of survey respondents were those with under 20 employees, which is representative of the size of businesses in Leeds Grenville.


In 2022, the survey shows nearly 70% of businesses have an activity level as the same or higher compared with pre-COVID levels. Businesses are building a strong online presence with 83% having a website and 78% engaged in social media.


Biggest challenges for businesses are increased product prices and overhead costs. The top workforce challenges are attracting new employees and competitive wage and benefits.


The survey identifies, and the Economic Development Office recognizes, that some businesses are continuing to have challenges in their recovery. Businesses that requested assistance and provided their contact information are being contacted. 


All 13 municipal surveys and the regional report along with the two previous annual surveys can be found on the Leeds Grenville Economic Development reports webpage.


There are many programs and services businesses can access for help and support. Any business that didn’t complete the survey but requires assistance in navigating the various business programs can contact Shelbi McFarlane, Business Development Officer, at 613-342-3840 ext. 5361 or by email.

Digital Services

Top 7 Topics Covered in One-on-One Digital Consulting Sessions


There are a multitude of topics you can choose to cover when meeting with your Digital Specialist. Ask yourself what the problems are that you would like to solve. Your Digital Specialist is a seasoned professional with a depth of experience in facets like email marketing, website and ecommerce development, social media strategies, documentation and content development.


Here are the top 7 topics explored during digital consulting sessions:


  1. Funding: Help with the application and follow through.
  2. Content Development: Tell your story through copywriting, images and video.
  3. Social Media Strategies: Learn how, when and who to post to.
  4. Customer Management: Create personas, build loyalty and manage lists.
  5. Websites and Online Shops: Keep what works, lose what doesn’t.
  6. Google Business Profiles: Learn the importance and get listed.
  7. Product Management: Learn about promotions and inventory management.


To explore these or any other digital marketing topics, call 613-342-3840 x 5368 or email Cyndy Bolton. Visit the Leeds Grenville website or easily book a free consultation. Flexible time slots are available to serve you better.

Funding Opportunities

Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) provides wage subsidies to employers from not-for-profit organizations, the public sector, and private sector organizations with 50 or fewer full-time employees, to create quality summer work experiences for young people aged 15 to 30 years.

Canada Summer Jobs is a program under the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy, which aims to provide flexible and holistic services to help all young Canadians develop the skills and gain paid work experience to successfully transition into the labour market.

Applications are being accepted until January 12, 2023, @ 2:59 p.m. EST

Learn more
Workshops, Seminars and Webinar Library

Bookkeeping 101: What Business Owners Need to Know

Featuring speaker Lynn Marsh, of Healthy Books, this online session is hosted by the Small Business Advisory Centre (Smiths Falls, Lanark County / North Leeds Grenville)

Topics to be covered include:

  • Difference between an accounting firm and a bookkeeper and how both are essential
  • How to set up your records and filing systems
  • Sole-proprietor and incorporation - why incorporate
  • HST - annual, quarterly or monthly remittance periods and best practices
  • Banking and credit cards for business
  • Allowable expenses-what can be a ‘write-off’
  • Vehicle expenses - how to track and the different tracking for corporations and sole-proprietors
  • Payroll – best practices
  • Accounting software - which is best for your business and why
  • App Solutions – how to embrace the latest technology to eliminate the shoe-box of receipts
  • Reports – Income Statement or Profit & Loss, Balance Sheet and more
  • Q and A period

WHEN: January 12, 9-11 a.m. (online)

COST: Free

Learn more and register

Emotional Intelligence Management

The Eastern Workforce Innovation Board presents the THREE ON THURSDAY Free Employer Webinar Series. The presenter is Angela Hoyt who will look at strategies to navigate a way through the massive, ongoing disruption caused by COVID-19. In this current climate, the need for innovation, imagination and out-of-the-box thinking is greater than ever.

WHEN: January 19, 2023, 10-11 a.m.

WHERE: 21A Mill Street, Gananoque

COST: Free

Learn more and register

Income Tax Preparation for Sole Proprietorship and Partnership Businesses

In this workshop you will learn about filing business income to the Canada Revenue Agency.

  • Business Income Tax Reporting – Completing the T2125E Form for CRA
  • Reporting Business Income
  • Reporting Costs of Goods Sold
  • Reporting Business Expenses
  • Calculating Business Use-of-Home Expenses
  • Calculating Capital Cost Allowance (CCA)
  • Calculating Motor Vehicle Expenses

WHEN: Thursday, January 19, 9-10:30 a.m. (Online)

COST: Free

Learn more and register

Leeds Grenville eNews Deadlines for submitting information:

If you have an upcoming workshop, seminar, or business-related event, please email it to us in advance.

  • Submissions for the January 10th, 2023 edition should be received by Tuesdsay, January 3rd.
  • Submissions for the January 24th, 2023 edition should be received by Monday, January 16th.
Ann Weir
Economic Development Manager
Deanna Clark
Economic Development Officer
Joanne Poll
Administration / Communications Support
Shelbi McFarlane
Business Development Officer

32 Wall Street, Suite 300, Brockville, ON K6V 4R9
613-342-3840 | 1-800-770-2170 | econdev@uclg.on.ca