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Economic Development eNews | December 21, 2021
Business Profile
Top feature photo: Brockville Wood Products owner Dale Murphy in his showroom.
Above photo: Specialist Lorna Farley has 35 years of experience in stair manufacturing.
Dale, shown here inserting an air register created to be an exact match to the wood flooring, prides himself on finishing touches.
Brockville Wood Products features awesome selection
BROCKVILLE - Looking to redecorate your living space? Brockville Wood Products can help with new flooring, staircases and handrails, doors and decorative trim mouldings - all on display at their impressive California Avenue showroom.

"Bringing all of these products together is really what makes our business unique," says owner Dale Murphy, who along with Lyne Sequin and Lorna Farley have been serving area customers for the past 15 years.

"We look to provide a total solution for the customer and doing it right the first time is the whole premise for our business," adds Dale, noting they offer quality installation services for all of their products.

Brockville Wood Products is quite a find for designers, home renovators, property managers and contractors for a one-stop shop to create interior beauty. It has everything from wood and vinyl to crown moldings to suit any style and budget.

Brockville Woods Products is the exclusive retailer in the area for the award-winning Canadian hardwood floor manufacturer Mirage and for Torlys luxury vinyl floors. Torlys floors are 100% waterproof and gap proof. In the showroom you will also find flooring from Superior, PG, Craft Artisan and Appalachian, all Canadian companies. Interesting EURO tile and stone products are featured.

Maybe your existing hardwood floor only needs to be refinished. They can rejuvenate and bring it back to its original beauty. "I wanted to build a business that has multiple products and services based on quality products," says Dale.

New staircase installation or the recapping of stairs is another specialty service. It's also the place to go for fireplace mantels, custom woods / profiles and refinishing supplies.

"Customer service and product knowledge is of the highest importance. I always put myself in the position of my customer and at the end of the day, I want the best results," he says. For example, with a flooring installation Dale talks to his clients about made-to-match air registers, accenting trim and moldings. He envisions a complete installation the customer will be proud of for years to come. Free on-site consultations and estimates are available.

Brockville Wood Products earned the Kemptville Advance Readers' Choice Awards in 2018.

Their showroom is located at 1185 California Avenue with parking. To learn more about Brockville Wood Products visit their website, which includes a long list of testimonials, send them an email or give them a call at 613-345-6836.
COVID-19 Business Update
Over this past week there has been multiple announcements that businesses should make note of.

Effective today, December 21st the federal government requires a negative pre-arrival test within 72 hours before entering Canada for all travellers, regardless of the duration of the trip. For the latest travel requirements visit the government webpage.

As of December 19th the provincial government has introduced a 50% capacity limit to indoor public settings with the exception of facilities used for a wedding, funeral or religious service, rite or ceremony. Businesses or facilities will need to post a sign stating the capacity limits that are permitted in the establishment. Additional protective measures are also being applied. For full details see the ministry news release.

Bill C-2 received Royal Assent on December 17th to ensure workers and businesses have the urgent help they need. These include Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit, Local Lockdown Program, Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit and the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit, Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program, Hardest-Hit Business Recovery Program and Canada Recovery Hiring Program. For more details see the media release.

On December 15th the provincial government announced support is being provided to restaurants and bars with cutting of wholesale alcohol prices. See the media release for more detail.

The local Chambers of Commerce in Brockville, Gananoque and North Grenville are all out of the rapid antigen test kits due to high increase in demand. This is anticipated through December and early January. Please continue to check their respective websites for any updates.

As COVID continues to impact business heading into the holiday season, it is anticipated further government announcements and supports will be made. As more details become available on any new programs, please monitor and subscribe to our COVID-19 webpage and / or visit www.investleedsgrenville.com/covid19.
Economic Development Summit
Summit Videos on YouTube

The video collection from the 13th annual Leeds Grenville Economic Development Summit held virtually in November are now available on our YouTube Channel.

If you missed joining us on November 19th, you can now check out any of the sessions and the presentation of the Bill Thake Memorial Award for Economic Development on our Summit webpage.

Morning presentations:
  • Welcome / Greetings - video
  • Keynote Session: Ontario's Housing - Bringing Affordability Home - video
  • Bill Thake Memorial Economic Development Leadership Award - video
  • Workforce for Today and Tomorrow - video
  • Stepping Up - Making it Happen - video
  • Local Economic Snapshot - video
  • Chefs of Leeds Grenville - Natalie Castellas, Catered Affairs - video
  • Chefs of Leeds Grenville - Karen Marx, Furnace Falls Farm - video

Afternoon Chat Session Videos:
  • Available Funding Programs: Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade - video
  • Employees - Where are They and How Can I Attract Them?video
  • Small Business - Survival and Going Forwardvideo
  • Funding for Revitalization and Growthvideo
  • Digital Main Street video
  • Economic Development Regional Brainstormingvideo

We wish to thank the more than 250 people who viewed the summit via live webcast. Don't forget to mark your calendars for next year's event on Friday, November 18, 2022.

Check out all Leeds Grenville videos on our YouTube Channel.
Digital Service Squad
Is your New Year's Business Resolution to become more digital?
Leeds Grenville Economic Development can help with a free consultation to get you on the right path.

  • Do you wonder why your business is not showing up in Google searches correctly?
  • Have you thought about getting into social media but not sure what can work for you?
  • Is your website effective with your clients?

January is a great time of year for many businesses to prepare for the spring and summer seasons ahead. Book your free consultation with our digital experts who understand your challenges and make it easy for you.
ShopHERE - Start Selling Online

Registered businesses with under 10 full-time employees (25 if a restaurant), artists or home-based businesses are eligible for a free e-commerce store!

The ShopHERE program:
  • Creates and configures your online store
  • Trains you how to manage it
  • Provides support to get your online store live
  • Helps with marketing the store
  • Provides advertising credits for Facebook and Google

ShopHERE is funded by the federal government, Province of Ontario and corporate sponsors.
Jim Hutton, Business Development Officer
Leeds Grenville Economic Development
32 Wall Street, Suite 300, Brockville, ON, K6V 4R9
Ph: 613-342-3840 ext. 5361 | Toll free: 1-800-770-2170; ext. 5361. email
Workshops, Seminars and Webinar Library
Leadership: The success of a company is due to its people

This is part of the "Three on Thursday" Seminar Series presented by the Eastern Workforce Innovation Board. What most often sets successful companies apart is not policies, procedures or even the product, it's the people.

If you take care of your people, odds are they will take care of your products, and your customers. This webinar will focus on how to do that by building an emotionally intelligent and a psychologically healthy and safe organization that keeps teams engaged on delivering excellent products and services, over the long-term.

WHEN: Thursday, January 20, 10-11 a.m.
COST: Free
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 11th edition should be received by Tuesday, January 4th.
  • Submissions for the January 25th edition should be received by Monday, January 17th.
32 Wall Street, Suite 300, Brockville, ON K6V 4R9
613-342-3840 | 1-800-770-2170 | econdev@uclg.on.ca