Economic Development eNews | July 17, 2018
Business Profile
Local Illustrator's work seen around the world
WESTPORT - Illustrator Joel Kimmel created media buzz earlier this year as the artist who sketched The Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle commemorative coin.

It was his first Royal Family coin but certainly not his first for the Royal Canadian Mint. Joel has sketched images for 25 coins, ranging from The Last Spike 100th anniversary gold coin to the luminous UFO Falcon Lake Incident coin, which sold out in one day.

Joel is a sought-after portrait artist and illustrator. His work has appeared in TIME, Forbes, Men's Health and Entertainment Weekly magazines, to name just a few. When the Canadian Mint phoned him in 2012, they were well aware of his work. The Mint has been a client ever since.

"It was the most amazing thing," says Joel of how his career took off after several lean years. He now has a well- established client list which includes The Washington Post,The New York Times, Nike and ESPN.

Joel and his wife, fellow illustrator Chantal Bennett, moved to Westport and gutted an old canoe shop to create their joint studio behind their home. They enjoy village life.

"You can live in a pretty little village, not have to commute and still have your work appear around the world," says Joel. He began adding digital elements to his artwork and Photoshop about eight years ago to create a very identifiable portrait style.

When they're not working, Joel and Chantal are having fun with a project called "Every Chip Stand" with the goal of illustrating every Ontario eatery on wheels. They also work in their community helping fundraise for the Lockwood Memorial Field and Park rejuvenation project.

Learn more about Joel's work by visiting his website, his Instagram and Twitter accounts, or send him an email.
Top feature photo: Joel Kimmel in his studio.
Above photos: The Royal Wedding Coin, some of the many portraits he has created, and Joel with his "Greetings From Westport" postcard.
Business Expansion
Northern Cables CEO Shelley Bacon, left, President Todd Stafford, centre, and Vice-president Joe Brunner, right, give a thumbs up after announcing a major expansion to their sites in Prescott.
Shelley Bacon with one of the products his company manufactures "from scratch."
Northern Cables Inc. expansion in Prescott creates 10-12 new jobs
PRESCOTT - Northern Cables Inc. is investing $2-million in an expansion connecting two of its facilities in the Fort Town.

"It's been a pleasure doing business in Prescott," CEO Shelley Bacon said at the announcement Monday before a crowd of workers and guests at the Susan Street plant. The 16,200-square-foot addition will connect the Susan Street facility with a Northern Cables building on Wood Street.

"The addition will permit the company to add key metal working equipment to further vertically integrate and provide additional bare conductor making capacity," he said. It is expected to be complete by late fall.

The expansion will mean new jobs in Prescott and also another 10-12 at their Brockville sites over the next few years. Northern Cables makes low voltage armoured commercial and industrial cable for the North American market.

"It's a big day for Prescott and the entire region," said Prescott Mayor Brett Todd, who was the MC for the announcement.

Learn more about Northern Cables on their website.
Business looking for industrial space in this region
On behalf of a client, the Leeds Grenville Economic Development Office is looking for a 100,000-square-foot building space with 30-foot high ceilings. Proximity to Highway 401 is a priority. If you know of any building that is available for lease or purchase, please contact Simon Chapelle, Business Development Officer, at 613-342-3840, ext. 5361, or send him an email.
Input sought for Eastern Ontario business strategy
If you are a business, industry or economic development stakeholder in Eastern Ontario, your help is needed.

You can provide your input via an online survey by July 31st. The survey has been created by the Eastern Ontario Leadership Council. Feedback is key to the ongoing review and refresh of the Eastern Ontario Economic Development Strategy, initially published in 2014.

Elected officials, municipal CAOs, EDOs, department staff, regional economic development partners and organizations, chambers of commerce, board members, CFDCs, and all others operating in the field of economic development throughout the area are being asked to complete the survey. See the full release on our Media Releases page.
Five of the eight Starter Company Plus entrepreneurs include, from left, Cherie Hebert of Your Ascension Journey, Arlene Laberge of Laberge Lavender Lane, Kim Smalridge of Stepping Stone Pediatric Physical Therapy, Kaitlyn Dullemond of Brockville Wellness Registered Massage Therapy and Linda Davis of Burdock & Nettle.
Businesses emerging through Starter Company Plus
Eight Leeds Grenville business owners have recently completed the Starter Company Plus program. Learn more about the participants and their businesses by visiting our Media Releases page.

The program is for businesses in existence for 1-5 years, a business looking to expand or an entrepreneur looking to purchase an existing business. This is the third intake through the Leeds Grenville Small Business Enterprise Centre.

To qualify for the Starter Company Plus program you must be 18 years of age or older, an Ontario resident and Canadian citizen, not attending school full time or returning to school this fall. You must be able to contribute 25% of the grant in kind or cash.
Workshops and Seminars
Facebook Advertising:
Beyond the Boost Button
Explore Facebook Business Manager to make date-driven decisions and refine your business advertising. The course also covers conversion tracking with the Facebook pixel, and re-targeting users who have previously interacted with your brand's page or website.

WHEN: Tuesday, September 18,
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
WHERE: Small Business Advisory Centre, 91 Cornelia Street West, Entrance B, Smiths Falls
COST: $20
Using Google tools to Accelerate Your Business
This workshop is ideal for small business owners that already have a website. It will include Google Tools that all small businesses should use: Google My Business - Analytics, Keyword Planner, Search Console, PageSpeed Insights, Keep, Trends, Alerts, Spreadsheets, Docs.

WHEN: Tuesday, September 18,
1-3 p.m.
WHERE: Small Business Advisory Centre, 91 Cornelia Street West, Entrance B, Smiths Falls
COST: $20
Learn more or how to register on our Workshops and Seminars page.
United Counties of Leeds and Grenville Economic Development Office
32 Wall Street, Suite 300, Brockville, ON K6V 4R9
613-342-3840 | 1-800-770-2170 |