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Economic Development eNews | May 17, 2022
Business Profile
Quality Seedlings & Plants
at Brokor Greenhouses
CARDINAL - A teenaged Koren Manneck didn't ask for a car or a ticket to college. She asked for a greenhouse.

More than three decades later, the owner of Brokor Greenhouses at 319 Froom Road continues to thrive in her beloved "soil rich" environment while drawing a loyal throng of customers from throughout the region.

"It's passion and creativity wrapped together that drives this whole thing," says Koren. "It's a good life when you're surrounded by flowers and plants."

This is one of the best times of year for the business when her greenhouses are filled with seeds, "veggie transplants" or seedlings, herbs, annuals, perennials, hanging baskets, planters, arrangements and cut flowers. Koren is a mainstay on the Brockville Farmers' Market so you can visit her there as well. Her plants are also available at Home Hardware in Brockville and at the B&H Your Community Grocery in Kemptville.

"Soil is in my blood," says Koren. She was raised on a dairy farm and did a high school co-op placement at a nursery. That seemed to seal the deal for her career path. Her first greenhouse led to two, then three and so on. The business has been at its current location 19 of the past 30 years.

Floral design for weddings and special events is a big part of the business too. Koren has a flare for arranging and blending colours. A big hit are her fall bouquets using pumpkins as containers. She shares her talent in many popular workshops like BYOV - Bring Your Own Vase.

Koren credits customer loyalty, product quality and a strong work ethic to Brokor's success and longevity. She is also grateful for the support of husband Nordhoff, daughters Kerryanna and Katareena and niece Kirstan Bennett, who is the lead grower at Brokor.

"Our philosophy is to offer a local, naturally grown product, with biological controls that are free of chemicals," says Koren.

Koren and family are community minded. Each year they choose a perennial with sales going to Neuroblastoma cancer research in memory of the late Cardinal teen Joshua Crawford.

Learn more about Brokor Greenhouses by visiting their newly updated website. The business is located off Shanly Road (County Road 22), south of Highway 401. You can send an email or give them a call at 613-657-3375.
Top feature photo: Brokor Greenhouses owner Koren Manneck, centre, with her daughters Kerryanna, left, and Katareena, right. Below: Kirstan Bennett and Kerryanna; Koren with tulips and a greenhouse display.
Passengers disembarking at the Port of Johnstown. A total of 128 people were on the cruise.
Ocean Explorer Captain Vadym Tavrovetskyy, left, of the Ukraine, and Port of Johnstown General Manager Robert Dalley.
Port of Johnstown a New Stop for Ocean Explorer Cruiser
JOHNSTOWN - The Ocean Explorer, an exploration vessel based in Boston, made its first stop of many at the Port of Johnstown on May 9th.

Passengers disembarked from the cruise ship and visited area attractions for the day, including the Brockville Railway Tunnel. The Ocean Explorer is continuing on to Chicago and will take a number of cruises in the Great Lakes and along the St. Lawrence River over the next several months. It is one of 8 cruise ships touring this section of the river this season.

"We've turned a corner and have become part of the global cruise industry," said Stephen Burnett, executive director of Lakeshore Excursions, a Canadian not-for-profit company. He has spent 21 years focusing on reactivating the river and Great Lakes cruise industry.

"We've managed to get that going quite successfully. When I visit cruise lines now, they know where we are," he said. There are already 12 cruises planned for next year with a total of 28,000 berths (beds).

Mr. Burnett is part of a group designing a river cruise strategy - destination development - to highlight the St. Lawrence River from Cornwall to Prince Edward County. Partners include the Regional Tourism Organization RTO9 and the St. Lawrence Parks Commission.

Port General Manager Robert Dalley said the stop by the Ocean Explorer attracted much interest. "I welcomed the passengers as they disembarked and gave them Port of Johnstown pins, which they very much appreciated. I also met the Ukrainian captain of the vessel and gave him my support for the people of Ukraine," Mr. Dalley said.

The Ocean Explorer is equipped for interesting travel, including the cold waters of Antarctica. It has dynamic positioning to allow it to stop in place when needed without a port with Zodiacs to carry passengers to shore. It has four decks with cabins. The Explorer is 104 metres long (341 feet) and 18 metres wide (59 feet).
Treetop Trekking 1000 Islands now Open for the Season
MALLORYTOWN - Treetop Trekking 1000 Islands is now officially open.

The Forest Adventure Park on the 1000 Islands Parkway welcomed customers starting May 14.

"Our opening weekend went really well and it was so great to welcome families and groups back to the park after all these years," said Mike Stiell, marketing director with Treetop Trekking.

Treetop Trekking 1000 Islands is offering favourite adventures including Zipline and Aerial Game Treks, Giant Ziplines and Team Building Adventures. There is a Treewalk Village, open to all ages but ideal for children aged 3-8, and a Discovery Kids Course for ages 5 and up. Visit their website and Facebook page for more information. Reservations are required.

Treetop Trekking is a Canadian company operating 12 adventure parks in Ontario and Quebec. They designed the former Skywood site for its initial 2016 opening by the St. Lawrence Parks Commission (SLPC). SLPC has engaged the highly-experienced aerial adventure experts to be a third-party operator.
Tourism Businesses - We Need Your Input
We would like to hear your views on the challenges and opportunities facing the region’s tourism industry. What is your vision for tourism in the United Counties over the next few years? What programs and policies do you think the region needs in place to help realize that vision?

The Leeds Grenville Economic Development Office is in the process of preparing its first regional tourism destination strategy and action plan as part of the tourism and hospitality sector recovery and for its future development.

As one of the region’s tourism stakeholders, you can participate in a survey and / or a virtual session. The survey will take you 5-7 minutes to complete, with your responses only analyzed in aggregate by the Counties project partner, Twenty31 Consulting.
Responses will be kept strictly confidential and no personal information will be made public.

The Virtual Consultation Session will be held Wednesday, June 8, from 7-9 p.m.
Top photo: Paddling on the Rideau Canal. Bottom photo: A view of the St. Lawrence River.
Workshops, Seminars and Webinar Library
Written Policy on Disconnecting from Work

The Working for Workers Act, 2021, received Royal Assent last December. As a result, some employers are required by the Employment Standards Act, 2000 to have a written policy on disconnecting from work. To help employees and employers, the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development is hosting an online information session that will provide you with information on the requirements. The session, which is hosted by the Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce, will be delivered by a subject-matter expert from the ministry who will:
  • Provide an overview of the new rules
  • Identify key deadlines, and
  • Answer your questions about the new requirements (time permitting)
WHEN: Tuesday, May 24, 10- 11 a.m.
COST: Free
Navigating LGBT+ Diversity and Inclusion for the Tourism Industry

Join the Regional Tourism Organization - RTO 9 and CGLCC - Canada's LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce - for this in-person workshop. Learn how your business can become more inclusive to one of the world's largest travel markets. The Navigating LGBT+ Diversity and Inclusion for the Tourism Industry course is designed to help tourism-based businesses learn about LGBT+ inclusion and how to effectively understand, value and serve LGBT+ customers and employees. Learn ways your business can become more inclusive by addressing the needs of both your internal team who identify as LGBT+ as well as potential LGBT+ customers. Attendees will also hear about programs offered by Canada's LGBT+ Chamber that will assist you in working with this market.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 1, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
WHERE: Holiday Inn Kingston-Waterfront,
2 Princess Street. Kingston
COST: Free
Cash Flow Management Strategies for Small Business

Running a profitable business is important to survival, but it’s equally important to have a positive cash flow to pay your expenses and to finance your growth. In this webinar, hosted by the Small Business Advisory Centre, you’ll learn proven cash management strategies and techniques. These include the main causes of cash flow problems, cash flow management tips that you can apply to your business, strategies to keep cash flowing in your business, the importance of developing a cash flow forecast and simple suggestions to ease cash crunches and improve your daily cash flow.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 7,
10-11:30 a.m.
COST: Free
Creating and Interpreting Reports for a Profitable Business

This webinar hosted by the Leeds Grenville Small Business Centre will help you learn how to attain the lifestyle you want, provide you with the protection you need, and achieve the clarity to make great decisions for your business, for the next generation, and beyond. The speaker is Keeley Patterson-Phillips, a Certified Financial Planner & Partner with O'Farrell Financial. Keeley has been working in the financial industry for over 30 years. She worked in the personal and commercial banking sector for 20 of those years. She has helped countless individuals and business owners make important financial decisions.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 8, 12-1:30 p.m.
COST: Free
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