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Economic Development eNews | May 7, 2019
Business Profile
Family fun is back at 1000 Island Miniature Golf and Driving Range
BROCKVILLE - A mini putt golf centre with roots dating back to the 50s has blasted into the 21st century.

The new 1000 Island Miniature Golf Centre and Driving Range, located on the outskirts of the city, is under new family ownership and has been totally refreshed, expanded and renovated.

"What people are telling us is we've brought back vintage family fun," says co-owner Isabel Bottigoni, who along with husband Michael, has plans to add even more activities and extend hours later into the evening with new lighting at the historic location.

There is a new covered patio for parties, outdoor seating area and a canteen featuring Razzle ice cream. The par-42 miniature golf course and the 225-yard driving range have been fully redone with new concrete and golf turf resurfacing.

"We want to present a well thought out, clean, family-friendly environment open to everyone," says Isabel. The couple purchased the 11-acre property in 2017 and proceeded to spend a lot of time restoring it and adding spaces for events and parties.

"It was important for us to create something special. I came here with my children when they were young, then my grandchildren. We've come full circle," says Isabel.

The centre opened last year and business started picking up right away once people knew the site had been transformed. This year it is already busier. "People have been so excited. Just about everyone has a story. People tell us they came here on their first date back in the day, or they recall the old go-kart track. Now we're all making new memories," Isabel says.

There are expansion plans, including the addition of a basketball golf area and mini putt for younger children. Isabel and Michael have also had fun with restored grain bins - one is the canteen and another will open this season as a party room. "We're trying to create a wonderful family experience," she says.

Learn more about 1000 Island Miniature Golf Centre and Driving Range on their website, and their Facebook and Instagram pages. Give them a call at 613-499-9546 or send them an email. The centre is located at 1850 County Road 2 East, in Elizabethtown-Kitley Township.
Top feature photo: Isabel Bottigoni at the canopied driving range. Below: Meghan Murray and Camryn Fournier celebrate a shot on the 18th hole.
Above photos: Colin Robertson and his niece Liliana arrive to first try the driving range and then mini-putt. Below left is an aerial view of the course and at right is the outdoor patio.
Celebrating Business
Tom Graham, centre, of TD Graham + Associates, is the recipient of the Harry Pratt Ambassador of the Year award. He is flanked here by Harry Pratt's widow Sheila and North Grenville Deputy Mayor Jim McManaman
North Grenville names Ambassador of Year, introduces new Lifetime Award
KEMPTVILLE - Tom Graham is this year's recipient of the Harry Pratt Ambassador of the Year Award.

He received the award at the second annual North Grenville Breakfast Banquet on April 26th recognizing business and entrepreneurs. The event is co-hosted by the Municipality of North Grenville and the North Grenville Chamber of Commerce.

"It's an honour to be recognized with this award," Tom said. "There are so many talented and generous people in our community. I am proud to be among those who get to tell the North Grenville story."

Tom started his company TD Graham + Associates 30 years ago. His community involvement includes being a co-founder and member of the Bishops' Mills Community Association, a Scout Leader and regional tree-planting coordinator.

The Ambassador Award is presented to community leaders who are committed to using their own networks to promote North Grenville. The recipient must demonstrate leadership, business acumen, success, integrity and commitment.

Nominees this year included Dr. Shahrooz Yazdani, of Yazdani Family Dentistry, Robert Noseworthy, of Westerra Homes, and Samantha Rivet-Stevenson, of RBC Royal Bank.

This year a new Lifetime Ambassador Award was introduced and given posthumously to the late Terry Butler, a longtime business owner, councillor and downtown business champion. He passed away in 2017.

Several business awards were also presented by the North Grenville Chamber of Commerce to community entrepreneurs.
North Grenville Councillor John Barclay presents the Lifetime Ambassador Award to Terry Butler's widow Josie.
From left: Keynote speaker Shulamit Ber Levtov, CEO of Compassionate Care for Stressful Times, North Grenville Mayor Nancy Peckford, centre, and North Grenville Chamber of Commerce President Cathy Sheppard.
Funding Opportunities
Tourism Development Fund provides project-based funds

The Tourism Development Fund provides non-capital, project-based funding and supports projects that encourage three key streams:

  • Tourism Investment
  • Tourism Product Development
  • Industry Capacity Building

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and should be submitted a minimum of four months prior to the start of the project. Learn more and to review the Application Guide visit their website or send an email to Grants Ontario.
CanExport funding can move you move into new markets

CanExport is a multi-year funding program that helps Canadian SMEs diversify their exports into new markets, especially high-growth emerging markets and those that benefit from free trade agreements like CETA and CPTPP.

  • It provides matching funding of $10,000-$50,000 per project (up to $99,999 per fiscal year) to eligible SMEs for a wide range of export development activities.
  • Applicants commit to sharing project costs 50-50
  • Stacking limit for all sources of government funding is 50%

The program is delivered by the Trade Commissioner Service of Global Affairs Canada, in partnership with the National Research Council-Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP). Learn more by visiting the website.
Workshops and Seminars
Employment Standards Act - Info for Employers

This is an in depth session about the Act and how it affects your business. The Making Ontario Open for Business Act (Bill 47) became law last November, resulting in a number of changes to the Employment Standards Act effective January 2019. The session will cover basics such as minimum wage, hours of work, overtime pay, public holidays, leaves of absence, termination, severance, tips and other gratuities, Temporary Help Agencies versus clients, reprisals and filing a claim.

WHEN:Thursday, June 6,
9:30-11:30 a.m.
WHERE: Small Business Advisory Centre, 91 Cornelia Street West, Entrance B, Smiths Falls
COST: Free
Business Succession Planning

Presented by Robert Dyke, President and Owner of Dyke & Murphy Professional Corporation. A business succession plan can help you make important decisions about ownership, maximizing your company's value and tax strategies. A good succession plan will help the transfer of your business go smoothly, and allow you to maintain good relationships with employees and business partners. The session covers a number of topics, including options for succession and the exit process.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 11,
1-3 p.m.
WHERE: Small Business Advisory Centre, 91 Cornelia Street West, Entrance B, Smiths Falls
COST: 20
Learn more or to register visit 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 |  econdev@uclg.on.ca