Leeds Grenville
Economic Development eNews | October 10, 2017
New Business
Top feature photo:  Helping with the ribbon cutting from left, Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark, Leeds-Grenville, 1000 Islands and Rideau Lakes MP Gord Brown, Edwardsburgh Cardinal Mayor Pat Sayeau, Giant Tiger Vice-President and CFO Paul Wood, Lanark -Frontenac-Kingston MP Scott Reid, son of Giant Tiger founder Gordon Reid, Giant Tiger President and COO Thomas Haig and Vice-President of Warehousing and Distribution Mike Quinn, South Edwardsburgh Recreation Association's Lorne Bender, Councillor Karie Smail and Friendly the Tiger.

Photo below: People on tour of the facility.
Giant Tiger hosts big community event
JOHNSTOWN - Giant Tiger Stores Ltd. held a Community Welcome event at its massive new facility that attracted more than 3,000 people to the Johnstown Industrial Park.

An official ribbon cutting was held with company and elected officials before the large crowd on Saturday, September 30th. People were invited to tour the 600,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility and enjoy local entertainment and a Charity BBQ. 

Company Vice-president and Chief Financial Officer Paul Wood said the centre, which is opening in early 2018, is "Giant Tiger's single largest investment to date." 

Officials said the event was an opportunity to showcase the site to the Edwardsburgh Cardinal community, Giant Tiger staff and their families. 

Giant Tiger trucks and the train were on site for viewing and rides. Giant Tiger's partners had their construction vehicles for viewing along with the OPP and fire department, who showcased emergency vehicles and provided community safety information.

Once opened, the Johnstown Distribution Centre will hold the company's non-perishable products as well as warehouse support staff. 

Approximately 300 workers will be phased in as the facility ramps up. The building's unique design features a second-floor gym and a games room. There is an outdoor patio and a newly-planted apple orchard.

Learn more about Giant Tiger or visit the careers page on their website.  You can apply by s ending your resume directly to  GTWCareers@GiantTiger.com.
Celebrating Business

Brockville Ontario Speedway is top winner
FORTHTON - Brockville Ontario Speedway (BOS) is the 2017 Elizabethtown-Kitley Business of the Year. 

BOS owners Paul and Cheryl Kirkland were honoured at the Elizabethtown-Kitley Council and Economic Development Committee Business of the Year luncheon on October 5th. About 30 people attended the event at the Cedar Valley Golf and Country Club, including Mayor Jim Pickard, Committee Chairman Blake McKim and township staff.

"Thank you for your support, to the fans and staff over the years who have helped make it a success," Paul said after receiving the award. Cheryl noted it is also thanks to support from neighbouring businesses and race drivers and their crews.

Operating the speedway near Forthton for 24 years, the couple have worked to make the BOS a racing destination. Now the "Bullring" attracts more than 60,000 people a year.

The Speedway is located at 7214 Temperance Lake Road. Learn more about BOS and upcoming racing events on their website or call them at 613-345-6324.

Also honoured at the luncheon were fellow nominees Ravenhorst Motors Ltd., Precision Contracting, McCann Mechanical, City Glass Windows & Doors, and Green Things Garden, Gift and Maintenance Services.
Photo above: Brockville Ontario Speedway (BOS) owners Paul and Cheryl Kirkland with Elizabethtown-Kitley Mayor Jim Pickard, at centre.

Business Awards

Nominations called for top Augusta businesses
The Business of the Year and second annual Trail Blazer Award will be presented in November. Now is the time to nominate a business you feel deserves recognition. 

For Business of the Year, longevity, community involvement and innovation are all considered. For the Trail Blazer Award, the company should be in its first to fifth year of business showing community involvement, innovation and sustainability.

Deadline for nominations: 4 p.m. Friday, October 13th
Nomination Forms and details of the event can be found on the Augusta website or email  Annette at the municipal office.

The awards will be presented at the Augusta Township Economic Development and Tourism Committee's annual Business of the Year Breakfast.

WHEN: Friday, November 3
7:30 a.m. registration, 8 a.m. breakfast, 8:30 presentations.
WHERE: Grenville Snowmobile Club, 4901 Charleville Road
COST: $10 at the door.

Register for lunch via email to Jeanette Johnston (including dietary requests) by Monday, October 30th.   View the event poster, or for inquiries call 613-342-8772 x 4471.
New rural recognition award deadline extended
The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) has extended the deadline for its new Rural Ontario Leaders Award.

NEW DEADLINE: November 15, 2017
Electronic applications must be received by 5 p.m. and hardcopies must be postmarked by this date to be accepted.

Learn more about this award by visiting the OMAFRA website.

Workshops and Seminars
Business Succession Plans

Topics will include taxation basics, business structure, facts on succession planning, options and the exit process. 

WHEN: Tuesday, October 17, 9-11:30 a.m.
WHERE: Small Business Advisory Centre, 
91 Cornelia Street West,  Smiths Falls
COST: $20

Bridges to Better Business

The Leeds Grenville Small Business Centre presents keynote speakers Kevin Savoy, ACTIONCoach, and Brodie Church, of brodiechurch.com, 
plus a business panel with Ashley Hill of Podium Sports, Laura Bradley of King's Lock Craft Distillery, and Rob Thompson of Rob Thompson Realty.

WHEN: Thursday, October 26, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Chateau Brock, 803 Chelsea Street, Brockville
COST: $50 - continental breakfast and lunch included
Business Vitality 101

Learn how to measure your business' ability to start, grow and survive with target markets, sourcing and financial potential.

WHEN: Thursday, November
 2, 9-11 a.m.
WHERE: Valley Heartland Community Futures Development Corporation, 
91 Cornelia Street West,  Smiths Falls
COST: $25 online, $30 at the door

To learn more and register, visit our Workshops and Seminars page.

Registration now open
Leeds Grenville Economic Development Summit
Friday, November 17, 2017
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
North Grenville Municipal Centre

Workshops and Seminars