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Economic Development eNews | October 8, 2019
Business Profile
Westport Brewing Company celebrates first anniversary
WESTPORT - The Westport Brewing Company and its creative crew of "Brewers, bakers, doers and makers" are celebrating their first anniversary this Thanksgiving Weekend.

"We want to extend our thanks and appreciation to our awesome staff and to all those who helped build and support our business so far," says Kevin Quinlan, who co-owns the downtown Westport business with his wife Tamara Phillips.

"We and our staff share the creative passion expressed through the art and science of making beer," says Kevin.

To celebrate, there will be daily giveaways, a new limited edition beer release, food specials, new merchandise and live music Saturday and Sunday.

"Our continued goal is to offer a unique destination in the heart of Westport village that exposes people to the creative process of making and tasting beer in a warm, welcoming, relaxed atmosphere," says Tamara.

In addition to monthly feature beers served only on tap, they currently have four year-round beer selections including: their Lakeside Lager described as a refreshing golden German lager with a pleasant bitterness that finishes dry; the Upper Rideau Blonde Ale, a well balanced light ale with a sweet, malty aroma; the Beaver Pond Trail Brown Ale, a medium, roasty brew with hints of coffee and chocolate; and Rideau Lakes Red Ale, smooth, complex with notes of caramel.

Their beer is handcrafted in small batches and locally brewed. For retail sale are their popular Cottage Crowlers, canned fresh daily on site.

The taproom offers a range of seating - including comfy bar stools and booth seating for up to 30 people. They wanted to create a friendly and relaxed space and they've done that hands down. The main brewhouse is behind the bar so you can view the brewing process as well as the Upper Rideau lakeside harbour.

The back seating area offers a "beer-biblio," a fireside nook and window seat facing the harbour. Weather permitting, there is the back porch with seating as well.

They call their open concept food prep area a "farmhouse kitchen" where daily soups and chili are prepared, along with tasty bites such as soft-baked pretzels and boards of charcuterie and locally smoked fish to complement the house beer offerings on tap.

Fall hours are Wednesday and Thursday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Watch for Tunes on Tap events held each month. Contact them for after-hour events and private parties

Learn more about the Westport Brewing Company by visiting their website, Facebook and Instagram pages. You can call them at 613-273-2739. The Westport Brewing Company is located at 41b Main Street.
Top feature photo: Owners Tamara Phillips and Kevin Quinlan in front of the brewhouse. Below: Kevin offers up one of their brews.
Business Awards
Bonny Lamont, left, and Alice Maggio, of Maggio Flooring, with Rob Smith and his son Chris Smith, right, of Smiths Farm Equipment Ltd., received Elizabethtown-Kitley Business of the Year accolades.
Maggio Flooring and Smiths Farm Equipment top notch

Two Elizabethtown-Kitley companies with long-service histories are the joint recipients of the Township's Business of the Year Award.

Maggio Flooring & Decorating Centre, on County Road 29, has been serving its customers for over 50 years. Smiths Farm Equipment, located in Jasper, has been providing service to the farming community for 64 years. Both companies were honoured at the 25th Annual Business of the Year lunch at the Brockville Country Club on October 3rd.

"Fifty years in business didn't happen without its trials and tribulations," said Maggio's Bonny Lamont, who paid tribute to the late Joe Maggio. Joe, who passed away last month, founded the business in 1968 in his garage. He would later build a larger store and showroom in Elizabethtown-Kitley where the business continues to operate today.

"If you asked Joe why he didn't retire, he would simply tell you because he loved what he did," Bonny said.

Smiths Farm Equipment is a multi-generational family business. It began as a small work garage which has now developed into a large agricultural dealership. "We're in our fourth generation now," said owner Rob Smith. It was started by his grandfather, Raymond, then was carried on by his father, Richard. Rob's son, Chris, is now with the company. "We're deeply honoured to be nominated and to be one of two selected, " he said.

Also nominated this year were Pricedex Software, Hall's Apple Market and 1000 Islands Miniature Golf & Driving Range. The award is presented by the Township Council and the Economic Development Committee.
Kudrinko's Produce Manager Vicki Garrett says area farmers make her job easy because their quality produce looks great in her award-winning displays.
Kudrinko's and Kemptville's Food Basics earn gold, silver

Kudrinko's grocery store in Westport has earned the Foodland Ontario Retailer Gold Award.

Owners Martha and Neil Kudrinko, along with their produce manager Vicki Garrett, received the award from Leeds-Grenville-1000 Islands and Rideau Lakes M.P.P. Steve Clark in September on behalf of the Honourable Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

"It's easy to build these displays when you're working such high quality products," Vicki said of the Foodland Ontario recognition. "The farmers should receive the award for all of their hard work."

"Vicki's displays combine creativity, meal ideas and a true appreciation for the hard work of Ontario farmers," said Neil Kudrinko.

Food Basics in Kemptville was the recipient of the Foodland Ontario Retailer Silver Award. The award was presented to Manager Warren Monk and Produce Manager Cidalia Fox. Food Basics is located at 2615 County Road 43.

"This award is the result of the hard work by Cidalia and her team every day and their dedication to keep our displays fresh and interesting for our customers," said Warren Monk.

The annual Foodland Ontario Retailer Awards are the produce industry's premier competition for excellence in retail display and promotion in support of local Ontario foods. In 2018, over 4,250 entries were submitted along with close to 6,000 photos of compelling product/produce displays in Ontario stores.

National Bloom award for
MERRICKVIILLE - The Village of Merrickville-Wolford is celebrating being named the Communities in Bloom National winner in the 2,501-7,500 population category.

"We're pretty excited," said Hope Gray, chair of the revived Merrickville-Wolford in Bloom Team.

"Everyone worked very hard. The economic development impact is huge," she said.

The community received a 5-Blooms-Bronze rating and a special mention for the Story Trail Program during the 2019 Symposium and Awards Ceremony in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

"I'm tremendously pleased to offer congratulations to our community team who worked tirelessly and diligently to capture this prestigious award for our entire municipality," said Mayor Doug Struthers.

Merrickville-Wolford was the recipient of the award more than 20 years ago, in 1998. A new volunteer group was formed 4 years ago to revive the community's involvement in the program, according to Hope. This spring they added a tulip festival to coincide with Ottawa's annual festival and planted a tree. "This year everything gelled," she said.

Communities in Bloom judging is based on tidiness, environmental action, urban forestry, landscape and floral displays. The Communities in Bloom program is focused on environmental stewardship through enhancement of green spaces.
Economic Development Summit
Associate Minister for Small Business
Speaking at Leeds Grenville Summit
The Honourable Prabmeet Sarkaria, Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction, will be a keynote speaker at the upcoming Leeds Grenville Economic Development Summit.

Appointed to Cabinet in June 2019, Prabmeet is the M.P.P. for Brampton South. Before going into public service, Prabmeet worked as a corporate and commercial associate at Miller Thomson LLP. He earned his law degree from the University of Windsor as well as a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University, where he majored in finance. Prior to his legal career, he worked at TD Securities.

Registration for the 11th annual Summit is open

For the past three years, this Summit has sold out so register early!

WHEN:  Friday, November 22
WHERE:  North Grenville Municipal Centre, 285 County Road 44, Kemptville
COST:  $30 (Light breakfast, lunch and snacks are included.)

For more information visit the Summit 2019 page.
Job Fair Opportunity
Attention Employers who are looking for new workers!

KEMPTVILLE - If you are currently in a hiring mode or will be soon, you will be interested in this job fair hosted by CSE Consulting Kemptville, Employment Ontario, the Municipality of North Grenville and the North Grenville Chamber of Commerce. Organizers provide a table and chairs to promote your business and to meet and screen potential candidates.

If you are unable to attend, but would still wish to have your jobs posted, CSE will post your jobs and collect applications on your behalf. Employers will need to forward their job descriptions and list any particular requirements.

WHEN: Wednesday, October 23, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
WHERE: North Grenville Municipal Centre, 285 County Road 44, Kemptville
COST: Free

To register, contact Tracy McDonald at CSE Consulting at 613-258-6576 or send her an email.
Workshops and Seminars
Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Learn "What employers can do about sexual harassment in the workplace and why you should care." This workshop is presented by Anne-Marie Langan and hosted by the Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce.

WHEN: Friday, October 25, Registration at 7 a.m. Session 7:30 - 9 a.m.
WHERE: Brockville Country Club, 1548 King Street West, Brockville
COST: $25 chamber members, $30 non-members. (HST included)
Breakfast buffet included and served at 7:30 a.m.

Pre-registration and 48-hour cancellation notice is required. Deadline to register is Monday, October 21.

Eastern Ontario Local Food Conference in Cornwall

CORNWALL - The 2019 Eastern Ontario Local Food Conference is an event to support and celebrate Eastern Ontario's local food sector. It will feature a choice of three half-day Local Food tours; a plenary discussion about the future of local food; and three streams of breakout sessions. The keynote speaker is Tareq Hadhad, an international inspirational phenomenon and founder of "Peace by Chocolate."

The theme of the conference is 'Growing Communities Together." There will be informative sessions to inspire and enable Local Food projects and Local Food tours and Tastings to experience the Food of the Region. There will also be business networking opportunities. This event is for farmers, food entrepreneurs, retailers, restaurants and supporting businesses, food service providers, municipal staff, policy makers and anyone who wants to learn more about the active growing sector in Eastern Ontario.

WHEN: Wednesday, November 13 to Thursday, November 14
WHERE: NAV Centre, 1950 Montreal Road, Cornwall
COST: $141.25 full conference. Single day pass: $84.75

Learn more 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 |  econdev@uclg.on.ca