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Retail Sales Manager Melanie Joncas, left, and River Home & Co. Owner Natalie Sobhie, right, in the River Home & Co. Boutique in Downtown Prescott.

River Home & Co. Brings Home Staging & Design Expertise to Downtown Retail Boutique

River Home & Co. continues to grow in Downtown Prescott.

What started as a residential cleaning service has expanded into real estate, home staging, and now a retail boutique in Downtown Prescott offering a carefully selected collection of home décor and design items to fit any budget.

"It's been fulfilling to hear the excitement and support from the local community since we opened in May," said owner Natalie Sobhie, who envisions the store as a natural extension of her business ventures.

In addition to local support, River Home & Co. has welcomed numerous tourists stopping in while visiting Prescott this summer.

River Home & Co. recently kicked off a new season with a Sip & Shop and Autumn Décor Preview as part of the Downtown's RiverWalk Thursdays shopping promotion.

Natalie is also an active participant in the Downtown Prescott RiverWalk District business community, currently serving as the Vice-Chair of the Downtown Prescott BIA.

"The BIA gives me the opportunity to really get involved in the downtown revitalization process. It's a great feeling to work with other business owners to help make our downtown an even better retail destination," said Sobhie.

Shop River Home & Co. at their 192 King Street West location, open Tuesday to Friday 10 AM - 5 PM and Saturday 9 AM to 4 PM, with Sunday hours coming this fall.

For design inspiration and to see their latest inventory first, follow them on Facebook @RiverHomePrescott or visit their website at

The Invest Prescott website hosts up-to-date information on programs and supports offered through the Town of Prescott to help support business attraction and growth within our community, including our searchable Business Directory. Click the Shop Local graphic to view our website.

Interested in starting a business in Prescott, or seeking support for your existing business? Visit the Business Resources page on our website through the link below.

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Digital Main Street Helps Tim's Fish & Chips Move Online

Located at 286 King Street West in Downtown Prescott, Tim’s Fish & Chips has recently been approved for Digital Transformation Grant 4.0 and plans to use the grant to buy a new Point of Sale and create a website for their restaurant that will allow them to start doing online orders. They will also be using the grant to create a new digital menu in store to make ordering even easier. Tim's manager Sherry Blair found the application process straightforward and is looking forward to digitally transforming this RiverWalk District staple.

Digital Main Street offers small businesses grants and one-on-one supports to help them improve their digital presence and leverage technology to increase revenue.

For more information and to get your small business signed up for these programs, contact Taylor at [email protected] or visit

Contact South Grenville Digital Main Street

Chuck's Roadhouse - August 17th

Mayor Gauri Shankar, members of Council, and representatives of the Downtown Prescott BIA and the South Grenville Chamber of Commerce welcomed Chuck's Roadhouse to Downtown Prescott on August 17th with a Grand Opening ribbon cutting.

The Leeds Grenville Small Business Enterprise Centre will be in Prescott on September 12th, 9:00am-12:00pm.

Their free services can help you analyze your business situation and help you identify opportunities in the marketplace.

They can also help you with market research, writing an effective business plan structure, government regulations, licensing information and sourcing finances.

They offer free 45 minute business consultations to answers your questions and give you guidance on what steps to take next.

Book a Consultation

Insights For Success is set for Friday October 6th, 2023 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm at the Aquatarium Grand Hall.

Join Ontario Approved for an evening full of learning! Speakers include leading professionals in Finance, Business Planning, and Technology.

The event will promote new thinking and inspire action, while also offering opportunity for networking with like-minded professionals

Tickets: $40.00 for Members

$48.00 for Non-Members

Ticket Inquiries

RTO 9 has an exciting lineup of speakers and panelists at this year's event! As the Ontario tourism industry begins its recovery, they're looking into local tourism and how operators have reimagined their offerings to weather the storm and come out the other side stronger than ever.

Grenville CFDC will be hosting their Annual General Meeting on Friday, September 22nd at Windmill Brewery in Johnstown. Breakfast will be served at 8 am, with the meeting starting promptly at 9 am.

Click the photo above for more information and to register.

CSE Consulting offers services to help job seekers find employment in our community.

Click the photo above to view their September calendar of job seeker events and workshops scheduled for Prescott.

The next cohort of Starter Company Plus starts in January 2024, with the application process beginning this month. This program, which is free to participants, offers a comprehensive package of support and resources to help you navigate the challenges of running a business successfully.

In order to receive an application for Starter Company Plus, you must first attend one of the online Information Sessions. You will learn more about the program, eligibility, dates, and any other requirements. The sessions help you determine if this program is right for you and your business. At the end of the Information Session, you will be able to request an application.

The deadline for the application will be at the end of October 2023. All the dates and information you need to know about the program will be given to you at the Information Session.

Online Information Session Dates (click date to register):

Tuesday, September 26, 12-1 p.m. 

Thursday, October 5, 4-5 p.m.

For more information contact Carol Hardy via email or call 613-342-3840, ext. 5367, and visit their website

Nominate a Leader in Your Community

The Leeds Grenville Economic Development Office is asking individuals, municipal councils and economic development committees for their help to nominate candidates for the annual Bill Thake Memorial Award for Economic Development Leadership.

The award winner will be announced prior to the Economic Development Summit on November 17th and will be officially honoured at the event. Nominees will be recognized at a local municipal presentation by the Warden.

If you have someone in mind within the 10-member municipalities of Leeds Grenville, consider putting their name forward.

You can connect with Leeds Grenville Economic Development at [email protected] or call Deanna Clark at 613-342-3840, ext. 5360.

The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, September 22, at 4 p.m. For more information visit our Summit 2023 webpage

Click here for Nomination Form

Find New Employees for Your Team


Are you hiring? Find new team members at the 2023 Fall Hiring Fair on Wednesday, October 4th.


The Hiring Fair will be held at the Brockville Memorial Centre and is targeting all individuals, from youth to adults. There will be part-time, full-time and student positions. The event is made possible through a partnership between the City of Brockville, the Employment + Education Centre (EEC) and St Lawrence College.


WHEN: Wednesday, October 4, 3-6 p.m.

WHERE: Brockville Memorial Civic Centre, 100 Magedoma Boulevard, Brockville

COST: Free


Employer booths are free but spots are filling up quickly. To secure a spot or for more information, contact Teanne at EEC via email or call 613-803-9771.


Click on event for more information and to register.

September 12 – Export Readiness, Market Research and Market Entry Strategy

Trade experts from the Government of Ontario and professional service providers will guide you through everything you need to know to get started in global markets.

September 13 – New Exporters to Border States (NEBS)

The Government of Ontario, in collaboration with the Trade Commissioner Service, is hosting a webinar which will be of interest to Ontario companies in diverse sectors interested in entering and/or expanding their current business in the US market.

September 14 – Designing Graphics for Social Media with Canva

This webinar will focus on developing the skills and knowledge you need to effectively utilize Canva, an online graphic design tool, to design beautiful images and graphics for use on your social media channels.

September 19 – Trade Finance, Freight Logistics and Digital Asset Protection

Trade experts from the Government of Ontario and professional service providers will guide you through everything you need to know to get started in global markets.

September 19 – Free tax help for small business or self-employed individuals

If you have tax-related questions, here is your chance to get them answered! Join this webinar hosted by United Counties of Leeds and Grenville - Small Business with Liaison Officers from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to help you understand your tax obligations and learn about:

• General bookkeeping concepts and best practices

• Explain common tax errors

• Demonstrate how to use financial benchmarks for relevant industries

• Provide information on CRA’s services

Do you have an upcoming Business Event or Workshop you would like included in our newsletter? Contact us, we would love to include it!

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Tourism Workforce Sustainability Program

TIAO’s Tourism Workforce Sustainability Program aims to expand and diversify Ontario’s tourism workforce while helping employers retain employees for the long-term sustainability of their businesses and the industry. TIAO will support employers in attracting and retaining 200 new tourism employees across the province. Apply now!


Technology Investment Program

The program provides direct financial assistance to SME manufacturers in southern Ontario in the form of a matching contribution of up to $50,000 (a maximum of 50% of eligible costs, which can include capital equipment, materials, training on new equipment, installation of new equipment, professional service fees, as well as a company’s direct labour devoted to the completion and management of the project) to support the investment in long-term production assets and technology that increase capacity and reduce emissions on production. Apply now!

Dragons' Den

Applications are now open to audition for Dragons' Den, a CBC reality television program format in which entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas to a panel of venture capitalists in the hope of securing investment finance from them. Apply now!


DELIA offers $15,000 microloans to Women-owned businesses in Canada with an attractive term sheet, and prioritizes diverse, intersectional and under-served Women. Apply now!

Thrive Venture Fund and Lab for Women

BDC's new Thrive Venture Fund and Lab for Women will continue to knock down the barriers that keep Canadian women-led businesses from accessing the capital they need to focus on their vision. Through the new $500 million investment platform, the largest of its kind in the world, the fund will bring value by ensuring women entrepreneurs have access to everything they need to thrive and have a lasting impact on the economy. Learn more!

Business Scale-Up and Productivity Funding from FedDev Ontario

Are you an innovative and globally oriented business seeking to accelerate your growth? Are you commercializing an innovative product? Are you rurally based and looking to grow, commercialize and improve productivity? You may be eligible for no interest, repayable contributions up to $10 million from FedDev Ontario. Apply now!

Prescott Pop-Ups Completing Successful First Season

The Prescott Pop-Ups are completing their first full summer of operations and have become a must-stop when visitors #ExplorePrescottON.

The Pop-Ups comprise of two locations: the colourful Jellybean Row-inspired retail cottage and food truck area northeast of the Sandra S. Lawn Harbour & Marina at the corner of East and Water Streets, and the Rotary Lighthouse Pop-Up, located at 181 Water Street East.

This summer, the retail cottage area has welcomed food trucks For the Love of Gelato and Judy's Wooden Spoon for the full season as well.

The Prescott Pop-Ups serve a number of important roles, drawing traffic off the Highway 2 tourism route and welcoming new guests to Prescott.

The Pop-Ups will remain open through Thanksgiving Weekend on Saturdays and Sundays. Interested in being a vendor? Contact us for more information!

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Farmers' and Crafters' Market grows in Summer Home

The Prescott Farmers' and Crafters' Market has experienced a summer of growth at the RiverWalk Promenade (199 Edward Street South).

With ten full-time vendors and 25 occasional vendors, the Farmers' and Crafters' Market, there has been no shortage of unique items and food products available every Saturday.

As with previous years, the Farmers' and Crafters' Market has played host to local musicians throughout the summer. Returning favourites Jumpin' Jimmy Leroux, IssaBel, Lyric Rogers, Tinted Wisdom, and Gabrielle Salmon were joined by Market newcomers Heidi Garswood and a special Canada Day appearance by Cajon & the Hollow Bodies.

The Market continues through Thanksgiving weekend at the Promenade with seasonal produce, baking, prepared food, arts & crafts, plants, and much more. They will be welcoming new musicians to the RiverWalk Stage, including Wade Berras of Parliament of Owls on September 23rd.

Follow the Farmers' and Crafters' Market

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September Tourism & Community Events

September 9th - Farmers' and Crafters' Market - 9 am to 2 pm - RiverWalk Promenade

September 16th - Farmers' and Crafters' Market - 9 am to 2 pm - RiverWalk Promenade

September 23rd - Farmers' and Crafters' Market - 9 am to 2 pm - RiverWalk Promenade

September 30th - Farmers' and Crafters' Market - 9 am to 2 pm - RiverWalk Promenade

For more information on Tourism programs and events in Prescott, follow #ExplorePrescottON on social media, visit our website, or contact us.

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Visiting or working in Downtown Prescott?

Remember that there's an enforced two hour parking limit along King Street Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 6 pm.

Extended free parking is available along side streets and in municipal parking lots throughout the Downtown area, including the Clock Tower parking lot, the RiverWalk Park parking area, and the parking area north of the Prescott Pop-Ups.

Please refer to the map below. Other restrictions may apply, please follow all parking signage.

Attention Employers: Labour Shortage Survey


Are you losing business because you cannot find workers? Are you having trouble finding qualified people to fill your jobs? If the answer is yes to these questions then take a few minutes to complete this brief survey to determine the needs in this area and to help identify solutions that can help you. The Eastern Workforce Innovation Board (EWIB), in collaboration with local community partners, is conducting this survey in the counties of Leeds Grenville and Frontenac.


This survey has 7 questions and should only take about 10 minutes of your time. The Board will also be conducting on-line and telephone surveys with employers in the area from September 1st to October 15th.


The Survey Deadline is Sunday, October 15th.


If you have any questions regarding this survey, please contact Labour Market Information Analyst Consultant Sandra Wright at (613) 572-3366.

Complete Survey
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Visit the Town of Prescott Business Directory

Learn more about available Industrial and Commercial Properties

Town of Prescott Economic Development & Tourism Department Staff

Dana Valentyne

Economic Development Officer

[email protected]

613-925-2812 Ext: 6221

Justin St. Pierre

Business Development Officer

[email protected]

613-925-2812 Ext: 6222

Taylor Prosser

Digital Main Street Coordinator

[email protected]


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