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Partnerships…..A Winning Combination

MEDIA RELEASE Tuesday, September 13th, 2016 For Immediate Release

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“Win This Space”

Wins Community Economic Development Award

The Win This Space competition has received the prestigious Community Economic Development Award of Excellence out of many nominations from across the province at Community Futures Ontario’s 23rd Annual Conference.

jan-and-maureenThe initiative provided an opportunity for new businesses to win free storefront space, in either Seaforth or Brussels, Ontario for a year courtesy of Huron East Economic Development, the County of Huron, Seaforth/Brussels Community Development Trust and the Seaforth Business Improvement Area.

Kick out contestantsThis program was the first of its kind in Huron County and only the second in the entire province. Launched on March 5th, 28 applicants attended compulsory business skills development training prior to submitting an application to the contest.

wts-marketing-workshopThe training and development of the application/business plan was overseen and aided by a group of volunteer business mentors. Five finalists were selected and presented their business plans in a ‘Dragon’s Den’ like forum where judges selected the final winner.

judges-wtsAll finalists were offered varying lengths of business management counselling provided by the Huron CFDC (HBDC) at no cost (whether they chose to continue with their business start-up or not) with the winning business receiving an entire year of business mentorship provided by the CFDC.

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The Win This Space team was honoured at the annual Awards Gala dinner that was recently held at the Clarion Lakeside Inn in Kenora. Over 200 delegates and guests from Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs) came together to help celebrate their win. They were nominated for the award by the Huron Business Development Corporation.

five-finalists“Nine businesses from the list of contestants have successfully opened their doors as a direct result of the planning and mentoring services they received as part of the Win This Space application process,” said Jan Hawley, Economic Development Officer with Huron East Economic Development and Board Member with the Huron Business Development Corporation. “The long-term benefit of a vibrant downtown community core with sustainable businesses will make these Huron County communities a great economic hub and employment generator for years to come.”

Seaforth Heritage District 3 towers 20Since the launch of Win This Space in Huron East, other communities are following suit. Huron East has been contacted by the Orleans BIA (Ottawa) St. Catherine’s, Cobourg, Sudbury, Peterborough, Walkerton, Bruce & Grey Counties and Smiths Falls for details about the competition.

trina-orourke-won-this-spaceAbout Community Futures Ontario (OACFDC):

Community Futures Ontario represents 60 Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs) – 36 in southern Ontario and 24 in the north – that offer free business counselling, loans for start-up and expansion of small business, strategic planning on local projects and community economic development in rural areas. CFDCs provide flexible, repayable loans to small and medium sized businesses and are locally managed by a volunteer Board of Directors and funded with federal government support.

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For media inquiries, please contact:

Diana Jedig, Executive Director, 519-633-2326 djedig@oacfdc.com

For more information about the Huron Business Development Corporation, contact:

Paul Nichol, Economic Development Manager

Huron Business Development Corporation

138 Main Street South
Seaforth, Ontario N0K 1W0

Phone: (519) 527-0305 ext. 23

E-mail: pnichol@smallbusinesshuron.ca

Website: http://www.smallbusinesshuron.ca/hbdc.htm

For more information about Win This Space competition, contact:

Jan Hawley

Economic Development Officer – Huron East & Project Coordinator

72 Main Street South, Box 610, Seaforth ON, N0K 1W0

Phone: 519-527-0160

Email: jhawley@huroneast.com

Website: http://www.huroneast.com/index.php?sltb=win

For more information about the Community Futures program or Community Futures Ontario contact:

Brenda LaGrandeur, Communications, and Professional Development Officer

Ontario Association of Community Futures Development Corporations

300 South Edgeware Road, St. Thomas, ON   N5P 4L1

Phone: 888-633-2326 ext.125

Email: blagrandeur@oacfdc.com

Website: www.oacfdc.com

Are you on our Radar?

“Win This Space” Offers an Innovative Business Opportunity in the Village of Vanastra

Win This Space Industrial FHave you always wanted to be your own boss, to manage your own business? The Municipality of Huron East is embarking on an initiative in the spring of 2016 that will help you do just that! If you run a home-based operation or have a bright idea to market, “Win This Space” is the contest for you! As part of a revitalization project within the former RCAF/Canadian Forces Base, now the Village of Vanastra, the Municipality invites budding entrepreneurs to take part in a competition that is sure to kick-start their enterprise.

5D Mark II-Jan-Vanastra-0488_89_90-a_tonemappedThe Village of Vanastra is ideally located in southwestern Ontario, close to major highways, railway lines, large cities, airports, and seaway, less than 15 minutes away. Once the critical centre for radar instruction of Allied forces during World War II, the former Air Base has evolved into a light-industrial, highway-commercial, and residential community with paved roads, treed streets, recreation centres, and green space.

Base004Contestants entering proposals will attend Vanastra’s ”Win This Space” kick-off event, networking evenings, and three mandatory Business Builder Coaching Workshops on “How to Start a Business,” “Business Plan Development,” and “Marketing & Promotions” presented by the Huron Small Business Enterprise Centre, after which they’ll submit their business plan for consideration.

WTS Marketing WorkshopEach submission will be reviewed by a judging panel to determine the finalists, who will then be invited to the Finalé where they’ll have the opportunity to pitch their idea.

Judges deep in thoughtThe winner will be awarded the grand prize of funding for a twelve-month lease of the space for his or her new company, as well as a prize package of professional services from numerous sponsors.  Canadian citizens over age 19, from across Ontario, may submit their “Win This Space” venture propositions by June 17th at 4:00 pm to Huron East’s Economic Development Officer, Jan Hawley, PO Box 610, 72 Main Street, Seaforth, Ontario N0K 1W0 or to jhawley@huroneast.com (519.527.0160).

This could be YOU. (2015 Win This Space Finalists)

Five FinalistsIn addition to the Win This Space windfall, as part of Ontario’s Youth Jobs Strategy, Huron’s Small Business Enterprise Centre (SBEC) is overseeing the province’s “Starter Company” programme for entrepreneurs aged 18 to 29 years, who are not attending school or returning to school. As well as training, mentorship and business skills development, applicants could be eligible for a $5,000 grant to start, purchase or expand their business.hsbec_new_logo 11-11-11 HSBEC Business Advisor Kim Postma particularly likes the fact that almost any business can qualify, as long as it includes a good plan and demonstrable income potential. HSBEC advisors will be available to help with these aspects of the programme. And Alison Lobb, HSBEC Business Consultant, reports that the significant two-pronged support consisting of financial assistance and education is integral to the start-up project—advice and mentorship can make the difference in developing a successful business.

The contact for additional Starter Company information and eligibility criteria is Kim Postma, at 519.527.0305 or kpostma@huroncounty.ca. In essence, everyone taking part in the “Space” and “Starter” initiatives will be winners—comprehensive gratis business education and networking opportunities are priceless.

VillageOfVanastra logoHarking back to the raison d’etre of Vanastra’s site, the Royal Canadian Air Force motto: ‘Per Ardua ad Astra”—“Through Adversity to the Stars,’ seems particularly appropriate to the innovative “Win This Space and Starter Company” advantages, both designed to launch local business on a successful trajectory.

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This project was made possible through funding from the County of Huron, Municipality of Huron East, Huron Small Business Entreprise Centre, and Huron Business Development Corporation.

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Contact:
Jan Hawley, Economic Development Officer, Municipality of Huron East, Seaforth, Ontario
519.527.0160 jhawley@huroneast.com

Written for the Municipality of Huron East by Carolyn Parks Mintz, Author & Freelance Writer

Inspiration by Design….Celebrating Living Seaforth

Inspired living seaforth launch invitation blogRead more about this exciting development in the Town of Seaforth………

Retirement by Design

Since their birth between 1946 and 1959, Baby Boomers have ‘driven’ everything — housing, furniture, cars, education, marketing, and national economies; however, they are now reaching a time when decelerating, downsizing, and taking the time to smell the roses are attractive alternatives to the busy lives they’ve led.

In response to this trend, the Municipality of Huron East is poised to welcome a new community planned especially for those, who value specific function, as much as form.seaForth day full size “Inspired Living Seaforth” will be a development encompassing the amenities and necessities important to those of a certain age: Baby Boomers, Zoomers, and their contemporaries—and will be set in close proximity to bustling towns, diverse and prolific arts sectors, country woodlands and hiking trails, as well as the beaches of a beautiful lakeshore.

To be located in the historic and vibrant town of Seaforth, and adjacent to the community’s medical campus, this multi-phase, multi-million dollar development will include 40 condos, and

HuronEast_140331_ShopSeaforthPostcard-reduceda three-storey 80 rental unit building with many main floor conveniences, including a fitness studio, physio/rehab, greenhouse, lounge, dining room, hair salon, activity/crafts room, and nursing office. Completing this all-inclusive community will be a centre for more dependent residents, providing comprehensive medical and personal care.

Furthermore, a centre of excellence in cognitive impairments and palliative care is planned for the retirement community. By partnering with the University of Western Ontario, Inspired Living Seaforth will become a research hub for the Aging and Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORC).

Inspired Living Seaforth- Rendered Site Plan

JL Retirement PropertyIn addition, it will be designed to offer the features and distinct lifestyle of rural living to those, who have long resided in the country. Remaining in a familiar environment makes transition, and change far more palatable to retirees and for those eventually requiring assistance with day-to-day living.

JL Retirement Living, the parent company of Inspired Living Seaforth, is under the direction of President and CEO Jessica Lunshof, a former emergency and long-term care nurse, her brother Joshua, Vice President of Operations, with extensive management experience, and financial advisor Executive Vice President Steven Smelt.

Inspired Living Seaforth will provide both residential comfort and specialized services. A place of relaxed and enriched living planned for your future.

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Contact:

Jan Hawley, Economic Development Officer Municipality of Huron East jhawley@huroneast.com

Written by:

Carolyn Parks Mintz for the Municipality of Huron East