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Opportunities for individuals in the community.

Feeling lucky?

Try your hand at a chance to win big $$$ as the Seaforth Lions Club prepares to launch its newest fundraiser.

Hey Seaforth…..the Ace of Spades is off and running, and the Seaforth Lions Club is offering you a weekly chance to “Catch the Ace” for a potentially big win starting Wednesday, July 5th, 2017. Modeled after the viral fundraising campaign in New Brunswick, “Chase the Ace” has proven to be an outstanding success. Not only does the accumulative jackpot have the potential to reach as much as $30,000, there is also a chance to snag a nice little pot along the way to the big catch.

Here’s how it works. At the beginning of the lottery/raffle a fresh deck of cards is shuffled and placed in individual, unmarked envelopes. The envelopes are then shuffled again and marked with numbers from one to 52. Each week, 1,000 tickets are printed (and hopefully, sold).

Lion Member Cathy Elliott & Catch the Ace Participant Maureen Agar

Players (must be 18 years of age and older) who buy a $5 ticket write their contact information on the stub and then a guess as to which envelope contains the Ace of Spades, which they write at the bottom of the ticket.

Each Wednesday at 7:30 pm, one ticket is drawn at the Seaforth Royal Canadian Legion hall and that ticket receives 20 percent of that week’s accumulated ticket money.  The envelope number on their ticket is then opened and if it contains the Ace of Spades, another 30 percent of the pot goes to the winner. If the draw goes to its full run of 20 weeks and all the tickets are sold that will mean a $30,000 payout!

Once an envelope is opened, it is withdrawn from play, so you can only pick a number from the envelopes remaining in play (one of which still holds the elusive Ace of Spades). In order to be in the weekly draw you must purchase a ticket, as each ticket is eligible only for that week’s draw. You do not have to be present at the draw to win. The draw will conclude at Week 20, and if no one has managed to “Catch the Ace”, a random elimination draw will determine the overall winner of the top prize. There will be no envelope numbers on the tickets in the last draw. Instead, a ticket will be drawn and that ticket will get the lowest numbered envelope. If that envelope doesn’t have the Ace of Spades, we keep drawing tickets until it comes up.

Each weekly draw that sells out guarantees ticket purchasers a 1 in 1000 chance to win $1,000.00, in addition to a 1 in 52 chance to catch the Ace of Spades for an additional accumulated jackpot that starts off at $1,500.00. An excellent gift for birthdays and Father’s Day. Great odds to win money while helping the Seaforth Lions Club help your community!

Tickets for the July 5th draw are available now at Rona, Paget’s Place, and Blooms ‘n’ Rooms, all of which, are located on Main Street, Seaforth or through Lion Cathy Elliott (519-522-1323). After the first draw on July 5th, tickets will also be available weekly, not only at the afore mentioned locations, but at the Seaforth Legion Hall each Wednesday from 4:00 to 7:00 pm.

Good luck everyone!

For further information on this raffle contact Seaforth Lions Member Cathy Elliott at 519.522.1323

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