And the winner is?

“Introducing our Fabulous Five Win This Space Finalists”

Win This Space Industrial FHave you always wanted to be your own boss, to manage your own business? The Municipality of Huron East embarked on an initiative in the spring of 2016 that helped do just that!  As part of a revitalization project within the former RCAF/Canadian Forces Base, now the Village of Vanastra, the Municipality invited budding entrepreneurs to take part in a competition that is sure to kick-start their enterprise.

Now, after months of training and hard work by the contestants, Huron East is pleased to announce the five finalists (see below), who will take part in the Grand Finale on Saturday, August 27th at the Seaforth Golf Course vying for a prize valued at thousands of dollars.  Come meet these five fabulous entrepreneurs and cheer them on. The event is open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Refreshments served.

Contestant: Gerrie Huenemoerder

Business: “Avelina Jewelry”

Avelina is an ancient Germanic name whose meanings include strength, life, and desirability. And Avelina Jewelry embraces all of these, as does its designer.

Gerrie HeadshotAward winning jeweller Gerrie Huenemoerder is first and foremost an artist. Her beautiful creations are formed from silver, gold, and platinum, many of which involve vitreous enamelling—an age-old process of fusing glass to metals.

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But most of all, Avelina Jewelry is unique. Whether it be in a pendant, a bracelet, earrings, or a necklace, Gerrie’s distinctive style is evident. And many of her pieces have a touch of whimsy about them. If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind enviable and memorable present, Gerrie is able to personalize that gift in exceptional ways. And perhaps it will be a gift from you for you!

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Contestant: Debbie Nassar

Business: “Imagine Creative Centre”

headshot DebbiejpgDebbie Nassar was born an artist. As a young girl who loved the arts but from a family with limited resources, she recognized that there was a definite need to facilitate the nurturing and development of everyone’s creative side. This has stayed with Debbie throughout her life as she explored fine art, learned much, and enhanced her innate gift—speaking through paint and canvas.

20160715_095410 (2)Although life took her down a path that did not allow much time for innovative painting, Debbie found a way to cultivate her imaginative side by hosting an adult art club in her home—budding artists bring their supplies and current project and get together with other like-minded individuals.

Debbie 2The Imagine Creative Centre will be Debbie’s next step—one that will welcome children seven to eighteen years of age into the world of art. And for those who need help with the modest fee for this introduction to imagination, sponsors will be arranged. In age appropriate groups, kids will get to experiment with a variety of materials and methods, and have fun. Their sessions will be held once a week for two hours over a twelve week period. Adult art classes will be organized as well, led by Debbie and with experts in various media to allow exploration of the many ways to express one’s creativity.

Little girl paintingAs the late, great singer/songwriter Harry Chapin once wrote about a young child, “There are so many colours in the rainbow, so many colours in the morning sun, so many colours in the flower, and I see everyone!” Let the art and the artists begin!

Contestant: Jackie DeWit

Business: “No Nonsense Natural Products”

There are those among us who are pioneers, ahead-of-the-curve people—they explore uncharted waters. A few years ago, Jackie DeWit began to think outside the box when it became obvious that ‘the box’ did not offer nor contain what she needed.

13483004_10154193694440140_467074663067683624_o (1)Given her children’s health issues, Jackie’s family switched to organic foods, but regardless of their diet change, they eventually realized that there were many products in their home that were far from non-toxic. And so began her quest to develop completely natural commodities for all their needs—and to be able to afford them! Hence, No Nonsense Natural Products was launched.

14022374_10154327158610140_3286546704325466973_nExtensive research, experimentation, and modification have led to 25 new products that neutralize the toxic soup often existing within a home No Nonsense cleaning supplies, cosmetic necessities and personal care items include glass and floor cleaner, dishwashing and laundry soap, bug spray, sun screen, toothpaste, body wash, shampoo, and deodorant, to name a few. And none of these cost more than $20—in fact, a three month supply of laundry detergent is priced at just $20. In addition, Jackie utilizes minimal packaging and re-usable containers for her leading-edge products.

13939497_10154314098895140_5580883458668685085_nIf she needed confirmation that there is a market for her ideas, it came in the response to a simple message on Jackie’s personal Facebook page, stating that No Nonsense Natural Products would be part of Vanastra’s Win This Space contest. This announcement resulted in 130 orders!

Through Jackie and her new enterprise, families and individuals are able to take charge of their environment, make healthful changes, and do it all with a ‘green’ slant. It’s a win-win-win! People are getting on board with this in a big way, and Jackie has the Good Ship No Nonsense going full steam ahead.

Contestant: Marcie Riegling

Business: “Marcie Media”

Marcie Riegling is an idea person—and sometimes her brainwaves stem from other ideas—an extrapolation, an offshoot of an initiative already underway. Concepts are often organic.

Marcie RieglingA couple of years ago, Marcie was asked to create a calendar featuring men who donated their time and talent to helping the Huron County Women’s Shelter. With a background in graphic design, she readily took on the project. And it was during its process that the seeds were sown with her to develop a similar calendar profiling women in the community who had made a difference.

Pin Up CalendarsThe “Inspiring Women of Huron County Pin-up Calendar” for 2017 will come off the presses in late August. It highlights women who, much like their male counterparts, have contributed, have cared and who stand out!

Marcie Riegling2As a result of the support and success of previous calendar projects, Marcie Media has been commissioned to create similar calendars for other charities. Win This Space offers the opportunity of a dedicated operations office and studio that will help to bring more of Marcie’s ideas to fruition.

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Contestant: Kymm Moore

Business: “Khaos Artisan Bakery”

_MG_5961-EditThe artistic and creative mecca of Huron County and area is about to welcome yet another inspired entrepreneur. It is said that from a young age, we are drawn to professions and areas of expertise that just feel right, that are where we belong. And for Kymm Moore, that’s always been in the kitchen!

image3As a Red Seal Certified Baker, Patissier and Chef, Kymm has been concocting delicious dishes for appreciative patrons for years—all the while, yearning to have her own business, her own spot from which to operate. The education and mentoring she’s received through Win This Space are a huge step toward realizing her dream.

image1This talented chef focusses on quality ingredients and optimal flavour, utilizing local and seasonal products. The bakery-bistro Kymm is planning will offer fresh baked artisanal breads, European style cakes and pastries (both sweet and savoury) and eventually, light lunches—all of which will tempt the palate, treat the taste buds and definitely satisfy customers’ appetite for excellent food.

image7 (1)Her broad experience in the industry will allow Kymm and Khaos to provide catering, as well as to extend Pastry Chef services to local restaurants wanting to include additional desserts on their menus—desserts that are original and delectable.

image5[1]There is nothing as tasty as food created by someone who loves cooking!

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

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

It’s a Banner Day for Seaforth……..

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Entering Seaforth on Highway 8, also known as Goderich Street within town limits, has always been enticing with its canopy of shade trees welcoming travellers to its history, culture, comfortable residences and progressive businesses district. However, to enhance the experience, a splash of brilliant colours has now been added to this well-travelled thoroughfare with the recent placement of sixteen beautiful banners.

Banner PhotosCelebrating the community’s past and its diversity, striking new artwork is once again mounted on its light standards—extending an invitation to stay awhile, relax in its green spaces, visit its shops or stroll through the stunning 19th-century architecture of Seaforth’s designated heritage business district just off Goderich Street.

HuronEast_140331_ShopSeaforthPostcard-reducedSuch pleasantries extend through to Egmondville, a former village tucked next to the town’s southern limit comprised of the historic Van Egmond House, notable for its authentic restoration and tours,

Van Egmond Housethe lush fairways and greens of the Seaforth Golf & Country Club,

1 Seaforth Country Classic No 9 greenand the residential sanctuary known as “The Bridges of Seaforth”.bridges of seaforth

Much like the first banner series installed 6 years ago, this project was financially supported by the Huron East-Seaforth Community Development Trust and the Municipality of Huron East. On the visual side of things, the banners were creatively designed by Iain Fletcher of Artech Signs & Graphics incorporating the striking photography of Lynne Moreland.

IMG_20160513_124526The unique outdoor art gallery invites visitors and residents to Imagine…. all that is “Always Historic Seaforth”, whether that be its rural roots, its progressive businesses, its lifestyle amenities, or its relaxing surroundings. Picture that!

imagine living hereCome for a visit and stroll our streets and take in the sights and sounds of this quaint 19th-century town located not far from Lake Huron’s eastern shoreline.

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Contact:

Jan Hawley, Economic Development Officer, Municipality of Huron East

Office: 519.527-0160    E-mail:  jhawley@huroneast.com