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Partnerships…..A Winning Combination

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

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“Win This Space”

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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

Sip, Sip and Savour…..

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First Registered Winery in Huron County

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Jim Landsborough and Catherine Peckitt-Landsborough have roots deep in Huron County.  Jim and his ancestors have farmed in Tuckersmith Township in the Municipality of Huron East since 1834, and the present 100-acre spread they call home was once part of Catherine’s family farm.  However, since 2009 this industrious couple has put down quite different roots, while embarking on an enterprise that will bring a new industry to Huron County.

Winemaking…….and not just ordinary wines.

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Their goal is to produce the highest quality wine from the very best grapes that Huron County can grow.  Following considerable research, which included hiring renowned cool climate consultant Kevin Ker to assist with site and vine selection and visits to numerous wineries throughout Canada and the USA, as well as a one acre test plot and several trial batches, Maelstrom’s Vineyard now spreads over 8 acres and comprises 9,600 vines.

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Huron East has proven to be just the place to deliver the moderate adversity that grape vines require to produce excellent fruit…..the plants need stress to condense the grapes, which results in the most flavourful wines. This boutique winery is growing several hybrid grape varieties developed as cold-hardy, disease tolerant, and early ripening.  And Jim and Catherine have also put in “vitis vinifera“, pure bred European vines, planted on a root stock that makes them hardier.

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Maelstrom Winery will produce red, white, and rosé wines as well as blends and sparkling cider.  Ably assisted by their sons, Brett, Blaine and Brian, who are very much involved with the new business, the entire family is looking forward to developing this unique initiative, one that’s sure to heighten the profile of Huron County with wine-lovers and tourists alike.

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It has been said that life is too short to drink bad wine—Maelstrom Winery agrees and will deliver preeminent Riesling, Baco Noir, Cabernet Franc, Geisenheim, Chardonnay, Maréchal Foch Frontenac Blanc, Vidal and Marquette, an award winning wine that finishes as a complex, ruby red with pronounced tannins and highly desirable notes of cherry, berry, black pepper, and spice on both nose and palate.

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Santé!  Cheers!  Skål!  Prost!  Salute!

For more details on this exciting new venture located just south of Seaforth, Ontario in the heart of Ontario’s West Coast contact the owners, Jim & Catherine at jclandsb@tcc.on.ca.

 

The Cowboy Loft…they’re not just horsing around.

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 1 km East of Brussels on Newry Road, Ontario ● (519) 887-9391

Tim Prior knows farming, first hand.  When he purchased Brussels Agri Services over 20 years ago, he was in touch with the needs of the area and knew what had to happen to grow the business.  In addition to providing and installing all types of high quality fencing, Brussels Agri Services can supply everything else needed for a farm, ranch or acreage together with top notch customer service after the sale.  This winning combination has worked.

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Recognizing another niche market, Tim and his wife Donna opened The Cowboy Loft at the Agri Services site a decade ago, and haven’t looked back. With a large inventory of western tack and clothing, The Cowboy Loft has a broad customer base both locally and from a distance.  From outback fleece to Wranglers and Roper boots, they have what you need for work, play, show, and for just horsing around.

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To mark this milestone, they are holding an anniversary celebration, and everyone is welcome. (Details below.)

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Watch for signage directing traffic to the Brussels business district.

Yes….the Village of Brussels is open for business!

Check out some of the unique items available at this wonderful store. The pride of Brussels.

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