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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

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