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Enjoy local restaurants with the new Patio Passport

Enjoy some sips in the sun this summer and you could win one of our monthly prizes with the new Brockville “Patio Passport” program.

How it works:

  1. Pick up your Passport at a participating patio or the Brockville Tourism Visitor Centre (16 Market Street East, Brockville)
  2. Spend $10 at a participating patio from this list of participating restaurants
  3. Your server will add a sticker after your patio visit
  4. Once you’ve completed your passport with 3 stickers, enter it into a drop box at any participating restaurant, or submit your passport details online.
  5. You could win one of four monthly prize draws for a $50 Downtown Brockville giftcard!

The program runs from June 1 to August 31, with four monthly prize draws to take place every month. Every card with 3 stickers counts towards one entry. A grand prize draw from all entries received over the summer months will take place after August 31.

Prizes:

  • June: $50 Downtown Brockville Gift card (4 winners)
  • July: $50 Downtown Brockville Gift card (4 winners)
  • August: $50 Downtown Brockville Gift card (4 winners)
  • Grand Prize: At the end of the summer, all entries received throughout the patio season will be entered into a draw for a one night stay in Brockville!

The Patio Passport is presented in partnership with Brockville TourismCity of BrockvilleBrockville & District Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Brockville.

Get up to $2,400 to grow your business online

Looking to implement e-commerce capabilities to remain competitive? Need to serve existing customers more effectively and attract new customers? With a micro-grant of up to $2,400, this new grant can help with the costs related to adopting digital technologies.

The Canada Digital Adoption Program “Grow Your Business Online” grant helps Small and Medium sized Enterprises:

  • get online
  • increase sales
  • adopt security software
  • connect with customers
  • improve social media marketing
  • improve user experience for online customers

Eligibility:

You can get funding through the Canada Digital Adoption Program if your business:

  • is a for-profit business (including for-profit social enterprises and cooperatives)
  • is registered or incorporated
  • is consumer facing (sells goods and services directly to end consumers)
  • has at least one employee (other than the owner) OR had at least $30,000 in annual revenue in the most recent tax year
  • commits to maintaining a digital adoption strategy for six months
  • agrees to participate in follow up surveys, share data about the experience, and have its name published as a grant recipient

Your business is not eligible if it is:

  • a corporate chain, franchise or registered charity
  • a representative of a multi level marketing company
  • a brokerage firm, such as real estate agents, investment advisors, insurance agents, etc.
  • a business that is engaged in online reselling or drop-shipping reliant on third party suppliers
  • a wholesale or distribution business and manufacturer (unless you sell directly to consumers)

How can you use your grant?

  • To develop a new e-commerce website or add functionality to your existing site (e.g. online reservation/booking tools, online ordering systems, electronic payments, search engine optimization)
    • Redesign of an existing site is not eligible
  • To install an e-commerce platform (including subscription fees and costs)
  • To hire a consultant to help with digital marketing strategies for your e-commerce store that could include activities such as social media advertising.
    • Your grant cannot be used solely for digital marketing or social media advertising; such uses must be tied to an overall e-commerce implementation plan and not a standalone item
  • To track and manage inventory and sales, market to customers, offer discounts, maintain a loyalty program, or increase cyber security using e-commerce software
  • To pay up to 20% of the total cost of hardware and software

Eligible costs must be directly tied to the sale of goods and services online.

For more information about this program, and to apply, please visit the grant program’s website

Run your own business as a student with Summer Company

Summer Company trains and mentors youth to run their own businesses. The United Counties of Leeds and Grenville Small Business Centre is looking for 5 capable, independent students to step out and run their own business through the Summer Company program this summer. The program provides grant money, training, mentoring and coaching throughout the summer while students, ages 15 to 29, run their own business.

Summer Company is celebrating its’ 24th year and has served over 125 students in the Leeds Grenville area. The program provides hands-on business training and participants will receive an award of up to $1,500 in early summer to help with business start-up costs. An additional $1,500 award is received at end of summer upon the successful completion of their Summer Company business and proof of returning to school. The students receive education on all things small business and the opportunity to work with local mentors who will provide support and advice on operating their summer business.

“It’s a great way for students to see if being their own boss is for them, and it looks great on post-secondary school applications and resumes. This program is low risk because of all the support provided, and life lessons learned in a safe environment,” said Jeanette Johnston, Small Business Development Officer with the Leeds Grenville Economic Development Office. “We are excited to lead a new group of young people to greatness.”

Recruitment ends May 17th, 2024, so please inquire today!

For more information visit the Small Business webpage

Brockville adopts Strategic Priorities as part of Strategic Planning Process

At the meeting of Tuesday, April 9th, City Council adopted draft priorities as part of their Strategic Planning process. The Strategic Plan will serve as a comprehensive roadmap for the future progress and development of the community and resulted from the dialogues council members have had with the community, including residents, businesses and other stakeholders.

The following four core priorities have been identified for council and staff for the balance of the term:

Our People and Our Community

The priority area of “People and Our Community” is at the heart of our mission to create a vibrant and inclusive environment for all residents and visitors. We aim to create a place where everyone feels at home and visitors feel welcome. Some of the initiatives at the forefront of this priority include increased customer service and service deliver efforts, transit improvements, modernization of online services and greater efforts to bolster tourism and recreational programming.

Sustainability and Well Being

Identifying “Sustainability and Well-Being” as a priority reflects our commitment to a thriving, eco-conscious, and harmonious community where residents can live, work, and play in a balanced way. Initiatives related to this priority include efforts related to housing intensification and the development of affordable housing options while maintaining neighbourhoods. In our pursuit of environmental sustainability, we will launch programs centered around waste reduction and recycling and will promote parkland development to provide green spaces that enhance the well-being of our citizens.

Asset Management

We recognize that the foundation of progress lies in the strength and adaptability of our infrastructure. With this understanding, the priority of “Asset Management” has been identified. We are committed to building and maintaining a modern, resilient, and sustainable infrastructure network that not only meets the needs of our community today but also anticipates the challenges and opportunities of tomorrow. Initiatives related to Asset Management include modernizing roads, sidewalks and water systems, developing a new recreation complex, expanding our marina and museum and fostering a built environment that promotes both safety and accessibility.

Governance and Policy

Identifying “Governance and Policy” as a priority demonstrates our firm commitment to fostering transparency and accountability in decision making. Initiatives include enhanced organizational management, the implementation of an asset management and long-term financial planning. Through streamlined processes, data driven decision making, and active community engagement, we aim to strengthen an environment of trust and collaboration. By emphasizing good governance, we establish the foundation for a municipality that is not only responsive to the needs of its residents but is also adaptable to changing circumstances.

We are asking the community to validate our priorities through an engagement survey available until May 10, 2024 at engagebrockville.com. Paper copies of the survey are also available for curbside pickup at the Library and City Hall. Individuals 18 and older, whose primary residence is in Brockville, are encouraged to complete the survey.
A final Strategic Plan is expected to be adopted by June 2024.

Have your say in the Strategic Plan Survey

 

Canteen Operator Opportunity

The City of Brockville invites entrepreneurs to submit a business plan to operate the Canteen at St. Lawrence Park.

The Canteen space is available from Victoria Day to Labour Day weekend (maximum 15 weeks).

Submit your proposal, including menu items, hours of service, and any special feature ideas to Chad Davis,  Supervisor of Parks, on or before Wednesday May 1st, 2024. Payment to the City will be $150.00 per week plus tax, and can be paid at the end of each month in operation, or a lump sum at the end of the season will also be accepted. Selection criteria will be based on your ideas as listed above.

Important dates:

  • Wednesday April 24th at 1 pm to view that space.
  • Wednesday, May 1st , Proposal submission date.
  • Wednesday, May 8th, Date of decision.

Additional information:

  • Applicants will be invited to view the space on Wednesday April 24th at 1:00 pm at the Canteen.
  • City will not provide renovations to the canteen at this time.
  • 120V Power and Water are available.
  • Natural Gas/Propane will not be available.
  • No Fryers will be permitted in the space during operations.
  • Selection will take page on May 8th and the successful candidates(s) will be notified by email.
  • At least two weeks prior to opening, selected canteen operator(s) must provide the City with:

How can your business prepare for the upcoming Total Solar Eclipse?

A spectacular natural phenomenon, a Total Solar Eclipse, will be happening on Monday April 8th. The Moon will be perfectly aligned between the Earth and the Sun, blocking out the Sun’s rays entirely.

Brockville will be in the Path of Totality, meaning that we will be directly in the shadow of the moon when the moon passes in front of the sun, blocking the sun fully. While most of North America will see a partial eclipse that day, only the areas along the thin Path of Totality will experience a total eclipse that day. While a total solar eclipse happens somewhere on Earth roughly every 18 months, it is extremely rare for a total eclipse to occur in any particular place (only occurring every few hundred years), and we are fortunate to be along this path.

What’s the big deal?

Brockville will be one of only a handful of Canadian cities to find itself along the Path of Totality on April 8th. In this situation, experiencing 99% of something is not the same as experiencing 100% of something. For most of Ontario, the moon will not fully block the sun, and the experience will be vastly different. For those along the Path of Totality, the sky will get eerily dark, and the sense of awe is said to be overpowering.

The Path of Totality is such a thin band, that most of our neighbours will not find themselves within it. Smiths Falls, Perth, Lanark, Merrickville, Kemptville, and Ottawa are all outside of the Path. We expect that a lot of people will drive into Brockville in order to observe this phenomenon. Visit our Eclipse page for more information about what will be happening in Brockville that day.

Eclipse viewing events will be happening on Blockhouse Island, and at St. Lawrence College.

What can you do?

For accommodation providers:

Let your guests know that they are in the right place to experience this once in a lifetime phenomenon. Brockville Tourism is creating packages with participating hotels so that you can book rooms with travelers who are coming to see the eclipse. Extend stays by sharing the eclipse viewing event information with your guests and creating an eclipse package that they can easily book through your website. Connect with Brockville Tourism so they can promote your package, and help you get your hands on solar eclipse viewing glasses for guests who book these packages.

For businesses who offer services by appointment:

As we get closer to April 8th and more and more people learn about the eclipse, it’s very likely that people will want to cancel or reschedule their appointments from April 8th to a different day in order to view this phenomenon. We recommend taking a proactive approach and calling your scheduled appointments for that day to see if they would like to reschedule. This will eliminate a lot of confusion, last minute cancelations, no shows, and help avoid large gaps in your schedule that you likely won’t be able to fill at the last minute.

Other considerations:

  • Even if you don’t plan to do anything special on that day, your business may still be affected by the eclipse. Increased traffic, confusion, and delays along major highways and access routes may cause delays in deliveries and other services. Where possible, reschedule any pick ups or deliveries for later in the week.
  • If your business involves off site contractors, make sure that they are aware of eye safety requirements. It may be difficult for outdoor contractors to complete their work safely during the afternoon of the eclipse, so it may be best to only schedule work for the first half of the day. Driving during the eclipse may be dangerous as the temptation to look up at the eclipse will be difficult to ignore. Roads will also likely be congested with people who have pulled over to observe the eclipse, so plan accordingly.
  • For businesses and offices with windows, inform your employees of the risks to their eyes of looking at the sun. Provide ISO 12312-2 international safety standard approved solar filter glasses, or close blinds.
  • Think about when your shift changes occur, and if any of your staff will be driving to work or home during the eclipse. In addition to eye safety concerns, traffic may prevent your employees from getting to work on time.
  • Read through the information provided by the Lanark, Leeds and Grenville District Health Unit
  • Plan ahead and be flexible.

What’s happening in Brockville on April 8th:

My Main Street program is back

My Main Street is back!

Funded by the Government of Canada, My Main Street will be delivered through two new streams that are open for applications:

  1. The My Main Street Business Sustainability stream provides direct-to-business funding to support productivity enhancements up to $20,000 for brick and mortar main street businesses who are seeking funding for enhancements to their operations.
  2. The My Main Street Community Activator Stream supports local community placemaking projects, including events and festivals, community enhancements and streetscape improvements designed to draw visitors and increase local vibrancy. Funding is available up to $250,000.

Sign up for an upcoming information session to learn more.


Business Sustainability Stream Information Sessions

Community Activator Stream Information Sessions

Tourism partnership funding intake is now open

Intake is now open for Regional Tourism Organization 9 (RTO9) partnership funding.

RTO 9’s Partnership Fund initiative is designed to introduce new tourism products and build on existing tourism products that enhance the region’s diversity of tourism attractions. Applications for the first intake period will be for projects beginning April 1, 2024 to September 6, 2024.

Important to note:

  • Indigenous operators must be 51% or more Indigenous owned and controlled and in lieu of a CRA Business Number (BN), must be able to provide a Certificate of Indian Status Registry Number or a Métis Registry Number.
  • A letter of support from your Destination Marketing Organization is mandatory (Brockville Tourism staff are happy to provide letters of support to any local organization looking to apply for funding)
  • All partner contributions must be made electronically, via either Electronic Funds Transfer or e-transfer.
  • There is one general application. Applications are submitted through an online form that can be accessed again from the same device.

There are 3 categories to apply under:

  1. New Events
  2. Development of Indigenous Tourism Product
  3. Signage

The opportunity to apply for partnership funding will close on March 3rd, 2024.


Helpful information about the partnership funding:

Annual Business Survey Now Open

Attention Businesses! Your input is requested for the 2024 Leeds Grenville Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes Business Survey

Please take the time to complete this short survey. Your input is critical in gaining a stronger understanding of how our local economy is doing and what support you need today and in the future.

The survey will be open until March 10, 2024 at 11:59 pm

Click here to take the survey

Opportunity for local Food and Beverage Processing businesses to participate in national trade shows

Through membership in Ontario East’s Regional Marketing Committee, our Economic Development Department has the opportunity for our local Food and Beverage Processing businesses to participate in a couple of upcoming national trade shows at no charge. Local Economic Development Organization’s recognize that participation in trade shows of this size can be out of reach, financially, for many businesses.

Show Opportunities:

  • Restaurants Canada: Monday April 8th to Wednesday April 10th
  • SIAL Canada: Wednesday May 15th to Friday May 17th

Restaurants Canada, the country’s largest foodservice trade event, is scheduled for Monday, April 8th through Wednesday, April 10th, 2024. The Show will be held at the Enercare Centre in Toronto.

SIAL Canada is a large international tradeshow focused on the food business from packaged products to new technology, and is scheduled for Wednesday, May 15th through Friday, May 17th, 2024. The Show will be held at the Palais des Congres in Montreal.

Please note, for the SIAL 2024 Show in Montreal only, we are unable to accept applications from vendors offering alcohol. The requirements for SAQ approval to serve alcohol not produced in Quebec require a long lead time which we are unable to meet.

Please complete your application(s) as soon as possible if you are interested in joining us for either or both shows. Applications will only be accepted online until Monday, February 5th for both shows. Successful applicants for each show will be notified the week of February 26th, 2024.

 Eligibility Requirements (for both shows):

  1. Must be a business operating in Eastern Ontario
  2. Must have a product that is ready to market and sell to grocery, retailers or restaurants
  3. Must be prepared to accommodate increased production and sales

Participation Requirements and Guidelines (for both shows):

  1. Commit to a minimum of one full day (8+ hours) at the Ontario East trade show booth.
  2. Send 2 individuals to work at your display.
  3. Participation in the Ontario East Tradeshow booth includes a 4 foot draped table and electricity.
  4. Ontario East will provide signage for all participating companies. Additional signage will not be permitted.
  5. Participant travel, accommodations, meals, marketing materials, product samples are the responsibility of each company.

For the Restaurants Canada 2024 apply here:

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/application-for-2024-restaurants-canada-show-ontario-east-booth-registration-769153658297

  • This application is password protected. When requested, enter the password, RCShow2024 to apply for participation in the Ontario East booth at Restaurants Canada 2024.

For the SIAL Canada 2024 apply here:

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/application-for-2024-sial-canada-show-ontario-east-booth-registration-769176526697

  • This application is password-protected. When requested, enter the password, SIALShow2024 to apply for participation in the Ontario East booth at SIAL Canada 2024.

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