First Counties-wide Business Retention + Expansion Program launches

Members of the “Strong Business, Strong Community” team are from left, Krista George, Ann Weir, Annette Simonian, Yves Grandmaitre, Krista Weidenaar, Simon Chapelle, Cheri Kemp-Long, Malcolm Norwood and Alison Merkley.

Story and Photos courtesy of
Leeds Grenville Economic Development Office 

The United Counties of Leeds and Grenville have launched the largest multi-level Business Retention + Expansion program the region has seen.
The Counties and the communities of Augusta, Merrickville-Wolford and Rideau Lakes have partnered in a project that will see staff and volunteers directly connect with over 300 businesses in the region. The program was launched at Counties Council on March 22nd.
“It is recognized that 76-90% of new jobs come from existing businesses and we need to ensure we sustain these jobs and support businesses as they explore new opportunities that could result in more jobs in the region,” says Ann Weir, Manager of the Counties Economic Development Office which is leading the project.
The project co-ordinator is Krista George, Business Retention Officer for Leeds Grenville. Krista will be working with the Municipal Partner Coordinators to provide information, organization and guidance.
Augusta, Merrickville-Wolford and Rideau Lakes will be launching their municipal projects over the next several weeks. Municipal Coordinators are Augusta’s Krista Weidenaar, Alison Merkley from Rideau Lakes and Cheri Kemp-Long from Merrickville-Wolford.
The BR+E program is a structured Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) action-orientated approach to business and economic development.
For more information about the program, volunteering or participating as a business please contact Krista George at 613-342-3840, ext. 5368, or send her an email.

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