Business

The Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley wants your business! This section of the website contains a number of tools for existing businesses in the Township, and information for potential new businesses.  This page summarizes what is available to assist you.  

If you have a question and cannot find the answer you need amongst these pages, please contact 

Betty Gibson, Deputy Clerk
6544 New Dublin Rd RR 2 Addison ON K0E 1A0.
Tel. 613-345-7480 or Toll Free 1-800-492-3175
Fax. 613-345-7235
Email: mail@elizabethtown-kitley.on.ca

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What Tools Are Available in the Business Section?

Community Profile

Community profiles provide potential investors and potential new businesses with vital statistical information about the municipality. 

  • Click here to view a community profile of the Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley.

Commercial/Industrial Land For Sale

Whether you are seeking privately owned commercial/industrial land in the Township, or are considering locating in the Township Business Park, this page will have helpful information.

Starting a Business

Are you thinking about starting a business in Elizabethtown-Kitley? Wondering how to go about it? This page will provide you with some of the information you need to get started.

  • Click here to visit the Starting A Business section of our website.

Business Links

The Economic Development Committee of Elizabethtown-Kitley has collected information and links to sources of information for businesses.

Business Directory

The Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley Business Directory is designed to assist you in locating the businesses that meet your needs, and to showcase our local businesses. The Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley has a lot to offer; please take a moment to familiarize yourself with our local merchants and service providers.

  • Please click here to view the directory.  You can also register to add your business to the directory.

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Economic Development Activities in Elizabethtown-Kitley

The Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley enjoys an active and involved Economic Development Committee. The Committee always has a number of projects on the go at any given time, however the following activities take place annually or are ongoing through the year.

Resource Guide for Businesses

The Economic Development Committee has developed a Resource Guide for local businesses, outlining the services and activities of the Committee.

Visits With Local Businesses

The Township's Economic Development Committee is dedicated to keeping in touch with businesses in Elizabethtown-Kitley. To that end, the Committee has implemented a program of visitations to local businesses, bringing information of specific interest to that business.  Do you have a project you are considering, but wonder if there is any way the Township can assist you? Perhaps you just wish to touch base with the municipality, expressing your needs and concerns? Members of the Economic Development Committee would be pleased to come to your place of business to discuss your concerns and offer what assistance they can.

To schedule a visit, please contact Deputy Clerk, at 6544 New Dublin Road RR 2 Addison ON K0E 1A0
Tel. 613-345-7480 or Toll Free 1-800-492-3175
Fax. 613-345-7235
Email: mail@elizabethtown-kitley.on.ca

E-K Business News

The E-K Business News is the Economic Development Committee newsletter circulated to the business community 3 times per year: winter, spring and fall.  The Business News brings businesses in Elizabethtown-Kitley information about seminars, funding programs, and events of interest in the business community.  The E-K Business News also highlights local businesses, shining a spotlight on business on Elizabethtown-Kitley.

To view past issues of the E-K Business News, click the link below to visit the virtual library:

Past Issues of the E-K Business News

The newsletter is circulated by regular mail, or if you prefer, via email.  To ensure you are on the mailing list - or to have your business profiled in the newsletter, contact Deputy Clerk at 6544 New Dublin Road RR 2 Addison ON K0E 1A0

Tel. 613-345-7480 or Toll Free 1-800-492-3175
Fax. 613-345-7235
Email: mail@elizabethtown-kitley.on.ca

Business Luncheon/Business of the Year

In the past, the Economic Development Committee of the Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley annually recognized a Township business that had demonstrated innovative business practices, services or products, had been involved in  the community, or deserved recognition based on the longevity of the business.  Nominations were invited from the public.   In 2013 the Committee decided to focus on a particular sector and recognized agriculture and all the factors of that industry which make it key to our community.  In 2014 the Committee decided to recognize the Brockville Country Club for its 100th Anniversary.  2015 recognized Rookie of the Year Businesses, with AireSun Global (Canada) and Eternal Care Cremation taking home awards.  2016 brought the event back to the traditional Business of the Year with Billings Automotive being honoured. The event is usually held the first Thursday in October, and is a luncheon event.

Below you will find stories from the past several years, including the previous Business of the Year winners. 

2016 Business of the Year Recognizes Billings Automotive Sales & Service 

Billings Automotive Sales & Service was named the Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley 2016 Business of the Year at the Award Luncheon held Thursday October 6th, 2016 at the Cedar Valley Golf & Country Club on County Road 29. 

2015 Rookie Business of the Year

AireSun Global (Canada) Incorporated and Eternal Care Cremation were named the Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley 2015 Rookie Business of the Year at the Award Luncheon held Thursday October 8th, 2015 at Cedar Valley Golf & Country Club on County Road 29. Given the diverse nature of these two businesses, the Committee unanimously agreed to recognize both businesses with the first Rookie Business of the Year award, a new concept to honour businesses who recently located in the Township.

 

2014 Business Luncheon Recognizes the Brockville Country Club

This year the Brockville Country Club was recognized at the Business Luncheon for its 100th Anniversary.  Although the Brockville Country Club may not seem to fit the usual criteria for business, upon closer scrutiny it is in fact a significant sector of our business community.  The Club is an employer of 60 people during peak season, purchasing local goods and services which enhance the local economy.

The Club was organized in 1914 with 45 members each contributing $100.  It was a small 9-hole course located on both sides of County Road 2.  In 1976 the Club merged with the Brockville Curling Club and then expanded to the facility we see today, with all aspects open to the public at large. Recently, the Granite Room Curling Rink was upgraded to create the largest event hall in the region, permitting dinner dances and other entertainment.

Recognizing the Brockville Country Club’s 100th Anniversary provided the opportunity to thank the Club for serving the community for over 100 years.

2013 Business Luncheon

Thursday October 3, 2013

“Changing Face of Agriculture in Elizabethtown-Kitley”

The Economic Development Committee recognized agricultural in our community and highlighted the innovative methods used by many local farmers.  Interviews with a number of farmers were filmed and the video presented at the luncheon on October 3rd, 2013.  Local farm operators who participated in the video presentation are Crystal Farms, Ridgehouse Farms, Tincap Berry Farm, JOBO Farms, Burnbrae Farms, and Greaveston Holsteins.  Please click here to enjoy the video.

The Gravel Doctor Named 2012 Business of the Year

Picture of award being grantedThe Gravel Doctor was named the Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley 2012 Business of the Year at the Award Luncheon held Thursday October 4th, 2012 at the Cedar Valley Golf & Country Club on County Road 29.

Orval Droppos and Rick Brennen, representing the Gravel Doctor, accepted the award from Mayor Jim Pickard and Economic Development Chairperson Jim Miller, extending thanks to the Committee and the community for the honour. The Business of the Year Award honours businesses that have demonstrated excellence in their field, longevity, innovation and involvement in their community.

When describing this year’s winner, Jim Miller stated that The Gravel Doctor "has operated in the Township for fifteen years, and employs 20 full-time staff which increases during the winter. Mr. Miller noted the expansion of services, with The Gravel Doctor now offering asphalt paving, stone masonry and stone facing, sidewalks and curbing, property maintenance, as well as interlock driveways, decks, fences, windows and doors. Mr. Miller also commented that The Gravel Doctor is very supportive of local organizations in the community.

6 businesses were nominated this year:

Country Kitchen Catering

The Gravel Doctor

Raymond D. Deir Construction Co. Ltd.

Spracklin’s Kitchen & Bath Centre

Potter’s Small Engine

Smith’s Farm Equipment (Jasper) Ltd.

In acknowledgement of the accomplishments of the nominees, the Committee presented each with a certificate recognizing their excellence.

Economic Development Chairperson Jim Miller outlined the goals of the Committee and updated those in attendance on activities the Committee has undertaken over the past years, which included the improved and extended roads in the Business Park.

Mr. Miller noted the success of the 2012 Business Fair / Big Tent Sale which drew twice as many visitors as last year. As well, new signage has been installed at the Business Park, hoping to increase awareness of lots still available.

The Committee Chair welcomed guest speaker Senator Hugh Segal. Senator Segal addressed those in attendance with his usual wit and sense of humour. The Senator emphasized the importance of small businesses to the continued growth of communities and offered his assistance to businesses.

Chair Jim Miller announced a special presentation. Mayor Jim Pickard presented Joe Hudson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Burnbrae Farms with an Award of Excellence presented in recognition of his vision and exemplary entrepreneurship and leadership in turning a school project at Brockville Collegiate Institute into Canada’s largest egg producer and in being inducted into the Ontario Agriculture Hall of Fame.

McNamee Concrete Ltd. 2011 Business of the Year

Picture of award being granted with handshakeMcNamee Concrete Ltd. was named the Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley 2011 Business of the Year at the Award Luncheon held Thursday September 29, 2011 at the Cedar Valley Golf & Country Club on County Road 29. 

Jill Widenmaier-McNamee, Office Administrator, accepted the award from Mayor Jim Pickard and Economic Development Chairperson Jim Miller, extending thanks to the Committee and the community for the honour.  The Business of the Year Award honours businesses that have demonstrated excellent in their field, longevity, innovation and involvement in their community.

When describing this year’s winner, Jim Miller stated that McNamee Concrete “has operated in the Township for over 30 years, and employs 62 people at the height of the summer season.”  Mr. Miller noted “John McNamee began in 1977 with only a few employees and one truck – a mobile mixer that mixed on site to specifications.  Today McNamee Concrete has expanded with both sons, Trevor and Clayton working with the business and an impressive number of trucks and other equipment.  McNamee Concrete is very competitive and has been awarded jobs across south eastern Ontario.” Mr. Miller also commented that McNamee Concrete is very supportive of local organizations in the community, listing a number the recipients of McNamee’s generosity.

This year saw six businesses nominated:

  • All Weathers Service DepotGroup of awarded people

  • The Gravel Doctor

  • Heritage Kitchens

  • The Light Touch

  • McNamee Concrete Ltd.

  • Tile Tech Flooring Inc.

In acknowledgement of the accomplishments of the nominees, the Committee presented each with a certificate recognizing their excellence.

Speaker Susan FournierThe Committee Chair welcomed guest speaker Susan Fournier, Program Manager, Ontario Trillium Foundation.  Ms. Fournier spoke to those in attendance on the importance of small businesses in the community.  She shared information on various grants and other assistance available for entrepreneurs, emphasizing that there were a number of government agencies happy to help as they wanted small businesses to be successful.Mayor and Ms. Moore

Chair Jim Miller announced a special presentation.  Mayor Jim Pickard presented Bernice Moore, past chair of the Economic Development Committee, a certificate from the Counties of Leeds and Grenville acknowledging her as a nominee for the Bill Thake Economic Development Leadership Award.  Mayor Pickard then presented Ms. Moore with a certificate recognizing her over twenty years of dedicated volunteer service to the community as a member of the Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley’s Economic Development Committee and Committee of Adjustment.

Atlas Block (Brockville) Ltd. 2010 Business of the Year

Picture of MayorAtlas Block was named the Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley 2010 Business of the Year at the Award Luncheon held Wednesday October 6, 2010 at Cedar Valley Golf & Country Club on County Road 29. President & CEO Don Gordon and Vice President Laura Vaughn were unable to attend. Claude Seguin, Senior Sales accepted the award from Mayor Jim Pickard and Economic Development Chairperson Bernice Moore.

The Business of the Year Award honours businesses that have demonstrated excellence in their field, longevity, innovation and involvement in their community.  

When describing this year’s winner, Bernice Moore stated that Atlas Block has operated in the Township for over three decades and is a leading manufacturer of concrete products designed for foundations, facades, and outdoor living spaces.   Claude Seguin thanked Council and the Committee for the honour, and thanked the staff of Atlas Block for all of their hard work. 2010 saw a total of 9 businesses nominated, including:Those honoured

  • Atlas Block (Brockville) Ltd.
  • Basically Bikes
  • Burnbrae Farms
  • Howard Campbell & Sons Septic Tank Pumping Service
  • The Gravel Doctor
  • Raymond D. Deir Construction Co. Ltd.
  • Tack 29
  • Tincap Berry Farm
  • Thousand Islands Concrete

The Committee welcomed guest speaker Jim Pine, the Chief Administrator Officer of Hastings County. Mr. Pine spoke to the members of the business community about the Eastern Ontario Regional Broadband Network Project.

Clipart of globeThe project is focused on filling a vital infrastructure gap in the region; modern high speed internet service.  Mr. Pine noted access to high speed internet for all in Eastern Ontario is necessary for the region to develop into strong, vibrant communities where innovation, economic growth and industries thrive.

At the close of the event, Economic  Development Chairperson Bernice Moore updated those in attendance on key activities the Committee has undertaken over the past term, 2007 - 2010.  She described the implementation of a new road system in the County Road 29 Business Park utilizing federal dollars provided through the Community Adjustment Fund.  She drew attention to the Township’s redesigned website, the E-K Business News, a newsletter published three times annually and the upcoming Community Profile to be published online once completed to provide potential investors with a one-stop for information about Economic Development Committee and the Township.

Tincap Restaurant Named 2009 Business of the Year

FORTHTON – Tincap Restaurant was named the Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley 2009 Business of the Year at the Award Luncheon held Thursday October 1st, 2009 at Cedar Valley Golf & Country Club on County Road 29.

Kosta Dariotis, owner and operator of Tincap Restaurant accepted the award from Mayor Jim Pickard and Economic Development Chairperson Bernice Moore. The Business of the Year Award honours businesses that have demonstrated excellence in their field, longevity, innovation and involvement in their community.

Left to Right Kosta Dariotis of Tincap Restaurant Chairperson Bernice Moore and Mayor Jim PickardWhen describing this year’s winner, Bernice Moore stated that Tincap Restaurant “has operated in the Township for over 25 years, and employs 15 people.” She noted “It started as a partnership with strong family traditions. Its newly renovated and redecorated premises on County Road 29 is a local landmark and open to the public 7 days a week.” Ms. Moore also spoke of the number of loyal patrons the restaurant has earned over the years.

WinnerOwner Kosta Dariotis thanked Council and the Committee for the honour, and thanked his staff for their contribution which led to the recognition the restaurant has received.

2009 marked the greatest number of nominations ever received by the Committee. 10 businesses were nominated, including:

• Green Things Garden Centre
• James Ross Ltd.
• Kitley Collision
• McNamee Concrete Ltd.
• Pricedex Software Inc.
• Raymond D. Deir Construction Co. Ltd.,
• Smiths Farm Equipment ( Jasper ) Ltd.,
• The Gravel Doctor
• Tincap Berry Farm
• Tincap Restaurant

In acknowledgement of the accomplishments of the nominees, the Committee presented each with a certificate recognizing their excellence.

2009 Business of the Year NomineesThe Committee welcomed guest speaker Joe Jordan of Upper Canada Solar Generation Ltd. Mr. Jordan spoke to the members of the business community about the positive effect the province’s new green legislation has had on his company. The company assists residential, agricultural and municipal clients with solar installations and projects. With respect to the changing energy legislation, Mr. Jordan noted that by December 2010 50% of all solar mechanisms used in Ontario must be produced in Ontario. He observed that changes are taking place that make solar energy a more lucrative investment, allowing solar entrepreneurs to sell their energy back to the grid at a greater profit.

Mr. JordanMr. Jordan noted that Upper Canada Solar Generation Ltd, a business located on County Road 29 in Elizabethtown-Kitley, are the only company in Canada manufacturing the mechanism that allows solar panels to follow the movement of the sun, making them more effective at maximizing the potential solar energy. He offered praise to the Council of Elizabethtown-Kitley for their support for the business and thanked the Township’s Planning Department for their swift and professional responses to Upper Canada Solar Generation’s many inquiries.

At the close of the event, Economic Development Chairperson Bernice Moore updated those in attendance on three key activities the Committee has undertaken. She described the implementation of a new road system in the County Road 29 Business Park utilizing federal dollars provided through the Community Adjustment Fund. She drew attention to the Township’s redesigned website with a Residents/Visitors/Business focus, and described the E-K Business News, a newsletter published 3 times annually and circulated to businesses with the Township.

Hendrix Restaurant Equipment & Supplies Named 2008 Business of the Year

AwardFORTHTON – Hendrix Restaurant Equipment & Supplies was named Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley Business of the Year at the Award Luncheon held Thursday October 2nd, 2008 at the recently renovated Cedar Valley Golf and Country Club. Nancy VanderBaaren of Hendrix accepted the award from Mayor Jim Pickard and Economic Development Chairperson Peter Conway. The Business of the Year award honours businesses who have demonstrated excellence their field, innovation, involvement in the community, and longevity.

In operation for over 27 years, Hendrix Restaurant Equipment & Supplies’ home office is located in Elizabethtown-Kitley. The company has 8 branches, located in Elizabethtown-Kitley, Kingston, Ottawa, Peterborough, Pickering, Edmonton, Abbotsford and Calgary. The company has been received numerous industry awards acknowledging their commitment to excellence in their field. In addition to the Hendrix Employee Charity Fund, the company’s charitable commitments extend to sponsoring the Canadian Culinary Team at international competitions. The company has recently expanded their warehousing capabilities at their Elizabethtown-Kitley location with a 12,000 square foot addition.

The Committee was pleased to announce that five of the nine nominated businesses were nominated by members of the public. The nominees included 1000 Islands Sales & Rentals, The Gravel Doctor, James Ross Limited, Kitley Grocery, Paul Ferguson Construction, Potter’s Small Engine Sales & Service, Tanglin Farms and the Tincap Berry Farm.

Peter ConowayThe 14th annual Business of the Year Luncheon was hosted by Economic Development Chairperson Peter Conway, and featured guest speakers Bob Cheetham and Ann Weir, Economic Development CoordiSpeakernators for the United Counties of Leeds & Grenville. Mr. Cheetham and Ms. Weir spoke of the collaborative approach to Economic Development the Counties has undertaken, noting that they have been meeting with Mayors, Councils and CAOs throughout the Counties to determine what direction economic development should take in the Counties. Of particular note was tourism development, which has been identified as an area that requires improvement in Leeds & Grenville. Mr. Cheetham and Ms. Weir spoke of the strengths of this area, including the value of the 401 and 416 corridors, and the proximity of unique tourism opportunities such as the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Rideau Canal.

Chairperson Conway outlined the recent activities of the Economic Development Committee, which include the development of a Resource Guide for Township Businesses. Mr. Conway noted that the guide has been mailed to Township businesses, and additional copies are available through the Township office. Mr. Conway described other initiatives, such as the Investment Readiness Test, New Resident packages, improvements to the Township Business Park and the development of a community profile to provide investors a one-stop shop for information on the Township.

Hillside Farms Named 2007 Business of the Year

Hillside Farms was named the Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley 2007 Business of the Year at the annual Awards Luncheon held Thursday October 4th, 2007 at Cedar Valley Golf and Country Club. Jeff Pietersma of Hillside Farms accepted the award from Mayor Jim Pickard and Economic Development Committee Vice Chair Bernice Telik Moore.

Jeff PietersmaUpon receiving the award owner/operator Jeff Pietersma stated that he was “deeply honoured to receive this award”, calling it “a great way to promote business in Elizabethtown-Kitley”. Mr. Pietersma offered his sincere thanks to his staff, which he called a team of specialists that have contributed greatly toward making Hillside Farms what it is today. He also thanked his business partner Noreen, and his daughters Heather, Lisa, Ann and Janet.

Mr. PietersmaHillside Farms is a 400 head dairy farm that has been family owned and operated for over three decades. The spirit of innovation embodied by the Business of the Year is present in Hillside’s new rotary milking parlour that milks 36 cows at a time, automatically positioning the cattle. Hillside’s spirit of innovation continues as Mr. Pietersma noted that Hillside is currently engaged in investigating biosolids, a method of converting biosolid matter into energy.

Nominees and members of the business community, the Economic Development Committee and Township Council were joined at the event by four of the five provincial election candidates, as well special guests Warden Doug Struthers, and MP Gord Brown. The nominated businesses this year included CIC Coatings, Hillside Farms, Tincap Berry Farm and Seam Enterprises/James Fire & Safety.

The 13th annual Business of the Year Luncheon was hosted by Economic Development Committee Vice Chair Bernice Telik Moore and featured guest speaker Howard Allan of Allan Chartered Accountants. Mr. Allan spoke regarding the municipal economic climate in Eastern Ontario, calling for a fair distribution of funding in the province, and urging municipalities to work together to ensure that they have a voice at the provincial level.

Economic Development Committee Vice Chair Bernice Telik Moore spoke of the achievements of the Committee over the past year, noting that the Committee has held one successful SuperHost Training Session, and will be holding another in the new year. Also highlighted was the lot grading and drainage study being undertaken by the Committee to improve the business park, as well as the pursuit of funding opportunities to continue with the E-K Business News, the Committee’s newsletter. As well it was noted that the Economic Development Committee is seeking one new member.

Congratulations to the 2006 Business of the Year - Built Right Utility Bodies Ltd

Cake being grantedCongratulations to the 2006 Business of the Year, Built Right Utility Bodies Ltd.! Members of the business community, the Economic Development Committee, Township Council and special guests gathered at Cedar Valley Golf and Country Club Thursday October 5th to honour the 2006 Business of the Year - Built Right Utility Bodies Ltd. The event was hosted by the Economic Development Committee and the Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley.

The 12th Annual Business of the Year Luncheon marks only the second time that nominations were accepted from the community as a whole. This year nominees include Atlas Block, Brockville Honda Marine, Built Right Utility, Edgewood Farms, Hillside Farms, Howard Campbell & Sons, and Ridgehouse Farms. Past Business of the Year winners include: Lafarge Canada Inc. (2005), Burnbrae Farms (2004), Cedar Valley Golf & Country Club (2003), G.C. Hudson Supply Ltd. (2002) and George Tackaberry and Sons Ltd. (2001).

As always, the Business of the Year event focused on recognizing one Township Business that has demonstrated innovative business practices, services or products, has been involved with the community, and in some instances, deserves recognition based on the longevity of the business.

When speaking of Built Right Utility Bodies Ltd., Economic Development Committee Chairperson Peter Conway noted "This year the Committee has chosen to recognize an innovative local business that has sought out excellence in their field. This business began in 1989 and has Award for excellencegrown to encompass an impressive client list which includes Canarm Inc., the Canadian Military, Spar Aerospace, Bell Canada and Dupont Canada. This year’s winner produces innovative manufacturing designs that are customized to meet the requirement of their varied clients. They saw a gap in the market place, and like all successful businesses, sought to fill that gap."

Mr. Conway described some of Built Right's achievements, noting that "Built Right, located in Frankville, was incorporated in 1989 by President Murray Golledge. Built Right Utilities Bodies Ltd. is a diversified fiberglass and plastics manufacturer, that has succeeded with new manufacturing designs for the utility industry. Built Right’s products include one piece moulded truck bodies, trailers for motorcycles, kayaks and canoes, truck mounted top boxes, rear window storage compartments and aluminum fire extinguisher boxes. In addition to these products, Built Right has created a number of unique products for their clients, including ice cream bicycles for Nestle, fan housings for Canarm, and an M-Sat Container for Spar Aerospace."

Accepting the award on behalf of Built Right were President Murray Golledge and Vice President Ken Moulton.

Chairperson Conway outlined the achievements of the Economic Development Committee during their term. Mr. Conway noted that the Committee undertook a Business Retention and Expansion Survey at the start of term in 2004, which identified two roles for the Economic Development Committee - promoting this area and information sharing. Mr. Conway outlined the various means by which the Committee sought to fulfill these roles over the past three years, with the production of promotional material, information bulletins, and a quarterly newsletter. Mr. Conway described how the Committee met with representatives from the real estate community to gather information on real estate trends in order to use the new Zoning By-law as a means by which to attract real estate investment. The revamping of the website to create a more attractive and informative site directed to potential new business and potential new business was another improvement during the term. Mr. Conway described the various funding from Eastern Ontario Economic Development Fund, including promotional material funding and funds from the Community Capacity Fund that will allow the Committee to undertake a research project that will draw in new business.

In addition to showcasing Township business, the event included a guest speaker from the 2007 International Plowing Match, which will be held in Leeds and Grenville.

Speaker Rob Prosser“The economic impact of the 2007 International Plowing Match cannot be understated,” said Yvonne L. Robert, Administrator-Clerk. “The Committee is pleased to offer the Elizabethtown-Kitley business community the opportunity to learn more about the Plowing Match and its effect on our area.”

2007 International Plowing Match Chairman Rob Prosser joined members of the business community and the Committee, providing an update on activities and fund raising projects that will benefit the Plowing Match. Mr. Prosser, a native of Ingleside in Stormont county, earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and Geography from Carleton University. As a former employee of the Cooperators Insurance in sales and managerial roles, he has had the opportunity to work with a large number of farmers and agri-business people across Eastern Ontario and has contacts throughout the area. During his lifetime of involvement in the agricultural industry Mr. Prosser has been involved with many farm organizations and groups as a volunteer and organizer. Mr. Prosser is actively involved in the life and work of Grace United Church in Gananoque. He is also a Past Master of Leeds Masonic Lodge in Gananoque and a member of the Tunis Shriners Temple in Ottawa. At their farm near Lansdowne, where they have lived for the past 21 years, Rob and his wife Connie have a commercial Charolais cow/calf herd. They own and operate a grounds keeping business, where their main contract is the Glen House Resort on the 1000 Island Parkway.

During his presentation Mr. Prosser outlined the plans for the 2007 International Plowing Match, and the role of the community, calling for volunteers. Mr. Prosser identified a number of Township businesses that have participated in fund raising events, such as Edgewood Farms, and Howard Campbell and Sons.

Lafarge Canada Inc. Named 2005 Business of the Year

AwardCongratulations to Lafarge Canada Inc., the 2005 Business of the Year! Brent Agrue accepted the award behalf of Lafarge Canada Inc. at the Business of the Year Luncheon October 6th. The award was presented by Mayor Jim Pickard and Economic Development Committee Chairperson Peter Conway. Chairperson Peter Conway hosted the event at Cedar Valley Golf and Country Club.

Lafarge Canada Inc. is the first business to be honoured with the revamped Business of the Year award. In the past the Business of the Year award rotated between four sectors, consisting of the manufacturing, agricultural, service and hospitality sectors. In 2005 the Township approached the award differently. The award no longer focuses on only one portion of the business community, but rather on the business community as a whole. For the first time in it’s 11 year history the award was opened to businesses of all sectors, and nominations came from the residents and businesses of the Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley! For the first time, the Township threw open the nomination process to input from the community as a whole, lending renewed significance to the award.

This year's nominations reflected the diversity of the business community, and the wealth of choice open to residents of Elizabethtown-Kitley. Businesses nominated by the community included: Atlas Block, George Tackaberry & Sons, J&J Electric, Lafarge Canada Inc., McNamee Concrete and the Tincap Berry Farm.

Mr. ConwayWhile presenting the award Chairperson Peter Conway, noted that the 2005 Business of the Year, Lafarge Canada Inc., "is a business that offers an innovative range of products, is a vital community partner, giving generously to our community through social and environmental programs and organizations, and has proven its longevity, recently celebrating their 50th anniversary." Mr. Conway noted that the award is presented to businesses who demonstrate innovation, longevity and are active in our community.

Mr. Conway commended Lafarge on their dedication to the community, noting that Lafarge is a " a vital community partner, giving generously to our community through social and environmental programs and organizations. Local charities and organizations that have benefited from the generosity of Lafarge Canada Inc., include the Brockville General Hospital Campaign for Care, Big Brothers, the Rotary Club, Lions Club, Horsearama, as well as children’s soccer and ball teams. Lafarge is also a strong supporter of Habitat for Humanity, contributing cement, concrete, aggregates and drywall to the Habitat projects. In addition to the raw materials, Lafarge employees often give of their time to help construct these very special homes. Locally Lafarge has donated materials and services to the Habitat project underway in the City of Brockville.”

The 2005 Business of the Year Luncheon also saw the unveiling of the Township's new promotional campaign. Mr. Conway noted that the promotional campaign follows the results of the 2004 Business Retention and Expansion Survey, which provided valuable feedback from the business community. One result of that survey is the development of a focused set of goals for the Economic Development Committee. Those new goals more accurately reflect the role that Township businesses wish the Committee to play in the growth and development of this area. One of those roles is to increase the promotion of the Township as whole, thereby benefiting all businesses. In an effort to raise the profile of the Township, the Committee has undertaken a two phase project to develop and distribute promotional material highlighting Elizabethtown-Kitley.

SpeakerMr. Conway noted that "Phase one of this project began in early 2005 with an application for funding from the Eastern Ontario Development Fund, more specifically the Local Initiatives Fund. The money raised through that grant allowed the Committee to develop a promotional brochure, magnet, and interactive CD Rom. It is with great pleasure that I unveil today the results of those efforts. The theme of the campaign is “Elizabethtown-Kitley – Explore Our Advantages!” The objective is to illustrate the advantages the Township offers to both businesses and potential new residents, and to show the Township as a wonderful place to live, and an even better place to do business. "

Mr. Conway outlined the content of the promotional material, noting that it was developed in-house by the Economic Development Committee. The CD Rom was designed to provide potential new business and potential new residents with the information they need to evaluate the Township and surrounding area as their new home – whether it be for their family or their business, or both! Mr. Conway stated that the "Committee also understands that business do not see the world divided by municipal boundaries. For that reason the Committee focused the promotional material on presenting the advantages of the Township and surrounding area, highlighting the amazing array of advantages that are available within a surprisingly small radius around the Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley. Those who already live in this area know that if there is something you desire, and it is not offered within the municipal boundaries that you call home, chances are the program or service is only a five or ten minute drive away. It is that level of diversity and connection that the Committee wished to communicate to potential new business."

Following the unveiling of the new promotional material, Cathy McHugh of McHugh Comm Marketing spoke regarding the marketing challenges faced by small business.

Congratulations to Burnbrae Farms Limited - the 2004 Business of the YearAward being granted

People watching speakerThe Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley and the Economic Development Committee extend sincere congratulations to Burnbrae Farms Limited, the 2004 Business of the Year. Burnbrae was presented with the 2004 Business of the Year award at a ceremony held in the evening of October 7th, 2004 at Spring Valley Hall.

Accepting the Award on behalf of Burnbrae Farms was Mr. Joe Hudson. Pictured to the left is Mayor Jim Pickard (centre) presenting the award to Mr. Hudson (left). Also pictured, Acting Economic Development Chairperson Bernice Moore (right), who hosted the evening's program.

The Business of the Year award is presented annually to a Township business who has exemplified commitment to the community, as well as diversity and growth. This year the Committee honoured the Agricultural Sector. Nominees included: Donnaville Holsteins, Edgewood Farms, Gibbons Family Farm, Greaveston Holsteins, Hillside Farms, Ridgehouse Farms, Roosedale Farms Ltd., Tincap Berry Farm. Congratulations to all the Nominees. To learn more about this year's winner, Burnbrae Farms, visit their website www.burnbraefarms.com 

The Federation of Agriculture was on hand to provide information to the Agricultural businesses present. Pictured left is Ruth Vogel, Member Services Representative for the Federation of Agriculture in Frontenac, Leeds, Grenville and Dundas Counties. For more information on the Federation of Agriculture, visit their website at https://ofa.on.ca/   

The evening's events were hosted by Bernice Moore, Acting Chairperson of the Economic Development Committee. Those in attendance enjoyed a roast beef dinner by Back to the Basics Gift being grantedCatering. This year's guest speaker was John Doherty, Executive Director of the Valley Heartland Community Futures Development Corporation. Valley Heartland is a community based organization dedicated to stimulating job creation and economic growth through business andPerson at presentation community development. Pictured right, Mr. Doherty (left) receiving the thanks of the Economic Development Committee from Bernice Moore (right). Also pictured Township Administrator-Clerk Yvonne L. Robert (centre). For more information about Valley Heartland, visit them at their website, www.valleycfdc.com 

Thank you to all those in attendance. The Committee hopes to see you at next year's award presentation, when the Manufacturing sector will be honoured.

Cedar Valley Golf & Country Club named 2003 Business of the Year

The Economic Development Committee of the Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley hosted the 2003 Business of the Year luncheon Wednesday October 8th at the SpeakerToledo legion. This year the award honoured the hospitality sector. Nominees included:

  • Cedar Valley Golf & Country Club
  • Edgewood Farms
  • Misty Pines Bed & Breakfast
  • Sunnidell Golf
  • Tincap Restaurant

The award was presented to Cedar Valley Golf & Country Club, 7041 Highway #29. Owner/Operator Reg Smith accepted the honour from Economic Development Committee Chairperson Terry McDonnell (pictured above) and received the plaque from Reeve Dave Mack (pictured right).

All businesses within the Township were invited to attend the luncheon, which is an annual tradition in Elizabethtown-Kitley. Each year the Township honours a different business rotating between the agricultural, manufacturing, service & hospitality sectors. This year, businesses in the hospitality sector were recognized for their contributions to the Township and the community.
Awards
Nominees are selected by the Economic Development Committee, and are interviewed by Committee members utilizing a questionnaire approved by the Committee. The questionnaire asks nominees to illustrate special projects that their companies have been involved with and what benefits these projects have brought to the community.

Cedar Valley Golf & Country Club brings such special projects to the community with their junior golf program for children who might otherwise never experience the game of golf and an annual free use of their facilities for a local charity fundraiser. In his acceptance speech, Reg Smith (pictured right), who has owned and operated the business since 1997, indicated his commitment to the continuance of such programs, and urged Elizabethtown-Kitley's business community to work together to strengthen the community's business network.

SpeakerMr. Smith's call to strengthen the business network within the Township was echoed by this year's luncheon guest speaker, Susan Fournier, a Business Retention and Expansion Consultant currently working with the Economic Development Committee of the Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley on a Business Retention and Expansion Project .

The project , which is underway, is designed to strengthen businesses within the Township, to focus on the need to attract new businesses, build a skilled workforce and to provide an early warning system designed to detect businesses within the Township that are in jeopardy of moving or closing.

The Business Retention and Expansion Project is accomplished through interviews with businesses in the Township. The results of the interviews, including the completed surveys, are then analyzed and recommendations are presented based on the analysis. A public meeting based on the data and recommendations and implementation will be held in November and December.

If you would like more information on the Business Retention and Expansion Project, please contact Susan Fournier at 613-283-1713 or email sfournier@brockville.com or Administrator-Clerk Yvonne L. Robert by calling 613-345-7480 or 1-800-492-3175 or email yrobert@elizabethtown-kitley.on.ca .

Congratulations once again to Cedar Valley Golf and Country Club, and thank you to all those who helped make the 2003 Business of the Year Luncheon a success!

For More Information

For more information on business in the Township, contact Deputy Clerk at 6544 New Dublin Road, RR 2 Addison ON K0E 1A0

Tel. 613-345-7480 or 1-800-492-3175
Fax. 613-345-7235
Email: mail@elizabethtown-kitley.on.ca

To learn more about the Economic Development Committee, visit the Committee section of our website by clicking here.

You can also visit the United Counties of Leeds & Grenville Economic Development Site here for more information on Economic Development within the area.

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Tel. 613-345-7480 or 1-800-492-3175, Fax. 613-345-7235, Email: mail@elizabethtown-kitley.on.ca

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