by Deron Johnston

The Old Town Kemptville BIA is looking into the possibility of hosting a series of workshops on creating a customized business plan and managing cash flow for small businesses. We’re calling it the Business Boot Camp Workshop Series. It will be available to anyone who is interested. There are a number of reasons to create a customized business plan including: to pursue funding to expand your business, to ensure the future of your business by creating a specific plan on how to move forward, and of course to help you create a detailed plan to help you start a business, if you’re currently an entrepreneur-in-waiting. Please take a minute to help us to maximize the benefit to workshop attendees by taking this very brief survey.

Back in the spring, we received a grant to help pay for the costs of helping our Downtown businesses improve their digital/online presence. The program is called Digital Main Street and the Old Town Kemptville BIA hired Megan McDonald to help our individual business members achieve this. Megan has been very busy this summer personally visiting individual businesses and sharing her knowledge and expertise with them. She has even assisted them in applying for grants of their own of up to $2500 each. To date, local businesses assisted by Megan, have been approved for $17,500 in grant funding. Megan has also shown other businesses how to enhance their current websites, how to build one and how to be more effective using social media. Unfortunately, Megan’s contract has ended with us, but we feel so strongly about the incredible impact that she has had on the businesses that she’s worked with, we want to review the program and potentially look at having Megan return to continue the amazing work she has done so far. For more information on the program, email [email protected].

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