Engaging Business


Leeds Grenville Economic Development eNews

The United Counties of Leeds and Grenville Economic Development Office is continuing to work on the largest multi-level Business Retention + Expansion (BR+E) program in the region.

The Counties and the communities of Augusta, Merrickville-Wolford and Rideau Lakes have partnered in the project that has staff and volunteers directly connecting with businesses in the region. Nearly 80 of the estimated 300 business surveys have been completed.

Shelbi McFarlane, Business Development Officer, will be focusing her energy on the program with support from Samantha Kinsella, who is taking the Office Administration program at St. Lawrence College, along with the rest of the Economic Development staff team.

“The BR+E program interviews have been going exceedingly well. Building relationships with the local businesses in the region has allowed us to address immediate concerns and support expansion opportunities,” says Ann Weir, Manager of the Counties Economic Development Office. The information gathered during the interviews will be aggregated to help build future economic development strategies and activities for the Counties and its partner program communities.

The Economic Development staff will be reconnecting with volunteers, and in the upcoming weeks connecting with some of the region’s businesses. If you are a business interested in being part of the Counties BR+E program, please call Shelbi McFarlane at 613-342-3840 ext. 5361 or email [email protected]


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