Despite a drop in visiting tourists, some local businesses still had a good summer season thanks to a number of construction projects, including the bio-mass boiler, the new youth detention facility, and repairs to roads and the Noden Causeway.
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District businesses will be in the spotlight next Saturday (Nov. 8) for the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce’s 13th-annual business awards, presented by Bell.
Chamber manager Dawn Booth said organizers are gearing up for the gala, which will be held at La Place Rendz-Vous.
Entitled “Our Vision . . . Our Future . . . Our Town,” council approved the town’s corporate strategic plan at Monday night’s meeting, setting an ambitious number of goals for the Town of Fort Frances to strive towards in the next two years and beyond.
Some residents in the Emo Road area were disappointed by town council’s decision to approve a zoning bylaw amendment in their neighbourhood Monday night—and plan to take the matter to the Ontario Municipal Board.
In further effort to promote Fort Frances as a place to invest in, live in, and visit as a tourist, local economic development officer Geoff Gillon unveiled a new economic development plan to town council at its regular meeting Monday evening.
If you run your own business and have ever been confused about how sales tax works, then you’ll want to sign up for the PST/GST seminar being hosted tonight (Oct. 23) from 6-9 p.m. at the Rainy River Future Development Corp. office here.
The current BR&E project is a continuation of a study first conducted in 2001 by then BR&E intern Crystal Angus.
A comparative analysis provided in the report released yesterday show that while some things changed quite a bit in seven years, other issues persisted.
In 2001, 54 local businesses were surveyed, compared to 86 this time around.
The 86 businesses interviewed were from five different sectors, including manufacturing, agriculture, tourism, retail/service, and other.
More than 50 percent were incorporated, and more than 50 percent were in the retail industry. Fifty-four of the 86 had less than 10 employees while 87 percent of the owners were involved in the day-to-day operations.
The Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce unveiled its 2008 Business Retention and Expansion report yesterday, outlining the opinions of 86 local businesses that participated in a survey over the past year and the resulting action plan that hopefully helps build a better tomorrow for them.
With the official deadline to nominate a deserving individual or business for the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce’s annual business awards having come and gone yesterday, organizers are looking for people to act fast and submit more nominees in three award categories.