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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

So You Think You Can Cook?

Get Your Soup On !!!
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
11:30 am to 2:00 pm
Royal Canadian Legion
Branch 29 
Fort Frances

Sponsored by: Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce - Gizhewaadiziwin Health Access Centre - Riverside Healthcare Facilities Inc. - Valley Diabetes Education Centre.

  1. Soup must be precooked and include 3 of the 4 food groups.
    (Canada's Food Guide Food Groups: Vegetables and Fruit, Grain Products, Milk & Alternatives, Meat & Alternatives)
  2. You must provide 4 gallons of soup.
  3. Food Safety as per Northwestern Health Unit regulations:
    Soup must be prepared in an inspected kitchen (contact Brian Norris, Public Health Inspector if you have specific questions... (807) 274-9827.
    The venue will be available March 27th, if you do not have access to an inspected kitchen.
  4. Burners will be provided to all chefs.
  5. Set up:  Wednesday, March 28 starting at 9:00 a.m., must be ready by 11:15 a.m.
  6. Ladles, bowls, spoons, buns, and beverages will be provided.
  7. Complete and submit the registration form by March 16th to participate.
Register soon.... Limited Space!!!

Registration Form:
Phone #:
Soup Name:

Submit by email or fax to:

Fax: (807) 274-4838

***The proceeds from this event will be donated to local Food Banks***

Nutrition information has never been more accessible that right now; millions of Canadians have ready and easy access to the Internet and other forms of social media.  But not all the information is credible; myths and misinformation abound.  Nutrition Month 2012 is dedicated to busting up popular food and nutrition myths by bringing truths to Canadians from dietitians, the food and nutrition experts.

16th Annual Business Awards

Photo Courtesy of FF Times
The Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce's 16th Annual Business Awards Banquet, sponsored by Bell Canada, will be held on Thursday, February 23rd, 2012 at the Adventure Inn in Fort Frances.  Cocktails are to start at 6 pm, with dinner to follow at 6:30 pm.  Tickets are available at the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce office and the Rainy River Future Development office, and cost $45 each.

The Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce will recognize businesses, organizations and individuals for outstanding business achievement and the contributions made to the economic growth and prosperity of the Rainy River District.  Any business in the Rainy River District is eligible to be nominated.

Categories and Sponsors are as follows:

Business of the Year 1-15 Employees (Bell)
Business of the Year 16+ Employees (Bell)
Presented to a business who demonstrates a continued passion for excellence, shows growth and profitability and acts as a role model for other businesses.

Employee of the Year (The Westend Weekly)
Presented to an employee who shows outstanding merit in the performance of their duties and who exhibits a positive and supportive attitude both within their workplace and outside the workplace while representing their company.

Business Woman of the Year (Business Women's Network)
Pesented to business or professional woman from the Rainy River District who is committed to the growth and development of themselves, their business and the community.

Entrepreneur of the Year (Rainy River Future Development Corporation)
Presented to an entrepreneur who has demonstrated innovation, vision, and business growth.  The nominee may have founded a business, purchased an existing one and turned it around, or diversified a business.  The nominees must have been established in the Rainy River District for at least one year.

Home Based Business (ML Caron Electric)
This award honours a home operated business that consistently shows excellence and quality.  They will have established strong relationships with their customers and conduct their business as a business, not a hobby, and operate the business as a primary or secondary source of income.  They must have been in business for a least one year and show potential for future growth.

Customer Service Award Business (TD Bank)
Customer Service Award Individual (Good Impressions Printing)
Presented to a business and individual who has raised customer service to new standards of excellence by consistently providing high-quality customer services and continually exceeding customer expectations.

Volunteer of the Year/Tony Beyak Memorial (Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce)
Presented to an individual who has volunteered their time, efforts, knowledge or resources to the quality of life in the Rainy River District.  This award will recognize extraordinary leadership, innovation, and creativity.  The nominee must have provided significant support to the volunteer activities of the community. (Nominations must include a detailed explanation of experience, volunteer groups, clubs, and associations belonged to, duration for each, and reasoning for the nomination).

Safety Award Business or Individual (Ainsworth)
Recipients must have demonstrated a noticeable difference in safety performance either in the workplace or in the community; and an active commitment to, and participant in improving safety, either in the workplace, in the community, or both.

Small Business Trainer of the Year (NCDS)
Presented to a business of 15 employees or less, who consistently hires unskilled or under skilled workers, who mentor and provide work oriented education and training or apprenticeship opportunities to their employees.

Accessibility Award
This award serves to recognize outstanding accomplishments and efforts made to improve accessibility for persons with disabilities within Fort Frances and to recognize initiatives that serve to reduce barriers, both social and physical, for people with disabilities.

Accessibility Awareness
An individual, group or business that has demonstrated an ability to promote the awareness of accessibility in the community.

Architechural Improvement to Accessibility
An organization, group or business that has removed barriers that prevent people form using their services through renovation, improvement, etc.

Volunteer Access
An individual, group, or business that demonstrates and promotes the volunteer contributions of people with disabilities.

Community Access (Town of Fort Frances)
An individual, group, or business that demonstrates and promotes the inclusion of people with disabilities in leisure, recreational services, as learners or in the workplace.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Upcoming Seminars for February

Feb 1 (1pm-3pm)           How to Buy a Business  
Feb 7 (10am-12pm)       Business Opportunities and Ideas: Choosing the Right One
Feb 9 (12pm-2pm)         Lunch & Learn: How to Brand Your Small Business

Feb 14 (1pm-5pm)         Recruitment & Selection
Feb 15 (1pm-4pm)         CRA - Payroll Information Seminar
Feb 16 (10am-2pm)       Marketing Essentials:
                                          Positioning Your Business for Success - Day 1

Feb 17 (10am-12pm)     Marketing Essentials:
                                          Positioning Your Business for Success - Day 2
Feb 22 (1pm-4pm)         CRA - Small Business Tax Information Seminar
Feb 23 (1pm-3pm)         Facebook for Business

*For more information or to register for RRFDC workshops, please call 274-3276 at least 24 hours before the start of the seminar.  Seminars are $5.00 each, unless otherwise stated.

**If you have a community event that you would like added to this list, please email it to

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Did you know….?

The Rainy River Future Development Corporation has space on their website, free of charge, for persons who wish to sell, rent or lease their Rainy River District commercial or industrial properties.  For more information on how to list your commercial or industrial property with us, contact the office at 807-274-3276.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Community Chest Dinner

Photo Courtesy of the Fort Frances Times

The Fort Frances Community Chest has set Sunday, Feb. 12 at La Place Rendez-Vous as the date and location for its fundraiser dinner.

The dinner has been a very popular event in the past, drawing sold-out crowds of more than 200 people while raising thousands of dollars to provide financial aid to local families facing medical expenses.

Those wanting to donate a live or silent auction item, or offer a testimonial, can call Linda Hamilton (274-3221) or Joelle Blanc (274-7008).

Tickets for the dinner will go on sale at the Rendez-Vous at the beginning of next week.
Tickets will cost $35 each, or $300 for a table of 10.  Cocktails will be served at 5 p.m., with dinner to follow promptly at 6.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

January Video Conferencing Workshops

Please call the office at 274-3276 to register.

12th  1:00 – 4:30 CBSA Customs Workshop

18th  1:00 – 4:00 CRA – Electronic Services for Business Seminar

19th  12:00 – 2:00 Lunch and Learn: Optimize Your Sales and Grow Your Business

25th  2:00 – 4:00 Survey Design for Customer Research 

26th  1:00 – 4:00 CRA – Year End T4 Preparation Seminar