Important Announcements

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

January 2014 Video Conferencing

All Seminars are FREE!  Please call RRFDC at 274.3276 to register for any of the following:
(24 Advance Notice Preferred)

January 7, 2014
Doing Business in Canada: A Guide for New Canadians
9 am-12 pm
CMBSC Video Seminar
January 9, 2014
Am I Ready for Self-Employment
1 pm to 3 pm
CMBSC Video Seminar
January 15, 2014
Personal & Business Finance: Budgeting for Success
10:30 am to 12 pm
CMBSC Video Seminar
January 21, 2014
Learn to be Profitable:
Pricing & Costing
1 pm to 4 pm
CMBSC Video Seminar
January 23, 2014
Introduction to Income Statements
1 pm to 3 pm
CMBSC Video Seminar
January 29, 2014
Social Media Kick Starter (Part 1) Marketing
1 pm to 3 pm
CMBSC Video Seminar
January 30, 2014
Introduction to Balance Sheets
1 pm to 3 pm
CMBSC Video Seminar

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Attention Business Owners & Managers
  Don't miss this opportunity to expand your business and increase your sales. The Northwest Business Centre is hosting a workshop on Creating & Communicating Your Brand Story on Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 5 pm at La Place Rendezvous. 

Tickets are $30 + HST ($33.90) includes dinner and are available at Rainy River Future Development Corporation. 

Call 274-3276 for more information or pick up your tickets at 608 Scott Street, Fort Frances. You don't want to miss this innovative, informative
and inspirational event.

Monday, August 19, 2013

KRAFT~TSN Celebration Tour Coming to Fort Frances !!!!

The Fort Frances Curling Club, Kraft and TSN proudly present the Kraft Celebration Tour 2013 coming to Fort Frances on Sunday, August 25, 3pm-6pm at the Fort Frances Sorting Gap Marina, on the waterfront.

Join TSN Sports Centre hosts, Darren Dutchyshen and Jennifer Hedger for an autograph session at Safeway from 12 pm to 1 pm. After that, head on down to the Sorting Gap Marina for some Celebrity Street Curling from 2 pm to 3pm. 

A free community BBQ will be held at 3 pm, with the $25,000 cheque presentation being made to the Fort Frances Curling Club at 4:15 pm.  

Following that, TSN Sports Centre will be broadcasting LIVE from the Sorting Gap at 5 pm.   

Bring your signs, dress like a Kraft product, decorate your homes and businesses.  We had the MOST votes, so let's have the biggest WELCOME for Kraft & TSN in Fort Frances!!!!!!

THANK YOU to everyone who voted and supported this event.


If you can't make it down to the Sorting Gap, be sure to watch on channel TSN.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Red Cross Fundraiser...Fort Frances

Press Release...
Walmart Canada launches campaign to raise $3 million for the Canadian Red Cross...
$3,133.70 is Fort Frances fundraising goal
July 26 2013, Walmart Canada is gearing up for its annual cross-country campaign to raise crucial funds for Canadian Red Cross disaster response and preparedness activities.  The campaign will run in Walmart stores from August 1 to 25, with an ambitious goal of raising $3 million, of which over $700,000 are matching funds from Walmart
“The funds raised through the Campaign will help ensure that the Canadian Red Cross is ready to respond when disasters strike in our community and communities across the province,” says spokesperson Keri Rafter, Disaster Management Coordinator “We’re very excited to work with Walmart during this campaign and hope that Walmart customers and the Fort Frances community will continue their generous support of the Canadian Red Cross.”  
From the floods in Western Canada, the train derailment in Quebec and extreme heat alerts in Southern Ontario to the Northwestern Ontario floods, forest fires and Host Community responses, Red Cross is there in times of need for Canadians whose lives are disrupted due to disaster.” 
The following events will be taking place during the campaign:
Event 1            Saturday August 10th 10am-2pm, Walmart Blitz Day! Red Cross Volunteers along with local Fire Services will be at the store, helping bag items and showing their support with other fun activities.
Event 2            Saturday August 10th 7pm at the Adventure Inn – Personal Preparedness Workshop and Information seminar. Everyone welcome to attend!
Supporting the Red Cross is easy. At the Walmart checkout, Walmart associates will give customers the opportunity to make a donation to support the work of the Canadian Red Cross in our community. Walmart Canada will match these donations up to $2,000 per store.
The Canadian Red Cross is a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, which includes the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Committee of the Red Cross and over 185 national Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. The Canadian Red Cross mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity in Canada and around the world.
For more information or to arrange an interview:

For More information please contact:
Canadian Red Cross Media Line                        Local Branch: Dryden and District
(416) 442-1948                                                 (807) 223-4751 toll free 1-888-277-9089

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Fort Frances Named as 10th Community on Kraft Celebration Tour 2013 !!!

*edited for change of location...

From TSN:

After two weeks and more than 3 million votes, Canadians have chosen the 10th and final winning community for the 2013 Kraft Celebration Tour, with Fort Frances, Ont. winning a national, head-to-head online vote over Dryden, Ont. Fort Frances garnered 518,082 votes to Dryden's 272,292, which total as the most and second most votes cast in this year's campaign. As part of the Kraft Celebration Tour, Fort Frances receives $25,000 to put towards maintaining the Fort Frances Curling Club.

Fort Frances will also host a special edition of SPORTSCENTRE featuring anchors Darren Dutchyshen and Jennifer Hedger when they wrap up the 2013 Kraft Celebration Tour live from the northwestern Ontario community on Sunday, Aug. 25 at 6 p.m. ET on TSN.

“It's great to see the growth of the sport of curling in Fort Frances,” said Jack Hewitt, Vice-President, Marketing Insights and Services, Kraft Canada. “We're very pleased to support the Fort Frances Curling Club and invest in ensuring the facility continues to play an important role in inspiring youth and adults to get and stay active.”

From RRFDC staff:  

Thank you to all who voted for our community last Friday/Saturday in the Kraft Celebration Tour 2013 match up between Fort Frances and Dryden, Ontario. All of your votes (over 1/2 million)  has helped our community win the match against Dryden and give us the chance to be part of the TSN~Kraft Celebration Tour 2013.  

We would also like to thank The City of Dryden for being our competitor in this event and giving us a great challenge.  

We especially appreciate all those who kept on voting and voting, for hours on end, to make this happen for our community.  It is amazing to see how our community, along with our friends in the rest of the District, across the Border in International Falls, other areas of Northwestern Ontario, and across the world, can pull together and support us.  

*Be sure to attend the TSN visit on Sunday, Aug. 25 at 5 p.m at the Sorting Gap Marina in Fort Frances, where a community BBQ, sponsored by Kraft Canada and TSN will be held,  or watch live on TV,  TSN sports channel @  6 pm EST, 5pm local time. Everyone is welcome.

Monday, July 08, 2013

August 2013 Video Conferencing Schedule

August 7th:        1 pm - 3 pm     Branding Basics

August 13th:      12 pm -3 pm    Your Business Plan -  Operations & Financial

August 22nd:     10 am-12 pm   Developing Proposals   

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

RRFDC AGM in Rainy River

The Rainy River Future Development held their Annual General Meeting at the Legion Hall in Rainy River on June 18, 2013 at 7 p.m.

Chairman George Emes welcomed everyone in attendance and introduced the Board of Directors, as well as the Business Investment Committee (BIC), and the Regional Economic Development Committee (REDC).  

The municipalities of Alberton, Chapple, Emo, Fort Frances, Lake of the Woods, LaVallee, and Rainy River were recognized for their financial participation in the RRFDC in support of economic development throughout the Rainy River District, and special acknowledgement was given to the Township of Morley, for their support this year through per capita contribution.

A presentation was made to retiring Board members Russ Fortier (present) and Tony Marinaro, who were thanked for their service on the Board over the past few years.

Mayor Deb Ewald (Town of Rainy River), then said a few words to the audience along with Garry McKinnon, (Atikokan Economic Development Corporation and OACFDC regional representative).

Garry McKinnon, AEDC/OACFDC speaks to the audience
at the 2013 Annual General Meeting

The corporation's auditor, Jeff Busniuk (Grant Thornton LLP) presented the Audited Financial Statements to the members and called for any questions.

Jim Belluz, RRFDC Board Member, read the Nominating Committee Report, and the following 3 names were put forth for candidates to the Board: 

Martin Dufresne
Ken McKinnon
Anne Renaud

With only three persons running and four positions available, they were elected by acclamation to the Board, leaving one position vacant.  Anne Renaud of Confederation College is new to the Board this year and RRFDC welcomes her to the Corporation.

After the General Meeting, Geoff Gillon, Regional Economic Developer gave a presentation to the crowd on the Activities of the RRFDC over the past year.  Refreshments and light conversation occurred after the presentation.

The RRFDC would like to thank everyone who came out to the meeting and extended their gratitude to the municipal partners who support us throughout the year through per Capita contributions.  

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

BIZ Kids Coming to Fort Frances !!!

The Northwest Business Centre is pleased to announce BizKids Camps will be running for youth aged 9-12 once again this summer across the Kenora Rainy River District. This year we will be running our eighth BizKid$ Camp in Kenora, our fourth in Dryden, our second in Fort Frances and are very excited to expand the program, partnering with Chukuni Communities Development Corporation to offer our first BizKids Camp in Red Lake.

BizKid$ is a day camp that runs for 5 days. Hosted by the Northwest Business Centre in partnership with the Northern Youth Entrepreneurship Initiative, support from numerous local sponsors in each community plays an important part in delivery of this program.

The camp gives children between the ages of 9 and 12 hands-on experience with planning, organizing and operating a real storefront business. Campers gain a basic overview of entrepreneurship through exciting interactive games and activities, presentations from local entrepreneurs and field trips to local businesses. The young entrepreneurs will dream up a business idea at the beginning of the week and build their business with what they have learned, working towards the grand finale, Market Day.

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On Market Day, campers will put what they've learned into action! Campers have the opportunity to set up a business and operate it for 3 hours. Nothing boosts self-esteem and confidence among young people quite like the experience of running their own business for a day and selling the product they have created themselves. says Diane Schwartz-Williams of the Northwest Business Centre. We know from previous campers that this will be an unforgettable experience, and we have seen how it instills entrepreneurial and business values, attitudes and skills that will create opportunities for campers later in life, she added.

Registration is now open for all four camps with special early bird pricing up to 2 weeks before camp dates. There are only 14 spots at each camp and they reach capacity quickly. BizKids Camps take place:

July 8th 12th in Dryden
July 22nd 26th in Red Lake
August 12th 16th in Kenora
August 19th 23rd in Fort Frances

For more information or to register for BizKid$ contact Cameron Chambers, 467-3526, or visit

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Yard Sale Day at the Market !!! Saturday, June 8th

The market is hosting a Yard Sale day from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and would like to invite everyone to empty your garage and raid your closet!
  Farmers Market
Bring those "gently-used" items to the market and turn a profit.   Yard sale vendors will set up outside for a low fee of $10.

Avoid the hassle of organizing your own yard sale and come to the market where there already are customers!  Interested individuals are asked to book a space in advance via e-mail at:

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Dragon Boat Festival

Dragon Boat
Fort Frances Marina ~ Monday July 1, 2013 ~ 10:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.

Come on down to the Sorting Gap and join in the fun at the 2nd annual Boundary Waters Dragon Boat Festival!  This FUN event features amateur crews competing against each other.  2012 Dragon Boat Photos 14 paddlers on each team, plus one drummer. Team members between the ages of 14 and 18 must obtain a guardian's signature to participate. There must be a minimum of 8 females on each team.
 $25 per person* registration fee covers event costs.
*Non-refundable and non- transferable.

 Teams participate in 250 metre sprints followed by the semi-finals then the final race. You don't need to be a superstar; Dragon Boating suits all ages and athletic abilities!  Each team will attend one practice for one hour during the week prior to the Festival.

Register today as a team, or as an individual - and we will find you a team! Click on the Registration page or call Sarah at 274-2282.

We are also looking for volunteers to help out during the event.  To volunteer, please call Sarah or fill out a volunteer form and drop it off at NCDS or fax to 274-2352.

Volunteer Form:
Registration Page:

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Fort Frances Fly-in Drive-in BBQ

Car Shows in June

The Wild Child'z Car Show will be held at the Fort Frances High School on Friday, June 7, 2013 at 1:00-3:00 p.m.
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The International Early Iron Car Club will be having their Annual Scott Street Show and Shine on Saturday, June 8, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.  BBQ Food available.

Registration for the Show & Shine is $15 per vehicle, with trophies, draws, and prizes for the participants including the spectators vote for the "People's Choice" trophy.

For more information, please call Wayne 274-1450 or Al 486-0360.
Everyone Welcome!!!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Social Media Workshop

Rainy River Future Development Corporation, in partnership with the Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre is hosting a Social Media Strategy Workshop.

This workshop is designed for business owners, managers, and staff that are in charge of the social media marketing in your business or organization.  The ICT Specialist from the Innovation Centre will present on the secrets of social media.  After the general presentation, there will be 12 spots available for a coaching session.  Please book now to hold your spot as seating is limited.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Emo Farmers' Market


Emo Farmers' Market
Every Saturday
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Under the Grandstand at the Fairgrounds in Emo.

All locally made, baked or grown products...Come out to support our vendors and help our market grow.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Solar Greenhouse Presentation

The Fort Frances Horticultural Society  is sponsoring a talk by Leo Hunnakko of Nolalu on his GH365 passive solar greenhouse system that is suitable for constructing a community greenhouse. 

It will be held at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre on May 21, 2013 at 2 p.m.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Clover Valley Farmers' Market

Great Season planned for 2013!  We need more Vendors!!!

Clover Valley Farmers' Market saw an upswing in sales and customers in 2012, and this trend appears likely to continue in 2013.  The growing interest in local food bodes well for our Farmers' Market.  As a result, we need more vendors!

The Farmers' Market offers:

  • A great value on Advertising:  The Market uses a variety of advertising to promote its vendors' products: radio, newspaper, billboard, black mobile sign and sandwich boards.  Our presence on our website, Facebook and Twitter continues to expand.  Best of all, if you are a vendor in front of hundreds of people every week at the Market, you create the most effective advertising of all...word of mouth!  You get to interact directly with customers to promote and sell products.
  • The Market Store continues to expand and attract market patrons, so we offer competitively priced at 25%.
  • A comfortable, convenient venue: You are safely out of the hot sun or rain with tavles set up ready to fill with products.
Seasonal Registration Deadline is April 12th:
  • Book a space for the full May through October season!  Vendors can save $144 by paying the seasonal fee.
  • Book a single Saturday. By booking in advance you ensure advertising coverage.
Contact Deb Cornell, Manager at:
Phone:   807-486-3409

EASTER MARKET:  Thursday, March 28 - Noon to 6 pm & Saturday March 30 - 9 am to 1 pm.
See you at the Market !!!

Easter Market

Monday, February 04, 2013

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

FREE Workshops !!!

All video conferencing workshops in January are FREE !!!
Please call the RRFDC at 807-274-3276 to sign up...