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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: