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Small Businesses Can Save Your Community

 Small business districts lend character to a community and keep profits recirculating in the local economy. Photo credit: Johnny Sanphillippo Small businesses can be underappreciated and under-supported, and that’s a shame. After all, when a downtown is filled with cool coffee shops, locally owned restaurants, microbreweries, and quirky boutiques—together with plenty of strong non-retail players like architects, ad agencies, and attorneys—that downtown is often the heart and soul of a vibrant community.

A strong small business presence—especially one that thrives in the context of a busy, livable, walkable downtown—is what gives a community its character. It creates that sense of “place” that attracts tourists, young people and empty nesters (increasing numbers of both groups want to live downtown), a talented workforce, and yes, bigger businesses and other investors who drive further growth.

Read Small Businesses Can Save Your Community by Quint Studer at Strong Towns.

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August 8, 2018 at 10:53 am Leave a comment

Federal agency partners with plastic-zapping microwave company from Montreal

Pyrowave’s patented product breaks down plastic items, like Styrofoam cups or food containers, back into their original compounds. They can then be sold back to companies that want to re-make those same plastic products, or other plastic products made of the same ingredients. It saves companies from having to source new ingredients for plastic from crude oil, and in the process, reduces landfill waste, waste hauling and waste incineration.

Read Federal agency partners with plastic-zapping microwave company from Montreal by Elizabeth McSheffrey at the National Observer.

July 11, 2018 at 10:30 am Leave a comment

Cornwall Innovation Centre founds and funds the Ontario Emerging Jobs Institute

If the Cornwall Innovation Centre (CIC) gets its way, the city and SDG will become the epicentre of training for jobs in the agriculture technology — or agritech — industry in Ontario.

The centre has decided to open a new institute at the Nav Centre to provide people with the knowledge required to land cutting-edge agritech jobs with salaries that can run up to $80,000 or $90,000.

Oh, and by the way, the training is free.

On Friday morning the CIC held a press conference to announce it had received $477,000 from the province’s Skills Catalyst Fund to establish the Ontario Emerging Jobs Institute in Cornwall

Read Cornwall Innovation Centre founds and funds the Ontario Emerging Jobs Institute by Alan S. Hale at the Cornwall Standard Freeholder.

April 16, 2018 at 11:08 am Leave a comment

Solving Climate Change — The Opportunity for Business with Katharine Wilkinson

Project Drawdown is the most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming and reach the point in time when the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere begins to decline on a year-to-year basis. Hear from Project Drawdown on how its team of PhDs developed the plan, based on existing solutions and technologies, and how businesses can act on these opportunities now to put carbon back where it belongs

April 11, 2018 at 9:46 am Leave a comment

Farming hub Homestead Organics going out of business

A major organic seed, feed and milling company headquartered in eastern Ontario is going to close its doors after hitting financial trouble in the midst of a more competitive industry.

Tom Manley, president of Homestead Organics, said the 30-year-old company will be closing its doors in a matter of days because of pressure from its creditors and banks.

The company started in Berwick, Ont., a town halfway between Ottawa and Cornwall, and, over the course of the last four years, expanded to Morrisburg and then Sebringville, near Stratford.

“Our mission is to serve and develop organic agriculture and after 30 years my head is high and I believe we have achieved that,” he said.

Read Farming hub Homestead Organics going out of business by Mathew Kupfer at CBC News.

April 9, 2018 at 9:42 am Leave a comment

Stop the Leakage: How food-centered urban design solves economic challenges

Stop the Leakage: How food-centered urban design solves economic challengesWhat happens when you eat the wrong food over and over again? We call it “leakage.” Leakage is when capital exits the economy rather than remaining in it. Our current food system as designed (or left un-designed) is a constant source of leakage for our cities and a missed opportunity for urban planners.

What if city designs included space for urban farming to provide a percentage of the calories required by their inhabitants? What if the community saw urban farming as an opportunity for economic growth and employment? What if the local government spent the same amount of money on the education, distribution, and land leasing to create food related jobs as it did on to attracting big businesses?

Let’s consider how much money could be kept in the local economy by creating our own urban food plan, giving local farmers the opportunity to supply the food sold at local grocery stores and restaurants.

Read Stop the Leakage: How food-centered urban design solves economic challenges by Nathan Pickard at Strong Towns.

February 19, 2018 at 12:20 pm Leave a comment

The Nursing Home That’s Also a Dorm

More retirement and nursing homes are asking college students to move in, an arrangement that benefits everyone.

On his way home from class, Jurriën Mentink takes a slight detour to pick up some fresh fillets from the fishmonger. His neighbor has an affinity for fish and, since he cycles by the market anyway, it’s really no trouble.

After paying, he hops back on his bike and heads home. He’ll visit his neighbor, have dinner, maybe do some studying or kick back to watch TV. Much like any other university student.

Except home is a nursing home. And his neighbor just turned 93.

Read The Nursing Home That’s Also a Dorm by Tiffany R. Jansen at City Lab.

February 7, 2018 at 11:42 am Leave a comment

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