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Friday, November 17, 2017 Success Stories

Coloured Aggregates in Marmora ReceivesColoured Aggregates Site Visit 800x600  Eastern Ontario Development Program Support

“We would like to thank Community Futures for their support through the EODP to expand our Marmora plant. This project has enabled us to grow our product line allowing us to access previously untapped global markets.”
Jeff Oravecz, Owner, Coloured Aggregates

Coloured Aggregates will benefit from an investment announced today by Community Futures Development Corporation of North & Central Hastings and South Algonquin (CFDC), and Mike Bossio, Member of Parliament for Hastings−Lennox and Addington.

For 45 years, Coloured Aggregates, a family-run business, has served a wide range of professionals in the pre-cast, architectural block, concrete ready-mix, paving, roofing and pole industries, to name just a few. The company, which houses a state-of-the-art onsite lab, continues to quarry, supply, and distribute an impressive range of colours, shades and mineral types of crushed aggregates and sand.

The CFDC of North & Central Hastings and South Algonquin is pleased to provide support with an investment of $100,000 under the Eastern Ontario Development Program’s Business Development stream. Through this investment, Coloured Aggregates will expand its services and production at its world-class processing plant in Marmora. The funding will support the purchase of a computerized sorting system that will allow for the creation of new and improved products to reach new and existing markets. The development of the new product line will strengthen and maintain six jobs and create two new full-time jobs. The project will have a beneficial spin-off effect as the company hired local contractors for the construction and installation of the brand new production line.

Friday, October 06, 2017 Success Stories


 “Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.” Demosthenes, Statesman & Orator, Ancient Greece.

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Hidden Goldmine Bakery, owned by Cheryl and Brad Freeman, established in 2004, demonstrates this approach. The Hidden Goldmine Bakery was honoured earlier this fall with the Members' Choice Award at the annual Awards Gala dinner of Community Futures Ontario. Cheryl's grandmother's brown sugar fudge recipe was the first stepping stone of evolution for this small business, which has continued to steadily grow over the past 12 years. The original Hidden Goldmine Fudge Nugget not only aligns with the history of their area (the first gold mine in Ontario) but it was immediately identified that this style of baking triggered a "just like Grandma used to make" memory for their customers and that selling this product, and the resulting nostalgic experience, was a winning idea.

This is a true grassroots story. Cheryl and her daughters would sell their baking at craft sales and fairs within their local communities. It's from these humble beginnings the Freemans created a small bakery (just 400 square feet) that was built onto their family home in 2007. No doubt, many of you local readers will recall visiting the bakery in those early days and the warmth associated with being welcomed into their home, literally.

Friday, August 11, 2017 Success Stories

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Bancroft North Hastings Heritage Museum establishes Genealogy Research Centre

Federal Investment of $3,000 to Increase Visitors and Create One Part-Time Job

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The Bancroft North Hastings Heritage Museum will benefit from an investment announced today by the Community Futures Development Corporation (CFDC) of North & Central Hastings and South Algonquin and Mike Bossio, Member of Parliament for Hastings−Lennox and Addington.

The CFDC of North & Central Hastings and South Algonquin is pleased to provide support to the Bancroft North Hastings Heritage Museum with an investment of $3,000 through the Community Futures Program. The funding will support the establishment of a Genealogy Research Centre. The new Centre is an important part of the Museum’s expanding programs and offerings, which will result in an increase in the number of visitors and one part-time job.

People of all ages are participating in retrieving historical data associated with their families. If you have ever wondered about your ancestors, you will now be able to research your family tree at the new Genealogy Research Centre with the assistance of staff and volunteers at the Bancroft North Hastings Heritage Museum.

The Bancroft Museum offers many documents, photos and artifacts which can be used in these searches. This generous contribution from the CFDC will allow the Museum to combine the historical information now housed locally with the opportunities offered online. With the addition of computer equipment, genealogy resources will be available to the public, including searches by surname, historical persons, obituaries and historical collections such as vital records, census and military records and family searches.

Monday, July 24, 2017 Success Stories


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   Adding Value to Your Waterfront Property

“Innovation is the specific instrument of entrepreneurship. The act that endows resources with a new capacity to create wealth.” says Peter Drucker, "the founder of modern management."

Cottage Docks Inc., established 2003, demonstrates this innovation. Constantly creative & innovative, their main objective is to provide a dock system that is specific to your needs and that adds to the value of your property
by providing high quality waterfront products such as boat lifts, docks and accessories.

Cottage Docks Inc. has been a client of Community Futures Development Corporation of North & Central Hastings and South Algonquin (CFDC) since 2012. In 2015, Cottage Docks Inc. owner, James Train saw an opportunity in the market for a better option for docking personal watercraft. The existing norm was to simply tie the watercraft off to the side of the dock. Train worked to develop a better solution.

Cottage Docks Inc. Offers Innovative Docking Solution for Personal Water Craft Owners

Train developed a new product that becomes part of the existing docking system that protects the watercraft and rider when leaving or docking. He created a floating dry dock system that you just drive on and roll off that attaches and blends into your existing floating dock. With the support of CFDC who provided advice and financing including a non-repayable contribution through the Eastern Ontario Development Program (EODP), Cottage Docks Inc. was successful in taking a product idea from concept to production and to market. Cottage Docks Inc. offers a great system for docking of the Personal Water Craft (PWC) Port. Jim Etmanski, CFDC Chair, says that “Innovation and job creation are alive and well in North Hastings. This project is just what we are looking for in support of business expansion into new markets through innovation.”

Friday, April 28, 2017 Success Stories

Bancroft Family Health Team (BFHT) Receives Eastern Ontario Development Program Support

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Regarding the BFHT's Project:
“One of the most important aspects of this program is removing barriers to care for those patients that are the most vulnerable and unable to attend out of town appointments. Patients that are facing many challenges such as poverty, lack of transportation, and employment security were previously not able to get advanced specialist health care before this program was implemented.”
  Sandra McGrath, Executive Director
  Bancroft Family Health Team

The Bancroft Family Health Team will benefit from an investment announced April 27, 2017 by Community Futures Development Corporation (CFDC) of North & Central Hastings and South Algonquin and Mike Bossio, Member of Parliament for Hastings−Lennox and Addington.

The CFDC of North & Central Hastings and South Algonquin is pleased to provide support to the Bancroft Family Health Team with an investment of $88,000 over two years under the Eastern Ontario Development Program’s Community Innovation stream. The funding will support technological innovation. Through this project, local healthcare services have been expanded, utilizing technology to provide remote access to specialists in urban centres. The project has resulted in three new jobs and the strengthening of two existing jobs, which will benefit Bancroft and area.

Commenting on the project, Dr. Carolyn Brown, a Bancroft, ON physician, said, “This technology opens up a world of possibility. Rather than having to spend the day going to the city for a specialist appointment, at least some of these visits can now take place at our new medical centre, right here in Bancroft.”

This project provides the Bancroft Family Health Team the option to offer some of these appointments in their facility through the use of cutting edge technology. By using telemedicine and video conferencing, patients now have better access to specialized medical care.

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    Wilson Forest Products Ltd. Wilson Forest Products accessed matched funding through the Eastern Ontario Development Program in order to realize a significant increase in production. Learn more about what they did in the following video.
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  • Ormsby Village Woodworking: OSEB Success Story
    With the support of the Ontario Self Employment Benefit (OSEB) program, Ingo Weise launched Ormsby Village Woodworking - a successful woodworking business that re-fashions pallette wood into rustic furniture, clocks etc. To learn more about Ingo's business and the OSEB, check out the video...  
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    In addition to providing some supporting marketing dollars, the Enright Cattle Company in Tweed, Ontario accessed Eastern Ontario Development Program (EODP) funds in order to implement a high-tech solution for tracking their beef. The unique barcode system allows them to track their beef products with Farm to Fork traceability! See it in action in their video below... An OMAFRA video project
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  • McRae Lumber Equipment Upgrades - VIDEO
    McRae Lumber Equipment Upgrades - VIDEO The McRae Lumber Company is located in Whitney, Ontario and has been manufacturing high quality hardwood and softwood products for over 90 years. In an effort to add to their product mix and create efficiencies, McRae's applied to the Eastern Ontario Development Program through Community Futures for funding support. The non-repayable funding contribution they received made it possible for them to move ahead with their desired equipment upgrades. The innovative upgrades have resulted in a…
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  • Forestry Day 2014
    Forestry Day 2014 On Thursday, May 29, 2014 the second edition of Forestry Day took place at Joy Bible Camp near Bancroft. Forestry Day was first offered in the spring of 2012 and was seen as a great success. 237 grade 7 and 8 students from schools from as far away as the southern part of Hastings County took part in this great event where the local forest industry invites students to take part in a field day…
    Written on Sunday, 22 June 2014 20:00 Read 976 times

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