213"With assistance from our local Community Futures, we were able to create more efficiency when processing sales. Thanks to updated modules for our systems, inventory and ordering times have been reduced drastically. Connecting our website with our inventory has created a much more efficient experience for online buyers."
Janis Whitehead, Co-owner, Old Tin Shed

The Old Tin Shed will benefit from an investment announced January 10, 2017 by Community Futures Development Corporation of North & Central Hastings and South Algonquin (CFDC) 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 for the Integration of New Technology with an investment of $14,212 under the Eastern Ontario Development Program’s Business Development stream. The funding will support technological innovation leading to the creation of a new internet-based sales platform, resulting in increased productivity and efficiencies and three new jobs.

 The Old Tin Shed, which sells home décor and gifts, will be launching a new online store utilizing Shopify to streamline and grow sales resulting in increased employment opportunities for our area. The integration of this new technology will increase online sales and provide a more efficient customer experience. The owners of the Old Tin Shed have worked hard to ensure their customers have an exceptional and unique retail experience, whether in person or online.

The Eastern Ontario Development Program (EODP) advances economic development in rural eastern Ontario. Through EODP, Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) is collaborating with Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs) in eastern Ontario to promote the growth of new and existing businesses in rural communities.

Quick Facts

  • The Old Tin Shed, established 2003, is a multiple award-winning retailer including: Canadian Retailer of the Year (CanGift 2014) and Tourism Business of the Year (Hastings County 2014) for their innovative approach to the retail experience.
  • CFDC of North & Central Hastings and South Algonquin is one of the 15 CFDCs in eastern Ontario funded by FedDev Ontario. CFDCs deliver a wide variety of programs and services to support community economic development and small business growth. They employ local staff and are each governed by a volunteer board of directors, made up of local residents representing the community.
  • CFDC of North & Central Hastings and South Algonquin has provided $37.5 million in loans to 860 local businesses and community organizations, creating and/or maintaining 2800 jobs in just 25 years.

Quotes

I believe strongly that rural Canadians have the ideas and a vast, under-tapped capacity for driving economic growth in this country, so I am very pleased to see this investment in the Old Tin Shed to allow them to increase in the digital marketplace and create new jobs in Bancroft. I wish the company all the best of success.”
Mike Bossio, Member of Parliament, Hastings-Lennox and Addington

“Community Futures is proud of the work being done by The Old Tin Shed, a national and regional award-winning retailer and rural innovator. With their high-level customer service approach to the retail experience, we are thrilled to support The Old Tin Shed with this investment to grow and expand their business through the Eastern Ontario Development Program. Congratulations to the Old Tin Shed!”
Jim Etmanski, Chair CFDC of North & Central Hastings and South Algonquin

"With assistance from our local Community Futures, we were able to create more efficiency when processing sales. Thanks to updated modules for our systems, inventory and ordering times have been reduced drastically. Connecting our website with our inventory has created a much more efficient experience for online buyers."
Janis Whitehead, Co-owner, Old Tin Shed

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CFDC Media Relations Contact
Mary Lynn Rutledge
613 332-5564 or 1-800-465-4119
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