With approximately 80% of job creation stemming from existing business, ongoing Business Retention and Expansion (BR+E) activities are an integral part of North Grenville’s Economic Development Strategy. An innovative BR+E Alliance was formed in the fall of 2011 to work collaboratively to assist local businesses and maximize service provision. The group is made up of local business service organizations from across the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville that are collaborating to enhance the local business community.
The BR+E Alliance hosted a Business Seminar Series, which was launched during Small Business Week in October 2011 and ran until April 12, 2012. With over 250 participants in attendance over the series of four seminars, the business community engaged in some excellent capacity-building and networking opportunities. The Alliance hopes to offer hands-on workshops in 2012-2013.
So what does this have to do with the creative economy anyways?
Creative industries play an increasingly important role in today’s competitive global economy. In challenging economic conditions, creative industries are both politically and economically appealing because of their potential as a source of employment and entrepreneurial endeavor, as well as for the talent and vision they foster.
With its proximity to Ottawa, North Grenville is developing into a cultural centre attractive for those wishing to be close to the arts and culture scene of the Nation’s Capital, yet wanting to enjoy the small-town atmosphere offered by Kemptville and its surrounding areas.
Every budding entrepreneur needs the overhead capital to launch their new business and develop their skills as their business grows. It is also critical to develop networks and a sense of community, as well as foster creativity and forward thinking.
The BR+E Alliance Seminar Series provides entrepreneurs and visionaries with the business savvy required to develop their businesses and build their markets. The business service organizations that make up the BR+E Alliance benefit because they streamline their services, they connect with more entrepreneurs, and meet their mandates in more effective ways. This innovative new Alliance has boosted the success of local entrepreneurial endeavours in creative industries and proved to be a great success for all involved.