Community Development Department Newsletter



January 2018


'Selling Food to Ontario' OMAFRA Training Workshop


Are you starting or growing a food business? Don't miss this 'Selling Food to Ontario' Training Workshop, happening on Tuesday, February 27th from 9am - 3:30pm (registration begins at 8:30am). The event takes place at the Lennox & Addington County Museum & Archives, located at 97 Thomas Street East in Napanee.

This workshop focuses on small producers/processors looking to value-add or expand into a different market and presents ‎information about selling through different marketing channels, labeling requirements, food trends, etc. You'll hear from staff from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs, KFLA Public Health, and have the opportunity to network with like-minded individuals in the local food industry.



The winter provides business owners and operators a chance to reflect on last year’s busy season, to plan and strategize for next season, and take advantage of growth opportunities. The successful Winter Survival Workshop series, now in its fifth year has been fostering and motivating fresh ideas and helping local businesses take advantage of opportunities to expand, improve, reach new markets and become more efficient since 2013.


In partnership with The Small Business Centre, PELA CFDC and the Prince Edward County Chamber of Commerce, The County’s Winter Survival Workshops deliver important and relevant training and education to small businesses in Prince Edward County to help them stay competitive  



January 30:     Valuing a Business for Sale or Purchase/Succession Planning

February 6:      Building Better Businesses
                        ---6 Steps to Building a Better Business
                        ---5 Ways to Profits, Growth for any Business
                        ---Why Businesses Fail (with a positive spin)


February 13:    Developing the Marketing Portion of your Business Plan

February 20:    Photography and Design Workshop I
                        (ONLY for those who have not participated in this workshop with
                         Ruth Gangbar & Chris Gentile previously.) 


February 27:    Photography and Design Workshop II
                        (pre-requisite - Photography & Design Workshop I)

March 6:          Diversity Workshop


April:                Food Handling Course (date TBD)



Description and registration details available at  Build a New Life - Winter Survival Workshops



Regional Job Fair Participation

The Community Development Department will be participating in a number of regional Job Fairs in February.  Employers wishing to sign up for a booth, registration details are below. Should you have any questions on the below Job/Career Fairs, please contact Grace Nyman, Community Development Coordinator,,   613.476.2148 x2502


February 7, 2018 – Loyalist College
For:               Justice, Business, Media, Arts + Design, Skills and Technology,                                Human Studies (Child and Youth Care, ECE, DSW) Courses
Time:             10 am to 1pm


Booth Location:  Link Lounge
---School of Skilled Trades & Technology – Architecture, Residential Drafting & Design, Biotechnology, Chemical Engineering, Environmental, Civil Engineering, Construction, Carpentry & Renovation, Electrical Engineering, Manufacturing, Motive Power, Surve & Welding

Booth Location:  Cafeteria
---School of Business – Accounting, Business, Sales & Marketing, Culinary Skills/Management, Esthetics, HR Management,
---School Media, Arts + Design – Animation, Journalism, Photojournalism, Radio, TV & PR                        
---School of Justice Studies – Community and Justice Studies, Customs Border Services, Paralegal, Police Foundations, Protection, Security
---School of Human Studies – Child and Youth Care, ECE and DSW



February 12, 2018 – Loyalist College
For:                Health and Human Studies Courses
Time:             10 am to 1pm
Location:        Cafeteria
Courses:        Nursing, Practical Nursing, SSW students



February 14, 2018 – YGK Job Fair
Presented by St. Lawrence College and Employment Ontario


Time:             10am to 4pm
Location:        The Ambassador Ballroom, 1550 Princess Street,  Kingston
Register with:  Amanda Vanderhaar  
               613.544.5400 ext 1681



April 11, 2018 – 2018 Prince Edward County Job Fair
Presented by County of Prince Edward, Career Edge, Small Business Centre
East Central Ontario Training Board, Community Living, Prince Edward/Lennox &
Addington Community Futures,  Prince Edward Chamber of Commerce


Time:               10am to 2pm
Location:          Prince Edward Community Centre, Picton
Register with:   Registration and submission of job descriptions will be handled
                         through Career Edge for 2018.  Please contact Anne Snyder,
                         Career Edge,


Should you have any questions on the above Job/Career Fairs,
please contact  Grace Nyman, Community Development Coordinator,,   613.476.2148 x2502




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Tourism related business owners and event organizers are encouraged to submit their information for a free listing on The County's official tourism website:  




Tourism Development Alliance 


Tourism Development Alliance meetings are intended for any/all associated with County tourism and/or hospitality businesses to come together for updates on destination marketing and sharing their projects, businesses offerings, and questions/concerns. 


The next meeting will take place in February.


Stay tuned for information - and contact Rebecca Lamb ( for any destination marketing questions.

Looking for PEC Swag!


Media, influencers, and special visitors love when we send them off with a little piece of PEC.  

We're looking for locally made/produced/grown items to include in County swag bags. Items can be edible or not, must be shelf-stable, and cost up to $5 each.


Contact if your product(s) might be a good fit!


The East Central Ontario Training Board is calling on employers like you to help us better understand the workforce issues and challenges facing your business.  The EmployerOne survey is designed to collect information from you on a range of issues, including projected vacancies, hiring intentions, recruitment strategies and challenges, as well as your perspective on candidate skills, education and training.  After analysis, the data is released to schools, community partners, government agencies, and the public. The data is used to guide Economic Development, Chambers of Commerce and Employment Ontario Service Providers in better addressing your workforce challenges and needs.

Commercial Space Availability:

The CDD is actively promoting available industrial park land for sale in Picton for the development of commercial units for businesses. The CDD recognizes the need for commercial lease space that provides connected services, loading bay access and office or retail space. For more information, please see our industrial properties HERE. Recent Stories

'A Business Friendly Enviroment'


Getting his groove on – Hri Neil and Ombudsman Sound

You might say Hri Neil (pronounced Ree) epitomizes the creative rural economy:  energetic, collaborative, diverse and focused on community. Also known as D.J.  Ombudsman, Hri has been dj-ing for 15 years at venues from M.O.C.C.A. (Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art) to the Solstice Festival (OM Reunion Project) to weddings. Since moving to Prince Edward County he’s also held down residencies at local bars and restaurants. His dj’ing company is Ombudsman Sound. His other company is Hri Creative Services where he offers his skills gained from years working in the art world: graphic design, web design and all manner of creative solutions.


Flashback February at the Museums

Flashback February is a week of hands-on learning, live demonstrations, talks, film screenings and stories exploring the relationships of past, present and future in Prince Edward County.

Talented chefs, local organizations, experts, curators, artists, and innovators will be on hand to spark conversation, lead activities, and dig into our rich history.


A myriad of events, with something for all ages. Please check our Facebook page or website for pricing and session details.



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