2022-10-06

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Over $160k approved for SDG businesses through incentives program – The Kingston Whig-Standard

Eight businesses across SDG are set to receive a boost after council approved funding during a regular meeting on Tuesday.

The collective $162,706.35 is being administered through the third annual intake of the Stay, Discover, Grow, Regional Incentives Program (RIP). According to the counties manager of economic development Tara Kirkpatrick, eight hopeful businesses applied during the intake, and all of them met the program criteria. One business presented an incomplete application. 

“The good news here is if all of these applications are approved, we will have spent all of those budget dollars (for 2022),” said SDG Warden Carma Williams.

Each year, SDG council devotes $250,000 to support RIP funding; $86,730 was approved back in April, and $70,294 in June. An additional $70,275.50 was made available for reallocation through the program as three projects from the past were not able to move forward and come to fruition. A surplus of just $517.03 will be redistributed in 2023. 

The highest funded recipient of the entire lot is South Dundas’ Alaboard FCR Corp., now set to receive a $50,000 grant to construct a 10,000 square foot building south of its existing 30,000 square foot facility.

“Alaboard is one of our most innovative and quirky businesses – what they do is they actually restore cheese boxes, used commercially for commercial grade cheese production,” said Kirkpatrick.

“Within the year they’ve been open they’ve exceeded their 30,000 square feet of space and they are now building… an add on. This is going to create jobs, stimulate the economy, and this is definitely one of our fastest growing local companies. It’s a huge success story for South Dundas.”

Another interesting success story involves Ole Sugar Barn Ice Cream Shop in North Glengarry that is now set to receive $9,759.22 — $1,605 for property improvement, $750 for a permit, and $7,404.22 for building conversion and expansion under 5,000 square feet. 

“(Rebecca MacIntosh) who started this was working with our partners at the Cornwall Business Enterprise Centre,” noted Kirkpatrick, as MacIntosh started her business through the Summer Company program.

“It has been growing quite quickly… their project is actually to take a historic (barn) from North Stormont, where it essentially was just going to fall to pieces, and relocate it to its new home in North Glengarry at the Sugar Barn where they are going to be using it for art and cultural events during the summer, and then it will also be used to house the wood for the sugar camp in the winter time.”

MacIntosh said she is very fortunate and thanked SDG for their support, attributing much success to the positive atmosphere of the Sugar Barn. Recently the business welcomed former NFL linebacker Chris Draft for a sweet treat.

“It’s nice to preserve history… I see a lot of old barns falling down. It’s sad. They have so much potential. Every barn has its own story for what is used to be,” said MacIntosh.

Three businesses were approved funding in North Stormont: Avonmore Berry Farm for $4,831.50 to update a ramp for accessibility purposes; Wholesome Growth Gardens for $11,424.40 to erect a garage/greenhouse building; and Jamieson Campbell for $23,518.30 to establish a new warehouse.

In South Stormont, three more businesses received grants: Butlers Catering & Pantry for $20,248 — who are closing their restaurant in Ingleside — and pivoting to catering, renovating a new building; Ingleside Masonic Hall for $11,174.93 to better insulate their building and add air conditioning; and Long Sault Motel for $31,750 to ‘gut’ two cottages onsite and rebuild, along with other major improvements and beautification to the business. 

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