Present: Jessica Busch, WORC; Chantal Perron MacIntosh, WORC; John Santarossa, EDO Magnetawan; Merv Mulligan, McMurrich/Monteith; David Stewart, Almaguin Highlands Inc.; Ron Begin, FedNor; Jeff Johnston, KPABA; Carly Hughes, Business Centre of Nipissing/Parry Sound; Rosalind Hall, Burk’s Falls/Armour/Ryerson; Dave Gray, CDO Burk’s Falls/Armour/Ryerson; Dustin Morningstar, CAEDA; Laura Johnston, EDO CAEDA; Hazel Hornibrook, AHAC.
Regrets: Steve Munro, Westwind Forestry; Carole Mantha, MNDM; Don Carter, Whitestone.
Virginia Hastings of Starshine Video Productions is based in Huntsville, mostly operating in Muskoka and Parry Sound. Starshine Video Productions works with small and large businesses. Packages start as low as $2000.00
Starshine Video Productions is currently working on a project with Whitestone highlighting area activities and attractions by creating a series 1 minute vignettes all at different times of year – in order to draw tourism and industry.
Virginia stressed that Starshine Productions will work with municipalities or any business for that matter in working within budgets and making their service affordable. Virginia shared a few videos of her recent work done with Explorer’s Edge – these videos are available for viewing and using in your own social media via Explorer’s Edge website Explorer's Edge
You can visit Starshine Video Productions’ online portfolio at Starshine Video Productions
Please find Starshine Video Productions’ Company Profile attached to this month’s meeting minutes along with some statistics on online videos.
Reports from Community and Resource Partners
John Santarossa/EDO Magnetawan
John was pleased to be attending his third meeting and Magnetawan was happy to host the meeting this month. The two projects discussed at the last meeting, solar and affordable housing are ongoing. John will be attending a conference in Toronto focused on downtown revitalization – there should be some great information on street-scaping and ways to revitalize the downtown core. An energy audit is being done in Magnetawan to explore the usages on Municipal buildings. John is also taking on the duties of the Deputy Clerk for the time being for the Municipality. Magnetawan is in the running for the WFN Ultimate Fishing Town Contest – the top three will win monetary prizes. To vote for Magnetawan please visit www.ultimatefishingtown.com/magnetawan-on Voting takes place until May 24, 2013. Best of luck to Magnetawan!
Carly Hughes/ Business Centre of Nipissing and Parry Sound
Carly reported that they are currently focusing on youth programs upcoming for the summer. The Summer Company program has space for 14 students, thus far, 19 have applied – the deadline is May 17th. The FedNor Business Plan Challenge’s deadline is fast approaching as well - May 9th. The “Make Your Pitch” program, open to high school students grade 9 – 12 is a brand new program for this year – students can submit a 2 minute video pitch and submissions are voted on by the public and judges. The contest is open from April 8 – May 3rd. First prize is a paid trip to the OCE Discovery Conference in Toronto and a reserved spot with Summer Company. There was no Lunch & Learn event scheduled for April in Parry Sound but May’s meeting topic will be “Website Basics” – more information to come.
Ron attended a Funder’s Forum on Monday April 15th held by KPABA – he expressed that it was very interesting and encouraging to hear from small businesses. Monday April 22nd, Ron will be attending a Funder’s Forum in South River organized by CAEDA. Ron discussed the possibility of pulling in the Blue Sky Region in order to present to AHED and discuss various programs they administer.
Dustin expressed his appreciation for being invited to participate at the AHED meetings. This will be his last week as a student intern with CAEDA.
There will be a Funder’s Forum on April 22nd, at Corner Wines in South River at 7:00 p.m. There will be representation from FedNor, NECO, MNDM, RBC among others. Each representative will have a few moments to speak and informal networking will take place after with participants able to touch base one on one with the various representatives. May 13th, there will be a Social Media Class with SOS media in Sundridge at 6:30 p.m. – please contact Laura for more information. The CAEDA Facebook page is officially up and running. Laura will be attending an Age Friendly Community session in Parry Sound on April 25th.
Merv Mulligan/McMurrich Monteith
A survey asking residents if they are satisfied with their internet services was sent out this term with the Municipal tax bill. There has been some talk regarding the possibility of a tower going up at Bear Lake. Also the possibility of the current tower at the fire hall being upgraded in order to install high speed. June 1st there will be an Anti-Fraud Presentation held and a Public Meeting in regards to the old school. May 4th will be the annual “Community Clean Up”. Merv also reported that Snowmobile season has official wrapped up.
David Stewart/Almaguin Highlands Inc.
Dave discussed P2P – they are currently discussing and setting rate fees for ATV use this summer, the dollars will be used to maintain trails. Their current focus is encouraging people to use the trails for events and functions. The group meets every two months with the next meeting upcoming in May.
The Annual General Meeting of the Almaguin Highlands Arts Council took place on April 5th with some new people showing interest in joining the group. Membership runs April 1st to March 31st. The Almaguin Highlands Arts Directory is published every 2 years with 10,000 copies published. The Council has 3 projects planned: the Studio and Gallery Tour is planned for August 2, 3, and 4th. The Art Show & Sale that was a great success last year will take place on October 25th and 26th. Thirdly, the group will be campaigning artist participants for next year’s new directory.
Dave Gray/CDO, Burk’s Falls/Armour/Ryerson
Dave discussed that the first annual Almaguin Business Expo and Market Place will be held on May 25th at the Armour, Ryerson & Burk’s Falls Arena in the Karl Crozier Room from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for more information, please visit http://burksfallschamber.com/pub/1st-Annual-Business-EXPO-and-Market-Place.html Space is filling up fast with tables just over halfway booked. The newly formed Chamber of Commerce has a fully functional website up now with a non-profit Community Calendar of events – info can be sent to Dave as well for updating. The Chamber of Commerce is open to anyone in the Almaguin Highlands – their next meeting will take place on Thursday April 25th, at 6:00 p.m. at the Armour, Ryerson & Burk’s Falls Arena in the Karl Crozier Room. Currently, Dave is exploring a tourism focused strategic plan for the entire Almaguin Region. Anybody wishing to cross promote information on the Facebook Page for Community Development Burk’s Falls, Armour & Ryerson, please feel free. Also, every 3rd Friday of the month, at 7:00 p.m., there is a coffee house event at the Burk’s Falls Village Pub – there is no cover charge.
Jessica Busch/Women’s Own Resource Centre
Jessica reported that WORC is currently doing year end wrap up. The Entrepreneurial Skills Training workshops were once again, very successful this year with numerous women successfully completing the program and planning on launching their own small businesses locally. The one day resource workshop that was held on March 20th has resulted in numerous one to one consultations here at the Women’s Centre – there is definitely a possibility of holding another event similar to this one. The Almaguin Women’s Resource & Business Network Luncheon will be held this month on Wednesday April 24th, at Marc Anthony’s in Sundridge from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For more information, please call 705-386-9672 or email firstname.lastname@example.org There will be a workshop held on April 25th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Women’s Centre in South River. The workshop will be “Learn how to price your product”, facilitated by Brenda Scott.
Rosalind Hall/Burk’s Falls, Armour, Ryerson
August 10, 2013 will be Heritage Day at the Museum – the theme will be “Artisans”. All artisans can book a table to sell their wares for no cost. There will be a BBQ and live entertainment with the event being free to the public. The Heritage Day is organized by the Historical Society.
Jeff reported that Cole’s internship with Perry Township has come to an end. The Perry Farmer’s Market is still seeking a new Market Manager. The Almaguin Highlands Information Centre is now being operated by Algonquin Base Camp Co. Perry is set to celebrate their 125th Anniversary this year. KPABA is to take over the Regatta and will be organizing the Saturday night dance to be held at the Lions Park Pavilion – a full regatta is planned for this year with fireworks to follow. KPABA will be partnering with the Legion for the bar and beer gardens. KPABA held their quarterly connection seminar on this week with a Funder’s Forum with representation from FedNor, Muskoka Community Networks and NECO. The Kearney legion is holding a seniors day on Saturday April 27th, admission is $5, everyone is welcome – activities will include: lunch, darts, shuffleboard, pool, live music and a meat draw. In May the Legion will be hosting a steak dinner. The long weekend in May, there will be a Black Fly Sale, the Legion Garage Sale and a silent auction.
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