Almaguin Highlands Strategic Plan Implementation Committee

Minutes of Meeting

held Thursday, March 13, 2003

at the

South River - Machar Community Centre

Members present: Bill Church, Kay Tod, Brenda Scott, David Stewart, Ed Hughes, Martin Parker

Resource persons: Gail Henderson, Micro Business Centre, Bob Sjonnessen, MNDM and Mike Freeston, MNDM

Staff present: Raina Maki

1. Acceptance of Agenda

2. Review of Minutes

Minutes were reviewed and amended.

07-2003 Church/Stewart

THAT AHSPIC does accept the minutes of the meeting of February 13, 2003 as amended.


3. Young Entrepreneur Programme

Erin Richmond distributed material and explained the Young Entrepreneur Programme. There is a youth conference in North Bay on March 26, 2003.

Erin also briefly spoke about the work of LTAB.

4. Correspondence

Reviewed article in the Huntsville Forester and letter from Gary McFarlane..

Correspondence from AHIC was reviewed and discussed the issue building and operational business.

5. Expanded Micro Business Development Programme

Gail Henderson explained the work of this programme. The current newsletter and brochure were distributed.
Almaguin Highlands Strategic Plan Implementation Committee

6. Progress of Survey of Municipalities

Martin Parker verbally reviewed the results submitted. Results are still being received by the South River Municipal office.

7. Proposed NOHFC Project

Martin Parker reviewed the proposal.

O8-2003 Tod/Scott

THAT this committee does hereby support the proposal to the NOHFC Sponsorship Programme by the Village of South River in cooperation with AHSPIC.


8. Review of Draft Action Plan for AHSPIC

The plan was reviewed.

Ed is to confirm an active list of members for this committee.

An invitation is to be extended to Nip Net and Muskoka Community Network to attend the next meeting of this committee.

Bob Sjonnessen recommended the Women's Own Resource Centre champion the development of a business retention and expansion programme. Stephan Poulin from the North Bay MNDM office could assist.

9. Reports

9.1 Joint Meeting with AHIC

There is not an interest in a meeting of this nature at this time.

9.2 E-Commerce Web Portal Project

David Stewart reported that we now have control of "www.almaguinhighlands.com". McMurrich/Monteith will handle the finances for the time being.

9.3 Almaguin Highlands Logo

There was discussion about promoting the logo and where to use it.

10. New Business

Kay Tod will confirm Donna Sedore's e-mail address.

11. Adjournment

This committee adjourned at 4:35 p.m. The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 17, 2003 at 10:00 a.m. in the South River - Machar Community Centre.

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