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Resources available for businesses who are hiring, looking for grants and funding

If you’re starting a business, or already operating one, figuring out what resources are available to help you hire new employees can be time consuming and sometimes maybe a bit confusing. Business owners are already busy with the regular day-to-day operations and may not have the time to figure out what’s available. Here at Hastings …

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Culinary Tourism Alliance Launches Unique Recovery Program Promoting Hyperlocal Travel as Ontario Prepares to Welcome Back Visitors

The Great Taste of Ontario will help rebuild capacity in the food, tourism and hospitality sectors, while connecting Ontario residents with regions and experiences that are ready to safely receive them. Recovery Program to help Ontario’s culinary tourism and hospitality sectors build back better from the pandemic. Initiative involves +90 partners, including Destination Marketing Organizations …

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Indian Food Meets Hastings County and it’s ‘Truly’ Authentic

An authentic Indian food restaurant recently opened its doors in the village of Tweed and the food is incredibly delicious! Given the timing, this new venture is an example of ‘smart risk-taking’ that not only benefits the community but adds to the cultural diversity of Hastings County. Tweed Desi is a welcome addition to Tweed …

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The Monument of Maynooth

In the unassuming village of Maynooth, there’s a corner store that has stood tall for over a century. Upon first glance, the average passerby might not think anything special of it, but this landmark is oozing with history and its walls have stories to tell. Days ago, we had the chance to chat with the shop’s owner for the past 35 years, Carla Van Balen Walter, who tells us of the store’s peculiar past.

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Janice Chrysler – Mindful Journey

Headquartered in Marmora & Lake, Janice Chrysler started Mindful Journey to assist others in awakening spirituality in all aspects of their life. Having grown up in Hastings County she could live anywhere else in the world, but describes why Hastings is a great place to live and run her business as a Spiritual Growth Facilitator. …

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Madoc’s Familial Goldmine

In the quaint community of Madoc lies a boutique bakery that cherishes carefully crafted, old-fashioned baking. Hastings County’s Hidden Goldmine Bakery is a family-owned business that has mastered traditional, preservative-free dessert recipes. Hidden Goldmine Bakery is run by the Freeman family, and they have successfully translated their family’s passion for baking into a rapidly growing …

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Trailblazer Experiential Tourism E-Training Program

Discover how to deliver memorable experiences that focus beyond what the visitor can see and do, by harnessing the unique assets of the community in its people, culture, and regional identity.

Come together with other operators to celebrate the unique skills, talents and abilities of each individual, each organization, and work with your tourism industry allies to achieve extraordinary things that no one can compete with.

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Natasha Kasmaii Alves – Technical Curriculum Developer, Presenter & Entrepreneur

Natasha and her family wanted to live full-time in a rural community like Hastings County. So they left the big city where she works remotely as a technical curriculum developer, presenter and entrepreneur owning and operating For the Halibut Fish & Chips with her husband in Bancroft. Learn more about Natasha in the latest episode …

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Hastings Trailblazer | Frost House

The joy and spirit of Christmas is alive and well in Tweed at a new holiday vendor market just opened for the season. Frost House, located on Jamieson Street in the village, welcomes customers with a vintage, old-fashioned Christmas vibe, with holiday music playing on a retro record player, antiques from Christmases of the past, and a vast array of local, handmade items.

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Be Remarkable

Print, Radio and TV were once the only options for advertisers. Each required a significant upfront budget that was out of reach for many small businesses. With the dawn of digital marketing – a whole new world of affordable possibilities has since opened up to small businesses to reach potential customers. But just because you can, doesn’t always mean you should…

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On-Demand Webinar: Digital Marketing Basics for Small Business

Since the start of this pandemic, it has become clear how important having a digital presence is for small businesses. But that doesn’t mean it needs to be expensive or complicated. Join Andrew & Katrina of Kasama Marketing in this FREE interactive webinar as they simply and clearly walk through some digital marketing tools and strategies that you can immediately apply to your business.

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Laura Reavie – Skootamatta Environmental Consulting Inc.

In this episode of the I Left The City Show Podcast, Andrew Redden chats with Laura Reavie, founder and owner of Skootamatta Environmental Consulting Inc. Listen to why Laura chose Hastings as the place to live and become the home base for her consulting business. I Left The City Show · I Left The City …

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Limerick Lake Lodge and Marina

Limerick Lake is a unique body of water. Although it has 75 miles of shoreline, the entire lake has less than 160 cottages, many of which have been passed down through family generations since the 1920s and 1930s. The lake is quiet, pristine and mostly untouched, with no new builds since 1980. The reason? Limerick Lake is only accessible by boat.

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Hastings Trailblazer | Grail Springs Retreat

Located just south of Bancroft, Grail Springs Retreat is quietly hidden among the trees, known as a place where guests experience holistic wellness getaways in the serenity and calm of nature.

“It was never in my wildest dreams to ever create something like this,” said Grail Springs founder Madeleine Marentette, adding she originally attended college with an eye for design – a passion that is quite obvious in the unique architecture of the buildings at Grail Springs.

Over time, however, Marentette’s interest in wellness and holistic healing grew. She began a journey learning about yoga, meditation and self-awareness. It was from those experiences that her retreat was cultivated.