Economic Development and Tourism bi-monthly eNewsletters
The Economic Development Office releases an annual print newsletter and bi-weekly e-newsletters, showcasing Economic Development news, available properties, market opportunities and upcoming workshops or training.
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May 7, 2020 Ontario Eases Restrictions on Retail Stores and Essential Construction
April 23, 2020 Georgina Emergency Response Benefit approved to assist businesses who have been impacted by COVID-19
April 9, 2020 Addressing concerns in response to COVID-19
March 26, 2020 COVID-19 business support
March 9, 2020 Changes to the timeframe it takes to issue site plan approval
Feb. 21, 2020 Georgina launches interactive business dashboard tool
Feb. 5, 2020 Development update
Jan. 15, 2020 World-renowned ice fishing in Georgina
Dec. 19, 2019 2019 Successes
Dec. 5, 2019 Six reasons to invest in Georgina
Nov. 21, 2019 Economic Development and Tourism's fall newsletter
Oct. 17, 2019
Georgina's first Development Fee Rebate Fee applicant proceeds with expansion
Sept. 27, 2019
ClearWater Farm featured in Her Honour, the Lieutentant Govenor's first story about sustainability
Sept. 13, 2019
Town assisting businesses with planning and development process
Aug. 30, 2019
Field to Table event boosts agriculture in Georgina
June 14, 2019
Georgina tops the list of locations to buy real estate in York Region
May 17, 2019
Economic Development announces new social media channel
Georgina Economic Development print newsletters
2019 A Year in Review
2019 Fall Newsletter
2018 A Year in Review
2017 A Year In Review
Georgina Business Spotlight - Twig Garden and Co. in Uptown Keswick
Twig Garden & Co., nestled in Keswick’s up-and-coming downtown, epitomizes what it means to shop local. With more than 65 per cent of their store selling local artisan goods, they’ve created a name for themselves among the artist community and residents who are looking for unique finds.
The store opened in 2018 when Craig Reynolds, the owner of a landscaping business, decided to stop snow plowing in the winter season. The idea came to open the store because he valued his long-time employees Donah and Danielle, who now had free time in the winter, and because they saw an opportunity – something was missing in Georgina.
The 2019 holiday season was twice as successful as 2018. Craig credits the success of the store solely to his team, which speaks to the culture they’ve created. Their team is all-in, putting in the extra touches like the music and atmosphere to the additional labour required to do inventory on all of their local artisan’s goods monthly. The appreciation from the artisan community and shoppers gives them pride in what they do and it shows.
What do you think is Georgina’s appeal for small business investors?
“Georgina’s appeal is its small-town feel. Living near the lake allows you to enjoy all the recreation a lakeside town has to offer such as ice fishing, swimming or even a relaxing stroll along Lake Drive. Also, it’s seen as up-and-coming and the commute is short.”
What do you love to do in Georgina?
“Enjoying the lake is the first thing that comes to mind. Also, the diverse culinary options in town – there’s just so much to choose from. We really enjoy the Corner House Bistro – a fine dining restaurant here in Keswick. And, I love taking my nephew to the ROC for the day where he can get outdoors and practise his snowboarding skills.”
Craig and his team clearly love the work/life balance Georgina offers. They’re committed to local and community collaboration, which seems to be one of the key ingredients to their success. If you would like to visit their shop you can find them at 10 The Queensway S., in Keswick’s downtown. Visit their website at www.tgco.ca
for more details.
Do you have a great idea that you think could thrive in Georgina? Is a work/life balance important to you? Contact Sean Columbus, Economic Development Officer at the Town of Georgina (email@example.com) for market information, property availability and more. He’ll help guide you to success.