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Coworking in Smiths Falls – Meraki Collective

The Meraki Collective

Meraki Collective was founded with a rebellious spirit and a lofty objective: to bring together entrepreneurs, innovators, leaders and creatives to co-create a community which lives at the intersection of health, wealth, and happiness in Smiths Falls, all while leading the way for other like-minded, community driven small towns in Canada and beyond.

We are an active, creative, and sustainable tribe of remote (work-from-home) professionals, consultants, freelance artists, entrepreneurs, and small businesses/start-ups, working in a shared environment for the purposes of productivity, innovation and some collaboration.

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Local grocery starting up: By the Seasons

Transition Brockville / 02 November 2017

A new Health Food Store comes to Brockville: By the Seasons. Its focus is on providing FRESH, LOCAL and SUSTAINABLE produce and products.

Just starting up this fall, there is not yet a storefront. However, this announcement was made yesterday:

I am sending out a message to everyone as a way to say hello! And give you an update on the store.

If you can spare some good vibes, today is the day I present the business plan for the store in front of the Starter Company Panel, in the hopes of receiving a $5,000 grant to help get things started, (sooner rather than later).

The plan is to send you all a produce and price list within the month and get your first orders in! In the next few months I hope to have a large produce list to choose from so that you can do all of your shopping in one place, but it may take some time to get the inventory list up there.

If you know of anyone else who would like to be added to this list, please do tell them to message me (sara@bytheseasons.ca). The grant money will be going toward building a great online site where you can easily do your groceries, pay, and choose delivery/pick up time, so in the future, any new interests will be able to find all the info they need there, including my number if they would like to call me.

If the internet does scare anyone, I am happy to e-mail you the list or speak with you over the phone as we get things up and going.

Thanks for being here and being excited, it’s the main reason I’m here!

Bringing local food into the sharing economy

Cornwall Standard-Freeholder / Todd Hambleton / 19 October 2017

There’s a food revolution going on, and several dozen guests at a first-time seminar on Thursday were finding out ways to get more deeply involved in it.

The Sprouting New Connections: Scaling Up event was hosted by All Things Food/Bouffe 360, in partnership with several organizations.

Talking about the sharing economy and the role technology is playing in it, keynote speaker Marcia Woods, CEO and co-founder of Barrie-based Fresh Spoke, told the gathering “it’s bloody well time we take advantage of this opportunity and apply it to local food.”

Fresh Spoke, which has an Eastern Ontario regional ambassador, says it’s reinventing the supply chain and giving local producers a new way to get food orders where they need to go, providing a marketplace platform that connects people with local producers and simplifies the order, payment and delivery process for buyers and sellers.

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United Church embraces startups

Globe and Mail / Mark Rendell / 03 July 2017

The Markham Community Innovation Hub, which can host up to 20 entrepreneurs, is only a small part of a broader shift in the United Church. In an attempt to engage millennials and reimagine its role in communities across the country, the church is turning to the language and techniques of startup culture.

Two years ago, EDGE ran its first Social Innovation Challenge in Toronto, inviting entrepreneurs and social activists, both church and non-church members, to pitch ideas that would be considered for small amounts of seed funding, ranging from $500 to $1,500. Successful applicants had to show that their ideas were not only financially viable, but also beneficial to the community.

They’ve since run challenges in cities across the country and established an online network to connect over 170 initiatives with business mentors.

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This Canadian site lets anyone be a cleantech investor

FastCompany / Ben Schiller / 13 June 2017

On CoPower, an investment platform for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, you don’t have to make concessions between decent financial returns and decent environmental impact (as is often the case elsewhere). If you’re willing to put up at least $5,000, you’re promised 5% a year over five years, and your money goes to solar farms, geothermal installations, and building retrofits.

The only catch: Currently, you need to be a Canadian citizen to access the site.

For everyday investors wanting to put their money into social and environmentally themed projects, Canada offers better options than the U.S. does at the moment (along with universal healthcare, a lower drinking age, and soon, legal marijuana). Since it relaxed its financial regulations last year, Canada allows ordinary “non-accredited investors” to make direct investments online in private projects.

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Port’s progress boosting regional economy

Recorder & Times / Sabrina Bedford / 12 June 2017

The benefits to the regional economy of having a local port on the international seaway are evident throughout the area, [Robert Dalley, the port’s general manager] said.

“The port processes and transports over 1.2 million metric tons of goods each year used by local businesses, farms and municipalities but it also creates jobs, attracts inward investment and contributes significantly to the environmental stability of our region.”

Last year, the port also spent $2.2 million on more grain storage and automating equipment in the grain elevator, he said. The new grain bins were immediately filled with non-GMO corn from Ingredion Canada Corporation to manufacture products at its Cardinal plant.

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Inner Transition is occasionally overlooked in favour of more immediately ‘practical’ undertakings, reinforcing an observed and acknowledged division in many Transition Initiatives between “doers” and “talkers”, but for Transition Initiatives looking to foster a kind of community resilience that is equitable, inclusive, nimble, responsive, caring, and cohesive, Inner Transition efforts are a necessary place to start.

— Anne Rucchetto, Blake Poland
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