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Queens students launch project to help older adults, small businesses

“Having one hand-held resource with information that’s not confusing (to older adults) is what we’re aiming for.” — Dryden Chadwick Two Queen’s University students are in the process of launching a free information pamphlet to help both older adults and small businesses in Kingston. Dryden Chadwick, a fourth-year biochemistry student,

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Finalists announced for 25th Annual Business Excellence Awards

The Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce has announced the finalists for the 25th Annual Business Excellence Awards. These awards have been celebrating the best of the Kingston business community since 1995. The 35 finalists are considered by the Chamber to be innovative leaders and a driving force behind Kingston’s vibrant

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Local businesses encouraged to participate in COVID-19 rapid test kit program

Over 500 area businesses have participated in the free COVID-19 rapid test kit program supplied by the Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce and its partners, since its launch in May. “We’re thankful for all those businesses which have taken this extra step to help protect their customers and employees and

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Local retailers reopening just in time for Father’s Day

With the gradual reopening of the province, Father’s Day 2021 will be different yet again. Most local businesses will be able to accommodate customers and purchases, but COVID-19 protocols will still be in full force. Please have patience with local stores and restaurants, as many are reopening for business after

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Over 100 local businesses supported by Kingston Pandemic Recovery Program

The Kingston Pandemic Recovery Program, a partnership program between Kingston Economic Development Corporation (Kingston EcDev) and The City of Kingston is has been awarded to 111 local businesses. The program received 264 applications requesting $2.4M in funding, according to a release from Kingston EcDev. This program assists small businesses in Kingston,

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Kingston Chamber of Commerce to provide rapid COVID-19 tests to local businesses

In partnership with the federal and provincial governments, The Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce has acquired an initial shipment of 50,000 rapid COVID-19 test kits for distribution to local businesses. “Businesses are in a difficult position right now as they try to provide the goods and services we rely on

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YGK Sign Wars heating up after Friendly Fires ignites the battle

Kingston is jumping on the bandwagon of sign wars to keep up spirits during this third round of pandemic lockdown. On Thursday, Apr. 29, 2021, Friendly Fires was the first to call out another local business, telling Gilmours “We have the grills. Where’s the beef” on their Dalton Avenue sign.

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Ontario Small Business Support Grants lack support for local businesses

Businesses in the Kingston area are experiencing difficulties and delays when applying for the Ontario Small Business Support Grant. When they need help or have questions about the grant, many say they are left floundering after calling the so-called helpline. Launched in January, the Ontario Small Business Support Grant provides

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Kingston Police warn of two separate fraud schemes targeting local businesses

Local businesses in the area should be aware of two types of frauds targeting businesses, stores and agencies in Kingston and throughout Ontario, the Kingston Police Fraud Unit warns. The first fraud scheme involves a fraudulent Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) used to pay for merchandise. The targeted business receives a

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February giveaways at Gan Chev supports community during lockdown

By February, we’re all feeling a little tired of the cold, and this year we’re tired of the COVID lockdown as well. Gan Chev is looking to support local Gananoque businesses, and perhaps lift some spirits, with 16 Days of Giveaways over the four weeks of February. “We wanted to

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Valentine’s Day gift ideas to enjoy an evening in

As we head into February, our thoughts usually turn to all things hearts and flowers. This year, we’ll be lucky to be able to leave the house, but we can’t let that stop us from enjoying Valentine’s Day to the best of our abilities. We’ve rounded up some fun and

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‘Tis the season to shop local for unique holiday gifts

Here we are, back around to the holiday shopping season. This year we may be going “out” less, and doing more virtual shopping instead. Many local businesses have both in-store and online shopping options this season, and are gearing up to welcome holiday shoppers. We’ve gathered details on some local

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