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Funding announced for small and medium businesses affected by pandemic

Help is on the way for small and medium-sized businesses that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The City of Kingston has partnered with the Kingston Economic Development Corporation (EcDev) to award 1.1 million dollars in funding — $600,000 will come from the City of Kingston and EcDev

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MPP Ian Arthur appointed Critic for Small Business Recovery

Just 24 hours after announcing his new role within the Provincial NDP caucus, Kingston and the Islands MPP Ian Arthur said he’s been flooded with inquiries. Arthur was appointed the critic portfolio for Small Business Recovery & Opening Main Street on Monday, Feb. 1, 2021, a position where answers are

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Abattoir owner seeks buyer for increasingly rare business

After 46 years running his business, Brian Quinn of Quinn’s Meats in Yarker, Ont. is preparing to retire. He’s hoping to sell the commercial property to someone that will keep the abattoir and meat retail business intact, proving a challenge as fewer young people enter the industry. “The trade hasn’t

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Mayor, Chamber of Commerce, react to Provincial Budget

The Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce has released a statement expressing their approval of the Ontario 2020 budget, specifically highlighting some small business tax changes. “The [Chamber] is pleased with the budget and its timely supports and reliefs for small businesses,” said Chamber CEO, Karen Cross. “In particular, the programs

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Screening Room playing movies to empty theatres as pandemic drags on

The Screening Room’s owner Wendy Huot says attendance at the theatre during the COVID-19 pandemic is down 75 to 80 per cent. That’s since it reopened on Friday, Jul. 31, 2020 following a mandatory 4.5-month shutdown. “We’re not the type of business that can readily pivot to online or a

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Energy Assistance Program offers up to $850 for eligible small businesses

Across Ontario, natural gas and utilities are now delivering the COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program for Small Business or CEAP-SB, funded by the Government of Ontario, Utilities Kingston stated in a release dated Monday, Aug. 31, 2020. CEAP-SB provides a one-time, on-bill credit to eligible small business and charitable organization energy customers, who have experienced

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Queen’s University team launches new platform to support Canadian small businesses

A new marketplace-style platform allows consumers to purchase gift certificates, pre-purchase products, and pre-book services to be redeemed at any future time. Designed in Kingston by a team at Queen’s University, SupportSME is a free platform designed to help support small and medium businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Participating

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City Council moves property tax deadline, plans small business tax deferral

City Council has moved the 2020 final property tax deadline to Monday, Aug 31. The decision was made at a special council meeting on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, following a staff recommendation. Kingston property owners usually pay their final tax bill at the end of June. “The billing was deferred

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Commercial eviction ban too little, too late, says MPP Ian Arthur

The Ontario provincial government has announced a decision to temporarily freeze and reverse evictions for commercial tenants during COVID-19. The legislation, called the Protecting Small Businesses Act, applies to businesses that are eligible for federal or provincial rent assistance, and covers evictions retroactively from May 1, 2020 to Aug. 31,

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Shoplifters steal more than $300 worth of merchandise at Midori Gifts

The owner of a small business in downtown Kingston is offering a reward to anyone who can offer information leading to the identification of two people accused of shoplifting from her store. Tina Yan, owner of Midori Gifts on Princess Street, has released photos lifted from security camera footage, as

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Kingston business Marin Pest celebrates first year of business

  My neighbor, Daniel Marin, has been in the pest control business for over a decade. His experience in this field is extensive, and one year ago, after turning 40, Daniel took a risk that he had long thought about. He went into business for himself. No longer the employee,

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