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Napanee business owner publicly explains conflict with vaccine mandate

A Napanee business owner who posted what he considered a well-intentioned video to Facebook about why he wouldn’t turn away unvaccinated people has had a change of mind due to pressure from his landlord and KFL&A Public Health. Jay Bradley, President of Disco Ball Events Rollerskating, initially posted the video

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Update: Downtown business targeted again – Kingston Police seek to identify female theft suspect

Update (Tuesday, Jul. 27, 2021)Kingston Police have now confirmed that the incident involving a female stealing merchandise from a downtown store took place at a local retail store that was hit with a theft just days before. Amanda’s House of Elegance, located at 70 Princess Street, was the subject of

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Heavy rains keeping a local business’ doors closed beyond lockdown

After nearly a year and a half of business owners opening and closing their doors, and adjusting businesses strategies to adapt to all the curveballs the pandemic threw at them, the last thing a small town business owner needs is to close its doors for repairs. However, that’s just what

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Local students launching businesses instead of applying for summer jobs

Ten students from Kingston have made their way into the Summer Company Program, which will provide their businesses with a $3,000 grant funded by the Ontario government.  “Having Summer Company connect me with other people in the industry has motivated me to accomplish more than I thought possible!” said Kassandra Greenhalgh,

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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

UPDATE: Quinn’s Meats successfully sold to new owners, Enright Cattle Farm, in February of 2021. Original article: 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

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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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