Recap – Sprouting New Connections: Money Matters

Sprouting New Connections: Money Matters
Finance and accounting for food and agricultural businesses. 

On February 1st, 2018, the SDG, Cornwall and Akwesasne Food and Agricultural Advisory Council, a new working group of All Things Food|Bouffe360°, hosted a second edition of the Sprouting New Connections speaker series.  The first workshop was called Sprouting New Connections: Scaling up! which focused on small businesses looking to grow and expand.

This event was hosted in close partnership with the Social Development Council of Cornwall and Area, and the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas, and Glengarry.

Topics included:

  • lending and advisory services
  • working with your spouse and dealing with financial matters
  • succession planning
  • overall business planning
  • grants and funding opportunities
The series concluded with an interactive Q&A panel of experts in the industry that were able to answer questions about funding and grants in this region.

 The day included refreshments and lunch highlighting some of our incredible local businesses and producers including Simply Baked, Coffey’s Coffee, The Quirky Carrot, Homestead Organics, Against the Grain Farms, Glengarry Fine Cheese, Fauxmagerie Zengarrry, Kirkview Farms, Upper Canada Creamery, Honey from the Glen, Wightman Sugar Bush, Just Farms, and Avonmore Berry Farm. We also had product sampling from Bonville Gardens and showcased product on display from Stonecrop Acres.

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Growing Canada’s Small Businesses With Flexible Financing and Practical Advice
Rose D’Amato – Business Development Bank of Canada – Senior Account Manager 

Rose D’Amato presented on behalf of the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) and outlined the different types of financing available for businesses while highlighting the ease of the online application process as well as the website’s online tools. The BDC looks at providing the right combination of services for each unique business. They also offer advisory services to enable small businesses to become self-efficient by teaching financial literacy skills.

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Quick links to BDC resources: 

Making Money With Your Honey
Doreen Ashton-Wagner – – Host and Community Leader

Doreen Ashton-Wagner owns a community that helps female entrepreneurs learn how to be successful in business. She spoke about the differences between men and women when dealing with financial matters and highlighted the different levels of confidence and risk aversion tendencies.  Doreen mentioned types of online assessment tools available that will help you get an idea of how you approach doing business. To learn more about the services Doreen offers visit

Quick links from the presentation :

Succession Planning
Theresa Wever , CFP, CIM, EPC, MFA – Wever Financial – Branch Manager

Theresa Wever offered a wealth of information in her presentation, including the importance of businesses insurance, having a short and long term financial plan, having a clear retirement strategy, and having a will.  She went on to explain the differences between being a sole proprietor and a having a partnership and the factors that impact both.  She outlined scenarios to highlight why having a financial plan is so important to ensure the financial safety for your family in 5, 10, 20 years from now.

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Key Resources Available from the Wever Financial Website:

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Business Planning
Candy Pollard – Cornwall Business Enterprise Centre – Business Consultant

Candy Pollard spoke about the importance of having a strong business plan, the components of, tips on how to write one, and how the The Cornwall Business Enterprise Centre (CBEC) can help. CBEC provides free advisory tools for businesses in Stormont, Dundas, Glengarry, Cornwall, and Akwesasne.

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Key Resources from the CBEC presentation:

Panel Discussion – Grants and Funding Opportunities

  • Alex DeWit, Executive Director, Social Development Council for Cornwall and area

  • Kevin Veilleux, Account Manager, Cornwall and the Counties Community Futures Development Corporation

  • Candy Pollard, Business Consultant, Cornwall Business Centre

Discussion Highlights and Key Recommendations DOWNLOAD HERE

Local Funding for Small Businesses: Did you know?

Other resources and links to available funding:

Media Coverage:

Standard Freeholder: Digging into Dollars at second Sprouting New Connections event in Alexandria.  Written by Alan S. Hale, February 1, 2018.

Thank you to our event sponsors and partners!

Photos courtesy of Gina Dragone. All presentation materials are the property of their respective owners. Please contact to request the use of any specific content.

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