We wanted to provide an update on the “Win This Space” program to our community. We very much appreciate everyone’s support of this program and wanted to let you know that the BIA Board has made the decision to not move forward with “Win This Space” at this time.
We postponed this program several times, since the initial launch in 2020, in order to focus on supporting our current businesses during the ever changing landscape of COVID-19. While we are now in a position where we could consider launching again, we face a new challenge of very limited commercial space available within the Listowel BIA. While this is a good problem to have it means that running this program would not achieve the results the program was established to create.
As a result, we reached out to Libro regarding the Libro Prosperity Grant we were awarded for this program and are pleased to announce that they have agreed to allow us to graciously keep the grant money for a new project. We have been approved to use the funds for a beautification project to help draw people to our downtown with a focus on art installations which are yet to be determined. The Listowel BIA Board is currently working to determine how to best use these funds in this capacity. We believe that this will enhance the pedestrian experience within the downtown and create a more livable space enjoyed by residents, businesses, and visitors. We hope to share more details on this in the upcoming months. If you are interested in supporting this program, please reach out to us.
We want to thank everyone who has supported the “Win this Space” initiative including Libro, our sponsors, trainers, and partners. A program like this takes many people to be successful. We appreciate the support of this program and the work the Listowel BIA does for our community at large.
Please feel free to reach out to the Listowel BIA with questions or to support our new project.
Win This Space 2020 is postponed in order to focus on supporting our current businesses during the ever changing landscape of COVID-19. We want to thank everyone who has supported this initiative including Libro through the Libro Prosperity Grant, our sponsors, trainers and partners. A program like this takes many people to be successful. We look forward to bringing it back when the time is right.
On Saturday, August 24 we picked up our cheque from Libro for WIN THIS SPACE 2020! The Listowel BIA is the recipient of the 2019 Libro Prosperity Fund Grant. These funds will be used to make Win This Space 2020 possible. Thank you Libro Credit Union for your grant and your continued support!
Thank you to our business community for their support and sponsorship. We could not run this amazing program without them! If you would like to sponsor Win This Space 2020, click here for information.
The competition is open to all legal residents of Canada, 19 years of age or older at the time of submitting a business idea for the "WIN THIS SPACE" competition. The applicant must be living in the Province of Ontario.
Proposed business ideas can be submitted for businesses, which would be independently owned by one person as a sole proprietorship or owned by 2 people as a partnership. Franchises will not be considered for the competition. The business must conform to zoning by-law requirements. Contact Economic Development Coordinator Kim Kowch at 519-292-2043 or email@example.com for further clarification.
Yes you can! If you have solid multi-tasking skills, then submit your idea. However, your business idea entry must be with the intent to introduce, open and operate a new business concept, not already promoted in your existing business/location. All home based businesses will be considered.
Certainly, go right ahead! If you have a few ideas that are viable businesses for Listowel, then submit them. However, note that only one of your ideas can be selected to participate in the next stage of the competition, since candidates will be required to focus on only one business idea during the workshops. It is imperative that if selected, you would focus your time and energy into detailing your concept so that you would have one solid Business Plan for submission to the Judging panel. Please note that all decisions made by the judges will be FINAL and not open for review or discussion.
Thirty contestants will advance to the next stage of the competition and receive a series of five FREE Business Plan Development Workshops. Contestants must attend the four mandatory sessions to move forward with the contest (the fifth is optional). The sessions begin on April 22 and end on May 20. They are every Wednesday from 9am to 12pm. Business plans will be due May 29. From there five contestants will be selected to present at a "Dragon-den" inspired event on June 10 where the winner of WIN THIS SPACE will be announced!
The WINNER of “WIN THIS SPACE” must commit to signing a minimum 1-year lease. Space cannot be rented until the completion of the contest.
By accepting the prize, the WINNER commits to using the cash prize for the first year’s lease of a space available, specifically for the “WIN THIS SPACE” contest. The winner will select one of the available spaces within the business district, as approved by the “WIN THIS SPACE” committee at the end of the competition.
The Winner would need to commit to lease one of the available spaces by October 2020 of being awarded the title of WINNER of “WIN THIS SPACE”. The WINNER will be announced at the FINALE in June 2020. Execution of a formal agreement between the WINNER and the Listowel BIA will be required prior to awarding any and all prizes.
No, you are not necessarily expected to work in the winning space/business on a daily basis; however, the Business Plan created during the workshops and subsequently submitted to the judging panel must reflect appropriate salaries and related expenses. These would need to be detailed in your financials.
Your business idea entry and business plan submission may be seen by:
· Lisa Schaefer, Coordinator, Listowel BIA
· Alex Toll Lender, Advisor, Agriculture and Rural Economic Development
· A Board member of the Listowel BIA
· A member of the WIN THIS SPACE 2020 Working Committee
· A past winner of the North Perth Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards
· Winner of WIN THIS SPACE 2018
All submissions will be kept confidential and all selections, judgements and decisions of the judging panel are final and binding.
Please contact Lisa Schaefer, Listowel BIA Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 519-444-8233. Best of luck to all who submit an idea!
“WIN THIS SPACE” Contest Rules and Regulations will be made available to candidates, before, or at the first workshop. Once the “WIN THIS SPACE” Rules & Regulations have been read, each candidate will be requested to sign and agree to the terms as specified.
“WIN THIS SPACE” contest Rules and Regulations are subject to change and updates will be posted on the Discover Listowel website.
McIntosh Farms - Butcher Shop is open for business. They are located at 167 Argyle Ave N in Downtown Listowel.
Their hours of operation are:
WED. - FRI. 10AM UNTIL 6PM
SATURDAY 10AM UNTIL 4PM
They would love to see you!
Congratulations to Erin McIntosh of McIntosh Farms! She has won the Grand Prize Package for WIN THIS SPACE Listowel!
Erin McIntosh was born and raised on a farm outside of Hesson and was in the barn with her father every chance she was given. When she married Shawn McIntosh in 2005, they knew they wanted to raise many types of livestock in a way that would allow their kids to be right there by their side feeding and caring for their animals. They moved to a farm outside of Atwood in 2010 to start their own farm. In 2012, they started their amazing journey of grass feeding their cattle and sheep and soon added poultry and pigs – creating their own healthy ecology. While changing their lifestyle and farming practices they started direct marketing from their farm to customers, restaurants and at the Slow Food market in Stratford. They are ready to expand their business with a butcher shop in Listowel. It is Erin’s goal to show people there is another choice - another way to farm and another way to eat!
The judges: Hannah Conroy, Virginia Dunbar, Jackie DeWit and Sean Eaton