In all great small-towns businesses support their communities and communities support their businesses. Stittsville residents are all passionate about this great place and maintaining it's rich heritage. A lot of that has to do with the fantastic businesses that exist here. Did you know there are over 400 businesses in Stittsville? Probably not. That's why we need to act now! A courageous group of business owners is stepping up and taking the lead on an initiative that will highlight all the great businesses Stittsville has to offer.
The Stittsville Business Association (SBA) has been created to help businesses thrive. It's a membership based association where any business that operates within the electoral boundaries of Stittsville can join. It will be a diverse group made up of small businesses, large businesses, business for self and home based businesses.
Our mandate is to return value to our members. This can be done in so many ways however in our first year of operation we're focusing on building our membership base. Therefore we will have a dual focus of providing immediate value added for our members while simultaneously building our bigger plans for the future.
In year one we plan on spending much of our time speaking with business owners and educating them on what it is we're trying to accomplish and also how it can help their business.
Our three key focuses at the onset will be:
1. Enhanced visibility for businesses - this will initially be done through social media pages owned by the SBA and a website that will be developed acting as a directory for members. Both of these will be platforms for us to amplify your reach and continually showcase the wonderful member businesses. We have strategies built around this that you can learn more about.
2. Business to business networking (B2B) - we plan to hold another 4 networking events this year after this one to encourage businesses to discover what's in our own backyard. There are countless examples of businesses using services outside of Stittsville simply because they did not know the same service existed in Stittsville or hadn't created the relationship. As business owners we can get to know one another and support each other by shopping local.
3. Listen and Learn - Listening to members and what they would like to see the association do in the years to come from which we will start to build action plans with timelines for some of these bigger scope projects.
Allan is a longtime resident of Stittsville with a passion and a strong commitment to the community. He is a former elected municipal councilor for Stittsville as part Goulbourn Township. Allan’s contributions to the community includes the role as President in the formation of two previous community associations, past executive and coach with the SMSA for over 16 years, active in various hockey programs, including as a coach in the Central Junior A Hockey League, and was instrumental in the creation and the development of the Stittsville Village Square. His career included 34 years with the federal government mainly with the Correctional Service of Canada . He currently working with Bradley’s Insurance as a Marketing Representative.
Andrea Greenhous is the founder of Vision2Voice, a boutique internal communications agency located in Stittsville. Vision2Voice helps organizations connect with their people, building better workplaces and thriving business cultures. While Andrea’s business crosses international borders, she is first and foremost a proud resident of Stittsville.
Wesley is a Stittsville native with a passion for business. He has long been fixated on helping others meet their needs and achieve their goals. This strong desire to meet needs with solutions has kept Wesley busy in several business ventures. Currently, he is a CEO of Yellow Brick Meida and Partner at Warmstone Family Dentistry where he aims to "change the way people view dentistry.” Wesley was just awarded the honour of FACES magazine Entrepreneur of the Year in 2019.
Joe Stilwell is a life-long athlete who has dedicated his career to helping others achieve their health and fitness goals. While playing competitive volleyball, Joe earned degrees for both personal training and kinesiology. His dream of opening a water-based training facility was born out of a thesis he wrote at Dalhousie University around plyometric training. Upon graduating, he chose to pursue a career in fitness and rehabilitation. Joe’s incredible work ethic and entrepreneurial spirit allowed him to realize his dream of opening Hydrathletics. In 2012, the first clinic in Kingston opened its doors and the company has since undergone two expansions of the Kingston clinic, as well as the opening of a second clinic in Ottawa.
Originally from St John’s Nfld, Erica moved to Ottawa in 1999. Attended Algonquin College and graduated in the Interior Design program in 2001 at the top of her class. Shortly after graduating, she taught in the Decorating program for 5 years, then opened up her home based Interior Design business. After many years of working from home, she took the leap of faith and opened up shop on Main St, where she has been for just over a year.
Phil Sweetnam, P. Eng. (retired), is a 2 nd generation Stittsville resident who owns a mobile home community and several rental houses on family land around Hazeldean Road. He is the recipient of many community and provincial awards including the City of Ottawa Environmental Award in 2006, the Goulbourn Senior Citizen of the Year in 2016, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the FCA in 2018. Phil is deeply dedicated to his community and is actively involved in many aspects of the Stittsville community from community events to municipal affairs affecting the residents, businesses and lands
Cody Campanale entered the Real Estate business with an enriched understanding of real estate in Ottawa; after all, his father Vince and uncles Rocco & Tony ran one of the top real estate brokerages and in Ottawa for over 40 years. He's the son of Vince Campanale, a founder of Ottawa’s premier new-home developer, Campanale Homes, so he has the benefit of understanding residential and commercial construction as well. As a Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE), Real Estate Broker, and as a Project Manager in Land Development at Campanale Homes, he's successfully delivered new homes and commercial spaces to many individuals and families looking to realize their Real Estate dreams.
Justin is a Stittsville native with deep roots in the community and an avid volunteer to many local initiatives. Following a 9 year career in the Canadian Football League as a member of the Calgary Stampeders and Ottawa Redblacks, he joined the insurance industry. Justin recently took on the role of branch manager of Bradley’s Insurance in addition to being a commercial account executive. Being raised in Stittsville he is excited to be working back home. In his spare time you can hear him on TSN1200 for the Redblacks pregame show or trying to keep up with his wife and two young boys.
Eduardo is a real estate sales representative with Royal LePage Team Realty. He provides a superior level of service counselling home buyers and sellers, investors and commercial tenants and landlords to make the right decisions. He lives, works and plays in Stittsville and has more than 20 years in sales and marketing, 13+ years of experience in real estate, a highly educated and training background in business administration and management, combined with excellent negotiation, communication and interpersonal skills, great enthusiasm and energy. Eduardo has just been awarded by Royal LePage with a Director's Platinum Award and an Award of Excellence in 2019 ranking top 5% in Trade Marketplace.
Jenny was born and raised on a dairy farm in Western Quebec where she learned a lot about hard work and fueling a career through passion. She is currently the Office Administrator for Coldwell Banker First Ottawa Realty here in Stittsville. Jenny aspires to one day have a career creating online content. In her personal time, she enjoys photography, astronomy, and traveling. Jenny would like to personally thank Jessica Dort, of Coldwell Banker First Ottawa, for her design work on the Banner of the StittsvilleBA site.