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.
Chantal moved to Stittsville 14 years ago when she and her husband were posted to the area. Chantal's 23 years in the military were spent mainly in the Army Logistics Branch, where she specialized in Contracting, Procurement, Comptrollership, and Army Operations. She retired from the military in 2013 and joined the insurance industry initially in the Kingston area. Two years ago, she directed the relaunch of Personal Lines Insurance at Bradley's Insurance on Main Street, and moved to the position of CEO last fall, supporting the operations for the 4 Bradley's Offices. Chantal, her husband and 3 boys can't be happier to live in such a wonderful community that they can finally call home
Darryl is a local Edward Jones financial advisor in the Stittsville office which has been serving the needs of long-term investors in the community for over 20 years. Prior to joining Edward Jones in 2003, he gained valuable experience in the High-tech sector where he held a number of Senior Management positions. Darryl grew up in a small community in Southern Ontario and spends much of his free time skiing.
Debra is a Real Estate Broker and co-owner of Details Realty Inc., Brokerage. Debra prides herself on her expertise and experience in successfully bringing home buyers and sellers together throughout the city of Ottawa and the surrounding rural area. Debra became a REALTOR® in 2006, because she enjoys the excitement of helping people look for and find that perfect home, and of getting their current home ready for sale, and then sold for top dollar.
"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.
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.