About the StittsvilleBA
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.
Meet the Team
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.
Past President, Director at Large
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 Media 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.
My name is Chinelo Houron but everyone calls me Chi. I'm the owner of The Thirsty Maiden Cafe & Village Envy Boutique. I created the concept of The Thirsty Maiden in 2018 with a vision of connecting people and communities. I opened the doors to the business in April 2019. My experience working in Sales/Event Management and of course my experience working on the front and back end of the Food & Beverage industry prepared me for this challenge. I started my second venture Village Envy in the midst of the pandemic late 2020 as a positive distraction to the storm that waged in keeping The Thirsty Maiden going. Some would joke and ask if I didn't have enough on my plate. I thrive off being busy and innovating. Village Envy is a women's online boutique with a pop-up shop currently setup at the cafe.
Director at Large
Phil Sweetnam, P. Eng. (retired), is a 2nd 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 around Stittsville.
Director at Large
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.
Director at Large
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.