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October 2023 Economic Development Update:

Fall is often considered a time of new beginnings with the start of the school year. It is also the final stretch towards the end of the year. However you look at this time of year, there’s no better time to commit to lending more support to local events, businesses and organizations. Sunrise Corner has developed three online tools to help connect residents with local events, products and services, and job and volunteer opportunities: Event Calendar, Business Directory, and WorkFinder.

Event Calendar: Our online calendar lists all the big community events like summer festivals, fall suppers and vendor markets. We are currently looking into a new online calendar that would provide additional functionality, allowing us to add more recreational events and better sorting functionality to make it easy to find what you need. Stay tuned for more on that later this year. Attend an upcoming event >

Business Directory: Our online Business Directory connects local residents with local companies. The searchable directory helps customers buy the products and services they need locally to ensure local businesses can stay open to serve the community. Shopping locally is a critical aspect of building our region. In fact, it is estimated that money spent locally is reinvested locally seven times before being lost outside our region. Money spent outside the region is lost immediately and may never make it back. Let’s keep our dollars here to strengthen our community. Find a local business >

WorkFinder: This useful resource was launched to connect local workers and volunteers with local companies and organizations. If you’re looking for paid work or volunteer opportunities in southeast Manitoba, Sunrise Corner’s WorkFinder is the place to go. There are currently more than 20 postings on the site including paid full-time, part-time and seasonal jobs and volunteer gigs. Find a job >

Check out our website at the links above. Both WorkFinder and Business Directory tools allow users to post their own job openings and directory listings but if you need a hand, I’m happy to assist. Let’s keep our businesses and organizations strong by supporting local this fall.

As always, if you have an idea for a new business or event, I encourage you to get in touch. We have access to resources that can help you develop a business plan, get the training you need, or obtain financing to get your dream to reality.

Monique Chenier