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RC100 2019

Are you ready to take your start-up to the next level???
Now accepting applications for RC100 2019!

To see if you/re business is eligible, go to WWW.RC100.CA

Deadline for Applications is April 30, 2019

Financial Literacy for All – Thursday, May 2, 2019

The Community Futures Financial Literacy Workshop is an engaging hands-on workshop to help participants learn how to make a budget, manage expenses, understand credit and debt management, protect themselves from fraud and save for their future.

Come learn about the importance of understanding, having the skills and confidence to manage your day to day finances.

Date: May 2, 2019
Time: 1 pm – 4 pm
Location: Kenwood Corporate Centre; Arnprior

Register by emailing Teena McKitchen at or call 613-431-3951.

Teeny Tiny Summit


Register now for Teeny Tiny Summit- An Economic Development Conference for Small Towns and Rural Townships

Thursday, April 4; 9 am to 4 pm


Calabogie Peaks Resort

Greater Madawaska Township

30 Barrett Chute Road- the downhill day lodge chalet

Calabogie ON K0J 1H0

CED 101 Training


Please join us for a Community Economic Development 101 Workshop coming up…hosted by the County of Renfrew at the Horton Community Cente, March 21, from 1 pm to 4 pm. This workshop is  geared towards new and returning municipal councilors, municipal staff, and others interested and involved in community economic development in their community.

To  register for a session please click this link. Other dates and locations available.

For more information, please email or call 1-877-424-1300.

Contact North Information Session


On January 15th, 2019, come learn more at one of the two information sessions. For your convenience, the sessions will be held in two locations, Pembroke and Renfrew.

Morning session:
Time: 10 AM
Location: 9 International Drive, Pembroke

Afternoon session:
Time: 2 PM
Location: 1035 O’Brien Road, Renfrew

Come learn more about how PARO and Contact North can assist your business in moving forward in 2019.

Contact North is an amazing resource that offers:
Distance education options to Ontario residents
LBS, Workplace Development, and High School courses for free
College and University courses and programs

PARO specializes in supporting women in business in small and medium sized businesses, and social enterprises. They have developed services and programs with exactly your needs in mind; start up, business growth and networking.

Health Care Labour Market Forum


Algonquin College, in partnership with Renfrew County Community Futures Development Corporation, is organizing a labour market forum for Renfrew County’s health care sector to address the shortage of health care workers in the region. Based on feedback the College has received, several organizations have identified that they are having difficulty filling positions including Personal Support Workers and Nurses. This forum will bring together health care partners from across the county with education, economic development and employment services professionals to explore the issues and to develop a community action plan to address them.

In advance, we ask that someone who is knowledgeable of any labour market pressures that your organization is experiencing complete the following survey. This survey will provide us with baseline information that will help our facilitator organize the forum discussions. We ask that you complete this survey by Friday, November 16thSurvey Link.
The survey should only take 5 minutes of your time to complete.

There is no fee to attend the forum, however space is limited. Therefore we ask that organizations register no more than 2 people.

Bridges to Better Business – 2018

Human Resources 101
Wednesday October 17th, 2018.

Keynote Speaker: Michelle Dagnino, “One of the most important and prevalent factors affecting the workplace is the diversity of age of workers–from new young workers to baby boomers to individuals on the verge of retirement. You now have the potential of having four generations in your workforce, with each generation having its own expectations, habits, work styles, and beliefs. This presentation delves into ideas and innovations to handle the attitudes, meld the differences, and help the generations understand each other a bit better.”

Tickets $50.(HST included), must be purchased in advance. To purchase ticktets,


 Riverwood Acoustics wins RC100 2018

Renfrew County Community Futures Development Corporation Announces the Winner of its First Startup Competition

August 24, 2018 5:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

RC100 winner

PETAWAWA, Ontario–After three rounds of competitive down-selection, Riverwood Acoustics won the first annual RC100 Startup competition, securing $100,000 in early-stage investment from Renfrew County Community Futures Development Corporation (CFDC).

Riverwood Acoustics is a Renfrew County-based designer and manufacturer of one-of-a-kind premium home bluetooth speakers made from reclaimed riverwood.  The company focuses on sound excellence, build quality and aesthetics. Their branding is built around the connection to local culture and the unique use and conscientious sourcing of reclaimed wood.  Historic, Artful, Unrivaled. Once in full production, the company will create up to 12 full-time positions and influence over 30 positions indirectly through contract manufacturers in Renfrew County.

“We are thrilled to win RC100 and to have the support of Renfrew County CFDC and the business community in establishing home audio wireless products locally,” said Riverwood Acoustics founder Ben Seaman. “This investment in innovation—along with guidance in optimizing our productivity and performance—will position Riverwood Acoustics for sustained growth as we continue to deliver and deploy our units with customers across North America and around the world.”

“Our objective is to become a world leader in premium home wireless speakers made from reclaimed riverwood,” explains Seaman. “A truly unique product that will compete with style and sound quality that allows us to provide beautiful, high-fidelity home wireless speakers that are made from 100%  reclaimed riverwood to our customers.”

Based on their exceptional performance in the RC100 Top 4, Renfrew County CFDC is looking at utilizing a broader suite of programs to develop finding opportunities for the other finalists.

The competition, which launched in February of this year with 35 entries, officially ended today at the SRB Technologies Inc. RC100 Startup Reception, held at the Garrison Petawawa Golf Club.

“We are excited to be backing Riverwood Acoustics,” said Paul Curtis, Chair of Renfrew County CFDC’s Board of Directors. “The technology is impressive but even more so, the people who are behind its commercialization. Congratulations to all.”

About Riverwood Acoustics

Riverwood Acoustics a Renfrew County-based company, founded by Ben Seaman and Scott Rathwell, which offers premium, high-fidelity speakers that are made of 100% reclaimed riverwood that can be showcased in your home or business.  Features include:  Bluetooth AptX – CD quality wireless transfer; Reclaimed Wood – Solid birch premium enclosure; Power Amp – 40 W rms low distortion simplifier; Bass Extension – Dual passive bass radiators; High Fidelity – 3” and full range acoustical perfection; and RCA I/P – Left/right RCA inputs for AUX connections. The wood used in the speakers is known as “old growth” timber, which grew hundreds of years ago under ideal conditions thanks to lower light, cooler temperatures, and optimal soil conditions. This resulted in a stronger, tighter and denser grain wood compared to current cuts of wood. These logs are retrieved from the depths of the Ottawa River by eco-divers, kiln-dried and handcrafted into a unique, rare speaker that boasts unparalleled sound quality.  Find out more at

About RC100

The competition is modelled after the successful N100, Northumberland CFDC’s annual open invitational $100,000 technology startup competition. RC100 is delivered by Renfrew County CFDC, which is supported by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), in collaboration with N100, the Impact Centre at the University of Toronto and Invest Ottawa. It is supported by BDC, Algonquin College, City of Pembroke, Renfrew County Economic Development Department, Edwards Professional Corporation, MathWorks, BUDGETO, SRB Technologies Inc. and powered by Reviewr. RC100 will enter its second year with a call for applications in January 2019. Visit us online at



Renfrew County CFDC‘s Executive Director, Diane McKinnon at 613 431 3951 ext. 222 or


Renfrew County CFDC’s Loan Manager, Mike Thompson at 613 431 3951 ext. 223 or

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