Welland recognized as a great place to grow

Welland is Open for Business

Profitguide’s search for places in Canada that were business-friendly with fast-moving development processes and little regulatory regime led them to Welland. It’s a recognition for which the cities staff and economic team can be proud of,  as it is a designation that would not have been possible a decade ago.

For many years, news surrounding industry growth in Welland spoke instead to the decline of the manufacturing industry. But a reinvented and aggressive economic strategy, hinged on marketing the city as an attractive place to do business, has moved Welland into a position for growth on a national investment level.


Advantages beyond City Hall

The cities advantages extend well beyond the processes at city hall. As a provincially designated place to grow, business choosing to build in Welland have the ability to receive tax and development charges relief through theNiagara Gateway Economic Zone and Centre Community Improvement Plan. Further incentive programs are offered in strategic locations throughout Welland, including specific industrial parks. Welland’s location, skilled workforce and burgeoning industry opportunities are all additional industry advantages.

Industrial real estate Welland

News of new development and expansion in Welland’s key industries is starting to become a regular occurrence. With businesses including Northern Gold Foods, Bertie and Clinton Mutual Insurance, Atlantic Biodiesel (possible expansion) and Trivium Industries purchasing and developing real estate. Welland’s industrial centres likeEnterprise Industrial Park offer appealing developable land with excellent transportation access and financial incentives.  Click here to view available industrial and commercial real estate within the city. 


Source article here: http://gregchew.hs-sites.com/blog/growing-industry-in-niagara-welland-nationally-recongized


Welland named Top Business-Friendly Place in Canada

From PROFIT Magazine:

There’s no barrier to doing business more formidable than government. Red tape and high taxes can snarl up your operations, slow down your innovation, and even stop you from getting started in the first place.

So when you’re choosing a location for a new outlet, office or venture, it’s important to find a place with an administration and community that tries to help—not hinder—companies like yours. You want a tax and regulatory regime that enables your growth instead of stifling it, a bureaucracy that won’t stop your planned capital projects in their tracks.

Help is at hand. For the first annual study of Canada’s Best Places for Business, we surveyed 50 of the country’s largest municipalities to find the ones with burgeoning markets, the lowest costs and the most amenable tax and regulatory regimes. Looking for a municipality that’s open for business? Here are the Canada’s Top 10 Most Business-Friendly Places for 2015:












Coworking Space, Studio, Daycare & Cafe coming to Downtown Welland

Note: This post was copied from the source: http://thetribeatwise.com/door-keys-work-exchanges-and-the-grand-opening-of-wise/ by author and Owner, Jay Kalryzian.



There were times I feared this moment would never come, when I wanted to throw my arms in the air and go get a job down at Canadian Tire. But we soldiered on, pushing and prodding and calling in favours. We changed real estate agents three times. We negotiated and we renegotiated. We made offers and we rejected offers and we thought about quitting a million times.

I’m writing you today with keys in hand.
We’ve created something incredible – a flexible working space that includes daycare, a place to get great grub and proper coffee, a place to meet clients, a place to catch the occasional Qi Gong or Yoga class, and much more. Above all, it’s a place for Welland. It’s for independants, small businesses, entrepreneurs and families. It’s for you.


Over the next few weeks we’ll be knocking down walls, ripping up carpet and beautifying our space. This is your chance to make the space your own, to voice your opinion on the best colour for the boardroom (yeah, we have one of those), the best furniture layout, and whether or not desks should face the front window or the waterfront (we have one of those, too).

We need skilled people, but mostly we need willing people. And we’re not asking you to work for free. For every hour you put in, we’ll give you a $10 credit toward hot desk space. You can check out our pricing online, but 12 hours of work will get you a month of unlimited hot desk space, and 5 will get you one day a week. Contact Jay if you’re interested in banking hours, and he’ll accommodate as many of you as I can.

Here’s what needs doing now:

  • Demolition
  • Painting
  • Cleaning
  • Beautifying, including a sign to be hung on East Main

We also need couches, desks and office furniture in good condition. If you have something to donate or sell at a good price, please contact Jay.


We’ve just launched a brand new website, with all the information about our residents, partners and affiliates. It’s a work in progress, but the fundamentals are there. Come visit our table at the Welland Food Festival, and take a peek in the window on your way over.

Know someone who might be a good fit? Anyone who works at home from a computer, even once per week, will love our space. Permanent desks are available for people who work on desktop computers, like to leave lots of papers about, or just plain need them.

Forward this email. Pass out Jay’s number or email. Stop by the Food Festival and grab a flyer. Visit the cafe. Drop your kids off at the Learning Curve and enjoy a child-free time getting work done.

Listen up, people. It’s real and it’s happening. Let’s make sure that Welland knows.

An unexpected gift

Shared from http://mcccanada.ca/stories/unexpected-gift


New to You Thrift Shop staff accept a cheque from Marilyn Dye (centre)

The New to You thrift shop is known for its warm, caring atmosphere where customers can expect to receive a good deal on gently used items, or just a sympathetic ear when life has thrown them a curve ball. In fact, after 40 years at the same modest location at 53 Southworth St., its principal sponsors, the Niagara-area Brethren in Christ churches, still consider the shop to be more of a community outreach ministry than a money-making venture.

This week started out as business-as-usual at New to You. In a pattern repeated each and every day, donors drop off their surplus “stuff” and our staff, mainly volunteers, sort through it before placing it for sale on the shop floor. Suddenly, with a gasp, there was a significant turn of events that would result in several lives being touched in an unforgettable way.

It began when our assistant manager, Tish Caldwell, processed a recent donation which included a number of boxes of outdated software. Do you remember floppy discs? Clearly, the software was unsaleable, but as a good environmental steward, she emptied the contents in order to recycle the cardboard boxes. She was surprised to find one of them stuffed with cash – $10’s, $20’s, $50’s, and $100’s! With her heart racing, she immediately took the box to Margaret Manwaring, her manager, where a double-count confirmed contents of a whopping $4,970!

Obviously, the donor was unaware of the box’s contents, and the only honorable and ethical course of action would be to return it. But who was this mysterious lady and how could we track her down? No one recognized her and no paperwork changes hands when donations are made. As minds raced, Tish scoured through the rest of the lady’s donations looking for a clue. All she could find was a 4 year old bulletin from the Welland Brethren in Christ church. At this point, we remembered our recently-installed security cameras (believe it or not, thieves also target charities). Finally, we had a tangible lead to work with – a grainy image of the unsuspecting donor.

This is where events took a heartwarming turn and the mystery was solved in less than 24 hours. Since we only had a few poor-quality pictures and a local church bulletin, we emailed the Welland BIC church secretary, Marilyn Dye, with the hope she might recognize the donor. We received a quick response from the office and heard that Marilyn would not be in for a few days. Her husband, Frank, had recently passed away after a lengthy illness, and she was taking some time off. However, this setback was short-lived. Minutes later, we received an email from the church confirming the lady in the pictures was none other than Marilyn herself!

We immediately contacted Marilyn at home to share the good news and she was speechless. Apparently, the boxes of software were her husband’s and having no use for them, she immediately thought of donating them to the New to You Thrift Shop where she had previously volunteered. She certainly never considered checking their contents and has no idea why he stashed the money.  He must have scrimped and saved for many years to build up this nest egg.  They certainly were not rich by any means.

Within a few hours, Marilyn stopped at the shop to pick up the money. There was not a dry eye in the place when we learned that her husband had no life insurance, and the money was a god-send. She graciously offered a donation to the staff, which they equally graciously declined.

We’ll never know if was divine intervention, or just a series of coincidences, but the outcome of this heartwarming experience was perfect!”

As news of this story spread we contacted Marilyn to get her consent with “going public” and she fully supports it. Furthermore, while a thorough search of her home revealed no more “nest eggs”, she also insisted on making a significant donation to the thrift shop. Clearly, good deeds beget more good deeds!

The New to You Thrift Shop is a registered charity. Like its sister shop in Port Colborne, Port Thrift, 100% of its profits are used to support local and international aid projects.

Taris on the Water finally opens!

Taris on the Water will finally open its doors this Friday, March 5 after months of planning and $1 million in renovations. The new restaurant will soon join Black Sheep Lounge possibly making Downtown West as the hottest place to wine and dine in Welland this summer.

Welcome to Welland!

Check out these incredible in-progress photos!


Lowering the basement







Bowling & Board Games @ Hillside Lanes

Project: Downtown’s first event was a success.

View the album here and tag yourself and your friends!

The next open meeting is:

Fuzzy Logic

Tuesday, March 3


Bring your ideas, bring a friend!


James Takeo: Get Behind Project: Downtown

I’m pretty happy to read about one of the newest initiatives taking place in our community, the Project: Downtown event, commencing Thursday.

Many know that I’m a fan of downtown revitalization, but from more of a grassroots perspective. I applaud the members on their attempt to “breathe new life into Welland’s downtown while simultaneously reintroducing a sense of pride in the heart of the city” by investing interest into this community’s best resource: its people.

When I read the online article regarding this event, and after reading through the comments section, I noted one stated that he wished to hear a listing of the positive aspects of Welland. This made me curious about what people around here might list as the positives that exist here, so, after an informal survey on one of my social media accounts, I received a number of responses from others about all things “Welland good.”

Not surprisingly, the recreational canal was mentioned numerous times, along with much of our green spaces and parks in our city. There were mentions of specific places (Merritt Island, Chippawa Park), sporting activities (fishing, rowing, hockey, canoeing), venues (library, museum, market square), arts and culture (murals, sculpture park), location (proximity to Toronto, in heart of Niagara region) and some of the great local businesses many of us patronize (Pupo’s, Celi & Presti’s).

Of all the responses, the most interesting and numerous ones were the references to the people who live here, as can be summed up by one commentator on my survey thread when he quipped that Welland has “the feeling of family among friends.”

Granted, there are times when people in this city can be divided on issues and concerns, but I feel that most here understand the truth in the above statement about the feeling of family. I have witnessed times when some of our own citizens are in a time of dire need, as the result of some emergency, and when the word goes out seeking help, it gets answered — fast.

For a city of 51,000, often it feels like a much smaller town, and I believe that although the economics and some of demographics of this community have changed, the sense of community spirit still remains embedded in the bones of these streets whose names we all know so well, for both newcomers and “lifers” alike.

With the harsh economic reality that is here locally, any initiative is a step in a good direction. Get people out, enjoy the neighbourhood, check out the local businesses and patronize when possible, and, most importantly, meet and talk to each other.

With the desire to attract people downtown, this Project: Downtown initiative addresses a need that businesses in the downtown core could realize: people want to not only come downtown, but they may want to come downtown to do something.

There are a few places downtown that offer dining and refreshments in good atmosphere, but beyond eating and drinking, what else is there to do? Libraries and museums offer a bit, and the occasional event downtown — and hopefully a free concert series in the future — does attract people to the downtown core. There are also some businesses that do provide local entertainment, but beyond that, there feels as though there is little to do.

Maybe it’s time we start finding things to do downtown, or, in the case of the Project: Downtown, make something to do ourselves.

Put down your device, turn off the TV and hope to see you downtown soon.

This column appeared in the Welland Tribune, Feb. 23, 2015


Join the conversation about Welland’s exciting new project!

Get WISE to Welland
Welland Innovation Studio & Events

Calling all!
small business owners,
who are interested in creating a community workspace / event space in downtown Welland.

We have the critical mass, the manpower, the investors and an abundance of inexpensive real estate available to create a space that will serve our community for years to come. If revitalizing the downtown core, engaging with local artists and business people and creating a business and life you love is important to you, join us for an open conversation.

Welland Community Wellness Complex,
145 Lincoln Street
Lincoln Street, Welland
Thursday, February 19 @ 7:00pm

As it stands today, we’re looking at creating a shared space that would house three studios and event space:

A Photography Studio: More than a career, photography is a passion!  A shared space, available for rent by the hour, day or by the month, complete with lighting and equipment.  Become part of the photography network and share techniques, collaborate on projects and create events.

A Coworking Space: A shared space that would allow freelancers, entrepreneurs and small business owners to break free of their home offices, work together or on their own separate projects, and forge important business partnerships and friendships. A meeting room and dedicated office spaces can be made available for this venture. Open to all sorts of organizations in the community that want to be more connected.

An Artist Studio: This large space would give artists a place to work on their projects, either collaboratively or individually. Along with work space, we will be holding workshops and classes.  Create a life around what you love and share it!