“There is something happening here,” said Margaret Lee, at a recent Iroquois and District Business Group open house.
The first open house that the organization has held attracted about 20 area business owners, including some new faces of some new businesses in the area.
Lee, who has a home-based business in Iroquois, has been here since 1965. She said, “There is a renewed zest here that I haven’t seen for a long time.”
“We really have a lot to offer here, people just aren’t aware of it,” said Candace Menges, president of the Iroquois and District Business Group.
She encouraged the business owners on hand to make an effort to know their neighbouring businesses and what they have to offer so they can inform their customers and keep the dollars being spent local.
The open house gave those on hand the opportunity to share with their peers the services they offer, and to talk about the new businesses coming to town such a the new ladies fashion boutique, and the businesses opening under new ownership, including a highly anticipated restaurant.
Dwight Saunders, of Aura, which has businesses in three Iroquois storefronts, shared that they bring about 100 people a week into the community, a number which impressed the event’s guest speaker South Dundas mayor Steven Byvelds.
“We hosted this open house to encourage more business support,” said Menges. “We have good membership numbers, 21 last year, but require more physical support to accomplish our goals.”
They too were seeking input to set out goals for the group at large.