Uniting Many For The Benefit of All
Our story is somewhat different. It started with a vision to create a business district within the boundaries of the rural Osgoode Ward (20). What makes our scenario somewhat unique is the fact that we have five very distinct villages in our Ward, including a portion of Manotick. Businesses in the Ward were disconnected, disorganized and not collaborating within a unified group.
The idea was born in a living room amongst a few individuals who felt we were missing out on a big opportunity to promote and explore what was right in front of us – we wanted people to shop local and stay local. After multiple meetings over many months, the idea slowly took shape and the dream was within reach.
OWBA Founders Jane DiRaimo and Gerrie Kautz
The concept behind OWBA was to form an umbrella business organization within the Ward with a link between home based, agricultural and industrial businesses. We wanted to promote business development and have a strong voice at all three levels of government.
Having representation from all these businesses would make consumers more aware of what products and services are offered, both inside the Ward and out. All of the Ward’s villages can be more powerful when marketed together under one organization. Networking is important for business growth and so is getting to know your neighbours. We wanted to encompass all these concepts.
Moving forward we’d like to expand OWBA activities to put us on the map for local business and make a name for ourselves similar to Business Improvement Areas (BIA’s) and other business support organizations.
The Inaugural Meeting
On November 24, 2015 OWBA held an inaugural meeting at the Metcalfe Town Hall where over 100 local business owners and residents had an opportunity to be heard not only by the founders of OWBA but also by your constituency representatives. These included Councillor George Darouze, your provincial MPP Lisa MacLeod, your federal MP, Pierre Poilievre, and the Mayor of Ottawa the Hon. Jim Watson.
Read press releases and presentations from the November 24th meeting.
OWBA Creation Team displays plaques received by City Officials at the Inaugural Meeting
Councillor George Darouze, Gino Milito, Richard Woods, Treena Wilson, Gerry Kautz, Jane Diraimo