We are a group of energetic, goal-oriented business people who invite you to join our team. Here's the latest member news in our wonderful community!

Nous sommes un groupe de gens d’affaires dynamiques et motivés qui vous invitent à vous joindre à nous! Voici les dernières nouvelles de notre merveilleuse communauté…



Click here to read the minutes from our August 12th General Board Meeting.


6:30 p.m. – Vankleek Vineyard

18h30 – Réunion à Vankleek Vineyard

Download the Agenda here


The Review has been publishing a weekly newspaper, serving Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec, since 1893.

Advertisers are important to newspapers, and newspaper staff members must manage the accounts they have with their advertisers.  To improve that management process, The Review used its Digital Main Street grant to implement a new Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system and pay for staff training.

The CRM is computer software that allows for better management of customers/advertisers and the orders they place.  It is basically a central database that all staff members who have a responsibility for the advertising process may access to place instructions, comments, and specifications that are essential to the proper preparation, proof process and scheduling of the customer’s advertisement, whether it is for the print and e-edition, for the paper's website (thereview.ca) or for social media buys.

“It saves time in the production of the paper and means that ads move through our pro...


Jan Amell Photography is known for her engaging photos of weddings, babies, families and newborns but is also a product photographer and does work for publications. She has a photo booth which she rents out to special events and celebrations. 

Vankleek Hill photographer Jan Amell will use Digital Main Street grant funds to upgrade the website of her business and improve online booking and ordering capabilities for customers.  Jan Amell Photography is well-known and well-respected in the community for capturing images of life’s milestone moments.

The COVID-19 pandemic has been difficult for the photography business.  Professional photographers were not considered an essential business during the previous stages of restrictions.  Customers were not able to visit Amell’s studio.  Community and family events that usually use Amell’s services were cancelled, and weddings, which normally compose a major part of a photographer’s trade, have been postponed or significantly reduced in size....


Hannah Rideout is arranging flowers at Jade Garden.

A Digital Main Street grant allowed Erin Dawson to expand her online shopping opportunities for customers.

Dawson owns Jade Garden, the flower and gift shop on Main Street in Vankleek Hill.  Customers had previously been able to order flowers online using the Teleflora service, but Dawson wanted to make online services more accessible to customers and reduce her overhead costs.  Using the grant funding, Dawson will allow customers to shop directly on her website and use Woocommerce, which she said will save her money in the long term.

Digital Main Street is a program to help small businesses improve their online presence and is an initiative of the Ontario Business Improvement Area Association. Locally, some of the Vankleek Hill Business and Merchant Association members were eligible to apply for up to $2,500 in funds to improve their websites, add online shops, redesign logos and otherwise add to their digital marketing presence. I...


Yves Bédard as owned Bedtek Computers for more than 20 years.

Yves Bédard has been fascinated with computers since his childhood in Alexandria, back when models like the VIC-20 and Commodore 64 were the latest models.  Now, he sells and services the current models of computers at his shop, Bedtek Computers, located at the corner of High and Hamil Streets in Vankleek Hill.

Bédard is using a Digital Main Street grant to implement something very appropriate for a computer business—a website.  Grant recipients are required to hire another local business to assist with implementing their objectives, so Bédard hired The Review to manage social media for Bedtek Computers.

“The goal is to have an online shop and maintain it,” said Bédard.

He added that his business has not previously had a proper website but that it is something he wants to have in order to better serve customers in the community online.

The Digital Main Street grant program is an initiative of the Ontario Business Improvement Area...


  Click here to read the minutes from our June 29th Open General Meeting.


6 p.m. – Virtual Meeting on Zoom

18h – Réunion virtuelle Zoom

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The Vankleek Hill Business & Merchant Association has a space where local sources for PPE can easily be found.

As part of safe operations during COVID-19, many businesses may need to install and provide personal protective equipment, signage, or physical barriers. But where can you find these sought-after items and services?

     Find, post & share local personal protective equipment resource

L’Association des Commerces et Marchands de Vankleek Hill vous réserve un espace où les ressources locales d’EPI peuvent être facilement trouvées.

Faisant partie des opérations sécuritaires durant la pandémie, plusieurs marchands devront installer et fournir des équipements de protection individuels, des panneautages ou des barrières physiques. Où pouvez-vous trouver ces articles et services ?

     Retrouvez, affichez et partagez les ressources locales d’équipement de protection


  Click here to read the minutes from our June 8th Open General Meeting.

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The Vankleek Hill Business and Merchant Association acknowledges the financial support of Champlain Township.

L'Association des Commerces et Marchands de Vankleek Hill reconnait l'appui financier du Canton de Champlain.

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