Media Release

Supporting Business Growth and Recovery with a Network of Experts

For immediate release

July 8, 2021


Kingston Economic Development receives $32,000 to support local small businesses

Kingston, Ontario, July 8, 2021 — Kingston Economic Development received additional funding from the Province of Ontario to assist small business owners that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19 through Ask the Expert program.

The Province of Ontario is providing $2,040,000 to support Ontario's 47 Small Business Enterprise Centres to create a new Small Business COVID-19 Recovery Network. This network will enhance the capacity of all 47 centres, which Kingston Economic Development manages one of. This funding helps Small Business Enterprise Centres across Ontario to expand their services and further support businesses in their respective communities, cities and counties.

The funding is being used to provide a Recovery Program that offers business planning and coaching, as well as, one on one time with a local specialist to assist small businesses in planning for the future.

Small business owners can access one-on-one time with an expert for no charge. To be eligible the business is registered as a Sole Proprietor, General Partnership or Corporation with 1 to 5 employees. The business needs to be currently operating, earning some revenue and affected by COVID-19.

Businesses can get help from industry experts on specific questions related to accounting, legal, social media, human resources, business planning, sales and marketing.

“This program benefits business owners as they navigate reopening strategies at no cost,” says Norman Musengimana, Manager, Small Business & Entrepreneurship. “We encourage the business community to reach out to Kingston Economic Development with their questions so that we can work with the network of experts to support their businesses’ growth and recovery.”

To learn more about the program and connect with an expert visit

Meet the Experts:


Kent Williams, Templeman LLP

Kent Williams is a member of the Templeman LLP team providing a wide range of corporate, commercial, and contract law services to business-owners as well as advising businesses on all labour and employment law matters from basic employment contracts to complex HR issues.  With this breadth of expertise, Kent is ideally positioned to give practical and cost-effective advice to businesses at all stages of their growth and development. 

Templeman LLP is a leading regional law firm that offers a full suite of legal services to private and public sector clients, from local start-ups and SMEs to large insurance and municipal clients across Ontario.  A local firm with established roots in Eastern Ontario, the team at Templeman LLP is deeply committed to the economic growth of the region and the long-term success of local businesses. 


Brenda E. Palmer, Palmer & Associates

Palmer and Associates is a Full-Service Human Resources firm that has been operating in the Kingston area, and across Canada for over twenty-years. They offer expertise in Executive Search, Career Transition and Leadership coaching services. 

Brenda E. Palmer has over 35 years of experience in Human Resource Management, Executive Search, Career Transition, and Executive Coaching. Following a successful early HR career in the manufacturing industry, she advanced to senior management roles with two Ottawa search firms. Over twenty years ago she started Palmer & Associates in Kingston. Her clients range from large multinational corporations, small entrepreneurial organizations, to public and not-for-profits. In her role she guides and mentors clients to achieve their goals and connect candidates to perfect career opportunities.


Justen Roy, JR’s Tax & Bookkeeping

Justen Roy started his own Tax and Bookkeeping Business JR Tax and Bookkeeping over ten years ago after gaining invaluable experience while working at a numerous accounting firms in the Kingston Area. His goal is to provide exceptional Tax Return and Bookkeeping Services with a customized one-on-one approach that provides a personal touch not offered by larger corporations. Justen has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and an advanced diploma in Accounting. Throughout his time in the industry he has also cultivated a unique network of business owners and professionals in his industry that he can lean on.


Ian Murdoch, Second Summit Group Inc.

Ian Murdoch is the Managing Partner of Second Summit Group and brings over 20 years’ experience to the team. Ian’s focus is based on a magnitude of skillsets related to retail, entertainment, construction, technical sales, Federal and Municipal project management, and engineering consulting services. With a personal and grounded approach, Ian can support businesses by providing customized processes, and roadmaps for better in-house teams that create business legacy.

Whether a business is looking to rollout strategy, penetrate markets or mentor teams, Second Summit Group combines personal approach and tactical focus to ensure your goals are not only measured but exceeded. Second Summit Group, was developed to provide result based business support for more effective market strategies to create longer lasting relationships with staff and clients.


Jennifer Baker, Jennifer Baker Consulting

Jennifer Baker provides quality training on social media to businesses of all sizes. Using her education-focused degrees, Jennifer goes beyond explaining the importance of social media and gives her clients the skills and confidence they need to attract and retain customers. Through careful attention to each client’s needs, time constraints, and skill levels, Jennifer trains individuals to make social media work for their business. Jennifer is a part-time instructor at St. Lawrence, and a contributor to Social Media Today. She holds a Masters in Education, Bachelor of Education, and Bachelor of Arts in Business & Economics.  

Jennifer Baker Consulting delivers customized, hands-on social media training designed to demystify social media for the corporate world. Training is designed with up-to-date, step by step instructions to aid in the learning process. All participants are provided with a standard handout, covering learning objectives.


Media Contact:

Nour Mazloum

Communications & Events Officer

Kingston Economic Development Corporation


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