Today, Community Futures Oxford hosted its annual general meeting marking their thirtieth anniversary serving Oxford County. Since inception, the organization has disbursed $24,401,283 in loans and equity to 417 businesses that were starting or growing in the community. This directly impacted 3,294 jobs. Since 1993, Community Futures Oxford has awarded 368 grants in the amount of $1,334,208.
The organization also presented their annual awards of excellence to three recipients.
Three awards were presented:
- 2023 Entrepreneur of the Year: Jodi Pendry, Terra Nova Nordic Spa
- 2023 Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Jessica Eterno, Sew Stylish Wedding Works
- 2023 Community Economic Development Project of the Year: Oxford Invitational Youth Robotics Challenge
At the AGM, Community Futures Oxford also shared information about its results including the most recent annual economic impact on Oxford County:
- 66 Businesses assisted
- 109 Total job impact
- $24,886 in grants disbursed to 8 projects involving more than 64 partner organizations
Jessica Eterno, Sew Stylish Wedding Works
“It is great to be a part of Oxford County and the amazing community of Ingersoll. I really appreciate all the support we have received throughout the years. I am grateful to Community Futures Oxford for allowing me to be able to continue the legacy of Sew Stylish.”
Allan Simm, Community Futures Oxford
“Community Futures Oxford is proud to celebrate thirty years serving the community. We measure our own success by the success of our clients and the community. As we reflect on the challenges and successes of the past thirty years, we look forward to being part of a thriving local economy in Oxford County.”