Leaders can impact their community and enhance regional economic development through innovative problem solving and creative solutions. The inaugural Rural Ontario Leaders Awards (ROLA) were given out in February 2018. Among the winners was New Vision Unlimited. They won the Not-for-Profit category for their leadership and work towards strengthening rural Ontario.
New Vision Unlimited won the Not-for-Profit category for their community HUB office space in Huntsville, Ontario. In 2014 New Vision Unlimited was shocked at the high cost and low availability of office space. This lead to the creation of the HUB: a community office space featuring a variety of work space sharing options, including boardrooms, co-working offices, and a café and lounge area. The HUB opened in 2015 and is designed to support small and emerging organizations. In just the first two years membership has grown to 108 members representing 75 businesses.
In addition to providing affordable office space, the HUB provides a valuable networking opportunity between members. The space allows them to connect with others to grow their organization and establish valuable business relationships with those working around them. The HUB provides innovative growth opportunities and encourages cross sector collaboration, all without having to leave the building.
To find out more about the Rural Ontario Leaders Awards visit: https://news.ontario.ca/omafra/en/2018/02/ontario-recognizing-outstanding-leaders-in-rural-ontario.html