Marketing workshop slated Thursday

Local businesses are encouraged to attend a workshop focusing on marketing slated for this Thursday (May 17) at 5:30 p.m. at the Adventure Inn here.
This workshop is endorsed by the Downtown Core Committee, BIA, Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce, local businesses, and Rainy River Future Development Corp.
“The recent announcement of the construction of the biomass boiler by Abitibi has given Fort Frances and area some much-needed optimism about our future,” read a joint press release from the parties.
“This project, however, does not guarantee the town’s continued growth, and our municipal leaders must still strive to diversify our employment base by bringing in new value-added industries.
“As retail and service business owners, we now have a couple of years of relative stability to count on, but we must use this time to ensure the future prosperity of our businesses by working together for the benefit of all.
“With a goal of making the Fort Frances region a tourist destination, it is essential that all Fort Frances area businesses develop and implement a business plan to attain that goal.
“Serious thought needs to be given into how to accomplish this goal.
  “To this end, a meeting has been organized for all concerned business people in the area to start to plan for our future,” the release added.
The guest speaker will be Steve Piragis, owner of Piragis Northwoods Company of Ely, Mn.
Piragis Northwoods Company is a successful family-owned and operated canoe shop since 1979 located in “the canoe capital of the world”—Ely.
With the beautiful boundary waters and Quetico Provincial Park at their fingertips, they offer guided wilderness trips, fishing trips, guided weekend getaways, and much more.
Piragis will be here to give some insight on how Ely made its mark on the map as a great tourist destination.
Those interested are asked to RSVP their attendance to the Chamber of Commerce by phone (274-5773), fax (274-8706), or e-mail at
Appetizers provided by the RRFDC, and there will be a cash bar.