Tutorials: Website Development and E-Commerce

The Great Waterway together with Queen’s University have developed tutorials to assist small and medium sized tourism businesses to market their business online thereby enhancing their potential to increase their profitability and enhance tourism overall in The Great Waterway.

Tutorial 1 – addresses website development focusing on topics such as domain name registration, picking a web hosting service, design and content decisions.

Lesson 1: Domain Names

Lesson 2: Domain Names (Go Daddy)

Lesson 3: Web Hosting

Lesson 4: Web Hosting (Dream Host)

Lesson 5: Website Design

Lesson 6: Website Design (WiX)

Lesson 7: Content Creation

Tutorial 2 – relates to the integration of E-commerce to your operations. Specifically, we go over the details of getting E-commerce software, setting up merchant accounts, discuss security issues and what can be done to address consumer skepticism towards E-commerce. We provide step-by-step directions on implementing two of the most popular E-commerce options, Shopify and Paypal.

Lesson 1: What is E-Commerce

Lesson 2: To Build an E-Commerce Website

Lesson 3: Different E-Commerce Options

Lesson 4: E-Commerce Option: Shopify

Lesson 5: E-Commerce Options: Paypal

Lesson 6: E-Commerce Website Security

Please visit the Community Development Department website to find the latest information on workshops, newsletters, funding opportunities and much more.

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County Kids Read – a Book in Every Child’s Hand

County Kids Read, a project of the Written Word Committee of PEC Arts Council was established to encourage and promote literacy for at risk children and youth in The County. Presently 400 to 500 books are given out each month.

CHILDREN’S BOOK BANK
New and gently used books are donated, purchased, sorted and distributed by members of the Written Word Committee to several locations in The County:

*The Hub- Early Years Centre – several projects including Healthy Families and Babies and Beyond, a program for at risk teenage mothers
*Reaching for Rainbows – an after school program for at risk young girls
*Recreational Outreach Program
*Wellington Food Bank
*Picton Food Bank
*Children’s Aid Society
*PEC Learning Centre

When families and children visit one of these locations they are encouraged to choose a book, take it home and make it their own. Research indicates that children in lower income families have significantly fewer books in their homes than children in middle income families. Having age appropriate books in the home is critical to literacy acquisition and an appreciation of reading.

In Prince Edward County children’s literacy scores and skills are significantly below the provincial standard, as assessed by the Education Quality Assessment Office of the Ministry of Education for Ontario. The Prince Edward County Vital Signs Report 2013 indicates that 16.9% of the preschool children in the County present with low EDI (Early Development Index) in two or more domains as compared to a provincial average of 13.9%. Low EDI affects a child’s ability to reach their full potential and makes them vulnerable throughout childhood and teenage years.

PRESCRIPTION TO READ
The Well Baby Visit, at 18months of age, is an integral part of the initiative of the Ontario Ministry of Health to improve childhood experiences through collaboration with child development service and community services.

The Written Word Committee is working with all health care professionals in the County to ensure that this visit has a focus on developing life-long literacy skills. To this end, new books with a bookplate in the baby’s name and a library bookmark are given to each parent. The Physician also writes out a “Prescription to Read” which advises families to read, share books and to visit the local library.

Based on current studies reading to children and exposing them to print, at a young age, results in the development of literacy skills and reading appreciation.

For more information on these and other Prince Edward County Arts Council initiatives, visit http://www.pecartscouncil.org/

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2 Greer Road Wineries = Top Pinot Noir Scores @ National Wine Awards of Canada 2014

Earlier this summer nineteen judges holed up in the Penticton Lakeside Resort in the heart of British Columbia wine country to taste 1335 wines from 189 wineries across the country. After a week of tasting and re-tasting the best of the country’s wine were determined.

The list of top pinot noirs in Canada to be announced Wednesday August 6 includes three Prince Edward County wines in the top three scoring positions. Head Wineaux Bryan McCaw of WineAlign, the organizer of the Awards remarked, “I thought it was pretty cool that your little corner of the County produced the top three pinot noirs!”

The Top 3 scoring Pinot Noirs at the
National Wine Awards of Canada are:

*Norman Hardie County Unfiltered Pinot Noir 2012 PLATINUM $39

*Rosehall Run JCR Pinot Noir 2011 GOLD $39

*Norman Hardie Unfiltered Niagara Pinot Noir 2011 GOLD $39

Other producers in the category included Niagara’s Flat Rock Cellars, Tawse Winery and BC’s Nk’Mip Cellars, Road 13, Joie Farm and Quails’ Gate.

Details for the National Wine Awards can be found at http://www.winealign.com/awards

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