The Kenora Business Partners group launched a new business tool for Kenora and area employers at City of Kenora’s Committee of the Whole meeting yesterday.  

The Employee Handbook will be provided to local and area businesses to assist them with employee retention. The generic handbook can be easily personalized to each business and used as a Human Resources tool.

The need for this kind of tool was identified by local employers who were struggling with employee turnover.  

"80% of local job creation comes from existing employers," said Jennifer Findlay, Kenora’s Economic Development Officer. "Therefore, we wanted to provide them with a tool that would help them maintain and grow their businesses."
 
Lisa Lyle is the President of Kenora Harbourtown BIZ. She and the other three BIZ executive members tested the tool before it was launched. She believes the Employee Handbook will help local business owners and save them a lot of time.  

"This kind of information is publicly available and business owners could find it electronically. What this Handbook does is put all of the information in one place," she said.

Kenora & District Chamber of Commerce Manager, Carol Leduc is excited to share the Employee Handbook with their membership.

"The Employee Handbook gives us one more resource to share with our over 200 members," said LeDuc.

The Lake of the Woods Business Incentive Corp provides business counseling and small business lending support to Kenora and area businesses. Allyson McTaggart is one of two lending officers at the LOWBIC office. She feels their business clients will find the tool useful.

The Employee Handbook was developed by Kenora company HR Matters, who will provide further expertise to employers at a reasonable cost or help businesses personalize the Employee Handbook further to their specific business. The Handbook will be available electronically on all participating partner websites.
 
The Kenora Business Partners group includes staff from City of Kenora/Lake of the Woods Development Commission Economic Development, Kenora & District Chamber of Commerce, Northwest Business Centre, Lake of the Woods Business Incentive Corp (LOWBIC) and Kenora Harbourtown BIZ. The Kenora Business Partners group also collaborates on projects such as the New Business Welcome program which welcomes new businesses and thanks expanding businesses for choosing Kenora as their business location.