Kayla & Shawn Dillon, owners and operators of Social Venue, first heard of the services offered by the Timmins Economic Development Corporation (TEDC) when Ross MacDonald visited a business where Kayla was working at the time. It was a year after that visit that Kayla and her brother Shawn approached the TEDC with their idea for Social Venue.
The siblings had noticed that there was a lack of availability in local rental halls and came up with the idea for Social Venue after noting that there were no comparable services in Timmins. In fact, while completing initial market market research, Kayla received great feedback and support from many local businesses that she had originally thought would be her potential competition.
Once Kayla had completed her market research, she contacted Ross to help with funding applications. Not only was Ross able to successfully guide Kayla and Shawn through the application process, he helped them focus on key points and provided assistance with the equipment and services that would be necessary to complete their project.
The Social Venue has a capacity of 110 people and caters to several markets:
Businesses and government agencies holding meetings that require technical equipment along with light breakfasts, lunches, and refreshments;
Individuals holding social events such as baby showers, weddings, anniversaries, and birthday parties; and
Sports and social clubs looking for a fundraising venue or a place to celebrate their successes.
The Social Venue also has tables and chairs available to rent through the facility for events like outdoor weddings and large gatherings.
While Kayla is confident that the project would still have become a reality without the funding they received from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC), she admits that the time frame would have been much longer. She is also quick to point out that both her and Shawn are grateful for the support they received from both Ross and the NOHFC.