Community Futures Greenstone settling into new office digs

Community Futures Greenstone had to lay out their priorities when moving offices from above the Pharmasave to the old North of 53 Consumers’ Co-op building on Main Street. Becky Cianflone, the executive director for Greenstone, said the group is slowly settling in after moving last month.

“I say we're like 90 per cent there,” she said.

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“The coffeemaker was the first thing that came over. If we have coffee, we're pretty much good.”

Cianflone said Greenstone has been looking for a new space for a long time and was finally able to pull off the move recently.

“We have been committed for several years now to look at an alternative office location where we would be able to be fully accessible,” she said.

“We looked at a number of options for what was available in the community and this was the one that suited our needs the best.”

Greenstone’s priority was to stay centrally located in Flin Flon’s uptown area.

“We really wanted to stay on Main Street and the Co-op was willing to work with us and do some improvements to the place,” Cianflone said.

“This space is already fully accessible with available parking.”

The space needed a facelift before the move was ready. Cianflone said the office needed a fresh coat of paint and new floors before Greenstone could move in. The organization plans to use the space as a maker’s studio, available through the Women’s Entrepreneurship Project.

“We're hoping that we're going to be opening that in February, where makers in the community can come in, create products, share ideas, talk about their business plan and maybe even access financing though Greenstone,” said Cianflone.

She added that Greenstone is planning on purchasing equipment to help makers take their business to the next level.

“One of the first pieces that we're looking to invest in is a photography lightbox,” she said.

“Then we’ll have a workshop on how to take good quality photos of products for use online.”

Cianflone is optimistic for the future of the Main Street building.

“I'm really excited to be in the new space,” she said.

“It's beautiful and it's bright. This Co-op building will see more tenants and more activity. It's going to get more and more exciting.”

Greenstone had some added help when moving, as the Creighton Kodiaks football team lugged furniture across the street to assist in the move.

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