New office marks new era for Greenstone

Community Futures Greenstone pulled out the giant scissors to officially open their new offices.

The offices are located in the old North of 53 Consumers’ Co-op building at 800 Main Street.

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Greenstone chair Tom Therien said the group had never had a main level entrance, a big improvement for access.

“We have a disabilities fund and most people with disabilities couldn't get to the office,” he said.

“I think this becomes easier for most people to be able to get in to see us. We have exciting things that we're taking on, developing new partnerships that are enhanced further. It's allowed entrepreneurs and community people to get together and collaborate and work on solutions for the future.”

Alongside the new offices in Greenstone is The Hub. The Hub is a coworking and office space anyone can use.

“Let's face it, Flin Flon is changing,” Therien said.

“We need to develop positives... I think this is where Community Futures Greenstone is going to excel. We're going to take an active part in the future of the city of Flin Flon.”

Flin Flon Mayor Cal Huntley also sits on Greenstone’s board. He brought well-wishes from the City alongside his role as a Greenstone board member. He emphasized Greenstone’s role in the region for creating opportunities outside of Flin Flon.

“Borders don't exist for Greenstone, in regards to Creighton and Denare Beach,” he said.

“Greenstone has always been a very flexible organization with regards to looking for the opportunity and working very hard to take advantage of those opportunities.”

Look North member and Communities Economic Development Fund CEO Oswald Sawh said Flin Flon was an outlier when it comes to cross-border collaboration and idea exchanges.

“You know no borders or boundaries when it comes to entrepreneurial support,” he said.

“It's kind of a unique [situation]. It shouldn't be and I think you guys are very much on the right track.”

Sawh said the new space is a welcoming environment - key to support inexperienced business people.

“When we try to start a business, it's a very scary thing.”

“Commerce can be a challenge at times. When a person gets in their head that they want to look at self employment, the one thing you want to do is to make it as easy as possible and remove as many barriers as possible.”

Community Futures Greenstone is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

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