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Win This Space

Win This Space is a contest by the City of Pembroke for entrepreneurs to win a commercial space in Pembroke rent-free for 6-months on a 2-year lease. The contest is free to enter and open to residents of Ontario over the age of 19. The first stage of the contest is to complete the below entry form which is open January 26 - February 20. The entry form simply asks for your contact information along with your business idea. If your business fits within the zoning criteria, is legal, and you have no outstanding issues with the City then you will be invited to enter the contest.

All participants will take part in 3 training sessions to help them in developing a business plan. The final submission is a business plan which the judges will evaluate and narrow it down to 5 businesses. Those 5 participants will attend the Grand Finale where a Grand Prize Winner will be announced live. There are a number of properties available to entrepreneurs, the Grand Prize Winner will have the opportunity to select which property they would like to open their business in. See below for contest details and properties in the contest.

Enter the Contest

Click on this header to enter the contest Jan. 26 - Feb. 20.

Contest Timeline

January 26 – February 20 2017: Applications from entrepreneurs accepted. Fill out the below form to enter the contest.

February 22:  Successful applicants notified that they are invited to join the contest

March 2, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Launch party for successful applicants & information session at City Hall

March 8, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Training Session with Colleen Sadler, Enterprise Renfrew County on How to Write a Business Plan

March 16, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Training Session with Mike Thompson, RCCFDC on Financial Planning for your Business

March 23, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm: Training Session with Christopher Dore, Algonquin College on Marketing and Advertising your Business

April 12: Deadline to submit your business plan

May 3: Top 5 finalists announced

May 17: Grand Finale Event (Location TBD) and Grand Prize Winner announced live


Spaces in the Contest

There are 6 commercial spaces availible in the Win This Space Contest, the Grand Prize Winner will have the opportunity to select 1 space which they will open their business in. To see all spaces click on the header of this section.

​If you are a landlord interested in submitting your space please contact Heather McConnell at or 613-735-6821 ext.1500.


Click on the header to review contest FAQs. If you have further questions please contact Heather McConnell at or 613-735-6821 ext.1500.

Meet the Judges

Heather McConnell, Economic Development Officer, City of Pembroke


Heather Sutherland, Manager, Pembroke Business Improvement Area

Andrew Plummer, Councillor, City of Pembroke

Christopher Dore, Entrepreneur in Residence and Professor, Algonquin College Waterfront Campus


Mike Thompson, Business Development Officer, Renfrew County Community Futures Development Corporation


Colleen Sadler, Business Consultant, Enterprise Renfrew County

Rules & Regulations

Click on the header of this section to review the full contest rules and regulations.