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Win This Space

The Win This Space Contest is now open!

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. We are now accepting entries until January 4th, 2019 at 4:00pm. If you have always dreamed of opening your own business, now is your chance! Enter now by filling out the below form with your business idea. Provided that their business idea is legal, fits with zoning requirements, and the individual does not have any outstanding fines, taxes, or orders with the City, then they will be invited to join the contest. A launch will be held on January 9, 2019 at 5:30 pm at City Hall.

* First Name
* Last Name
* Email Address
* Telephone Number:
* Business Idea (250 words or less) – Entries subject to eligibility requirements, as outlined in the Contest Rules

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

The Grand Prize

The Grand Prize Package includes the following:

  • 6 months free rent on a commercial space in Pembroke

  • Feature banner on the City of Pembroke's webpage for 1 month

  • Feature on YourTV Ottawa Valley Business Insight Program

  • 1 ticket to the Algonquin College Spring Business Leadership Conference

  • Ottawa River Power Corporation Lighting Assessment

  • Feature booth at the Downtown Connect - Your Community Expo

  • 1 year membership to the Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce

  • $1000 advertising credit with myFM radio

  • 2 hour consultation and document review with Sheldon Reiche, Lawyer

  • 2 banner advertisments in the Pembroke Observer & News

  • Professional head shot package with John A. Butler Photography

  • Free brand consultation & 15% off Swoop Media graphic design services

Contest Timeline

December 4 – January 4 2019: Applications from entrepreneurs accepted. Fill out the below form to enter the contest.

January 4:  Successful applicants notified that they are invited to join the contest

January 9, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm: Launch & information session at City Hall

January 23, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm: Training Session with Mike Thompson, RCCFDC on Financial Planning for your Business

January 28, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm: Training Session with Colleen Sadler, Enterprise Renfrew County on How to Write a Business Plan

February 7, 5:30 pm - 7:30pm: Tour of Vacant Spaces. We will take a group tour of the spaces in the contest and contestants will have an opportunity to speak with property owners.

February 21, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm: Legal and insurance consideration for your business with Sheldon Reiche and Dan Lavadure

March 6: Deadline to submit your business plan

March 20: Top 5 finalists announced

March 21, 6:00 pm: Grand Finale Event, Location TBD


Spaces in the Contest

There are 11 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 Salovaara at or 613-735-6821 ext.1500.

Rules & Regulations

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