Issue 1 | January 2018
Township of Muskoka Lakes
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT NEWSLETTER
Welcome! Happy New Year!
Welcome to the Muskoka Lakes Economic Development Newsletter. Developing and enhancing communications and marketing tools was identified as a top objective in the Economic Development Strategy. Enhancing the municipality's communication tools will improve awareness of opportunities in the Township and enhance its relationship with the business community. The newsletter is one of many new tools used to connect with the business community. Most recently the Township added social media and the first of an annual business survey.
Spread the Word! Share the newsletter with those who may be interested.
Email economic.development@muskokalakes.ca to subscribe.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
Canada Summer Jobs
Canada Summer Jobs  is an initiative of the Summer Work Experience program. It provides wage subsidies to employers to create employment for secondary and post-secondary students. Deadline is February 2, 2018.

More Information: Click Here
Founders Circle Choice Award for $10,000
Founders Circle is an organization that aims to find a Muskoka-based entrepreneur/innovator with the best idea and plan for a successful business. The winner will receive the Founders Choice Award – a $10,000 grant. Deadline is January 15, 2018.

More Information: www.muskokafounderscircle.com
IMPACT Innovation Awards
5 x $1,000 IMPACT INNOVATION AWARDS AVAILABLE
Innovation is a top priority and a top challenge for organizations of any size. Parry Sound Muskoka Community Network is a sponsor of the IMPACT Awards to recognize Innovation in Parry Sound Muskoka with five Innovative Awards. Deadline is January 15, 2018.

More Information: www.iawards.ca
ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITIES
2018 COMMUNITY GUIDE (6.000 Copies)

This will be the first year the Township will offer advertising space in the community guide. Space is limited and opportunities range from full page to quarter page ads. Booking deadline is January 31, 2018.

Full Details: www.muskokalakes.ca

HEALTH HUB LCD SCREEN

Looking for a spot to advertise? Advertising space is now available on the LCD TV Screen at the Port Carling Health Hub. All proceeds go to the Port Carling Health Hub. Cost is $200/year per ad.

Full Details: www.muskokalakes.ca

BALA & PORT CARLING ARENA

For more information on how to advertise your business in the Bala or Port Carling Arena, contact Greig Young, Arena Manager at 705-762-5390.
MUSKOKA TOURISM: COST-SHARE SUMMER
EMPLOYEE PROMOTION
I n 2017, Muskoka Tourism launched a pilot program to promote summer employment in Muskoka, and experienced great success in the first year of the initiative.

Muskoka Tourism is launching the program again in 2018 looking to build upon last year’s success. The hope is the program will (a) make your life easier and (b) provide you with a stronger, better equipped workforce this summer.

If you wish to participate, the cost is $200 per business. All of the funds collected will be put towards the marketing campaign.

Muskoka Tourism will create a summer job landing page on their website highlighting the partners and their employment opportunities.

Muskoka Tourism will create a facebook ad targeted towards university/college students. When students click through the ads, they will be brought to the summer job landing page on their website.

Contact Jordan Mulligan for more information.

Jordan Mulligan
Marketing Manager
Muskoka Tourism 
Downtown Enhancement Program | Muskoka Lakes

In an effort to extend the operating seasons in Downtown Bala and Port Carling, the Downtown Enhancement Project will develop specific actions to assist business owners and attract visitors.

Read more
www.muskokalakes.ca
SOUTH MUSKOKA JOB FAIR
Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Bracebridge Sportsplex - 110 Clearbrook Trail

Share information about your organization, job opportunities and meet with job candidates. 

More Information: South Muskoka Job Fair
Venture Muskoka | A Regional Investment Attraction Website

What is Venture Muskoka? Regionally, the six area municipalities have been working on an investment attraction website (Venture Muskoka). The website highlights top reasons, resources and success stories to encourage businesses to locate in Muskoka.

Read more
venturemuskoka.ca
Tourism Excellence North (TEN)

TEN is a suite of self-assessment tools, group learning and personalized coaching opportunities. Customized for use by tourism operators, TEN is designed to help you improve the quality of the product and enhance the visitor experience.

Read more
tourismexcellencenorth.ca
UPCOMING EVENTS
PORT CARLING WINTERFEST
FEBRUARY 6 & 7, 2018
SOUTH MUSKOKA JOB FAIR
FEBRUARY 28, 2018
UPCOMING TRAINING
MARKETING YOUR BUSINESS
JANUARY 11, 2018
WRITING A BUSINESS PLAN
FEBRUARY 22, 2018
UPCOMING MEETINGS
Corey Moore
Communications & Economic Development Specialist
Township of Muskoka Lakes
705-765-3156
cmoore@muskokalakes.ca
www.muskokalakes.ca