BEDC Snapshot: January - February
On Thursday January 28 th , Mayor Rick Goldring presented his State of the City Address. This is Mayor Goldring's sixth address and the focus was on Burlington's Draft 2015 - 2040 Strategic Plan. The focus of council is to actively city-build, with clear objectives on employment, sustainability and improvements to transit. The Plan focuses on four key areas:

1. A City that Grows
2. A City that Moves
3. A Healthy and Greener City
4. An Engaging City
These four pillars will guide the growth of the City. Mayor Goldring spoke to the development of Burlington and the continued intensification of city spaces. He described the focus of council to support start-up and growth businesses, to develop a Regional Employment and Innovation District and the continued partnerships with post-secondary education institutions. BEDC has aligned their mandate with the Plan and will work with the City and other community stakeholders to ensure that Burlington continues to be a great place to live, work, and play.  
To watch Mayor Goldring's State of the City Address visitState of the City Address 2016
For more information on the City of Burlington Strategic Plan visit: Burlington's Strategic Plan

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BEDC Welcomes Claire Green
"I am very pleased to announce that Claire Green has accepted a new role with BEDC as Manager, Marketing and Partnerships. In this role, Claire will lead all promotional, marketing and partnership  activities for BEDC. Claire has spent the last two and half years at FreshInsights Consulting, our career accelerator for recent graduates, with the last year in the role of Program Director. Claire is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University with an MA in Cultural Analysis and Social Theory, as well as an HBA in Communication Studies.

Claire has done a fantastic job at FreshInsights and brings a wonderful level of energy and commitment to everyone she works with. We are very excited to have Claire take on the Marketing role as we work to improve our partnerships in the community and improve the business network in Burlington."

- Frank McKeown, Executive Director
Upcoming Events
BEDC has partnered with the DeGroote School of Business to design an executive education program tailored specifically to the needs of family-owned and closely-held businesses. Don't miss this great opportunity!

Ron Joyce Centre
Small business does not mean simple. Get beyond the basics of your B2B or B2C small or medium-sized business. This program is designed for family-owned and closely-held businesses in Burlington and the surrounding area. Learn about four specific topics that are important for small businesses:
  • Succession Planning
  • Governance
  • Attracting and Developing Talent
  • Risk Management
Register for individual courses, or receive a 10% discount when you register for all 4.
 Session 1: Governance (March 30)
DeGroote Women's Professional Network: 
Are you good enough?

Learn how to recognize when your inner critic is influencing your choices and actions, and learn re-framing techniques and strategies to silence this mindset to create a more empowered perspective .

Uncovering opportunities presented by data and analytics to grow your margins, improve your operational efficiency, and make better decisions through business intelligence.

Enjoy the business highlight of the year by celebrating with Burlington's business excellence finalists and award winners.