BEDC E-Newsletter
March - April
Co-working Spaces Are 
Booming in Burlington 
Shared Spaces are booming in Burlington. These spaces provide the flexibility and the scalability needed for small businesses to grow. Some recent growth of Shared Spaces include:
  • Founder's Hub opened their 8,000 s.f. location at 830 Harrington Court.
  • Halton Hive relocated to the Crossroads Centre at 1295 North Service Road.
  • OnePlan recently celebrated the Grand Opening of their Downtown Burlington location at 460 Brant Street. This is their second Burlington location.
Burlington has over 60,000 square feet of shared spaces, including over 140 private offices, over 60 shared desks, private cubicles, and meeting rooms.
For more information on Shared Spaces, please visit our website here.  

From left to right: OnePlan, Founder's Hub, Halton Hive 
Join us for an evening of celebration, networking and enlightening presentations. 

Hear from a local established business and a TechPlace LaunchPad resident as they share their successes and challenges. There will also be a succinct presentation on Burlington's competitive advantage in the GTHA including key initiatives, successes and BEDC's 2018-2022 Strategic Plan.

Date: May 24, 2018
Time: 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Location: TechPlace
5500 North Service Road, Suite 801 
Burlington, Ontario

New City of Burlington Official Plan - Business Focus

The City of Burlington has been engaged in a municipal comprehensive review of its Official Plan. This is the document which plans for the City's land use strategy to 2031 and beyond. For Burlington businesses, one of the priorities for the City is to attract labour talent, good jobs and economic opportunity. Employment Policies can be found in Chapter 5. Get more information on the Official Plan here .  

On April 26th Grow Bold: Burlington's new Official Plan was approved by City Council. Learn more here.
The City is hosting a series of open houses to get community input on the Burlington Mobility Hubs. View the open house dates here and join the conversation. 
TechPlace Welcomes ZippyJamz as Newest LaunchPad Company
TechPlace is thrilled to welcome their newest LaunchPad company, ZippyJamz. As the seventh company to be accepted into TechPlace's LaunchPad program, ZippyJamz brings a unique non-traditional technology company to the space. Their high growth potential, invigorating energy and impressive sales make them a great addition to TechPlace. Read more here.
 Did you know TechPlace has its own newsletter?  Subscribe here and read   the March installment to get caught up on all things TechPlace. 
Changes at BEDC
Frank McKeown to Retire as BEDC Executive Director 

BEDC's Board of Directors have announced  that   Frank McKeown  will be retiring from his role as Executive Director effective June 27, 2018.  Anita Cassidy, currently Manager Economic Development, has been appointed Acting Executive Director. Read more  here
Exciting Changes at TechPlace 

Claire Green, Manager of TechPlace, is on maternity leave. In her absence, Mark Steffler will be taking over as Manager of TechPlace. Mark has been with BEDC for over five years acting in a number of economic development capacities. BEDC & TechPlace wish Claire and her husband, John, all the best as they start their family and welcome Mark to his new role. 
Stay in the Loop! 
Applications close May 7th for  LiONʼS LAIR 2018! 

LiONʼS LAIR is an annual competition presented by Innovation Factory and the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, it brings together the local entrepreneurship and innovation community. The competition gives 10 companies the opportunity to pitch their ideas to a panel of our city's top business experts - the "Lions" - for a chance to win over $100,000 in cash and in-kind resources! Learn more and apply here.
AXYZ International Acquires WARDJet
AXYZ International, based in Burlington, is  a leading global manufacturer of CNC router systems and CNC knife systems. They recently expanded into the waterjet industry with the purchase of Ohio based WARDJet. WARDJet products will continue to be made at the Ohio facility but will now be supported by AXYZ's global network of sales and support offices. Read more here

New Flex Office and Industrial Space - Walkers Line/North Service Road

Hopewell Developments is pleased to announce the construction of a new 43,000 sq. ft. flex office development, followed by the development of a 72,000 sq.ft. industrial facility. Learn more about the flex office space here and the industrial space here
Upcoming Events 
Save the Date - Let's Talk Exports with EDC
June 7th, 2018

BEDC is once again partnering with Export Development Canada (EDC) to present the 12th annual "Let's Talk Exports" breakfast with EDC Chief Economist, Peter Hall. This highly regarded economic outlook is an event that all businesses should attend, especially those currently exporting or planning to do so in the future. Key insights will include the impact of protectionism on Canadian exporters; operating in a world of higher interest rates; key opportunities in the global marketplace; and where the Canadian dollar is headed. More details, including the registration link and information on a new roundtable session for exporters that will follow Peter's presentation, are forthcoming, but for now, please mark June 7th in your calendars and plan to attend.
MMRI Manufacturing Forum and 6th Annual Industry Open House
McMaster University, Main Campus
May 9th, 8am - 5pm

Experiences from the Shop Floor. The Manufacturing Forum and Industry Open House at McMaster will provide examples of Industry 4.0 technology being implemented in production, information on related research results and technology ready to implement,  and exposure to the advanced manufacturing research capability available to support the development of new and innovative processes and products. Information on existing research support and the objectives and plans of the Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster will also be presented.
Halton Small Business Centre - First Steps In Importing
Halton Regional Centre 
May 23rd, 6:30 - 8:30pm

Understand product-related regulations, suppliers and country of origin, financial aspects, logistics and other partners, customs documentation and clearance during this evening event. 
Burlington Chamber of Commerce -  Business After 5 
The Waterfront Hotel 
June 12th, 5 - 7:00pm

Burlington Chamber of Commerce  Business After 5 events are drop-in events for you to network, make business contacts and more.  Bring lots of business cards and enjoy the evening.