BEDC E-Newsletter
May - June
TechPlace is now open! 
TechPlace officially opened its doors last week, welcoming almost 200 community members to an exciting grand opening event. 

"The vision for TechPlace revolves around the creation of energy between people and organizations; energy that drives economic growth through investment, talent, and collaboration," said Claire Green, Manager of TechPlace. "W e will reach beyond the borders of Burlington to build momentum and work towards attracting great companies to start and grow in Burlington." Green concluded her remarks by announcing TechPlace has accepted its first launch pad company, servicePath, who w ill be moving in this July.

From left to right: James Ridge, Claire Green, Gary Graham, Anita Cassidy, Mayor Rick Goldring, Honourable Eleanor McMahon MPP, Councillor Paul Sharman, Frank McKeown  


It was a full house at the June 22nd TechPlace Grand Opening 

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Burlington Remains Family Friendly 
Statistics Canada released population age, gender and dwelling data from the 2016 Census Data in early May. The population data shows that since 2011 Burlington has seen its median age increase 1.2% to 42.3 years old. This means that Burlington is aging at a slower rate than Mississauga, Markham, the Region of Waterloo, and Ontario; but we are aging quicker than Hamilton, Oakville and Halton Region. Additionally, the dwelling data shows that Burlington's three quickest growing dwelling types are apartments (9%), row housing (3%) and single-detached housing (2%). All together this shows Burlington remains an attractive place to raise a family.
Burlington Business Directory Updated
BEDC is happy to announce that we have updated the Burlington Business Directory to reflect the 2016 Halton Employment Survey. This is an update from the original 2015 survey data used, which at the time was the most recent data. We have also added information to allow for better understanding of the company's size by grouping companies based on number of employees. We'd like to invite you to play around with the updated resource! http://bedc.ca/burlington-business-directory/
Ontario Centres of Excellence Can Help Burlington Businesses Grow
When it comes to industry-academic collaboration and helping small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) grow, Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) can be your innovation partner.  A good example of this is OCE's Talent Edge program, which provides support for final-year undergraduate students all the way through to post-doctoral fellows to work on industry-driven research and development projects. Talent Edge is open to students and recent graduates across all disciplines. 

"TalentEdge provides students and recent graduates with hands-on industry experience and provides industry with access to up-and-coming talent," says Julie Lukkarila, Business Development Manager at OCE. "It's a win-win."

For more information about OCE programs, please visit our website at http://www.oce-ontario.org/ .
Stay in the Loop! 
Precision Record Pressing 
On May 11th Burlington welcomed Precision Record Pressing's new 20,000 square-foot vinyl record pressing plant to the community. This location can manufacture 3.6 million vinyl records per year and they hope to become the second largest manufacturer in North America with a future expansion. While the current space employees 40 people,  Gerry McGhee, president of Precision Record Pressing, plans on adding a second and third shift by the end of 2017 which will add an additional 60 employees. Read more online. 
# ChampionofHealth
Take the #HealthyKidsChallenge and be  #ChampionofHealth ! We are looking for businesses like you to help support  Burlington in becoming the healthiest community for children and families . What is your company doing to enhance healthy lifestyles in children? Share your stories with us @healthykidsburlon or on Facebook. To learn how you can make a difference and join the challenge, contact Lisa via email at  lisa.crapsi@burlington.c a
Halton Region Global Business Centre 
The Halton Global Business Centre (HGBC) assists Halton-based small and medium-sized businesses to succeed in the global marketplace. Working in collaboration with partners, including Haltech (Halton Regional's Innovation Centre), HGBC is delivering new programs and services related to export development and scaling up business operations.  To learn more visit The Halton Global Business Centre online here. 
Upcoming Events 
Political Forum & BBQ with Burlington Mayor Rick Goldring
Burlington Chamber of Commerce 
July 25th 5:00 - 7:00pm

Let Burlington Mayor Rick Goldring and Burlington Chamber of Commerce President & CEO BBQ your burger! The Mayor will discuss the issue of intensification and what that means to Burlington. Where do we grow? What is the plan? How will it affect you? 
ScaleUp Espresso!
Haltech 
July 7th 8:30 - 9:30am 

Join us as we caffeinate and have open discussions with Vince Mifsud around how to strategically scale-up your company. Talks are on a variety of timely topics: raising capital, strategic growth planning, diversifying the leadership team, expanding product/service lines, accessing global and new markets, tapping foreign investors, sales growth, and much more.