ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT NEWSLETTER
ISSUE 2 | MARCH 2018
FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
STEP FORWARD ENTREPRENEURS PROGRAM (SFEP)
The primary objective of the Step Forward Entrepreneurs Program (SFEP) is to enhance innovation and commercialization for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).Up to $5,000 in assistance for a variety of costs.

Deadline: Last day of every month. C ontinual intake process, with monthly reviews.
YOUTH ENTREPRENEURSHIP PLACEMENT PROGRAM (YEEP)
IION’s Youth Entrepreneurship Placement Program (YEPP) is a 16-week (May 4 – August 23) paid placement involving experiential and educational learning for high potential youth (18-29) interested in innovation and entrepreneurship.

Deadline: Thursday, March 29, 2018.
SUMMER EXPERIENCE PROGRAM (SEP)
The Summer Experience Program (SEP) provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, municipalities, Indigenous organizations and First Nation communities in order to create meaningful summer employment opportunities for students.

Deadline: Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 5:00 p.m .

TRIPLE P PROGRAM
Innovative for-profit businesses can receive up to $10,000 at 85% of eligible costs to purchase equipment or technology related to an innovative commercial product, process or service.

Deadline: Ongoing intake until funds are allocated.

Muskoka Futures - Bringing People Together

The mandate of Muskoka Futures is to make the region strong by promoting economic growth and job creation. How do they do it? Through loans, consultations, skills development, mentoring, coaching, and more.

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Available Space | Port Carling Health Hub Lower Level
FOR LEASE | FOR RENT

The Health Hub building in Port Carling, Ontario is owned by the Township of Muskoka Lakes. The building opened in March 2016 and offers a fantastic opportunity to operate a health related business in the ‘Hub of the Lakes’. The upper level of building is occupied by the Port Carling Nursing Station.

For additional information, please contact:
Corey Moore | Communications & Economic Development Specialist
cmoore@muskokalakes.ca | 705-765-3156 ext. 215
Muskoka Maple Trail | Get on the Muskoka Maple Trail!
The 3rd Annual Muskoka Maple Trail will be kicking off March 9 – April 20, 2018. Do you have an extraordinary maple experience? Opportunities are now available to be featured on the Muskoka Maple Trail.

Cost to be featured on the Muskoka Maple Trail is $150+HST for MTMA / Chamber members.

To register now, please contact:
Jordan Mulligan | Marketing Manager | Muskoka Tourism 
Muskoka Small Business Centre | Muskoka Lakes
The Muskoka Small Business Centre will be in Muskoka Lakes on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at the Chamber Office, Bala. Whether you are starting a business or currently own a business and are looking for support, the Small Business Centre can help. Call for an appointment or just drop by to discuss a new business idea or how to grow your existing business.
Simcoe Muskoka Workforce Development Board (SMWDB) Breakfast and Learn Event | March 29, 2018
Ontario’s Immigrant Nominee Program!

Challenged by finding qualified candidates with specific skill sets for openings in your company?
The SMWDB Breakfast & Learn event can help you decide if the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program is for you.

When : March 29, 2018. 7:00am - 9:00am.
Where : Georgian College Campuses. (Bracebridge, etc.)
Bridges to Better Business | Muskoka Small Business Centre

The Muskoka Small Business Centre annual Bridges to Better Business event is on March 15, 2018. Event includes: networking opportunities, government and community service providers on-site, round table discussions, and more.

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News - Learn from best in class leading travel destinations

Tourism Excellence North announces two new Best Practices Missions for the Northern Ontario tourism industry. What is a Best Practices Mission (BPM)? A BPM is a 3-5 day working trip that showcases success stories from other leading travel...

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UPCOMING EVENTS
Muskoka Maple Trail
March 9 - April 20, 2018
Bridges to Better Business
March 15, 2018
Spring Business After Hours
March 20, 2018
Founders Circle
Award Night
March 22, 2018
Breakfast & Learn
March 29, 2018
Windermere Lions Pancake Social
April 21 & 22, 2018
UPCOMING TRAINING
Marketing Your Business
March 15, 2018
9:00am - 12:00pm
Writing a Business Plan
April 26, 2018
1:00pm - 4:00pm

Corey Moore
Communications & Economic Development Specialist
Township of Muskoka Lakes
705-765-3156
cmoore@muskokalakes.ca
www.muskokalakes.ca