ISSUE 3 | MAY 2018
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.
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.
Small businesses (less than 100 employees) can receive an initial $1,000 incentive upon hiring and an additional $1,000 retention incentive after six months for each youth (aged 15 to 29) hired through Employment Ontario's Youth Job Connection.
RTO Partnership Marketing | Spring & Summer in Muskoka Lakes

Home to Muskoka's iconic cultural lifestyle, the Township of Muskoka Lakes is a must-see and do hotspot for folks who want a rejuvenating getaway once the warmer weather arrives.

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Spotlight - Bala & Port Carling Garden Centres

Growing up in Muskoka, Rob and Kristan Farlie never had to make a big decision on where they would settle down, it just happened naturally. "We love it here and now so do our kids", states Kristan. After moving away to attend college, Kristan...

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Local Businesses Rack Up Award Honours

Bala and Port Carling Garden Centres now have a total of 7 Landscape Ontario Awards while Johnston's Cranberry Marsh and Muskoka Lakes Winery have received their fourth Premier's Award for innovation.

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2018 Mayor's Golf Classic | Sponsorship Opportunities

This year all proceeds from the event will be going towards the South Muskoka Memorial Hospital Foundation.

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Available Space | Port Carling Health Hub Lower Level

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 | 705-765-3156 ext. 215
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.
Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation
The Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation has been recognizing outstanding innovators for over a decade.

Innovations recognized in 2017 included:
  • extending the availability microgreens through the Ontario winter
  • finding creative ways of informing urban populations about where their food comes from
  • finding a new use for whey by-product

All of the innovations in this program come from ordinary Ontarian's who see a gap and fulfill a need.

Do you think you know someone who might have an innovation that deserves to be recognized? Have they developed and implemented a unique product or process within their farm or food business? If so, they could be eligible to receive one of the monetary awards from the Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence.

This program encourages the development of rural communities, farms, agri-food processors and organizations by adding value to existing products, creating jobs and driving economic growth.

Applications for the 2018 program are now being accepted until 11:50 p.m. Friday, May 25 th . Eligible applicants include primary producers and farmers, food processors and agri-food organizations.
Business After Hours
May 9, 2018
Muskoka Lakes Museum Opens
June 2, 2018
Bala Museum Opens
June 2, 2018
Business After Hours
June 5, 2018
Spotlight on Muskoka Lakes
June 15, 2018
Father's Day Cruise
June 17, 2018
Bala Farmers' Market Opens
June 25, 2018
Port Carling Farmers' Market Opens
June 28, 2018
Bala Craft & Gift Fair
June 30-July 1, 2018
Marketing Your Business
May 17, 2018
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Writing a Business Plan
June 28, 2018
9:00am - 12:00pm

Corey Moore
Communications & Economic Development Specialist
Township of Muskoka Lakes