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.
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.
NEW! Muskoka Cranberry Route | Muskoka Lakes
There is some pretty exciting news coming out of Muskoka. As you are aware, Bala is Ontario’s Cranberry Capital. A number of partners are coming together to create a year-round tourism attraction,  the Muskoka Cranberry Route , centred around Muskoka’s beloved cranberry!
The Muskoka Cranberry Route brings together culinary, shopping, adventure, farms and other local experiences that celebrate our cranberry history.
We are encouraging restaurants, bakeries, breweries, retail stores, galleries and accommodations to sign up and become a stop on the route.
  • Restaurants: serve a beautiful salad topped with local dried cranberries, or a cranberry crème brule for dessert. We will leave it to our talented chefs to get creative.
  • Bakeries: come up with the perfect combo of sweet and tart – cranberry loaf, cranberry pie, cranberry butter tart, the opportunities are endless.
  • Breweries: a number of breweries are already brewing cranberry inspired beer (or raddlers) using local cranberries. Get on the route and bring people to your brewery.
  • Retail stores: we want to showcase the best of the best cranberry inspired products, from jams to salad dressings and everything in between.
  • Galleries: we want to showcase the best Cranberry inspired designs and collections.
  • Accommodations: be one of our suggested overnight stays for visitors who are taking the Muskoka Cranberry Route.

Sign up to be on the route!
Please sign up and return form to: by Friday, September 14, 2018.
 EMC’s Lean Management System (LMS) Program | Muskoka
Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC) is deploying a Lean Management System Training program designed to provide industry with enhanced productivity improvement knowledge, networking/benchmarking resources and new management and productivity system training.
EMC’s new Lean Management System (LMS) Training program enables participants to learn to measure, adjust, implement and sustain their own company’s strategic lean planning, while at the same time achieving positive ROI impact while they learn.
The LMS training program will be deployed over ten 1-day modules , with added productivity cluster network events in each of the target regions. 

Kevin Lenko FSA Northern Ontario | Senior Advisor – Lean Program Development P: 1-289-442-0871

Bren de Leeuw National Director – Program Delivery P: 1-866-323-4362
Google Networking Event!

Google is coming to Muskoka! As a business owner, do you hate that you are inundated with Google Advertising/calls? Come learn how to get Google working for you!

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Tourism Partnership Marketing | Muskoka Tourism
Are you looking for some great social media content for this Fall? Share some of the recent blogs created in partnership with Muskoka Tourism . View all blogs here .
Join the Ontario By Bike Network!

Downtown Bala & Port Carling are looking to become Ontario by Bike Communities. Is your business interested in joining the Network? Please contact: Corey Moore | Communications & Economic Development Specialist |

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Muskoka Futures Spotlight - Bracebridge Strength and...

Muskoka Futures worked with Andrea James to strengthen her business. Together, they came up with a winning plan. Here is her story.

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Junior "A" Hockey Coming to Port Carling!
The South Muskoka Shield of the Greater Metro Junior ‘A’ Hockey League will call Port Carling home beginning this 2018/2019 season. The Home Opener is set for September 21st!

For more information regarding partnership and sponsorship opportunities, please cont act Frank Demasi, President & General Manager 

The hockey club is also looking for billet families to host players from out of town. Interested families with an extra room are asked to contact, Frank Demasi, President & General Manager 
2018 Bala Cranberry Festival

Every year, on the weekend after Thanksgiving, Bala hosts the annual Cranberry Festival with lots of fun, entertainment, food and shopping.

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Value Stream Mapping Workshop - IION

Innovation Initiatives Ontario North - IION is pleased to host Chad Metcalf for a workshop focused on Value Stream Mapping and will use case studies with practical exercises.

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Please help us improve communications by inviting them to sign up for the distribution list.

Contact: Corey Moore | Communications & Economic Development Specialist | 705-765-3156 ext. 215 
Business After Hours
September 11, 2018
Bala & Windermere Terry Fox Run
September 16, 2018
Home Opener Shield Jr. Hockey
September 21
Bala Cranberry Festival
October 12-15, 2018
Muskoka Lakes Christmas Market
November 3, 2018
Business After Hours
November 9, 2018
Marketing Your Business
October 4, 2018
9:00am - 12:00pm
Introduction to Business Workshop
October 25, 2018
1:00pm - 4:00pm

Corey Moore
Communications & Economic Development Specialist
Township of Muskoka Lakes