SnapCab, see their Success Story below
february 7th

Register now for the Ontario East Economic Development Disrupted
Event. On  March 1st and 2nd,  we are hosting an evening reception and a full day workshop dedicated to economic development and the changes and disruptions facing the way we work and interact. This is a networking and learning event that  you will not want to miss!
Key themes are global trends, marketing and strategic planning in the changing environments, realizing the potential, responding to the gaps, seeing data in new ways.

Please see below under Ontario East Events for more information regarding this event. 


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Economic Development Disrupted
Registration Open

March 1st and 2nd 2018, at the  Residence Inn by Marriott, Kingston

Confirmed Speakers:
  • Marc Beauchamp, President and CEO, The CAI Global Group
  • Ken Wong, Associate Professor & Distinguished Professor of Marketing, Queen's University
  • Jamison Steeve, Executive Director, Martin Prosperity Institute | Institute for Competitiveness & Prosperity
  • David Mankiewicz, SVP, Research, Policy & Planning, CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity (New York State)
  • Kathi Durdon, Director of Operations and Innovation Partnership, Central New York Biotech Accelerator
  • Stephen Fai and Laurie Smith, Carleton Immersive Media Studio
Additional business speakers to be confirmed

OMAFRA Data Tools to Support Agriculture Economic Development
Registration Open

9:45am to 12:00pm, Wednesday, 
February 14th, in  Quinte West

Team East, Regional Economic Development Branch, is excited to offer a FREE workshop by Steve Duff, OMAFRA's Chief Economist. Steve will provide an overview of new OMAFRA data resources, showcasing a suite of tools to support community-driven agriculture economic development and planning. This resource includes updates to the existing Agriculture Profile and Business Profile, with the addition of a Food Expenditure Profile, Food Consumption Profile and Agriculture Census Over Time.

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Supporting Growth of Ontario Food and Beverage Businesses

News Release, January 24, 2018
Ontario and Canada Partner to Grow Ontario's Food and Beverage Industry 
The federal and provincial governments are partnering to help grow Ontario's food and beverage processing sector by supporting local businesses to increase productivity, meet consumer demand and create good jobs.
Jeff Leal, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs made the announcement at the Wilton Cheese Factory in Odessa today, and was joined by Mike Bossio, MP for Hastings-Lennox and Addington, on behalf of Federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay. With support provided through Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative, the company rebuilt and upgraded its main cooler, helping to improve energy efficiency and achieve cost savings.
Apply to the Bioenterprise Seed Fund Today.  

Intake period is January 11 - February 13, 2018.  

What is the Bioenterprise Seed Fund?
Bioenterprise is participating in a program funded by the Government of Canada to provide non-repayable seed financing, coaching, and mentorship to assist start-ups and small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the agriculture and agri-food sectors, as well as sustainable and environmental technologies, to grow through generation of revenue and attraction of follow-on private investment over the next 4 years. 

success story.


It is a story of compelling inspiration, of the power of hope and positivity and a true lesson in perseverance, not just for other entrepreneurs, but for anyone striving to better their circumstances and their lives.

The story of SnapCab® is the story of Glenn Bostock and how he took advantage of every opportunity thrust his way, made many more of his own opportunities and did not allow negativity, a rough experience in school and the prospect of failure to deter him from maximizing his potential and creating an innovative and successful business.

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