Economic Development Updates

November 7, 2018
Municipal Website: Remember to check out our new features!
The new municipal website launched on September 27, 2018. Subscribe to our news and events to stay up-to-date with what's happening in the Township of Lake of Bays!

BUSINESS DIRECTORY

The new website features a comprehensive business directory to help promote and support Lake of Bays businesses.This is a great opportunity to have your business promoted (at no cost!) on the municipal website. Check out the directory to see if your business is listed - if not, you can register to manage your own listing.

TOWNFOLIO COMMUNITY PROFILE

The new website includes a customized community profile which provides a wide range of data (demographics, labour force, taxation, education, etc.) using visually engaging charts and graphics. The data is maintained by Townfolio on a subscription basis so it is always current. Accurate and up-to-date data is an effective tool to assist existing businesses with expansion plans and to attract new investment and permanent residents.

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

Attention event organizers! You can now register to add your event to the community event calendar. Searchable by keyword or category, this is your one-stop-shop for local events.
Funding Opportunities
TOWNSHIP OF LAKE OF BAYS YOUTH PROGRAMMING FUND

Funding available to support youth events, programs or activities.

Application deadline: November 16, 2018

For more information view the funding announcement
DIGITAL MAIN STREET - DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION GRANT PROGRAM
The Digital Transformation grant provides $2,500 to each qualifying small main street Ontario business to purchase and adopt digital tools and technologies. There are ONLY 2000 grants available until March 2020, so apply EARLY. 

Application: Create an account on Digital Main Street to get started

Deadline: Ongoing intake until March 2020
WOMEN ENTREPRENEURSHIP STRATEGY
The Women Entrepreneurship Fund is a two-year, $20-million commitment to invest directly in women-led businesses to help them grow and reach new markets. Funding is available for product and service development, inventory management, technology improvements and other projects supporting scale up, expansion and growth.

Contact: Ron Begin at ron.begin@canada.ca or 705-499-5314

Deadline: November 15, 2018

The WES Ecosystem Fund is an investment of up to $85 million over five years that will provide not-for-profit organizations with the resources to support women entrepreneurs. These projects could support skills development to put more women entrepreneurs in sectors where they're under-represented or build capacity at incubator and accelerator programs.

Contact: Ron Begin at ron.begin@canada.ca or 705-499-5314

Deadline: November 22, 2018
VOLUNTEER MUSKOKA TRAINING GRANT
Non-profit and volunteer organizations can receive a grant towards the cost of training for their volunteers. Click here for the application form.

Contact: Terri Tebby, Volunteer Development Program Coordinator at Terri.Tebby@huntsville.ca or (705) 789-1751 ext 2311

Deadline: Ongoing intake until funds are allocated
Resources
SENCO
The Social Enterprise Network of Central Ontario (senco) is an initiative of Georgian College’s Centre for Changemaking and Social Innovation (CCSI). Their goal is to be the bridge to new knowledge, resources and supporting business practices to achieve financial growth and sustainability through social enterprise.

Check out senco.io for more information about available resources and grants.
ATTRACTING MILLENNIAL TOURISTS
"Rural towns and cities alike have a lot to offer modern travelers: good food, art and culture, natural landscapes, historic sites, and landmarks. In the age of Instagram, the communities that make these features more photo friendly will be the ones that stand out among the rest."

Upcoming Events
For a list of all upcoming events, check out the

Please feel free to share this information with anyone who may be interested.

Kind regards,

Leanne Fetterley

TOWNSHIP OF LAKE OF BAYS | Economic Development
Tel: 705-635-2272 ext.235 |  Email Leanne