Economic Development Updates

February 16, 2018
Job Fairs
TOURISM JOB FAIR IN TORONTO

Want to meet with and attract potential new employees to Muskoka for the 2018 season? Register for the Tourism Job Fair in Toronto. Organized by the local tourism industry in Muskoka, including accommodation partners, attractions, Explorers' Edge (RTO 12) and Muskoka Tourism.

When: March 24, 2018, 11am – 2pm
Where: Marriott Eaton Centre, Downtown Toronto
Cost: $600 + HST
To register: Contact bari.mcfarland@taboomuskoka.com by February 23, 2018
HUNTSVILLE JOB FAIR

Reach local job seekers, connect with Huntsville High School students, conduct interviews onsite, network with local businesses, and market your business to the community!

When: March 28, 2018, 1-5pm
Where: Jack Bionda Arena (Summit Centre), 20 Park Dr, Huntsville
To register: chamber@huntsvillelakeofbays.on.ca or 705-789-4771
Business Events/Workshops
BRIDGES TO BETTER BUSINESS - Facing Changes Head On

Featuring international keynote speaker Katrina German, round table discussions on 10 key business topics, a panel of experts addressing local challenges for Muskoka businesses, a local success story, community service providers on site, door prizes, and hot lunch from the Pasta Tree and Smokehouse. Organized by Muskoka Small Business Centre.

When: March 15, 2018, 8:30am-3:30pm
Where: Quality Inn, 300 Ecclestone Dr, Bracebridge
Cost: Earlybird rate is $39 until March 1
To register: admin@muskokasmallbusiness.ca or 705 646-9021
BREAKFAST AND LEARN - Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program

Challenged by finding qualified candidates with specific skill sets? Enjoy complimentary breakfast while you learn if the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program is the right solution for your business. Organized by Simcoe Muskoka Workforce Development Board.

When: March 29, 2018, 7-9am
Where: Georgian College Campus, Bracebridge (Simulcast)
Cost: FREE (includes breakfast!)
To register: click here
Funding Opportunities
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: Rose Evans at rose.evans@huntsville.ca or 705-789-1751 ext. 2231 .

Deadline: March 5 , 2018
SUMMER EXPERIENCE PROGRAM (SEP)

Non-profit organizations can receive funding to create summer jobs for youth who are students or recent graduates. SEP positions must focus on activities supporting key sectors within the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, the Ministry of the Status of Women and the Ministry of Seniors Affairs, including: citizenship, voluntarism, seniors, women, tourism, culture, sport and recreation. For more information, click here .

Deadline: March 6, 2018
YOUTH ENTREPRENEURSHIP PLACEMENT PROGRAM (YEPP)

16-week placement program that matches an innovative for-profit company with a high-potential youth (18-29). IION provides wage support ($7,100) and training, the company provides mentorship, and the youth provides skills. The business must co-apply with a youth. For more information, visit: iion.ca/yepp/.

Contact: Emily Ryan at emily@iion.ca or 705-474-7600 ext. 5660 to discuss your eligibility as an "innovative business".

Deadline: March 29, 2018
SUSTAINABLE NEW AGRI-FOOD PRODUCTS & PRODUCTIVITY PROGRAM (SNAPP)

Agriculture and food producers (business or non-profit) can receive up to $5,000 at 75% of costs towards the purchase of equipment for eligible activities (e.g. new product creation, season extension, enhanced productivity, adopt clean technology, etc.). For more information, visit: rainalgoma.ca/snapp/

Contact: Allison Muckle at allison.muckle@rethinkgreen.ca or 705-694-0165.

Deadline: March 31, 2018
STEP FORWARD ENTREPRENEURS PROGRAM (SFEP)

Innovative for-profit businesses can receive up to $5,000 at 85% of eligible costs to assist with a variety of costs, including: Trade Shows and related Travel Expenses; Training, Certifications or Licenses; Market/Product Research or Market-entry Fees; IP Assessment / Protection; Marketing and Promotional Materials; Business Growth Expertise; or Export Development. For more information, visit: iion.ca/sfep/

Contact: Matthew Doherty at matthew@iion.ca or 705-474-7600 ext. 5602.

Deadline: Ongoing intake with monthly reviews until funds are dispersed.
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. For more information, visit: iion.ca/triple-p/
 
Contact: Matthew Doherty at matthew@iion.ca or 705-474-7600 ext. 5602.

Deadline: Ongoing intake until funds are allocated.
Upcoming Events
DORSET SNOWBALL : Friday, February 16 & Saturday, February 17, 2018

DORSET POLAR PLUNGE: Saturday, February 17, 2018

DEEP FREEZE WINTER CAMP OUT: Saturday, February 17, 2018

BAYSVILLE WINTERFEST : Monday, February 19, 2018
Please feel free to share this information with anyone who may be interested.

Kind regards,

Jennifer Clancy

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