Economic Development Updates

March 29, 2018
Have You Heard? Lake of Bays is Rebranding!
A township’s brand is more than just a logo or tagline. It communicates the distinct characteristics, unique value, and opportunities the region has to offer – and in many cases – stands as the gateway experience outsiders have with a township.

Beginning in April, Lake of Bays will be undergoing a rebranding initiative to help drive investment and attraction to tourism, community development, and business activity, while enhancing the connection and experience residents have with the township. This rebrand is an outcome of the Township's Economic Development Strategy.

To help guide the success of this rebrand, we’re inviting you to our public engagement sessions. See below for details, and join us in shaping the future of Lake of Bays!
Dwight Community Centre
1014 Dwight Beach Rd, Dwight
Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 6:00-7:30pm
Baysville Community Centre
10 University St, Baysville
Thursday, April 19, 2018, 6:00-7:30pm
Online Survey
Complete our online survey by Sunday, April 15, 2018!
Muskoka Small Business Centre (MSBC) in Lake of Bays
Terri Plaxton Smith, small business consultant from MSBC, is in Lake of Bays the first Tuesday of every month. How can MSBC help you?

- Free business consultations
- Register your business
- Business plan preparation
- Small business resources & info
 
When/Where? Tuesday, April 3, 2018, 9:30am-3:30pm, Lake of Bays Municipal Office (1012 Dwight Beach Rd, Dwight)



  To Book: 705-646-9021, info@muskokasmallbusiness.ca, or drop in!

Funding Opportunities
PAY IT FORWARD (PIF) MUSKOKA COMMUNITY GRANT PROGRAM

Community groups can receive up to $2,500 to fulfill a strategic need in the community. For more information or to view a list of previously approved grants for inspiration, visit: payitforwardmuskoka.ca

2017 LAKE OF BAYS RECIPIENTS:
  • Baysville Bocce Club ($1500) - construct and operate a new bocce court to better serve the recreational demand
  • Baysville Lion's Club ($1000) - commercial sized BBQ in order to continue to provide free food at community events and to share the equipment with other organizations
  • Dorset Community Partnership Fund ($1500) - contribution to their summer program which includes outreach, home visits, extended hours and seminars
  • St. Ambrose Winter Pantry ($1000) - commercial sized fridge to continue food support for families of Baysville and Dorset

Contact: The District of Muskoka's Community Engagement and Social Enterprise department at 705-645-2231 or payitforward@muskoka.on.ca.

Deadline: By 12:00pm April 13, 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.
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