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“It’s Different This Time”

John Chisholm on April 25, 2014 in Advice for Business Owners

“It’s different this time.” That was how Peter Hall, Vice-President and Chief Economist for Export Development Canada introduced his presentation at a recent Burlington Economic Development Corporation breakfast.     The promise of ‘different’ got everyone’s attention.  Hall believes that things are finally on the way up with a revival of confidence pointing to a … Continued



$530 Million in Funding Through the Federal Government for SOPIs

Elaine Holding on December 6, 2013 in Government Programs

Just announced today, the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) announced the launch of a new suite of initiatives through the Southern Ontario Prosperity Initiatives (SOPIs). The SOPIs are: Investing in Business Innovation Investing in Business Growth and Productivity Investing in Commercialization Partnerships Investing … Continued



Innovate Burlington

John Chisholm on August 15, 2012 in Advice for Business Owners

Being part of the BEDC has allowed me to appreciate the amount of effort that goes into developing initiatives that support a wealth of locally generated economic activity.



Financial Incentive Plans Available Through the City of Hamilton

Elaine Holding on May 30, 2012 in Business Insights

Economic Development offices are an excellent resource for business owners.   They provide knowledge and access to a variety of programs and services at all levels of government to encourage growth and prosperity in their community.  I meet with former colleagues on a regular basis to keep up to date on new programs and services that … Continued



Attention: Manufacturers New Skills Development Program

Elaine Holding on January 25, 2012 in Government Programs

On January 23, the Federal Government announced a $5 million contribution that will allow the Yves Landry Foundation to expand its Achieving Innovation and Manufacturing Excellence (AIME) Global program. The objective of the program is to foster training that will lead to advancements in innovation within the manufacturing sector in Ontario. All projects must lead … Continued



$18.9 Million Announced for SMART Prosperity Now

Elaine Holding on January 11, 2012 in Government Programs

“FedDev Ontario http://www.feddevontario.gc.ca/ announced today that the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) is receiving up to $18.9 million through the Prosperity Initiative, which is delivered by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario). This funding will assist CME in the launch of a new productivity improvement program called SMART Prosperity Now. This … Continued



National Research Council’s Licensing Opportunities

Elaine Holding on July 29, 2011 in Government Programs

The National Research Council (NRC) has been around since 1916 and comprises more than 20 institutes and national programs. The institutes and programs are organized into five key areas: • Life Sciences • Physical Sciences • Engineering • Technology • Industry Support and Corporate Management NRC is an agency of the Government of Canada, reporting … Continued



Export Market Access Program

Elaine Holding on May 25, 2011 in Advice for Business Owners

Last month I reviewed the Small Business Internship Program and it appeared to be a big hit with our readers. This month, I would like to tell you about the Export Market Access (EMA) Program, an initiative of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce with support and funding from the Government of Ontario and Government of … Continued



Small Business Internship Program

Elaine Holding on April 27, 2011 in Advice for Business Owners

Reviewing Government Programs for Business Often, we receive enquiries from clients about federal and provincial government programs that support business. Both levels of government have a wide variety of programs offering financial assistance to small and medium-sized enterprises. In my former life as an Economic Development Officer, keeping on top of government programs and their … Continued