Digital Transformation Grant - $2,500
Digital Transformation Grant is a program focused on assisting main street small businesses (MSB) with their adoption of technologies. Through a partnership with FedDev Ontario and the Province of Ontario, grant opportunities are available to enable this digital transformation process. The Digital Transformation Grant (DTG) program will provide funding for training, advisory support, and contributions to main street small businesses looking increase their capacity through digital transformation. Redesign your website, create a new website, social marketing plan, software programs, hardware etc.
This program/grant is FREE to main street business owners through the partnership with FedDev Ontario, the Province of Ontario, OBIAA (Ontario Business Improvement Area Association), and Digital Main Street.
Personal Protection Equipment COVID-19 Grant for South Bruce Businesses
This grant is to help South Bruce businesses re-open their businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. We recognize businesses have had additional expenses that they have incurred to put safety measures into place in order to ensure social distancing measures to keep their employees and customers safe. This grant will help with the financial burdens that have been placed on our local businesses in order to open safely. This grant is made possible through the Municipality of South Bruce and NWMO (Nuclear Waste Management Organization) to support our local businesses and economy.
Who is Eligible:
• Registered South Bruce Businesses are eligible up to $150 (net before taxes) for COVID-19 related expenses.
Eligible Expenses (Include expenses backdated to March 23, 2020):
• Hand Sanitizer
• Hand Washing Station
• Signage/floor stickers
• Cleaning supplies specific for COVID
How To Apply & Process:
• Complete an online fillable application and submit to email@example.com
• Applicants must submit detailed receipts indicating the net expenses – HST not included
• Committee members will meet weekly to review submitted applications
• Applicants will be notified on the status of their application by e-mail
• Successful applicants will be issued a cheque
Questions can be directed to Rhonda Niesen at firstname.lastname@example.org
This grant is on a 1st come, 1st serve basis. Deadline for this grant is September 1, 2020 if not all funds are depleted prior to then.
Government Funding News - Funding for New Hires!
Program Supports Agricultural and Agri-Food Organizations
The Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Youth Employment and Skills program contributes 50% up to $14,000 towards the wages and benefits of a new hire. Eligible employees are Canadian citizens and permanent residents up to 30 years of age who are unemployed, underemployed or students. Positions must be full-time (30+ hours/week), last a minimum of 4 months and provide work experience towards increasing employability in the agriculture/agri-food sector.
Applicants that hire youth facing employment barriers (e.g. people living with disabilities, single parents) are eligible to receive an additional $5000 as well as up to 80% of the wages of a new hire.
$39.4 million in funding available through CFDCs to help local small businesses weather the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) provides financial contributions (interest-free loans) to help support fixed operating costs of SMEs, where business revenues have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Funding available through Saugeen Economic Development Corporation (SEDC).
In order to provide targeted assistance to the small towns and communities they serve, CFDCs will focus on assisting “main street” businesses, such as retail shops, restaurants, corner stores, and businesses of strategic importance to their communities, with LOANS UP TO $40,000.
0 PERCENT INTEREST and NO PAYMENTS UNTIL December 31st, 2022.
25 PERCENT(not to exceed $10, 000) can be forgiven provided the recipient has paid 75 PERCENT of the loan prior to December 31st, 2022.
Free Online Virtual Workshop - Online Presence
To sign up for these FREE virtual workshops, please visit: www.GBHStrong.com/workshops
The Gift Card Campaign
The Nuclear Innovation Institute, Nuclear Promise X and Bruce Power recently launched GBH Strong, https://www.gbhstrong.com/ a website and app to provide information and resources that keep people connected across Bruce, Grey and Huron counties.
GBH Strong also seeks to help local businesses get through this tough time. That’s why we’ve added a new feature that allows consumers to purchase gift cards from their favourite businesses, whether that business has an online presence or not.
The goal is to provide businesses with revenue to help them get through this time when face-to-face transactions are not possible and when many of them are closed.
It’s free for businesses to join. And signing up is easy.
Please see attached flyer as it explains how businesses can be part of the GBH Strong Gift Card Campaign.
Once we have a number of businesses signed up, GBH Strong will run a promotional campaign across the three counties to encourage people to buy gift cards in the coming weeks. It’s a way to show support for the local businesses we love.
This is a fantastic way to promote your business for FREE and make some sales during this difficult time. Wouldn’t it be great to fill this website with South Bruce Businesses? Lets put our best foot forward and show everyone all the GREAT businesses that South Bruce has!
Grant Funding News
Up to $1.5 million in Grant Funding for Ontario Businesses in Southwestern Ontario.
The Southwestern Ontario Development Fund (SODF) advertised 15% up to $5 million in grants and four-year interest-free loans towards investments that create jobs and lead to economic growth. Eligible expenditures include equipment, consulting services, facility retrofits and expansions, as well as employee training and other project-related costs incurred over 3 to 4 years. Businesses are required to have 3 years of financial statements and be (or plan to be) located in one of the following Southwestern Ontario counties: (Brant, Bruce, Chatham-Kent, Dufferin, Elgin, Essex, Grey, Haldimand, Huron, Lambton, Middlesex, Niagara, Norfolk, Oxford, Perth, Simcoe, Waterloo and Wellington)
Applicants in rural communities (populations under 100,000) must have at least 5 employees and may receive up to $500,000 as a grant. Rural businesses are required to make investments of no less than $200,000.
Applicants in communities with populations over 100,000 may receive 15% up to $5 million as an interest-free loan. These businesses must have 10 or more employees and plan to invest at least $500,000. Up to 30% of the loan is forgivable to a maximum of $500,000 if the applicant achieves its job creation and investment targets. Only expenses incurred after receiving approval (i.e. July 15, 2020) will be eligible for reimbursement.
Strategic new investments to Ontario (companies without a presence in Ontario), or companies whose investment plans (including new mandates, expansions or re-shoring/relocation) are subject to significant risk due to incentives offered from other jurisdictions, are eligible to receive 15% up to $1.5 million as a grant.
Businesses with 15 or more employees must create 5 jobs by project completion. Companies with fewer employees are required to increase their workforce by 30%. Only costs incurred after approval are eligible for funding.
There is also 50% grants funding up to $1.5 million for community economic development.
Next application intake deadline is Friday, May 29, 2020.
Advertise your Business for FREE on Coupon Country!
Everyone loves a good deal! Business and consumers should take advantage of this website!
This is a Tri-County Initiative that includes Bruce, Grey, Huron Counties and is sponsored by Bruce Power. Businesses that are located in these counties can advertise on this website for FREE!!! However, anyone can benefit from the coupons.
Simply register your business on www.couponcountry.ca and then enter in your "special" that you would like to advertise and Coupon Country will create the Coupon for you! Yes, it's that easy! There is absolutely no hidden fees or costs - the only cost is what you are advertising.
The goal is to shop local - in Bruce, Grey and Huron Counties instead of going to the big cities!
This is the perfect time for businesses to try out this website, advertise for FREE and gain some loyal customers! Those who are Christmas shopping, now is the time to check out all the deals and the hidden gems we have in Bruce, Grey and Huron Counties!
For more information on this website or if you require assistance, feel free to call Rhonda at 519-392-6623 or e-mail email@example.com
March 26, 2020
SEDC will remain focused on helping our community businesses and our partners at this time of need for as long as we possibly can, however the office will be closed to all except the staff of SEDC, until further notice.
Due to the seriousness and the economic impact that Covid-19 might cause to our community businesses, SEDC is offering our Business Improvement Loan product to eligible businesses at a reduced rate from 7.5% to 5% with no payments for the first 3 months.
Please note: The Business Improvement Loan product maximum amount to be borrowed for eligible businesses is $20,000.00, if your business requires funds that exceed the Business Improvement Loan product limit, SEDC also offers Business Loan products up to a maximum amount of $300,000.00 for eligible businesses.
We hope this will help all businesses in need of financial assistance to overcome any concerns or issues due to the virus outbreak.
Please find attached the Business Improvement Loan Information, including the checklist of documentation you will need to complete your application.
If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact our Business Community Counsellor, Jamie Doherty (firstname.lastname@example.org) or our General Manager, Rose Austin (email@example.com)
We are here to support your business during this difficult time.
Rose Austin, General Manager
519-799-5750 Ext. 1
519-799-5750 Ext. 5
“Working in Partnership for the Communities’ Future for over 32 years”
SEDC | 515 Mill St, PO Box 177, Neustadt, ON N0G 2M0 | www.sbdc.ca
South Bruce Business Job Opportunities
South Bruce Business Owners - now you can post your job opportunities on our Municipal Website for FREE! Simply complete the form below (must be typed), save it and e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will review your job ad, once approved it will appear on our website within 48 hours. Once it is posted on our website, it will automatically also appear on the Bruce County Website: www.jobsinbruce.ca.
Please note: all fields must be completed & typed and we do have the right to remove the job posting any time from our website.
When you click on the link below, the form will appear at the bottom left of your screen, click on it to open it. When the form is open, click at the top of the form that says "enable editing" and then begin filling out the form!
Are you a youth entrepreneur (15-29) looking to start or expand a business in Bruce County?
VPI - Working Hand in Hand with Employers
Need some new idea's to grow your business or are you thinking of starting a new business?
It’s easy to become overwhelmed in the early stages of starting a business that's why you should take advantage of the below resources to assist you in the development and growth of your business:
Essentials to Starting a Business
So you’re starting this brand new journey called entrepreneurship, or maybe thinking it might be a good option. On the other hand, maybe you’re an experienced entrepreneur, but you’re not sure what path to take next. No matter what your story, we can help! Not sure what it takes to get started? Looking to take your business to the next level but not sure how to get there? Let us guide you in the right direction! Can’t find what you’re looking for here, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us! We would love to assist you in your business start-up or expansion!
Learn more about these Essentials to Starting a Business
Bruce County Economic Development Grants
Bruce County is invested in our residents, businesses, and communities. And we have the grants to prove it! Whether you’re an entrepreneur looking for education and mentorship, an established business owner who wants to spruce up their storefront, or a community ready to join the business development movement Bruce County is encouraging, our supportive team members and grants are available for you to explore.
Learn more about the Grants that are available for you to explore
Of course Bruce County is open for business. How that cliché plays out here is what's unique. We are a blend of entrepreneurial opportunity that spans energy and tourism, agri-business and culture, technology and retail. Instead of greeting you with government red tape, we welcome you with a local network of business owners - your peers and guides. Instead of wishing for a bygone age, we look forward to innovation, new ideas and helping you expand on the success you've created. Bruce County is where possible happens - starting here where it's easy to find. Information on Business to Bruce, Starting a Business, Expanding a Business, Business Support, Bruce Communities, Navigating Policy and explore Grant opportunities.
Learn more about resources these on the Bruce County Website
The Business Enterprise Centre Serving Bruce County provides support to existing business owners wanting to grow their business, and to entrepreneurs through all stages of development: thinking, starting, growing and exiting. Clients are provided with easy access to FREE and confidential business consulting services and information covering planning, management, marketing, financing and more.
The Business Enterprise Centre (BEC) serving Bruce County provides free business advice to Bruce County entrepreneurs of small and medium sized firms.
The BEC also provides youth entrepreneurial programs that foster future generations of job creators.
How The Business Enterprise Centre can help you?
•Free and confidential one-on-one business advice
•Educational seminars for business owners
•Programs and Training for young entrepreneurs
•Events geared to all aspects of business development with opportunities for networking
Learn more about the Business Enterprise Centre Serving Bruce County
Bruce Community Future Development Corporation
Bruce Community Futures Development Corporation goal is to foster economic growth through small business development, lending, and community development projects. In addition to their business financing program, they participate in a broad range of community based economic development activities.
Learn more about the Bruce Community Future Development Corporation
Tourism Customer Service Training - FREE!
Don't miss out on this free program! In partnership with Bruce, Grey & Simcoe Counties, Regional Tourism Organization 7 (RTO7) is pleased to offer OTEC's online Service Excellence Training Program at no charge to tourism operators and their staff in BruceGreySimcoe.
Learn more about this Service Excellence Training Program