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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced finalists in the national Smart Cities Challenge today, with the Guelph-Wellington County entry named one of 10 in its population category and awarded $250,000 to further develop its bid for a $10 million prize.


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Applications are now open for the Fast Lane Program at Innovation Guelph. If you know of any companies that are scaling, have revenues of a $500K minimum, and who are facing obstacles to their growth, this program is designed to help. Support is available for all sectors including Agri-Innovation, Manufacturing, Clean Tech.


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Digital Sales Boot Camp

By Carol Simpson

Learn to apply Design Thinking tools & methodologies to gain a better understanding of your customers and how you can best engage with them online.
Effectively marketing & selling in the digital world begins with gaining a thorough understanding of your customer. You will learn to use tools like the Customer Persona & Journey Map to better understand your customer and how they behave in the online world. And, you will begin to apply these tools to your business in our breakout session.

Learn to apply best practices from the tech startup world to efficiently and effectively test your digital marketing and selling initiatives.
The world around your Small Business is becoming increasingly fast-paced and digital. You will learn to manage digital marketing experiments that help you to adapt rapidly to your growing customer base. Then, you will roll up your sleeves and get to work mapping out and testing new marketing and selling techniques.

Learn about the Digital platforms & channels that will kickstart your digital growth.
Doing business online is no longer an option for your SME - it is essential for every business. We will help you to leverage the technology that is right for your business to unlock your digital growth. You’ll be introduced to a range of online platforms & tools, from organic social media, to paid online advertising and Google Analytics. Learn how to identify the metrics that matter to your business and the tools to capture and track the data you need. You'll get your hands dirty


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Small Business Access

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The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) in collaboration with the Province's Ministry of Economic Development and Growth, designed Small Business Access - a "one window" service to help small businesses find and access the resources needed to succeed.


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2018 Rhyze Award for Female Entrepreneurs

By Carol Simpson

Are you a female entrepreneur in Guelph/Wellington County over the age of 30 who is looking for support to scale up her business?


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Employers can receive wage subsidies of up to 50 percent of the wage cost for placements (up to a maximum of $5,000 per placement) and up to 70 percent (up to a maximum of $7,000 per placement) for under-represented students including first-year students, women in STEM, Indigenous students, persons with disabilities and newcomers.


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In partnership with The Conference Board of Canada, we invite you to attend a half-day workshop on making workplaces more accessible for people with disabilities.


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