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The Innovation Guelph Fuel Injection Seed Funding Program supports business scale-up projects of start-ups and small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) located in southern Ontario. Fuel Injection facilitates enterprise growth through generation of new jobs & revenue; attraction of follow-on private investment; the launch of new products or services; and cost savings through energy, water or waste innovations. Through this program, Innovation Guelph provides specialized industry business advisory services and seed funding to innovative enterprises in the following sectors: manufacturing; sustainable technologies; agriculture/agri-food; and social innovation.


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The Dufferin Workforce Development Committee continues its collaborative approach to support, grow and advocate for a community of great employees and great businesses. Since late 2016 the committee has been taking steps to overcome issues of employee recruitment and retainment and has worked in unison with the area labour market plan and the newly created economic development strategies of both the Town of Orangeville and Dufferin County. Already this group has supported the Town of Orangeville’s organization of job fairs that have been attended by over 1,000 job seekers. They have also worked with the Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin on the gathering of data through their EmployerOne Survey. This survey allows businesses to share important information about hiring challenges and specific workforce needs. The 2018 survey represented 2,223 employees in Dufferin County.


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The Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) has granted $499,950 to the County of Wellington to develop a demand-based ridesharing system that will service Wellington County. The new ridesharing service, which is scheduled to launch in April 2019, will utilize a mobile app to book, pay and track trips. A call centre will also be available for residents that do not have access to a mobile phone.


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The Government of Canada marked the one-year anniversary of its Global Talent Stream pilot project Tuesday by adding three new Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics occupations to the list of those deemed in-demand by the program.

The three new occupations are Engineering Managers, Architecture and Science Managers and Mathematicians and Statisticians.

At the same time, Electrical and Electronics Technologists and Technicians was removed from the Global Talent Occupations List “due to changing labour market conditions,” the government said in a news release.


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If so, then perhaps a college/university student could help you with your current talent challenges and enable you to be more productive, as well as provide you with a source for innovative ideas!


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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

By Carol Simpson

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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