Youth Business Training

5-Part Webinar Series


Saugeen Economic Development Corporation, in partnership with Launch Pad Youth Activity & Technology Center, is hosting a 5-part youth business training webinar series. 

Sponsored by Saugeen Connects


July 15 8:30-10:00 AM How to Make $1000/Month on YouTube with Zero Start-Up Costs with Ethan Schwandt
July 22 6:00-7:30 PM Sales Conversation with Harold DeVries
July 29 1:00-2:30 PM How to Make Money and Grow Profits with Tina Heathers
Aug 5 6:00-7:30 PM Enthusiasm Takes Courage with Tammy Hunt
Aug 12 8:30-10:00 AM How to Double an Offline Business Digitally with Ethan Schwandt


Youth will receive a $25 reward for every webinar session they have registered to and attended in full with the use of a live webcam. 


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Seeding Our Food Future

Grant Opportunity


Seeding Our Food Future $5K GRANT applications are open until June 30.

The Guelph-Wellington Smart Cities initiative has pivoted a non-repayable grant opportunity to address COVID-19 impacts…

Part of their pivot includes offering a non-repayable $5K grant, plus a package of other benefits (business coaching, education on sustainable operations), and an opportunity to apply for an additional interest free loan of up to $10K. The grant specifically targets food system businesses and aims to build back better after COVID-19 by making the Guelph-Wellington food system more resilient.

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Bruce County Emergency Business Sustainability Loan

Part of the $1.75M Support the Bruce: Business Sustainability Fund


This is a low-interest (2.5%) loan of up to $20,000 for Bruce County businesses, administered by the Bruce Community Futures Development Corporation and the Saugeen Economic Development Corporation. There is $750,000 total available funding which will be loaned on a first come, first serve basis.

Bruce County Emergency Business Sustainability Loan Resources:

  • How to Fill Out Online Application: HERE
  • Online Application: PDF
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Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF)

(COVID-19) Community Futures Supporting Rural Communities


$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.

Email completed application to

RRRF Resources:

  • Application and Guidelines: PDF
  • Instructions on How to Fill Out Application: PDF
  • Attestation Form: PDF
  • Frequently Asked Questions: PDF

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Covid-19 Information - Government Response Plan

Government of Canada and Ontario


COVID-19 General Resources: 

COVID-19 resources for businesses from the GOVERNMENT OF CANADA and health information from the PROVINCE OF ONTARIO

Information from the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) for businesses and their employees

Government of Ontario Action Plan: See PDF

Minto Chamber of Commerce: See website

COVID-19 Business Resources:

This document summarizes news from the government of Ontario. 

Impact of COVID-19 on Women Entrepreneurs: See PDF

Employer Tips for Managing COVID-19: See PDF

7 Financial Responses: See PDF

COVID-19 Support for Ontario Businesses: See website

COVID-19 Support for Canadian Businesses: See PDF

COVID-19 Resources for Employers in Grey Bruce who employ newcomers and visible minority newcomer women: See PDF

Bruce County's Business Resource Package

COVID-19 Other Resources:

Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) is seeking suppliers to support our efforts to combat COVID 19.

Calling all suppliers – Help Canada combat Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

Additional information from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

Best Practices for the Prevention of COVID-19 in the Workplace: See PDF

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Hawks' Nest is back!!

Application deadline is March 27, 2020


Join us for the third annual Hawks' Nest Competition! Local entrepreneurs get to pitch their business ideas to investors to win financial support and /or mentoring for their business. If you know someone who would like to start their own business, share this information with them! A great chance for promotion throughout the region and for applicants to benefit from free business plan training sessions. Visit for all the details! 

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Saugeen Connects Group wins Award of Excellence!

2019 Community Futures Conference Awards


The Saugeen Connects group is pleased to announce they are the recipients of this year's Awards of Excellence for Community Economic Development. Partnerships work! 

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Free Access to Succession Matching Service

Ask for your FREE coupon code!


Saugeen Connects is pleased to announce the second intake of coupon code distribution to regional farm and businesses owners interested in developing a succession plan to protect their investment and their futures by having a plan in place. For more information, contact our Business Community Counsellor, Jamie Doherty, 519-799-5750 Ext. 5 or email

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New Loan available for Women Entrepreneurs!

Up to $20,000 available to qualifying applicants


Financing to assist women entrepreneurs with: a business startup, new equipment purchases or upgrades, leaseholds and facade improvements, IT needs - such as computer hardware and software, POS systems, etc. 

Click on the image below to download the flyer; for the full application, click on the link above.

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