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Saugeen Connects Group wins Award of Excellence!

2019 Community Futures Conference Awards

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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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One Minute Introductions

Perfecting Your Elevator Pitch

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Please note the date has been changed from September 18th to Wednesday, November 20th. Pre-registration is required: call 519-799-5750

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New Training Series

Elevate Your Business

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A three-part series of business training workshops designed to tackle the most challenging issues a business owner faces: understanding financial reports, time management, and understanding bookkeeping.

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Thank You to our Sponsors!

Student Start Up Program off to a good start

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“We would like to thank our many sponsors for making the Saugeen SSUP Program possible. They have helped provide the opportunity for 48 students to start up 39 businesses in our communities. This would not have been possible without their generous donations. #SaugeenSSUP”

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Winner of 2019 Pitch It 2.0 Business Plan Competition

The Old Post & Escape The Old Post

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Shown below are some of the judges and the winner of the Pitch It 2.0 Business Plan Competition held in Minto June 18, 2019. John Burgess, Minto Chamber, Rob Mattice from The River Community Radio, and sponsors from Country 93: Janet Juniper and Kevin Brown.

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2019 Succession Matching Summit

How to Buy or Sell a Business

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We are excited to share with you SuccessionMatching's upcoming 2019 Summit, How To Sell Or Buy A Business.
This free online summit is geared towards entrepreneurs who are interested in business succession. Individuals looking to either sell their business, or buy one, will discover a wealth of information through this summit that will help them on their journey. In a series of expert presentations,

SuccessionMatching’s 2019 Summit will teach you how to buy or sell a business. Focus on everything from building a succession plan to finding the right business to buy, and everything in between. Space is limited, register for this free online series today at Successionmatching.com

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Free Access to Succession Matching Service

Ask for your FREE coupon code!

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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 jamie@sbdc.ca

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New Loan Program Available

for Student Entrepreneurs

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The Student Start-Up Program (SSUP) is available through Saugeen Connects for students in Grades 6 through 12 who are interested in starting their own summer business. For all the details, contact Jamie Doherty, our Business Community Counsellor at 519-799-5750 Ext. 5 or email info@saugeenconnects.com

Click on the image below to download the brochure and application form. For information about sponsorships, follow this link.

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The Saugeen Economy Newsletter

2nd Quarter 2018

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The Saugeen Economy Newsletter, in partnership with the Regional Advisory Committee, delivers information about the local economy, touching on six key economic indicators.  

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New Loan available for Women Entrepreneurs!

Up to $20,000 available to qualifying applicants

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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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Do you need funds to launch or expand your business?

A minimum of $30,000 is up for grabs!!

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If you are seeking financial support to launch a new business, develop a new product, hire and train employees, expand your business, then register for the Hawks' Nest competition! THE DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23RD - Full details on our Hawks' Nest page: click on the link above. 

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Celebrating 30 Years in the Community!

Partners & Community Leaders come together to celebrate!

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This short video shows some of the highlights of the "birthday" celebrations, held August 23rd, 2017 at the Neustadt Community Hall. 

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Dollar savings, high quality of health, and innovation!

Future Health Services Wins Award

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The remote monitoring program that was implemented in Dufferin County in 2014 won this year’s Canadian Future Ontario 2017 Innovation Award of Excellence at the 24th Annual Ontario Association for Community Development Corporations Conference. SEDC is a proud partner in this program. 

The remote patient monitoring program — which currently has 462 patients enrolled — is aimed to eliminate the amount of 911 calls and emergency room visits for people that have congestive heart failure, diabetes or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Eligible patients are those who made 911 calls three times in the last 12 months, had two emergency room visits in the last 12 months or one hospital admission in the past year.

Click on the link above to watch the video!

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Celebrating Success BBQ

Working together for the Communities' Future!

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On August 23rd, 2017, we came together with local dignitaries, former clients, community partners and leaders, the board of directors, funding representatives and staff to celebrate 30 years of community successes and economic development in this region. Pictured below is (L-R) Grey County Warden Alan Barfoot, SEDC Board President Lloyd Love and MP for Bruce-Huron, Ben Lobb. 

Grey County Warden Alan Barfoot, SEDC Board President Lloyd Love and MP  for Bruce-Huron, Ben Lobb

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Vibrant Villages was a success!

Doug Griffiths presented 13 Ways to Kill Your Community

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The Vibrant Villages Conference held in Neustadt on October 19th brought together community leaders, planners, and business owners to share ideas about how to make our towns, villages, and rural communities more vibrant.

Keynote speaker and author of 13 Ways to Kill Your Community Doug Griffiths grabbed the audience's attention with amusing anecdotes about how some communities just can't seem to move forward. He accurately described NIMBYS (Not In My Backyard), CAVES (Citizens Against Virtually Everything) and FEARS (Fire Up Everyone Against Reasonable Solutions) and their ability to quash new ideas and ways of doing things. 

The two biggest idea killers? "We've never done it this way before", and "We tried that (20 years ago) and it didn't work."

Click on the link above to see some of the highlights of Doug's presentation. 

Attendees also enjoyed presentations from Joanne Robbins, one of the founders of the hugely successful Pumpkinfest event in Port Elgin, as well as 6 other local community businesses. Thanks to all our panelists for sharing your stories of struggles and successes in your quest to build a profitable business. Also a big thank you to the County of Grey for their generous sponsorship of this event. 

Keynote & presenters

L-R (back row) Joanne Robbins, Pumpkinfest; Cheryl Brine, OMAFRA; Doug Griffiths, 13 Ways;  Kerri Eady, Gemini Signs; Gary Fischer, Hoity Toity Cellars; Nick Morris, Flowers to Fragrance.

L-R (front row) Kris Heathers, Elsie's Diner; Cherie Swift, Dornoch Hops; Belinda Wick-Graham, Town of Minto; Rose Austin, SEDC; Val Stimpson, Neustadt Springs Brewery; Barb Fisher, Bruce CFDC and Rick Whittaker, Future Health Services.

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$5,000 GRANT GIVES SEDC TRAINING PROGRAM A BOOST!

New equipment means easier access to business training

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The investment by the Ontario Trillium Foundation enabled SEDC to install a digital Bright Link Pro projector that will enable the expansion of the training program through webinars and other online training programs. The barriers of distance and poor weather are less of an issue when people can participate in business training and other meetings via the internet.  The leading grantmaking foundation in Canada, the Ontario Trillium Foundation strengthens the capacity of the voluntary sector through investments in community-based initiatives.
For more information on upcoming training programs for business, visit our website: www.sbdc.ca/training. For more information about the grant programs offered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, visit their website: www.otf.ca

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Renew North Wellington's first business opens!

New Collaborative Art Centre in Mount Forest

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The Gift Artivity Centre opens its doors this weekend, January 16th. This collaborative art & music centre located in Mount Forest is the result of a partnership between Renew North Wellington, Launch It Minto and SEDC. Read more here.

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Get your Customers to Spend More Money

WOCFDCA Business Growth Strategy

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Click on the link above to find out a few more ways your can encourage your customers to spend more with you!

Content provided by WOCFDCA.

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Community Futures Network of Canada

2015 National Event Video

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Learn how the Community Futures Network of Canada has provided loans that help to launch and grow small businesses and create jobs in rural Canada.

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