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How do You Price Your Services?

How much should you charge for your products? Your time?

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Whether you are a start-up or a small business owner, you don't want to miss this opportunity to learn how to correctly price your products and services.
Business Consultant Cliff Bilyea will discuss the various factors to consider when calculating your pricing.
Register now, class size is limited! 519-799-5750 ext. 0, or email: lee@sbdc.ca

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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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New Hawk joins the nest!

Joel Koops, VP of MSW Plastics in Palmerston

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A new hawk joins the nest, and Saugeen Economic Development Corporation and Bruce Community Futures are pleased to announce that Joel Koops, Vice President of MSW Plastics in Palmerston, has signed up to be the next Hawk! Click on the link above for more details. 

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Next Hawk is revealed!

Tony Solecki of Caframo returns as Hawk Investor

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The Hawks' Nest competition is pleased to announce another returning Hawk investor for the upcoming event in June. Click on the link above for full details. 

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9th Annual Wellington North Showcase

Monday, March 26th & Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

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The Township of Wellington North Economic Development Department, in partnership with the Saugeen Economic Development Corporation, OMAFRA, TD Canada Trust and the Arthur & Mount Forest Chambers of Commerce, are pleased to invite you to participate in Wellington North Showcase 2018. Our ninth annual Showcase is taking place March 26th and 27th at Arthur & Area Community Centre.

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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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CALLING ALL ENTREPRENEURS!!

HAWKS' NEST is back!!

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Click on the link above for all the details: FREE business plan training is being offered in 4 different locations in preparation for the upcoming HAWKS' NEST competition. Spaces are limited, so don't delay! To register or for more information call 519-799-5750 ext.4 or email hawksnest@sbdc.ca

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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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Employer One Survey 2016

What are the local employment trends in your area?

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This informative report reveals the current trends for hiring, training and employee retention plus skills gaps in Grey, Bruce, Huron and Perth counties. 

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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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