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OPEN: Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) Round 2

(COVID-19) Community Futures Supporting Rural Communities

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The Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) provides liquidity support to businesses and not-for-profit organizations affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19, that are unable to access other federal relief measures, or require additional support.

The Fund, valued at more than $1.5 billion nationally, is delivered by Canada’s regional development agencies.

In southern Ontario, $436.4 million is being delivered as follows:

• $367 million for direct support from FedDev Ontario for SMEs facing financial pressure; and

• $69.4 million to provide rural businesses with access to capital and technical support, delivered by southern Ontario’s Community Futures Development Corporations.$30M in additional RRRF funding is available to southern Ontario SMEs through CFDCs.

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REOPENED: Bruce County Emergency Business Sustainability Loan

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

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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 $360,000 total available funding which will be loaned on a first come, first serve basis.

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Covid-19 Information - Government Response Plan

Government of Canada and Ontario

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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

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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 sbdc.ca/hawks-nest for all the details! 

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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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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 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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