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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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YSTOP youth employment training program starting September 26th!

WDCS gives warm reception to YSTOP staff

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Project Coordinator Sarah Gregg, pictured above, visited the Walkerton District Community School to talk with students and staff about the Youth Skills Training Opportunity Program, YSTOP for short. Based on the Skills Gap Study produced by the Four County Labour Market Planning Board, the program is a 7-week series of workshops focusing on the "soft skills" that local employers say are difficult to find. Topics include customer service, critical thinking and problem-solving, communication skills, real-life math skills, teamwork & interpersonal skills, organizational skills and lastly; "You've Got a Job, Now What?" To register visit www.ystop.ca or call 519-846-9839 x 226.

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Two New Dates for Business Plan Training

Register Early, Free Training!

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Two new dates have been added for those who would like assistance with writing their business plan. If you plan to apply for the Hawks' Nest competition, it is highly recommended that you have a completed business plan. Call 519-799-5750 Ext. 0 to register, or email hawksnest@sbdc.ca.    Click on the link above for details.

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Standing Out Online - workshop

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

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Find out how a little internet savvy can help you to stand out online! For more information, click on the link above or contact Lee, the training coordinator at 519-799-5750 ext. 0, or lee@sbdc.ca

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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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FREE workplace training for youth this fall!

Grades 8-11

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YSTOP (Youth Skills Training Opportunity Program), is a soft-skills training program for youth in senior public and high school!

As you may be aware, both the Skills Gap Study and the Employer One Survey administered by the Four County Labour Market Planning Board yielded valuable information about the type of skills local employers are seeking.

These surveys identified a wide variety of “soft skills” that employers are having difficulty finding in the local labour force. In order to address some of these “soft skills” gaps, the Wellington Waterloo Community Futures in partnership with the Saugeen Economic Development Corporation and Bruce Community Futures Development Corporation is presenting a series of training workshops for youth in grades 8-12 to help them understand and develop these skills. This program has been made possible by FedDev Ontario.

For details and to register in your area, please visit the link above. 

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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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Pitch It Minto 2017

Congratulations to the winners!

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The winner of the 2017 Pitch It! Business Plan Competition is Shrimp Canada. Shrimp Canada is owned by Dr. Ranjan Pradhan and is a new start-up business based in Guelph that will be establishing a shrimp hatchery within the Palmerston Industrial Park. Shrimp Canada will be initiating the sustainable farming and sale of fresh white leg shrimp to local seafood distributors and consumers.  For all the details, click on the link above. 

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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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