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October 2018

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Halton Hills Industrial Park

The Halton Hills Industrial Park being developed by Futura Properties Ltd. is fast becoming the community's economic hub of the north with the addition of the Ontario Building Materials Division of CanWel Building Materials Group Ltd. The company is the first tenant to take occupancy at the site currently known as 340 Main Street North to be named Futura Drive in the Halton Hills Industrial Park.
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Spotlight on Available Talent in the Workforce

Research done by Halton Hills Economic Development in July 2018 has revealed that within a 45-minute drive of downtown Acton, there are 162,000 workers; and within a 45-minute drive of downtown Georgetown, 476,000. In a rapidly changing economy, the ability to demonstrate available talent in the workforce is an increasingly important component of regional economic development. This research, along with data from The Peel-Halton Local Employment Planning Council (LEPC), helps businesses plan for current and future employment needs.
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Food and Beverage Symposium #2

On October 10, the Town of Halton Hills co-hosted a Food & Beverage Symposium in conjunction with municipalities across Halton Region. In this second installment, attendees had the opportunity to learn and discuss regulatory compliance and labour issues specific to the regional Food and Beverage Processing Sector. Contact edo@haltonhills.ca to request symposium notes, or to add your business to the invitation list for Symposium #3, which will focus on marketing and trade.


Downtown Acton - It's Worth the Drive

The Downtown Acton Business Improvement Area (BIA) is proud to announce the recent opening of a number of new businesses: Ambition Performing Arts Centre, Helson Law Office, House of Work Wear, JV Computer Repairs, Oh Behave Canine Pawllege, One Stop Medical Clinic and Pharmacy and Tic Toc Watch and Clock Repair.
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Food Starter - Support for Entrepreneurs

Food Starter, a not-for-profit organization located just southeast of Hwy 400 and 401, provides a range of training and networking events focused on helping food entrepreneurs to grow their businesses. Food Starter increases an entrepreneur's chances of success in commercializing a food product because it offers all the resources needed to go from concept to shelf.
Free weekly tours and info sessions take place on Friday mornings. Learn more about tours, programs and seminars.
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Support for Small Business Owners - Halton Hills Public Library

Halton's Small Business Consultant Program offers small businesses help with resolving start-up or growth issues, conducting business research, writing marketing plans and understanding government regulations. Free consultations will take place at the Georgetown Branch Library from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on November 1, November 15 and December 6.
Call 905-825-6000 ext. 7900 to schedule your complimentary, one-hour consultation.
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Halton Region Business Conditions Survey

Halton Region Economic Development (HRED) is conducting its annual short survey on the current conditions faced by Halton businesses. HRED is committed to meeting the needs of the business community and supporting their success in Halton Hills to maintain a strong local economy. The information gathered will remain strictly confidential and no individual or business will be identified. The survey is open until November 30th.
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Programs for Business Growth: Agri-Food Edition

The Agri-Innovate program provides repayable contributions for projects that aim to accelerate the commercialization, adoption and/or demonstration of innovative products, technologies, processes or services that increase agri-sector competitiveness and sustainability. Priority will be given to applications in the following areas: clean technology; automation and expanding new export markets.
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Agriculture and Food Education in Ontario
The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), in partnership with the University of Guelph, has developed a series of free online courses that provide flexible education and learning opportunities for producers, processors and agri-food businesses.
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Agri-Food Initiatives Ontario Directory
The Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) offers an online collection of studies, strategies and guidance to help support agriculture and food. More than 45 documents are available to view and study.
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Centennial College Launches New Food Tourism Program

Centennial College launched a new food tourism graduate certificate program to meet the growing demand for skilled, culinary tourism and agri-tourism employees.
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Are you a Bike-Friendly Business?

The Ontario By Bikeā„¢ Network is a FREE program that certifies and promotes bicycle-friendly businesses across Ontario. The Network is open to all cycling-related businesses and organizations interested in cycle tourism. It inspires visitors and residents to explore more by bike and offers links to useful cycling maps and day trip or multi-day cycling itineraries with stops at certified bicycle-friendly businesses along the way. Bike-friendly businesses located in Halton Hills can register their locations and add a map listing.
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Simply Local

Halton residents are encouraged to support local farms this fall by integrating local produce into their meal planning and visiting the many farms across the region. Many Halton farms are family businesses and Halton Region supports them through programs like Simply Local. Agri-food businesses that want to be part of the interactive Simply Local map can contact Halton Region.
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Downtown Merchants Ready to Treat

Local businesses in downtown Acton and downtown Georgetown BIAs are once again offering Halloween festivities for the little ones. In downtown Acton, entertainment, activities and trick-or-treating at merchants on Mill and Main will take place from 12 noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 27. In downtown Georgetown, the annual Masquerade on Mill & Main will take place from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. on the same date.
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2018 Business Achievement Awards - Congratulations to ISPA

The Town of Halton Hills sponsored the Halton Hills Chamber of Commerce Business Achievement Awards Gala event held on October 17. These Awards acknowledge the contributions that local businesses and their employees make to the economy and to the quality of life in Halton Hills. Specifically, the Town sponsored the Environmental Excellence Award, which was presented to ISPA Store Fixtures, in recognition of Environmental Excellence. Congratulations to ISPA and all winners!
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State of the Economy Report

Town of Halton Hills' Manager of Economic Development, Innovation and Culture Damian Szyblaski recently presented a Q3 2018 State of the Economy report to Town Council. The report highlights key initiatives that are contributing to Halton Hills' economic prosperity.
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Meet Amy Liddell

Amy Liddell, Cultural Services Assistant, joined the Town's Economic Development, Innovation and Culture division in August. Amy brings to the Town over five years of experience working in the arts and culture sector, including the Brampton Arts Council, TIFF, Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Nuit Blanche and Doors Open Toronto. Contact Amy at aliddell@haltonhills.ca.


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