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Vol. 3 - Issue 1

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February 2019

Watch the video to see why Halton Hills is a great place to do business.

State of Economy Snapshot - Q4 - 2018
Careers in the Trades Event
CIP Grants for Property Improvements
Community Better Challenge
Turnkey Booth Spaces at SIAL Food Show
Business Seminars at Halton Hills Public Libraries
Futurpreneur Information Session
Doing Business in the United States
Business Consultations at Halton Hills Library
Ontario Tourism Strategy
Canada's Cycle Tourism Conference
Are you a Bike-Friendly Business?
Free China Readiness Workshops
Culture by the Numbers
Business Events and Learning Opportunities
Culture and Tourism Links


state of economy snapshots

State of Economy Snapshot - Q4 - 2018

With its strategic location in the GTA, an 'open for business' approach, proximity to major markets and transportation networks, high quality of life, and a competitive business environment, the Halton Hills economy continues to grow. As reported in February through the State of Economy Snapshot (Q4 2018) report, strong demand for industrial development as well as the expansion of the Toronto Premium Outlets continue to demonstrate robust growth in the Premier Gateway. The Acton and Georgetown industrial areas continue to experience new investment. Record uptake of the Community Improvement Plan (CIP) program has made significant contributions to downtown Acton and Georgetown.

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Careers in the trades

Careers in the Trades

VPI Working Solutions and Gary Allan High School are hosting a 'Community Careers in the Trades' event on Thursday, March 7, 2019 from 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.at Gary Allan High School (96 Guelph St., Georgetown).  Local businesses can contact Misty Knight at VPI for more information on reserving a booth, conducting interviews and/or giving a presentation at the event.

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CIP program

CIP Program - Grants for Property Improvements

The Community Improvement Plan (CIP) is a program that supports the revitalization, redevelopment and renewal of key areas of Halton Hills with financial incentives. The CIP supports the retention and growth of business, job creation, downtown vitality, private sector investment and other spinoff benefits. 2019 funding is now available for projects such as facade improvements, industrial landscaping, conversion of underutilized spaces, environmental site assessments and more. Contact edo@haltonhills.ca to discuss eligibility.

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Town gets on Board

Town Gets on Board with Community Better Challenge

Businesses can help Halton Hills become 'Canada's Most Active Community' later this spring by holding a simple physical activity at the workplace during ParticipACTION's 'Community Better Challenge'. Businesses can apply for a grant between $250 - $1000 to plan and promote physical activity during the Challenge.

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Turnkey Booth SIAL

Turnkey Booth Spaces Available at SIAL Food Show

Ontario Food Exports (OFEX) is organizing an Ontario Suppliers Pavilion at the upcoming SIAL food trade show. 10x10 turnkey booths are available to Ontario suppliers at an exclusive rate. More than 1,000 exhibitors from 50 countries make this Canada's premier international food industry show.

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Small Business Seminars at Halton Hills Public Libraries

Join the Halton Region Small Business Centre for value-packed seminars which will help entrepreneurs start and manage enterprises.

Financial Statements 101: Acton Branch Library: Wednesday, March 20, 2019 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Starting a Small Business: Georgetown Branch Library: Wednesday, April 3, 2019 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Fee: $26.50 + HST each. Call 1-866-442-5866 for more information.

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Futurpreneur Information Session

Futurprenuer is a program that provides eligible young entrepreneurs with financing up to $15,000 based on character and a great business plan (experience and credit rating are not the key factors).

A FREE information session will be held on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 from 11 a.m. - 12 noon at Halton Region (1151 Bronte Rd, Oakville). For more information, contact smallbusiness@halton.ca.

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Doing business in the US

Doing Business in the United States

The Halton Global Business Centre (HGBC) is presenting a FREE workshop about doing business in the United States entitled 'E-Commerce' on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at Halton Region. The small group format will allow for a customized presentation.

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Free business consultation

Free Business Consultations at Halton Hills Public Library

Halton's Small Business Consultant Program offers FREE consultations on starting a business, marketing plans, business research and government regulations. Consultations will take place at the Georgetown Branch Library on February 28, March 14 & March 28, 2019 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Call 905-825-6000 ext. 7900 to schedule a complimentary one-hour consultation.

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Ontario Tourism Strategy

Ontario Tourism Strategy

The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport recently announced that it will be developing a new Tourism Strategy for Ontario and that consultations would help to inform the plan. Online consultations were launched on January 3, 2019, and will remain open until February 28, 2019.



Canada's cycle tourism

Canada's Cycle Tourism Conference

'Destination Bike' is a full-day conference hosted by Ontario By Bike and Transportation Options, being held in downtown Toronto on March 1, 2019. This highly anticipated and special industry conference is only held every three years, so plan to attend.



Bike Friendly Business

Are you a Bike Friendly Business?

The Ontario By Bike (TM) Network is a FREE program that certifies and promotes bicycle friendly businesses across Ontario. The Network, which is open to all accommodations, food service providers, attractions, cycling-related businesses and organizations interested in cycle tourism, inspires visitors and residents to explore more by bike through a variety of initiatives. Bike-friendly businesses located in Halton Hills can register their locations and add a map listing.



China Readiness Worrkshops

Free China Readiness Workshops

The Tourism Industry Association of Canada is hosting a series of introductory China Readiness Workshops for Canadian small and medium-sized tourism businesses. These workshops are designed specifically for those businesses that are eager to tap into the growing Chinese tourist market.



Culture by number

Culture by the Numbers

Environics Research Group announced that 88% of Ontarians agree that arts and cultural activities are important to a community's economic well-being.



business events and learning opportunities
Seminars, workshops, trade shows, networking and more learning and growth opportunities for businesses:

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Halton Region Small Business Centre

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Ontario Food Exports (OFEX)

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Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs

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Agriculture and Agri-Food Programs and Services


Check the following links to see what's happening in Halton Hills:

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Visit Halton Hills

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John Elliott Theatre

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Helson Gallery


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