Mentor Works’ team of Canadian Government Funding Planners will be attending several Ontario small business events this April to connect with business owners and provide funding insight. Join us to discover government funding opportunities for your business and learn how to start building a proactive approach to funding.

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Ontario Small Business Events to Attend in April 2017

To register for any of the following events, click on the linked heading below.

April 6 – LEDC Food & Beverage Processing Workshop

(London, ON) – The London Economic Development Corporation (LEDC) is an economic development agency that works with businesses, government, and community partners. The organization’s purpose is to attract new investments, develop a strong business climate, and expand London’s workforce.

On April 6, the LEDC is hosting a free Food and Beverage Processing Workshop to support Ontario’s agri-food sector. During this networking event, food and beverage processors will have an opportunity to discuss current industry challenges and best practices. Local industry experts will lead discussions to inspire Ontario-based agri-food businesses to grow and expand their operations.

April 12 – Building a Government Funding Plan for Your Business

(London, ON) – On April 12, Mentor Works will be joined by the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) and The Benefits Company to help business leaders learn how to maximize cash flow and offset strategic project costs through a variety of financial programs, including government grants.

During the Building a Government Funding Plan for Your Business workshop, participants will learn how to leverage new sources of funding when making capital investments. Mentor Works’ President and Owner, Bernadeen McLeod, will be in attendance and lead a presentation on government grants and loans for small businesses.

 April 12 – CME’s Lean & Productivity Clinics: Advance to Lean

(Mississauga, ON) – The Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) Association strives to boost the competitiveness of Canadian manufacturers in domestic and global markets. Established in 1871, CME has grown to become Canada’s leading trade and industry association, representing over 10,000 companies.

On April 12, manufacturers are invited to attend the Advance to Lean workshop. Attendees will explore lean concepts and principles and discover methods to improve productivity through interaction with other participants.

 April 20 – Invest Barrie Manufacturing Innovation Summit

(Barrie, ON)Invest Barrie is an economic development agency tasked with attracting, retaining, and promoting the growth of competitive businesses. They provide a critical link between businesses and investors, which accelerates the growth and profitability of local companies.

On April 20, Invest Barrie, ventureLAB, and the Georgian College Centre for Applied Research and Innovation (CARI) will co-host the first annual Manufacturing Innovation Summit. The event will gather Ontario’s leading executives, investors, and entrepreneurs to explore how new innovative technologies are changing the manufacturing world. Keynote topics will include technology development, innovation adoption, and the adoption of robotics in manufacturing.

April 25 – Accelerating the Growth of Canadian Food Processors

(Kitchener, ON) – On April 25, Mentor Works and the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) will co-host an informative networking event to help accelerate the growth of Canadian food processors. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency will also participate to share recent and upcoming changes to Canadian food regulations.

During the Accelerating the Growth of Canadian Food Processors event, business owners will discover ways to expand cash flow and accelerate growth through a proactive financial strategy. There are a variety of resources to support business expansion, the key is understanding where to look. The second half of the event will provide opportunities to sample locally-made beer and food while networking with other business leaders.

[Webinars] Ontario Government Funding for Small Businesses

To register for any of the following webinars, click on the linked heading below.

April 4 – Training Grants to Strengthen Your Workforce

(Webinar) – On April 4, learn how improve the quality, consistency, and impact of training programs by accessing government grants. In Ontario, employers can access training grants every 6 months – this is an incredible opportunity to access certified third-party trainers to improve employee skillsets.

Webinar attendees will discover training grants providing up to 66% of eligible third-party training expenses to a maximum $10,000 per trainee.

By using government funding, employers can offset the costs of training programs such as:

  • Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma;
  • Business Systems and Software (Eg. AutoCAD, Coding, Graphic Design);
  • ISO Quality Management Systems;
  • Management and Leadership; and/or
  • Customer Service.

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April 12 – Research Funding for Business Innovation

(Webinar) – Small business grants make it easier and more affordable to conduct research and development. On April 12, learn how to receive funding for internal R&D and understand the organizations that can collaboratively drive product or process innovation.

Canadian businesses can receive funding for projects such as:

  • Internal research and development projects (product development/enhancement);
  • Collaborative research projects with post-secondary and/or research institutions;
  • The adoption of innovative technologies to improve competitiveness; and
  • Hiring post-secondary graduates and PhD fellows to solve a specific innovation challenge.

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April 25 – Funding to Grow Your Automotive Manufacturing Business

(Webinar) –  Automotive manufacturers across Canada can receive government funding for business expansion and R&D projects. Grants and loans are available for automotive parts and vehicle manufacturers to support the automotive industry’s competitiveness on a global scale.

On April 25, webinar attendees will discover small business funding opportunities to support:

  • The adoption of advanced technologies to improve productivity and production capabilities;
  • The development of innovative products, processes, and technologies;
  • Exporting activities that seek to improve international competitiveness;
  • Post-secondary and industry research and development collaborations; and
  • Marketing and hiring activities to support exporting.

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Develop a Proactive Funding Plan for Business Investments

This month’s featured educational guide, How to Build a Proactive Funding Plan™, is Mentor Works’ latest government funding resource. It’s filled with practical tips to help leverage more government funding over the next 12-24 months and can help improve the project planning process. These are the concepts Mentor Works uses on a regular basis to help our clients build Proactive Funding Plans.


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