Calling all Entrepreneurs

Training Ad_2nd Poster_landscape (1)The Saugeen Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) and Bruce Community Futures Development Corporation (Bruce CFDC) are pleased to announce the extension of the Hawks’ Nest submission deadline to March 11, 2016.

The Hawks’ Nest is a ‘Dragons’ Den’ inspired competition where entrepreneurs from various sectors will pitch their business ideas in an attempt to secure financial support from local angel investors coined the “Hawks.”

New and/or existing businesses/entrepreneurs are encouraged to make a submission to the Hawks’ Nest by submitting an application and business plan by March 11th, 2016. Prior to the deadline, applicants are encouraged to attend a free business plan training session to assist in developing or revising current business plans. The final three Business Plan Training Sessions will be held in February of 2016.

Wednesday, February 3rd
Walkerton Golf & Curling Club
9am – 5pm Friday, February 5th, 2016
Kincardine Lake Huron Learning Centre
9am – 5pm Tuesday, February 9th, 2016
Owen Sound Days Inn
9am -5pm

After submissions have been received, seven finalists will be selected to ‘pitch’ their new business idea to the Hawks! With a minimum of $25,000 to be invested at the Hawks’ discretion, plus the People’s Choice award, the event on June 21st to be held in Kincardine promises to be very exciting!

If you are a new or existing entrepreneur who wants to pitch your business idea in an attempt to secure financial support from local investors, this is your opportunity!

For more information or to sign up for a free business plan training session please contact SEDC toll-free at 1-877-335-7332 / www.sbdc.ca or Bruce CFDC toll-free at 1-888-832-2232 / www.bruce.on.ca.
Backgrounder:

The SEDC and the Bruce CFDC offer a wide variety of programs and services supporting community economic development and small business growth. In particular, they provide:
• Community strategic planning and socio-economic development
• Support for community-based projects
• Business information, training and planning services, and
• Access to capital for small and medium-sized businesses and social enterprises.
The SEDC and the Bruce CFDC are not-for-profit organizations that have partnered to provide an avenue for existing businesses looking to expand and entrepreneurs wanting to start a business.

Resources:

Federal Economic Development Agency of Southwestern Ontario
Saugeen Economic Development Corporation
Bruce Community Futures Development Corporation

The Saugeen Economic Development Corporation and the Bruce CFDC are two of 36 CFDCs in southern Ontario funded by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) through the Community Futures Program. CFDCs are independent, not-for-profit organizations delivering programs and services that support rural economic development and small business growth.. They employ local staff and are each governed by a volunteer board of directors, made up of local residents representing the community.

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Happy New Year!

download (3)2016 is now upon us and promises to be a busy year. There will be a new American President, the summer Olympics are taking place in Rio and NASA plans on landing on Jupiter. Locally the Patriot’s look to make the play-offs, and the Mount Forest Fireworks Festival promises to be the biggest and best yet.