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Applications open for Grow Your Business Online grant

As part of the Canada Digital Adoption Program, the Government of Canada has partnered with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce to deliver the Grow Your Business Online grant.

Through this program, small business owners can receive a micro-grant worth up to $2,400 to help get their business online, give their e-commerce presence a boost, or digitalize business operations. Grant recipients must commit to maintaining their digital adoption strategy for at least six months.

In addition, e-commerce advisors will be available to work with grant recipients to help identify their digital needs, provide links to digital resources, help with completing applications, and answering questions on the Grow Your Business Online program.

Click here for more information and to check your eligibility.

How to Master Bookkeeping for Your Business Without an Accounting Degree


Bookkeeping is the foundation for all small business insight. If you’re running a small business, you’ve got to make it habitual. All too often, bookkeeping is put aside by small business owners to tackle the most pressing matter of the moment. If it’s not that, it’s procrastination or number phobia (the fear of getting it wrong).

Trust me, don’t put it aside. Far too many small business owners often allow a backlog of transactions and expenses to build up before organizing them, which can hurt your business in at least two significant ways.

Click here to read more.

Ontario Speech from the Throne highlights supply chains, labour shortages, inflation

The Lieutenant Governor today opened the Speech from the Throne with remarks on the challenges posed by supply chain interruptions and the war in Ukraine, 370,000 unfilled jobs in Ontario, inflation at a near-four-decade high, and new fiscal challenges from unprecedented spending through the pandemic. She also warned of the need to be prepared for a “near-term economic slowdown.”

“There are no easy solutions,” the Lieutenant Governor said.

Infrastructure and investment played a key part in the speech, highlighting government priorities such as highways, electric vehicles, and a skilled trades strategy. Although the speech noted serious issues with the healthcare system,  observers noted that no new solutions were proposed. The speech did highlight investments in home and community care, health infrastructure, and commitments to add capacity and staff to healthcare which had been previously announced.

Click here to read the speech.

Ontario commits $4bn to broadband internet expansion

The Ontario government is bringing high-speed internet access to up to 266,000 unserved and underserved homes and businesses, marking another milestone in its stated goal to help connect every corner of the province by the end of 2025.

The province has signed agreements with eight internet service providers to bring access to as many as 339 municipalities across Ontario. The internet service providers were selected through a two-stage competitive process and are part of Ontario’s historic investment of nearly $4 billion to bring access to reliable high-speed internet across the province.

Bell Canada and Rogers have both received funding under the plan to expand internet access in Niagara.

Click here to read more.

FRIDAY AUGUST 19, 6:00PM – 10:00PM
Join us in celebrating Team Quebec for the Canada Summer Games 13 for 13 Cultural Event. This event will feature artists from Quebec and Welland to create a special evening of celebration. 
The evening celebration will include the featured artists on stage, activations in Merritt Park, contests & giveaways, and food trucks!
Le Vent du Nord (https://leventdunord.com)
🪕Grosse Isle (https://ciedunord.com/en/artists/grosse-isle/)
Femme du Feu Creations (https://femmesdufeu.com/)
Dance Place Welland (https://www.danceplacewelland.com/)

13 for 13 cultural festival to be held August 14

On Sunday, Aug. 14, bring yourself, family and friends to Canada Games Park anytime between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. for Niagara Region’s 13 for 13 Cultural Festival event, in partnership with the Province of Ontario and FirstOntario Credit Union.

The all-day event includes free admission and live performances by Splash’N Boots, Deanne Petcoff and Scott Helman. There will be merchandise booths, local vendors, food trucks, a farmers market and kids programming for guests of all ages to enjoy. This is an opportunity for Canadians to come together in celebration of what makes this country so special.

Click here to read more.

Ontario introduces “Strong Mayors” legislation for Toronto and Ottawa

The Ontario government has introduced legislation that would give the mayors of Toronto and Ottawa more responsibility to deliver on shared provincial-municipal priorities, including building 1.5 million new homes over the next 10 years.

If passed, the Strong Mayors, Building Homes Act, would give the mayors of Toronto and Ottawa the ability to move priority projects forward and get more homes built faster. Proposed changes include:

  • hiring the Chief Administrative Officer and municipal department heads, and create and re-organize departments
  • appointing chairs/vice-chairs for identified committees and local boards, and establish new identified committees
  • bringing matters for council consideration related to provincial priorities
  • vetoing bylaws approved by council if they relate to matters of provincial priority
  • proposing the municipal budget.

Click here to read more.

Best regards,

Alexis Higginbotham
Executive Director
60 East Main Street
Welland, ON
L3B 3X4
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