Latest Issue: January 19, 2021

Municipalities Pen Letter For Small Business

Towns asking province to address inequities

Two municipalities have forwarded letters across Ontario and to Ontario Premier Doug Ford asking for small businesses to be allowed to reopen. Read the council resolutions of the Township of Nairn and Hyman and the Town of Kingsville. Read the latest issue.

Agriculture News in Brief

The Equine Hardship Program, the Enhanced Agri-Food Workplace Protection Program and the Agri-Food Worker Protection Program. Read the latest issue.

Fire College Closing Gravenhurst Location

As reported in the minutes for North Algona Wilberforce, during a conference call with the Ontario Fire Marshal (OFM), it was announced that effective March 31, 2021, the Ontario Fire College (OFC) in Gravenhurst is permanently closing. Read the latest issue.

Finance News & Key Dates

CPA Canada discusses updates from the Canada Revenue Agency about federal government programs plus tax filing dates for 2021. Read the latest issue.

Ontario Government News In Brief

Provincial emergency order, budget consultations, gas tax funding and pausing evictions. Read the latest issue.

Ontario Government Launches Business Grant

Opportunity to apply for up to $20,000 if eligible

The new business grant from the Government of Ontario is now open for application. Read the latest issue.

OHTO Tourism Grant

Two new grant opportunities for the local tourism industry in Ontario’s Highlands. Read the latest issue.

Marketing | Jennifer Layman

Experts In Risk Management: Why small towns (and Canada) need entrepreneurs
One of the challenging things about the messaging of this pandemic has been that it is truly the polar opposite of what small business owners believe. I’m not talking about staying six feet apart and wearing a mask – I’m talking about the messaging of staying away from risk. Stay home. Don’t see people. Hunker down and retreat. Anyone who has ever started a small business has embraced risk in order to do it. If anyone can be successful with risk, it is the small business owner. Read the latest issue.


Book Club | Guy Raz

How I Built This: The unexpected paths to success from the world’s most inspiring entrepreneurs

Based on the highly acclaimed NPR podcast, How I Built This with Guy Raz, this book offers priceless insights and inspiration from the world’s top entrepreneurs on how to start, launch, and build a successful venture.  Great ideas often come from a simple spark: a soccer player on the New Zealand national team notices all the unused wool his country produces and figures out a way to turn them into shoes (Allbirds). A former Buddhist monk decides the very best way to spread his mindfulness teachings is by launching an app (Headspace). A sandwich cart vendor finds a way to reuse leftover pita bread and turns it into a multimillion-dollar business (Stacy’s Pita Chips).. Read the latest issue.

  • Events Calendar: Business and related events in the region
  • Business News Around The Valley: Briefs on local news and information
  • People On The Move: Local promotions, new hires and retirements
  • It’s A Fact: Interesting facts connected to business
  • Biz Quiz: A quick 10-question quiz on recent news headlines
  • Tenders: Current tender postings and results