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For Immediate Release
January 15, 2021
Northumberland and Renfrew County Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs) have recognized a need to provide business owners with a much needed video tutorial to assist them in pursuing current and future funding applications.
In response to new challenges that businesses are facing, Canada’s Covid-19 Economic Response Plan has helped protect millions of jobs, provide emergency support to families and sustain businesses as they deal with the impacts of the pandemic. Much of this support has come in the form of new programs, loans, funds and other business assistance tools.
With the amplified delivery of many of these programs, both CFDCs have seen an increase in requests for support and advice in completing the associated applications succinctly, concisely and in a compelling manner. Writing funding applications and pulling together the supporting documentation can at times seem daunting, time consuming and even confusing to applicants who in many cases are seeking funding support for the first time.
With this new online tutorial, business applicants will have access to an overview of how to fully complete their funding submissions in an easy-to-use video. The goal of the tutorial is to de-mystify the process and coach applicants on how to strengthen their proposal for consideration by the funder.
The Funding Application Writing Fundamentals Tutorial can be accessed below and is available in both English and French.
English Tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYqm6Dcg-yY
French Tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8vsS1z494s
“With many programs under our management and others for which we are providing advisory services, we’ve seen acute increase in business clients requesting help in completing the various funding applications. We recognize, particularly for first time applicants, the process can seem bewildering particularly in these unprecedented times where there has been an array of new programs developed in response to a changing situation. Northumberland CFDC is pleased to partner on the “how to” project as led by Renfrew County CFDC. The development is supported by the FedDev Ontario- RE3 (Rebuild, Reopen, Revive) program though the materials and learning can be applied across any program in helping clients to crystallize and strengthen their proposal to be as competitive as possible. We will be inviting multiple organizations to share the video link with their various clientele as a solid ongoing tool for business to use.” – Wendy Curtis, Executive Director, Northumberland CFDC
“We understand the challenges that small business face, with such an extensive array of funding opportunities it is only natural to feel overwhelmed, especially in a time of crisis. It was as a result of such factors that birthed the “how to” project as a resource to alleviate added stress when submitting a funding application. We are confident this video can be used as a go to guide in preparing a more competitive proposal.” – Diane McKinnon, Executive Director, Renfrew County CFDC
Renfrew County CFDC
Northumberland CFDC and WindsorEssex Economic Development are working collaboratively within our regional entrepreneurial ecosystems to advance women-led SMEs across Southern Ontario, effectively positioning for rapid and positive post-pandemic economic recovery. It’s time to restart your business and the new RE3 initiative is here to support you.
Canadian women entrepreneurs are key to our economic success as a country, and they make invaluable contributions to our communities. However, women still face unique and systemic barriers to starting and growing a business, and they remain underrepresented in our economy.
The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted women entrepreneurs. It has severely affected sectors such as retail, hospitality and food services—sectors where women entrepreneurs are most present.
For these reasons, RE3 is focused on supporting and strengthening the position of Women-led SMEs in our economic recovery, reformation and revitalization.
With the support of FedDev Ontario, RE3 provides non-repayable performance-based contributions of up to $5,000 to assist Southern Ontario-based Women-led small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to REBUILD, REOPEN and REVIVE their businesses.
On a competitive basis, RE3 offers a one-time, performance-based, and non-repayable funding of up to $5,000 for:
Does RE3 align with your plan for business resilience and renewal? Then we encourage you to apply now! Click on the links below for more information or to apply.
For more information: https://financingandstrategy.com/re3/
July 17 2020 – Cobourg, Ontario
Women-led businesses often face unique challenges, which have been amplified by the impacts of COVID-19 on our economy. As the economy reopens, these businesses need support to adapt their operations and position themselves for a successful recovery.
Today, the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, visited Venture13 in Cobourg, home of the Northumberland Community Futures Development Corporation (CFDC). There, she announced a $4-million FedDev Ontario investment in support of women entrepreneurs across southern Ontario, on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario.
With this investment through the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF), the Northumberland CFDC and WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation, in collaboration with regional partners, will deliver the Rebuild Reopen Revive Initiative to support women-led small- and medium-sized enterprises in rural and urban communities across southern Ontario. Both organizations will receive $2 million to provide non-repayable contributions of up to $5,000 to help eligible women-led businesses with key re-opening expenditures, including:
Over 700 women-led businesses will be supported through this initiative. Interested SMEs can visit Northumberland CFDC (eastern Ontario) or WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation (southwestern Ontario) for more details or to apply.
While at Venture13, Minister Ng saw firsthand the entrepreneurship and innovation taking place at this thriving community hub, made possible with a $1.43 million FedDev Ontario investment in the Northumberland CFDC through the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy (WES) Ecosystem Fund in 2019. With this support, the Northumberland CFDC is working to improve access to capital for underrepresented women-led businesses through the development of an automated financial lending platform with an algorithm that removes gender bias. As part of a holistic approach, successful applicants are enrolled automatically into a concurrent program offering advisory and support services, networking, and access to office space through Venture13. The CFDC is supporting the growth of 30 women-led businesses through this initiative.
Minister Ng was later joined by the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development, at the Imprinted Apparel Store in Peterborough, where the ministers highlighted an additional $380,000 in support through the Women Entrepreneurship Fund (WEF) to local women-led businesses. Funding recipients include:
“Women entrepreneurs face unique and systemic challenges amidst the COVID-19 crisis. Our government is committed to building on the work we’ve done to break down these longstanding barriers to success as we restart and rebuild our economy. The investments made today through FedDev Ontario will support women-led businesses with critical costs as they work to re-open their businesses.”
– The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade
“With reduced revenues and financial hardships of COVID-19, women-led businesses need support more than ever, as they face new challenges and expenses associated with reopening their businesses and preparing for recovery. The investments of over $4 million today will help to relieve some of the pressure as women-led businesses reopen and position themselves for a successful and stable future. We are here to support women entrepreneurs and to help these businesses come back stronger than ever.”
– The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario
“The Government of Canada is demonstrating its commitment to women-led SMEs today through significant investments delivered by FedDev Ontario. We value the incredible contributions women entrepreneurs make to our society and economy, and we are proud to support them as they work to strengthen their businesses and re-build our economy during this unprecedented time.”
– The Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development
“We are very pleased to be working with multiple ecosystem partners across Eastern Ontario to make sure women-led businesses are fully empowered in rebuilding, reopening and reviving. These pivotal initiatives, supported by FedDev Ontario and the Government of Canada, are perfectly timed to remove barriers and add value.”
– Wendy Curtis, Executive Director, Northumberland Community Futures Development Corporation
“The WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation recognizes the challenges that women-led businesses are facing amidst the COVID-19 crisis. We are excited about the opportunity to work with our community partners to deliver the Rebuild Reopen Revive Initiative across southwestern Ontario and help women-led SMEs at this critical time.”
– Stephen MacKenzie, President and CEO, WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation
Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade
Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages
Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario
June 2, 2020
Following Ontario’s Premier Doug Ford’s call on the province’s businesses on March 21, 2020 to help make medical supplies, SRB Technologies (Canada) Inc. (SRBT) met with local senior officials at the Pembroke Regional Hospital and local retirement homes where it was determined that Face Shields were in great shortage and that there was also a great need for a Face Shield that would be reusable through cleaning or visor replacement.
On April 4, 2020 SRBT developed a business plan to redeploy some of its production capacity towards the mass production of Face Shields for Renfrew County and surrounding area to help fight COVID-19. The business plan was developed to produce a Face Shield that could be best manufactured with the equipment, expertise and staff already in place at SRBT.
With the financial help of the Renfrew County Community Futures Development Corporation and the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development Job Creation and Trade’s “Ontario Together” Fund, SRBT executed its business plan by acquiring a Medical Device Establishment Licence from Health Canada, purchasing tooling, the necessary materials and by implementing new production procedures.
SRBT has also instituted three shifts over 24 hours to provide the ability to produce 10,000 Face Shields a week for sale first in Renfrew County and surrounding area.
This week SRBT is making its first deliveries of its Face Shields to the Pembroke Regional Hospital (PRH), Renfrew County District School Board (RCDSB), Pearly Whites Mobile Dental Hygiene Services and to Orthodontist Dr. Benoit Hebert.
SRBT would like to thank Renfrew-Nippissing-Pembroke MPP John Yakabuski, the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development Job Creation and Trade, Diane McKinnon and Mike Thompson from The Renfrew County Community Futures Development Corporation, Algonquin College, Mayor Mike Lemay and the City of Pembroke, Health Canada, ETM Industries, Leilani Borne and The Pembroke Regional Hospital.
Detailed information on our Face Shield is available at http://www.srbt.com/face.shields.pdf
For more information please contact:
SRB Technologies (Canada) Inc.
Tel: (613) 732-0055, Extension #111
Cel: (613) 639-1349
If you or someone you know is struggling through this unprecedented time, please be advised that in direct response to local needs, Renfrew County Community Futures Development Corporation (RCCFDC) is currently offering a Special “Relief Loan”at 2.95% to qualifying existing and new small business clients. As part of the Relief loan, all payments will be deferred and interest forgiven to July 31, 2020.
This loan is to assist with working capital or other expenses you expect to have an economic impact on your business due to COVID -19
To apply for the Relief Loan, go to www.rccfdc.org/financing to request the loan application.
For any questions, please contact Mike Thompson, Business Development Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org
In direct response to our clients advising us of the impact on their businesses and the need for support, Renfrew County Community Futures Development Corporation (RCCFDC) is responding at this unprecedented time with the following:
For the period of March 18, 2020 – July 31, 2020, monthly Loan Payments for all existing clients will be suspended until August 1, 2020 (the principal portion of the payment will be deferred, and interest costs forgiven until July 31, 2020). The Life Insurance component will be collected monthly. We will continue reassessing the economic impact of COVID-19 and may find it necessary to make further amendments as needed.
RCCFDC will also be offering a Special Loan (identified as “Relief Loan”) at 2.95% to both existing and new clients. The loan is to assist with working capital or other verified expenses you expect to have an economic impact on your business due to COVID -19. The features of the Relief Loan are as follows:
Loan Amount and Term
To apply for the Relief Loan, go to https://www.rccfdc.org/financing/ to request the loan application.
If additional funding is required, please contact Mike Thompson, Business Development Officer, email@example.com as more information may be requested.
RCCFDC is closely monitoring this developing situation and is available to assist all Small and Mid-Size Enterprises in Renfrew County with financial support and counselling services.
Out of caution for the health of Renfrew County CFDC employees, clients and communities, we are implementing a series of measures intended to support business continuity for ourselves and clients while supporting the goals of social distancing in arresting the impact of COVID-19.
We remain committed to serving our clients during this challenging time. Effective March 17th, the following decisions have been implemented until further notice:
1. Our staff continues to be available for client servicing via telecommunication/electronic methods of phone, email and conferencing.
2. By exception, and solely business critical, we will be accessible by scheduled appointment.
Like all Canadians, we are closely monitoring official announcements and expect to respond as this fluid situation continues to evolve. The Government of Canada has launched a new web page (click here) to provide Canadian businesses with a one-stop-shop for the resources they need to make informed decisions while navigating the challenges of COVID-19 in an interconnected global economy.
Concurrently, we are also proactively working with our many partners and colleagues to collaborate on responses to the changing needs of our clients. Please watch our website and social media feeds for ongoing updates.
We thank you for your patience during this difficult time and encourage all to be, and stay, well.
Diane McKinnon, Executive Director
Renfrew County Community Futures Development Corporation
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