NEUSDAT – The Saugeen Economic Development Corporation announced Dec. 15 that businesses within its catchment area; Arran Elderslie, Brockton, Chatsworth, Hanover, Grey Highlands, Minto, South Bruce, Southgate, Wellington North and West Grey, may be eligible to benefit from funding received to assist with business consulting.
There are several consulting options available: Business Bootcamp, Business Profit Optimizer, Business Advisor, Digital Marketing Coach, BoomersPlus or a membership with the Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium.
The Business Bootcamp is ideal for businesses one to five years old. Participants will receive seven one-hour online Zoom training sessions, covering various modules; strategy, sales and marketing, operations, systems, people and numbers. They will also receive lifetime access to the online version of the bootcamp, as well as downloadable workbooks, spreadsheets and templates. Participants will also receive two hours of online personal business coaching.
Business Profit Optimizer
The Business Profit Optimizer will give participants between six and 10 30-minute personal online coaching calls. This program includes a questionnaire for each client as well as a financial breakdown of the company. At the end, participants will be provided a recommendation report.
The Business Advisor program will allow participants to receive two hours of targeted business advice – based on individual business needs. The advice can include; business planning, growing existing businesses, government filing, market research, determining target markets, HR basics, employee relations, customer service and sales.
Digital Marketing Coach
The Digital Marketing Coach program is being offered in partnership with the Minto and Hanover Chamber of Commerce. This program will offer participants five hours of digital marketing coaching. Participants must already have an established website and social media presence. The digital marketing coach may provide some of the following: conduct a digital assessment with the business to identify gaps in online presence, set up and access social media platforms, teach clients how to use social media platforms, assist in creation of digital marketing plan, discuss content creation and create a content calendar, as well as help you create templates for posts using apps like Canva and Hootsuite.
BoomersPlus is a program that matches businesses with an advisor for targeted advice for their business. They will work with an advisor chosen for them to work on a specific goal for their business.
Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium
A one-year subscription to Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium will provide ongoing support and mentoring, training opportunities, sharing of best practices with peers and much more.
Applications are now available and can be submitted through the Saugeen Economic Development Corporation website at www.sbdc.ca or by e-mailing them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is no formal application deadline, however businesses are encouraged to apply as soon as possible since there are limited spots available.