Hawk’s Nest Slated to Return

John Doe

Due to last year’s successful Hawks’ Nest event, the Saugeen Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) in partnership with the Bruce Community Futures Development Corporation (Bruce CFDC) are once again planning to deliver the Hawk’s Nest. This Dragon’s Den inspired competition encourages entrepreneurs from various sectors to pitch their business ideas in an attempt to secure financial support from local investors (The Hawks).

This year, contestants from Grey, Bruce, Owen Sound, Wellington North and Minto can compete for a possible $30,000 + investment in their business.

Prior to submitting applications, entrepreneurs will receive assistance with preparing their business plans at free training sessions. Training sessions will be offered in September in four locations:

  • Y Employment Centre, Owen Sound, Friday, September 8, 2017
  • Launch IT, Minto, Tuesday, September 12, 2017
  • Lake Huron Training Centre, Kincardine, Friday, September 22, 2017
  • Walkerton Legion, Walkerton, Tuesday, September 26, 2017

You can register for one of these sessions by contacting:

519-799-5750 1-877-335-7332 hawksnest@sbdc.ca

Bruce CFDC
519-396-8141 1-888-832-2232 hawksnest@sbdc.ca

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.



Learn to Network

Business Networking International (BNI) Sound Networking meets Each Wednesday 7:00 – 8:30 AM at Frog Ponds Cafe

Meet local business people and find out how networking is one of the most effective methods for marketing your business.
Visitors are always welcome, just call ahead to let us know you are coming 519-371-2622.

Business Enterprise Centre Workshops

Basics of Bookkeeping (Three part workshop)
Tuesday September 19th and 26th and Tuesday October 3rd, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Business Enterprise Centre Training Room $95 (HST included)
Facilitator: Jane Gallagher
This three part Bookkeeping Workshop will allow you to use the tools and information to confidently understand your financial statements and your own books. Class size is limited to 8 to allow a hands-on, individual learning opportunity for everyone.

Business Enterprise Centre Workshops

How to “Really” Start a Business
Wednesday September 20th, 9:00 am – 11:30 am, Bayshore Community Centre
FREE – Pre-registration is required
Facilitator: Cliff Bilyea
Discover the basic steps involved in starting a business, evaluating your idea, determining your market and basic rules and regulations. Attending the is workshop is mandatory for anyone applying to the Starter Company Plus Program.

Business Enterprise Centre Workshops

Introduction to Quick Books (Two part workshop)
Tuesday October 17th and 24th, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Business Enterprise Centre Training Room, $80 (HST Included)
Instructor: Jane Gallagher
The first session of Quick Books provides participants with an overview and access to a trial version of the program. The second session will be questions and answers to address specific issues. Knowledge of basic bookkeeping principles is required. Limited to 8, you must bring your own laptop. (This workshop does not cover the online version of Quick Books)


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Address: 1240 2nd Ave E
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