City Seeks Input on Strategic Plan

The City of Owen Sound is seeking your input to help in the development of a new 5-year strategic plan. Members of Council want to know what you love about Owen Sound and what you think would improve the City.

The strategic planning process will assess the current conditions of the City by asking “Where are we now?” and will define a clear vision, mission, goals, objectives and priorities by asking “Where do we want to go?” Finally, we will determine “How do we get there?” by identifying specific initiatives to support implementation, and integrating mechanisms to monitor progress over time. As a result, the plan will be realistic, achievable and measurable.

The strategic plan will recognize the uniqueness of the City of Owen Sound, while providing clear direction for the City on priorities for the future – informed by the viewpoints of City Council and senior staff, stakeholders and the community.

City representatives will be at community events in February and March. They will be looking to meet with community groups, service clubs and other organizations that have a stake in the future development of Owen Sound.

Comment cards and drop boxes for their return, will be available at the following municipal facilities: City Hall, the Library, the Julie McArthur Regional Recreation Centre, the Bayshore Community Centre and the Transit Terminal.

An online survey is available at City Hall in the Clerk’s department, or you can access it from


City of Owen Sound
Economic Development Office, Sharon Edwards



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)


Phone: 519 371 7464
Fax: 519 371 4043
Address: 1240 2nd Ave E
Owen Sound, ON N4K 2J3

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