b...informed - Business Headlines Body ContentThe City of Brampton Economic Development Office is pleased to bring you the latest stories and information about what is happening in the local business community. Individuals wanting to have articles sent directly to them can subscribe to the b...informed - eNewsletter which is compiled bi-monthly. Entrepreneurs Connect in the Square this summer Join business experts and Brampton Entrepreneur Centre staff in Garden Square for five Wednesdays this summer. The inaugural FOLD celebrates a successful first year in Brampton The FOLD is committed to enriching Brampton’s cultural economy Brampton Chinese Business Association (BCBA) Celebrates Two Years Brampton Economic Development and Tourism (EDT) is proud to be an active partner with the Brampton Chinese Business Association (BCBA). Brampton is one step closer to having two-way, all-day GO train service. CN will allow GO Regional Express Rail to be built along the Kitchener GO corridor. Activities Promoting Investment and Trade with United States Did you know that over $1 billion in bilateral trade crosses the Canada-U.S. border every day? Unifor and Coca Cola Partner to Offer New Scholarships for Tradeswomen at Sheridan 15 new $2,000 scholarships for women enrolled in Sheridan College’s skilled trades programs. Brampton rolling out the welcome mat for Canon Canada staff City of Brampton staff were excited for the opportunity to show potential new residents from Canon all that Brampton has to offer. Move past “old school” marketing Networking, free food and expert commentary at BEC’s ‘The Future of Marketing’ event The 2016 Census is here! – We are counting on you! The census is one of the most important sources of statistics for our country. Brampton’s Emerging Health Hub is happening in the Central Area Exciting things are happening in the Human Health and Sciences sector in Brampton. International and National Trade Shows City staff and Brampton business can network with the world through trade show participation A Technology Playground to be found with Brampton’s MakerSpace Program MakerSpace inspires Brampton entrepreneur to take her business to a new level. Is Your business ready for an Emergency? Having a business continuity plan is smart business practice. 2016 Brampton Business Directory now available The Brampton Economic Development and Tourism Office is pleased to offer the 2016 Brampton Business Directory. New to the Neighborhood Our city is right there among the best in Canada Brampton remains one of the strongest municipal economies in Canada. The 2016 Census is coming! Early in May, census packages will be delivered to households across Canada, providing residents with the information they need to complete their questionnaire online or on paper. Women show Brampton’s entrepreneurial strength at Rose Theatre event International Women’s Day event speaker Kate Davis advises entrepreneurs to use humour to balance life and work. Main Street North: Distinct Character Area – Streamlined Processes A new land use control tool is streamlining the planning and redevelopment process for this unique community. Brampton is a leader in applying the Development Permit System. MakerSpace March Break The MakerSpace Brampton’s free March Break programming is geared to foster creativity, innovation and exploration. Inspire your kids with programs for coding, 3D printing, and other cool tech activities. Showcase Canadian Head Office relocates to a larger location in Brampton A business retention success story – Showcase Canadian Head Office relocates to a larger location in Brampton Brampton Ranked Sixth across Canada in Total Construction Brampton continued to be among the top two construction markets in the GTA in 2015 and was among the top regions in Ontario. Film Industry Binges on Brampton Last year was extremely successful for filming in Brampton, resulting in the highest economic impact Brampton has ever seen. Entrepreneur pitch competition - Unlock Your Big Idea Applications for Unlock Your Big Idea close on March 18, 2016, so interested entrepreneurs will need to act quickly. The Momentum has Started: Placemaking – Economy More than 200 businesspeople, investors, developers and property owners gathered for an event that included opportunities to network and join in the discussion on “Placemaking – Economy.” In the Neighbourhood - Business Openings Here are some of the new businesses that recently opened in Brampton’s Central Area Boosting Export Potential with Free Marketing Tools A key function for Brampton’s Economic Development Office is to facilitate connections between Brampton businesses and global markets – making a match between buyers and sellers, or making introductions concerning partnerships and other ventures. ICTC Hosts Virtual Career Fair: Connecting Employers with Skilled Global Talent ICTC will be hosting a virtual career fair with the aim of connecting Canadian employers with Internationally Educated ICT Professionals New school in Brampton dedicates $500,000 in grants for Ontario's best and brightest students Walden International School is opening its doors to a founding cohort of 50 students entering high school in September 2016. Brampton Economic Development and Tourism Office honoured at annual EDCO Awards Brampton’s economic development leadership was on display in Toronto at the Economic Development Council of Ontario Awards of Excellence. Brampton walked away with two awards and an honourable mention. TO Health! Announces its Evolution TO Health!'s inaugural Top 5 in 10 Summit will connect business leaders, academics, elected officials and policy makers from across the Toronto region. Grand Opening of Direct Coffee Service Ltd. (The Brew Centre) Facility The Brew Centre is located at 2600 Williams Parkway, with 20,000 square feet situated on a 1.56 acre property at the corner of Williams Parkway and Humber West Drive. Brampton’s Economic Development and Tourism Office Hosts the 2016 MBA Games Case Competition A prestigious national competition and the largest gathering of MBA students in Canada. 2016 Brampton Business Directory Now Available The 2016 Brampton Business Directory is now available. This user-friendly, interactive and fully searchable sales and marketing tool is available through the Brampton Economic Development Office. Landing an international sale is great. Getting paid is even better. Trade Protect Account Receivable Insurance gives new Exporters peace of mind. Placemaking: Be a part of the Discussion On February 9, local and regional leaders will be part of the discussion on placemaking and the economy in Brampton. Unveiling ABB’s YuMi System Robot at Sheridan ABB’s YuMi robot at Sheridan is part of the college’s ongoing educational collaboration with ABB. Brampton's Culture Days Celebrations rank 3rd in top 10 large Canadian cities Brampton placed third among Canadian cities for the large number of Culture Days activities the city hosted during Culture Days 2015. AFA Systems shines at 2015 Ontario Business Achievement Awards AFA Systems Inc were among the nine winners of the 2015 OBAA, winning in the “Ontario Going Global, Medium Business Award” category. Longo’s opens second Brampton location November marked the opening of Brampton’s second Longo’s grocery store. The store will feature a fresh roti and chapatti station, and will host community gatherings and cooking classes in its Loft Cooking School. Mayor Jeffrey and Canon Canada Inc. discuss economic development and community involvement Poised to become a key employer in Brampton, Canon Canada Inc. will be opening their new head office in 2016. President Ted Egawa met with Brampton officials to discuss how the City and Canon can work together. New GENCO Marketplace Facility to exploit Brampton’s great location and infrastructure On October 29th, 2015, staff from the Economic Development and Tourism Office along with the Brampton Board of Trade celebrated the Grand Opening of the GENCO Marketplace of Canada Inc. (GENCO Marketplace) facility in Brampton. GAP (Canada) Inc. (Old Navy) increase facility size by over 330,000 square feet In September 2015, GAP (Canada) Inc. has commenced a major investment in the City of Brampton, investing $20 million in the expansion of its facility and adding 330,000 square feet to the existing space. Local entrepreneurs, David Usher, inspire Brampton crowd Brampton’s largest ever group of young entrepreneur participants in the Starter Company program brought energy and inspiration to an event at the Rose Theatre. Commemorating Business Milestones in Brampton “The Brampton Business Milestone” recognizing long-standing businesses in Brampton. Companies celebrating their 25th, 50th, 75th, or 100th year in Brampton were invited to participate. Brampton’s SounDrive Records making big dreams happen Dominic and Francesco Giuliano are dreaming big. These Brampton brothers of Metis heritage are working hard to bring their music industry entrepreneurial dreams to life. A Practical Introduction to Expanding your Business Across the Border Globalization is creating new exporting opportunities for Ontario companies. United States is a clear strategic market with its compatible business practice and culture, and close geographic proximity. Beautifying the Downtown, one project at a time Since 2013, a quiet renaissance has been taking place in one of our City’s most important areas. Under the Downtown Brampton Façade Improvement Program, a number of buildings in the area have been transformed. Start Here. Get There. Office of the Central Area The formation of the Central Area office is designed to help businesses navigate through City processes and services with the goal of attracting and retaining business. Mayor’s Innovation Roundtable highlights opportunities and challenges Some of Brampton’s most forward-thinking professionals and entrepreneurs met in City Hall recently for the Innovation Roundtable hosted by Mayor Jeffrey and the RIC Centre. Sobeys first South Asian Grocery Store Sobeys Inc. announced the grand opening of Chalo! FreshCo in Brampton, the Company’s first South Asian focused discount grocery store. Brampton had a Strong Second Quarter in 2015 After the first six months of 2015, Brampton was the 6th most active construction marketplace in Canada 28 local students launching summer companies A group of local students are trying their hand at entrepreneurship this summer, thanks to their hard work and the support of the Brampton Entrepreneur Centre and the Summer Company program. Sheridan College’s Brampton campus is growing again with the vision of collaboration On July 23rd 2015, Sheridan College announced $47.5 million investment at its Davis Campus in Brampton located at 7899 McLaughlin Road.